Been a busy few days with the Bishop group. These guys have fished with me for 9 years now, and already booked dates for 2016. It is a very good idea to book as far in advance as possible, to reserve dates that are peak fishing times. We had a great time catching Ling cod, Halibut, rockfish, and salmon. Salmon fishing hasn't been great due to the phytoplankton bloom. We are still catching salmon, though it could be better. Another group shows up today from San Diego fishing club and are fishing the next five days. Had a deckhand for the last few days and was very nice having a fishing girl on the boat with us. We have Brittany as our deckhand the next five days and we plan on catching limits of all fish, wahoo!
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.
I am very sorry! I haven't had time to play on the computer. Summertime is in full swing and Ketchikan is hopping. Finally launched the Never Enough after 4 years. The boat cruises at 20 knots and even though it isn't quite finished we are catching fish and having fun. The weather has been absolutely amazing. I cannot remember a summer that compares to the amount of sun Ketchikan has experienced lately. Did a couple charters out of my little boat prior to launching Never Enough. Largest King Salmon for me this year was 38 pounds, way to go Chad. I know I am forgetting a lot, here are a few pictures to show how awesome it has been. Feels like winter time in the Florida Keys.
Been under the gun to finish the Never Enough. This big retrofit of this boat has been a 4 year project and it is getting very close. As I have previously mentioned new deck, new roof, new paint, new engine, new transmission, etc. New everything! Had to pass a few charters to my fellow fisherman lately. After selling the Valhalla I currently don't have a charter boat in the water. ETA for Never Enough to be launched is about 2 weeks out right now. I do have a 21 ft. fun boat in the water and have been dying to just go fishing even though I have lots of work to be done, no time for playing around. Today is the last day of the 2015 Ketchikan King Salmon Derby, and the winner so far is 14 year old kid with 40 pounder. I Wonder what he will spend his $11,000 on?? Here are a couple pictures of the engine bed and stringers and setting the engine in place. Ketchikan charter fisherman and their clients are going to be very jealous when they see the Never Enough looking pretty and catching all the fish. Those old plastic and Plexiglas trashy windows are also getting replaced.
Captain Tony is officially legal to fish for 2015! Legal to hunt and trap also. All tourist know about buying State of Alaska fishing license's, even locals need them. I almost went trolling in my skiff yesterday. While putting a couple things together, the realization of not buying my fishing license for 2015 set in. Glad I realized that prior to fishing because with my luck Alaska State Troopers would have found me for sure. While working on the Never Enough today, I saw Captain Clay pass my house on his way to find big King Salmon. With the State troopers right behind him "probably trying to find his secret fishing hole"
Today I got back on the Never Enough to pull the engine and reduction gear. I am purchasing a new reduction gear to match the 430 hp cummins diesel that I recently installed. We use the boomtruck for reaching into the boat and pulling the engine. It is good to be doing these things now rather than June 1. I have ran the Valhalla the last few years while working on the Never Enough. In 2015 the Never Enough will be the fish catching machine while the Valhalla either gets sold or really gone through also. The view from my house on these beautiful sunny calm days brings the thought of catching that big hungry King Salmon. That King Salmon that we know is swimming around right off the beach, is incentive enough to get these boats ready. In the picture of the boomtruck you can barely see the Coast Guard's new fast boat out there playing on such an awesome day!
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