The Kennedy party began their trip at the Cape with Captain Chuck and Captain Tom. They bounced around from the gravel to the hourglass to deep west structure to locate their salmon. Although they found silvers at each spot, the bite slowed down, so Chuck took his group halibut fishing offshore to change the energy. They caught their fish within an hour of baits hitting the bottom and got the momentum back on their side. After the halibut success, they went back to salmon fishing. They finished day one at the Shark Hole and found a promising bite catching two kings and a handful of silvers in an hour of fishing.
Chuck returned to the Shark Hole the next day only to find a few cohos in two hours of work. So, since the ocean calmed down, they took off and decided to settle in the Parking Lot. They found a school of kings and quickly boated their limit and released a few others. A few cohos and halibut were also sprinkled in. Then they ran to the Cape where Tom and his guys were wrapping up their coho limit. Chuck’s boat landed a few silvers and released some big lingcod before the day was done.
On the last day, the sun finally broke through the clouds and turned into the most beautiful day we’ve seen in weeks. Chuck and Tom drove straight to the Parking Lot where the king bite was productive the day before. The bite was slower, so Chuck decided to go halibut fishing. Tom and his anglers stayed.
Chuck went to his reliable spot offshore and quickly put his guys on another limit of halibut just under the 42” limit. He returned to the Parking Lot right after that. During their time away, Tom’s anglers landed their kings and a few other silvers. Chuck and Tom would both venture north stopping at Twin Point and Georgiana to wrap up the trip. They picked up silvers and kings at each, and found a big school of kings at Twin Point.
Most groups are catching 2-4 kings a day with double digit coho numbers. The cohos are averaging 10 pounds. Halibut fishing is still very reliable both near shore and offshore. Most groups who travel offshore find consistently larger fish nearing the slot limit. With the ocean flattening out and fish arriving all along the coast, it should make for adventurous week of fishing in Sitka!