Fishing over the past week continued to have very bright spots, especially at Cape Edgecumbe where quick limits of kings and halibut were the rule. Unfortunately, the weather began to get challenging on a couple of days.
On Memorial Day weekend we got quite a strong southeast blow for two days. The boats that made it to the Cape got king limits in a hurry. The protected waters of Shelikof Bay also produced kings for some boats. The halibut fishing remains strong at the Cape for nice “chicken” halibut. Bigger flatfish have come mainly from deep water forays or as incidental bonuses while fishing for rockfish or salmon near shore.
On June 3, Bob Faine, who has fished with AU for 29 years now, and his fishing friend Max Furer caught halibut of 42 and 47 inches and two nice kings while anchored over a gravel flat with Captain Tom. This was lucky for all because the winds prevented the offshore halibut trip.
As May comes to an end – the summary is good weather most of the time, good king fishing most of the time, good halibut fishing all the time, and some of the best lingcod scores in years.