Ready to go Fishing?

Thinking about a fishing trip in Alaska is never too early, especially when there are so many considerations to do so. The length of the trip, lodging and meals, boat size, crew and experience, and many other things come into play when deciding where to go. Sitka has the highest unit of angler success per…

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Resolutions for 2013

We have decided here at Alaska Premier Charters, Inc. and the Wild Strawberry Lodge that it is time for us to make some New Year’s Resolutions for 2013. We have a couple of confessions to make: Our blog has been neglected far too much during this past year. In addition to that, it is time…

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A Whale of a Tale

Living together in the staff house with many of the deckhands and crew of Alaska Premier Charters, Inc. and the Wild Strawberry Lodge, I’ve heard many tales that can only be told through a fisherman. Some are wild, some extreme, some blatantly fake, but they all start with some tiny kernel of truth. Imagine my…

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My First Catch

Finally getting the chance to fish, I threw myself into the act. We started with mooching for King Salmon and I was immediately glad that I was on a boat full of novice anglers. The captain and deckhand each grabbed a rod and gave us a quick run through on how to hold it, how…

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Too Many Sights for Two Eyes

I just recently went out on my first full-length fishing expedition on the open water of the Pacific, courtesy of Alaska Premier Charters, Inc. Of course, it was worrisome for me considering I tend to over think the large sea dwelling creatures below me and get very paranoid about deep water in general. It also…

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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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New 2011 Halibut Release Awards

For 2011 we have a new awards program going on all summer long here at Alaska Premier Charters, Inc. There are new regulations preventing guided anglers in Southeast Alaska from retaining any halibut over 37 inches on charter fishing trips. We don’t want this to dampen your spirits while fishing on the great Pacific Ocean…

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Baitfish by the Box

It’s that time of year when we order our bait for the new fishing season. We recently received our shipment of herring – 200 cases of tray pack herring on five pallets came in on the barge from Washington. Since we don’t have room in our freezers at the lodge, we rent freezer space at…

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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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