September 10, 2014 – Fall is big fish season and the fish are on a feeding frenzy to pack on weight for the coming winter. Gerry Jones of Cape Girado, MO. landed the 277 pound halibut, pictured above, after a 1 1/2 hour battle on a whole herring for bait. The big fish was taken from the very same spot as our lodge record (361 pounds) was caught last September. Gerry did a great job fighting the fish, which took all the line off the reel twice causing the boat to have to follow in pursuit. Halibut fishing has been very strong this September, along with ling cod, yelloweye rockfish and silver salmon. The silvers have slowed some from their peak but are still being taken on cut plug herring, slow trolled behind flashers.
Ling Cod are feeding very aggressively right now as they try to pack on weight for the coming winter. . Chris Conway, Aniel Poonai and Buck Buckley caught several including one that topped out over 70 pounds. The ling cod are being caught on rock piles and vertical rock walls while we are fishing for black rockfish. The ling are taking 4 ounce Candlefish jigs but are also a by catch of an unsuspecting who previously hooked a rockfish the ling cod had targeted for dinner. In addition to the lings and rockfish, halibut and silver salmon remain very strong as we head into September. Fishing in the early fall is always good and this season seems to be shaping up as one of the best.
Aug. 3rd, 2014 – Eleven year old Billy O’Malley of Hinsdale, IL. caught the second biggest king salmon ever taken at Kodiak Island Resort today. The fish weighed 39 pounds 8 ounces when weighed at the lodge. Billy weighs in at 68 pounds and found this huge king to be a terrific fighter. The big fish made two long runs dumping the reel all the way to the spindle twice. Get battle and great fun for everyone including Billy’s father Bill Uncle Paul and older cousin Nick. I addition to the monster king salmon the party also caught a limit oh halibut and 10 coho salmon in addition to several tanner crabs. The weather was a balmy 72 degrees with clear skies and lots of sunshine. Nothing beats Kodiak Island weather and fishing in August.
Captain Joe and girlfriend Jenny are the proud parents of a newly born daughter. Beautiful baby Madison was delivered on 7/28/14 in Naples, FL and welcomed by two excited and loving parents. Madison was 20 inches long and weighed 7 pounds four ounces at birth. There have been many great memories at Kodiak Island Resort over the last nine years but nothing comes close to the feelings a new born granddaughter evokes. I am overwhelmed with emotions and proud to be a granddad to such a precious being. All of us at the lodge wish Madison and her parents a happy and prosperous future. Great Job Guys!!!!
Thank you for your hospitality… It was a really nice time.
Your staff was always kind and attentive, and the fishing was great. But your staff was what made it special. Fishing can be great anywhere and I have been places where the fishing could be termed “better”. But nowhere was the staff providing the services better. That takes the discussion to a whole new level of how your facility stacks against others in the same business.
Jim Thibodeau and sons Troy and Chad from Minneapolis just completed another visit to Alaska’s Kodiak Island Resort with great flair. The guys enjoyed everything we have to offer including a killer whale show, seeing a mama brown bear and two cubs, digging limit of razor clams, catching another limit of tanner crabs and capping off their visit with an Alaska reef fish grand slam on their last day. Jim lead the way with a 115 pound halibut and 40 pound ling cod and they each caught a 20 pound yelloweye rockfish in addition to limits of halibut and black rockfish.
This was their second visit to our lodge and they vow to fish with our charter business in Naples, FL this winter. This is a great family and the type which makes our job so great. They enjoyed everything we offered and we enjoyed equally showing them everything we could in our special area.
June 24, 2014 – Two lodge records were established yesterday on Captain Joe’s 37th birthday. Victor Harten from Azle Texas boated a 37 pound king salmon to set the lodge record for biggest king ever taken by a lodge guest. Less than 30 minutes later Ken Carson of Fort Worth shattered Victor’s record by landing a 41 pound trophy king salmon. Both fish were taken on slow trolled cut/plug herring. For the day the party had six total kings plus 10 halibut up to 35 pounds. Not bad for two Texas bass fisherman.
Happy birthday to Capt. Joe!