Been very busy with allday groups and there are many to come. The Chong's fished for 2 days and went home with 119 pounds of filets and the Woodward's left today after 3 days of fishing with I think around 350 pounds of filets. Those numbers should show how the fishing has improved big time in the last 1 week or so. The phytoplankton bloom destroyed fishing close to town. Ketchikan charter boats should be catching 36 pink salmon and going home early on cruise ship trips and some good fisherman were getting 0 fish on 4 hour charter. I fished close to town yesterday for about 5 hours and ended up with 18 pink salmon. The Woodward's trip was an amazing trip first day we ran 35 miles out ended up with 16 coho 11 pink 4 halibut 6 snapper 6 rockfish. Second day was about 20 miles out 31 pink 16 coho 6 halibut, and due to horrible weather yesterday only 18 pink salmon. The busy season for me starts now, probably wont have much of a daily page for a little while, too busy fishing. Here are a few good fishing pictures of killing Ketchikan Alaska fish. Paris Knuteson has been on a strict training program this summer also.
A good bottomfishing trip! Typically no halibut in the box would be a bad thing. However 18 bottomfish in the box and releasing a nice 80 pound halibut with good weather and good crew was a lot of fun! Ran to Dall head for some good bottomfishing was a great idea given the fact that salmon fishing is horrible right now. In my 35 years in Ketchikan Alaska I have never seen phytoplankton bloom and turn the water a very light silty green color. The salmon I have caught have been kind of a pale color, it is weird. I heard they are like that due to lack of oxygen, I don't know. All fisherman on salmon trips are struggling. I have caught a few every trip but we should be catching lots. I have mentioned my pink salmon record of 36 pinks 42 minutes many times, and those times are normally mid July. Scratching for 5 or 6 fish is not normal. I hope my all day groups that are starting to arrive do well like years past, don't want this to be the record worst year. Here are couple pics of the Minnesota crew. Halibut pic doesn't do justice as we were trying to be easy and release her fast. We let a lot of dinners swim away because of halibut regulations.
Typically Ketchikan fishing charters don't start until early May. Today was my second charter of 2015. We have caught some nice Dungeness crab and some nice bottomfish too. Today catching that 29 inch King Salmon was awesome. The second I realized my guy had hooked I was pumped. Once it was on deck of the Valhalla I felt even better. Another beautiful day in paradise. Thank you again to the people who have booked me this summer, it is great to be filling my calendar.
Captain Ross and I caught a few herring a week or so ago. It seemed like they were here for only about 2 days and I didn't catch nearly as many as I need. On my first charter of 2015, last Sunday, all the bait we used was fresh awesome bait that I caught. I have always bought bait locally and paid as much as $5 a dozen. It always seemed like I was being stingy with the bait also because it did cost money. Store bought bait never looks nearly as good as fresh. I have had captains from the Florida Keys come to fish Ketchikan, and we always argued about bait. My time in the Keys was always live bait. Though we don't have time for that or the ability to get live ones every day. Catching them now taking good care of them and using my own bait this summer will be awesome. King salmon are very picky and good bait is very important. Any salmon other than kings are often caught on artificial bait and as many of you know that produces a lot of fish. Bottomfish don't care how it looks typically just as long as it smells good. Bottom line the herring are back at mountain point and I will be there bright and early in the morning filling a cooler.
Took me a couple days to post but I fished my first charter last Sunday. Three guys that work at Vigor Shipyard, here in Ketchikan, were dying to go fishing. After explaining to them this definitely wasn't peak season, we chose to set crab pots and do some bottomfishing. They caught 2 Yelloweye (Red Snapper), 2 Pacific Cod, 2 quillback, and about 15 Dungeness crab. not bad for the end of March. Winter Fishing in Ketchikan is typically pretty slow, but that wasn't bad for 4 hours on a Sunday afternoon. The guys had so much fun and asked when can we go again. We are planning on going again this Sunday. Thank you to Butch for booking 3 days in July, and Yvonne for 3 days in June. Looking forward to Ketchikan's busy summer charterfishing season. Here are a couple pictures of the shipyard boys, and Captain Ross after we went out again yesterday for some crab of our own.
Yesterday I did some bartering and trading, the Alaska way. Since I sold my commercial Dungeness crab permit, I no longer had a use for the commercial crab pots I had. When I sold the pots to another fisherman he started eyeing all my good junk at my boat yard. Didn't take long for him to realize he wanted a nice Canadian built anchor winch I had. He mentioned all the good junk he had and soon this deep drop hydraulic reel was mine. I have been wanting one of these for quite awhile, but never wanted to pay for one. Those days of subsistence halibut and yelloweye fishing is going to be lots of fun. I will not be coming home nearly as tired as I used to after a day of fishing. Better go buy that commercial rockfish permit now. Maybe Ketchikan locals who don't fish, but love red snapper, will be able to buy them off the dock now that Captain Tony will be catching lots.
Today with a little help from Captain Ross, the Valhalla is ready to fish. Since spring is here, I decided 1 boat needs to be ready to fish. I haven't used the Valhalla much this winter due to the leaky raw water pump. The jabsco pump is around $700 was my reasoning for not fixing it. I have received a few calls from locals who want to go crabbing, bottomfishing, and hunting for a King Salmon. Figured I better be ready for those local Ketchikan Alaska people. Going to haul a couple downriggers and some fishing gear down tomorrow and do my first Ketchikan fishing charter on Sunday afternoon. Those sneaky little herring that were making the water boil the other day haven't been around. We should have jigged as many as we could the other day when they were here. The Herring we buy in Ketchikan are no where near the quality of fresh fish. It is nice to get ready for Ketchikan's busy charter fishing season now rather than later.
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