The Clock of Sitka

The tree overhanging the processing room is always burdened by ravens and eagles that sit overlooking the harbor. I find myself watching them every time I pass a window on that side of the lodge; for someone who’d never seen one before arriving in Alaska, they are really interesting creatures…

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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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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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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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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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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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