July 27th we left Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska for Diamond point with the Jeanette Elaine in search of Silver salmon and King salmon, while the Trinity headed for Hog rock for the same. The Jeanette Elaine crew had one king salmon and 29 silver salmon by 7:30 am so catching was very good for the silver salmon. We were using the mooching technique which of course is a proven and very effective method which gives the angler most enjoyment and frustration at times. The Trinity in the mean time had two king salmon and 10 coho’s about the same time so we headed up to see if we could get our limit of King salmon. We arrived at Hog rock where there were about 20 boats fishing pretty close together. We worked the area over for an hour or so then headed out for halibut returning to land one more king for a total of 3 kings landed one released for undersized. The Trinity landed 5 king salmon with the largest being 30.3 pounds. So limits of salmon and halibut were the order of the day.
July 26th we left Kingfisher dock at 5:15 am and since we had to wait for a couple of the guys to fly into Craig early in the morning since their flight was canceled we decided to fish close to home to pick them up at 9 am. The Jeanette Elaine stayed in close and the Trinity went out to the Tree off Noyes island with their crew. By 9 am the Jeanette Elaine had 3 kings and 18 silvers and came in to pick up the other 2 fishermen. We then went back to where we had been and picked up about another 5 silvers or so then called Joel on the Trinity and he was doing well on king salmon and silver salmon out west of us near the Cape. The group on the Trinity had limited on king salmon and silver salmon and headed for their halibut. We headed that direction and went to Hog Rock landing 2 kings and half a dozen silvers. Then went out halibut fishing landing our halibut and then on in to find more silver salmon which we did landing several quads which put us up to 35 coho’s for the day and 5 king salmon. Thus ended our day of salmon and halibut fishing near Craig both boats landing limits of salmon and halibut.
June 24th we left Kingfisher lodge at our regular 5 am departure arriving again at the Tree spot. When we arrived we spotted a troller working the same area. This troller is notorius for despising charter boats and makes a point of running through groups of them. So half hour into our fishing Art Wiper hooks a very large king salmon which just so happens to be when our troller friend is bearing down on us. The fish decides to head for the troller intent on spooling the reel which he almost does but gets tangled in the trollers gear. We proceeded to follow the troller hoping to somehow get the king salmon loose of the trolling gear but no luck. Once the guy running the troller came out to see why we were almost aboard his boat there were a few words exchanged about harrassing sportfishermen….. and then we went back to fishing. Day ended up with both boats landing limits of silver salmon, and halibut and shy one king salmon each. Great trip for both groups and we look forward to seeing them all next year. I did not have a picture for the Trinity group for the last day as they got into the lodge before we did.
June 22nd we had a total of 11 guests with the Jeff Wiper group and the Scott Wetstone/Al Hansen group all regular guests at Kingfisher Lodge in Craig. Jeff’s group fishing on the Jeanette Elaine with myself, and Scott, Al, and the boys fishing with Joel on the Trinity. Day one started out with Blake as a guide for the Trinity as Joel could not guide that day. Blake went to the Tree spot, catching for them was hot right off the start landing kings and silvers. The Jeanette Elaine had gone to Hog rock hoping for a replay of the previous day’s fishing but that wasn’t happening so we headed for the tree and started catching. The Trinity group was ahead of our boat catching and they finished with their limit of king salmon and silver salmon early in the morning. We continued on and ended up landing 3 or 4 king salmon and limits of silver salmon and halibut as well but arrived at the dock later than the Trinity group.
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.