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Kings, Kings, and More Kings

By August 11, 20112 Comments

As is typical for Sitka, silver fishing ranges from good to excellent this mid-August with limit or near limit catches on a daily basis. The average size silver isn’t quite as large as normal but we have seen some big fishing including an 18 pounder landed by Dorothy Fountain fishing with Captain Phil Carlson. What is unexpected for mid-August is the shear numbers of king salmon still  swimming around. No matter where we fish, it seems kings are abundant at levels normally seen in at the height of the June season. Additionally, there are huge schools of immature kings, known as blackmouth. These fish are 4 to 10 pounds and nearly endless in some locations – which bodes well for king abundance next year. So, we have the unique problem of running away from places where there are too many kings or fishing very shallow to avoid kings so we can catch limits of silvers. As problems go, this is a very good one. The seas remain very flat, halibut limits are easily and quickly attained, lingcod is open early and this season is cruising along in fine form.

Magdalena and deckhand Logan with one of the big late season kings.


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