Captain James fishing with the Schmidt party brought in the first 24 silver limit of the season on July 16 as the first big wave arrived. Limits or near limits of silvers were the rule for our boats that participated. This was a rapid and sort of strange change over from solid king fishing one day to excellent silver fishing the next day. The best king catches in recent days have come a long way away from the best silver catches. You could have one or the other, but not both. That will change as the silvers get more established. Halibut fishing in the tame depths of 300 feet or less has been red hot with some testing the 45-inch limit. We’re in midsummer form in Sitka.
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If catching kings, silvers, halibut, rockfish, and more – all on the same day – excites you, give us a call. We still have a few prime dates in August.