During the past week, fishing was very reliable and productive at The Cape. The entire fleet was at The Cape today; doing drifts outside the troll line. There isn’t much structure, just large schools of silvers feeding high in deep water. Kings are mixed in, but not as common. Captain Phil and the Willard party spent the morning catching over half their limit of silvers and fighting a salmon shark before heading offshore to halibut fish. Within 45 minutes of anchoring for halibut, they had their four – all over 40 inches and below the slot. Other boats in the fleet followed Phil to the same area and managed to have similar results. Once finished with halibut, they returned to The Cape to fill the rest of their silver limit before heading calling it a day.
Captain Chuck and the Solberg party spent the entire day fishing with salmon gear. They mixed in time drifting deep where the silvers were most abundant with time at the gravel flat in search of their kings and halibut. Jerry Palmberg hooked into a monster salmon shark that he fought for two hours, with many visuals, before the brute strength of the shark resulted in a gear malfunction setting it free. Captain Chuck estimated the shark to be around 150 pounds.
The weather was beautiful today – sunny with calm waters. After most of the storm moved through yesterday, many groups reported seeing bears and herds of black tail deer roaming the shorelines.