July 16th the Stutz group decided to head for the same spot so we left Kingfisher Lodge near Craig for our third day of fishing. We expected the silver salmon fishing to be slow in the beginning since we had noticed slow fishing early the day before which we attributed to the later outgoing tide. Sure enough it was slow but the advantage is that it gives more opportunity for any king salmon that might be around to actually get time to bite our bait. This is exactly what happened 2 days in a row and we picked up 2 nice king salmon each day. After an hour of fishing and picking up a few silver salmon as well the catching and biting began to speed up and by 8:15 we had 33 silver salmon and 2 king salmon. For the next 45 minutes we could not get the remaining 3 silver salmon we needed and so planned to go hit our halibut spot while the tide was swinging, and then come back expecting the coho’s to be biting once again. So off we went to a rougher sea than expected due to the very light winds the past few days. I guess a system must be off shore and with the larger tides maybe humped up the water. We landed our 6 halibut and headed in to calmer water for black sea bass and a couple more ling cod which we accomplished after a time. Then back to our salmon fishing spot and sure enough we picked up our last 3 silver salmon to limit us out on them. Thus ended another great fishing trip and the group of 6 figured they landed approximately 220 plus fish with their salmon and bottom fish. So catching was what they did here this year as last year the salmon fishing was very poor this same week. Until next year same week.
July 15th we left the dock at Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska at about 5:15 arriving at the same spot we were the previous day.We expected to start out the same as the day before with tripples and doubles, but possibly with the tide 50 minutes or so later our alaska silver salmon did not show up for about that long. When it began it was one here, one there followed by steady catching. We also caught 2 king salmon while fishing for the silver salmon which was what we wanted to happen. By 8:15 we had our 36 silver salmon, 2 kings and a couple rock fish. We decided to head for bottom fish grounds as the ocean was much calmer than yesterday. Catching started slow there as well but soon had yellow eye, ling cod, and picked up one halibut and one medium sized octopus. After that we headed for some halibut fishing and finished up on those fairly quickly landing all between 32″ and 37″ so had a good rack of quality halibut within the new alaska halibut regulation in unit 2C. After the halibut fishing we headed for a black sea bass pinnacle and got our limit of those pretty quickly and headed in for the dock by 1 pm. Craig Alaska weather was overcast skies, calm winds, flat water on the inside with a 6 foot sea running on the outside. No puking today!
July 11th found us off Noyes island straight off the Pinapple rock this morning. It started out pretty good landing an 18 pound king salmon, then some silver salmon. We kept doing long drifts in 160 feet of water picking up the salmon from the bottom up to 60 feet or so. Mooching of course is the prefered technique and with that you pick up a large quantity of pan sized halibut that raise havoc with leaders but give the fishermen a good pull and every now and then land one worth keeping. Today while trying to release one it shook his head and the salmon hooks ended up in my hand so we had to to a hook removal procedure I have not had to do in the 30 plus years of ocean fishing or in all my 55 years of life. So the guys thought I was like Robert Duval in “Lonesome Dove” since I looked pretty tough pushing the hook through my hand, but the reality was the hook landed in an area with no nerves so was pretty painless. After the surgery we kept picking up silver salmon and a couple more king salmon but then the lumpy water got one of the guys chumming more than we thought necessary so we went north to settle his stomach and ended up off Roller bay landing another king and more silver salmon. By noon we had enough of the rollers and Roller bay and headed to the Cape landing our 5th King salmon and totaled out at 26 silver salmon, so had a great day. We also cleaned up on black sea bass that are quite prolific at Roller bay so the guys got their limits of those bait thieves as well.