May 28, 2006
May 28 was the start of fishing with guests for the 2006 season. Our guests focused mostly on halibut. Early in the week halibut fishing was spotty, and the deeper spots produced more fish. On Friday we found some fish in the 40 to 60 pound range in water about 200 feet deep. Early indications are that this will be another good halibut year based on the numbers of small fish we are seeing early. The other good sign is we are seeing a lot more herring this year than last year.
We didn't catch any kings. There were few boats of any kind fishing for kings. I did get a report from Elfin Cove that they are seeing lots of kings, with a good number of larger fish. By the time I started to write this report on Monday afternoon, June 5th, our guests had already landed two kings today so things are looking up. We have small groups of people both last week and this.
The average take home per guest was 63.6 pounds of fillets. Average number of salmon caught 0; average number of halibut caught 12.3. Average number of fish caught 12.3. Many of the halibut were released because of their small size, but we did take several fish weighing in the 60-pound range.