First Catch of the Season

Our first fishing trip of the season came back in yesterday, meaning I finally caught sight of a gorgeous salmon. Up to that point, my prior experience with fish was pointing through the grocer’s window at a random steak, generally having no idea what I was ordering or what set it apart from a goldfish…

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The Great Alaskan Fishing Experience

Ina Mae and I were invited to go fishing yesterday. The day started bright and early at 4:45 a.m. I rolled out of bed, grabbed my camera and went to the rain gear room to find some rain gear my size. I quickly grabbed a pair of bibs and some size 9 mud boots off…

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Lending a hand to a great cause!

Big Brothers Big Sisters successful fishing event sponsored by the Sitka Charterboat Association. This year members of the Sitka Charterboat Operators Association (SCBOA) volunteered seven vessels to take the Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) out for an annual fishing day. This year was another successful event. At 12:30 pm on Sunday SCBOA and BBBS met…

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Registration…Check, Licenses…Check…

Whew! What a big job! Recently I had a hand in helping Theresa prepare our boats’ paperwork for the 2011 fishing season. It involved updating three-ring binders filled with documents that are required by law to be kept on each boat at all times for charter fishing trips…

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First Fish of 2011

Some of the fishing crew here at Wild Strawberry Lodge went out on the ocean for the first fishing trip of 2011 today. They were all excited to go catch some salmon and halibut at five-thirty this morning and all pitched in preparing the Full House for a day on the water…

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First Fish of 2011

Some of the fishing crew here at Wild Strawberry Lodge went out on the ocean for the first fishing trip of 2011 today. They were all excited to go catch some salmon and halibut at five-thirty this morning and all pitched in preparing the Full House for a day on the water…

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Testimonial From the Buie Party

Admiral Theresa- On behalf of the Buie Party, I want to take this opportunity to say THANK YOU! We truly had a blast….Arthur and Jess had been after the rest of us to plan a fishing trip for at least 5 years! I don’t know why we waited so long to take the plunge. WE…

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Three Days Left

There are only three days left to save significant money on airfare to Alaska during Alaska Airlines’ PFD Airfare Sale!…

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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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