Lunch out on the boat, on a typical fishing day, is not usually the main focus of the day. Especially when a hot bite is on, the last thing anybody wants to do is stop for something to eat. And sometimes, during a slow time when lunch is served, it is quickly forgotten as a king salmon zings a line out or a halibut starts tugging ferociously. But whether or not the anglers on the boat make time for eating, the boat lunch is always there and ready.
Fishing is often so exciting that lunch is forgotten, or at least put on the back burner.
Here’s how the boat lunch process works: Between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m., the boats come into the harbor bringing back fish, clients, and also the empty lunch coolers. These are brought in so they can be cleaned, sanitized and re-stocked with goodies in preparation for the next day.
Each boat lunch must be prepared with care so that the captain and/or deckhand can make fresh deli sandwiches on the boat to fit each clients’ taste. Choices of meat and cheeses, as well as a variety of toppings and condiments are carefully packed into the cooler, along with chips and sodas.
The “dry box” is also part of the boat lunch. Along with an assortment of crackers, fruit, tea and hot cocoa packets and a couple choices of bread, dry boxes also contain a variety of fresh homemade cookies. Dozens and dozens are made daily to satisfy the sweet tooths of the clients (as well as the captain and deckhand!)
So if your preference is turkey and cheddar with all the fixings, roast beef and pepperjack with a little bit of mayo, or ham and swiss with lettuce, pickle, and mustard, the boat lunches are filled with plenty of options to fit your liking.
Boat lunches may not seem like a huge part of your stay at Alaska Premier Charters, but like everything else, they are just one more small thing we do to make your trip more enjoyable!
~ Written by Kellie: Boat lunch maker, breakfast cook, and housekeeper