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 14th we left Kingfisher Lodge in Craig Alaska at 5 am heading for the southern waters as word was the silver salmon had moved in. We stopped off Sumez island and dropped into a wide open salmon bite landing 36 coho’s, 3 chums 4 pinks, and loosing one king salmon by 7:30 am. We tried a few other spots for King salmon but no luck and decided to try for some big halibut just for fun since we can’t keep any over 37″. No big halibut were found but we did get the crew sick and within an hour 3 of the 6 were out of comission. We changed our plan and moved to another spot landing our limit of halibut under the 37″ rule in an hour and then needed to get the guys back to flat water. We went back inside landing more silvers and releasing them looking for the king salmon but no luck for us today on the king’s. First day in 60 over days we haven’t boated a king, but also first day to boat over 40 silver salmon. Word is wide open coho’s up and down the coast near Craig.
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.
July 10th we left the dock at Kingfisher Lodge in Craig in calm waters headed for Noyes Island in search of our limits of King salmon. Our first stop was the Chicken hole which produced nothing in the half hour of fishing. We continued on off the west coast of Noyes Island where the previous day the fishing had been very good from the reports. It started out pretty slow for us and most other boats as I got antsy we headed north to Roller bay and immediatly caught 3 coho’s and a king salmon. We continued making drifts landing halibut, black sea bass, silver salmon and another king salmon. Reports were that catching had gotten pretty good where we had been so we ended up back north of Shaft rock and started landing silvers and king salmon which the end result was 7 king salmon landed, 14 silver salmon landed and 4 or 5 silvers lost. Most boats limited on King salmon and had a mixed count of silver salmon. The ocean was very calm with very light winds and sunny skies. Great day.