Boat Lunches

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…

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Working as the Head Processor

When I first got hired at Alaska Premier Charters, Inc. as the head processor I didn’t know what to expect or how it would go. When I arrived it was a totally different world than cutting grass on a golf course. The first day of work was a whirlwind. The head processing job entailed many…

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At the Airport

We had another big arrival yesterday and a big departure this morning. Arrivals and departures are very important to us, because we know that first and last impressions are what people tend to remember the most. So we try to take care to make sure that everything goes as smoothly as possible for you at…

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Superstitions and Lucky Charms

Don’t Push Your Luck! Especially on Friday the 13th… Fishing is a delicate business. There are unseen forces at work, paying attention to the care and respect you devote to the ocean, the boat, the gear, and the sport overall. So it’s important to adhere to special rules and follow specific routines to ensure the…

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Sea Lions and Salmon

Sometimes when fishing, you don’t get exactly what you bargained for. That’s part of the fun – and frustration – of fishing! It’s what keeps it from getting boring and predictable, especially when you are fishing in the great wide ocean. You never absolutely KNOW what is going to happen…

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The Perfect Vacation

I always know I’ve had a great trip when I return home happily exhausted, missing my vacation friends and family and, of course, despising my first week, “back in the grind.” Just returning from Sitka, Alaska, I knew I’d just had a perfect vacation. A perfect vacation always includes excellent fishing…

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Life on the Beach

There is no question that our main focus here is on fishing. But there is a lot that happens on the beach during the day, while the boats are out on the water…

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A Sample Fishing Day with Alaska Premier Charters

Sitka, Alaska — It’s 4:25 a.m. and the sun is rising over the mountains. I’m wide awake, excited about my upcoming day; I’ve been up for almost an hour already in anticipation. I’ve heard all about the World Class Fishing in Sitka—now I’m about to find out for myself why it’s so thrilling…

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Catching a 404 Pound Halibut

Every once in awhile, something so spectacular happens out on the fishing grounds that it is the buzz of the lodge for the rest of the season. Usually the event revolves around big fish. The 60 pound king salmon caught on June 18 was one such exciting story. Just under a month later, on July…

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Music on the Front Lawn

Fishing. It’s what brings us all together, how we meet new people, and renew old friendships. Every group of clients we have here is different. Some are long-time anglers and have been coming to Alaska fishing for twenty years. They know all the ins and outs of mooching for salmon and soaking for halibut. They…

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Fireworks and Sitka Silver Salmon

Friday was rainy and cool, and we wondered if our fourth of July fireworks might once again be postponed. But things cleared up as evening approached, and although everything was wet, the sky was clear and the night was calm, so the fireworks continued as scheduled…

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Fourth of July Celebrations in Sitka

The fourth of July has come and gone, and, like all over the U.S., Sitka celebrated our nation’s independence. Unfortunately, the weather wasn’t cooperating for the three-day celebration. It was cold, wet and rainy, but it didn’t hamper anyone’s enthusiasm. The whole town had a carnival atmosphere…

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Fishing For Halibut

Halibut are another exciting fish to catch in Sitka, Alaska. Of all flat fish, halibut are the largest, averaging about 25 to 35 pounds, but growing up to over 400 pounds. They are typically found on the bottom of the ocean in depths from 50 feet to over 600 feet…

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Mooching for Salmon

Many people who fish at our lodge for the first time have never “mooched” before, for salmon. “Mooching,” (not to be confused with smooching), is a style of fishing developed by the Japanese in Seattle’s Elliott Bay in the 1920’s. In essence, the purpose of mooching is to get the bait (a cut plug herring)…

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BIG King Salmon in Sitka

“I was reeling up my line, and at 10 feet below the surface, I got a bite. Something took the bait straight out from the boat, and I wondered if a sea lion had gotten a hold of it, line was peeling out so fast. Then it breached, and I saw this monster king salmon…

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