Alaska Premier Charters Inc. Wild Strawberry Lodge Sitka Alaska

Big Brothers Big Sisters

June 16, 2010

“Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska strengthens our communities by providing mentors to all children who need and want a caring adult role model – special friends who can help them expand their horizons, realize their potential and enrich their futures – changing their lives.” The Sitka Charterboat Operators Association sponsored another Big Brothers Big Sisters fishing event this year. This is an annual event, usually held in late May or early June, that allows for a free day of fishing adventure for children.

Five boats, with 22 participants, left the docks around 8:30 in the morning for some angling, hoping to bring home a full load of King salmon among others.

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Three Days Left!

October 20th, 2010

 

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

 

Book your fishing trip now, to take advantage of great deals on flights to Alaska!

 

We say it stands for Positively Fantastic Deals. Alaska Airlines says Priced For Departure, but however you want to look at it, you can "Save Money Now" on your air travel to Sitka next summer!

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APC Staff Party

September 10th, 2010

 

It's early September, and our fishing season is winding down now. The entire staff has worked hard the past four months and deserved a little break and some recognition for everything they have contributed to the team over the summer. So Tuesday night we were treated to a staff party with food and drinks, music, gifts, games, and prizes.

 

This was the fourth APC staff party I've attended, in as many years. Some of the people have changed over the years, and the games and prizes were different as well, but it's always a treat to see everyone out of "work mode" and just relaxing and enjoying one another's company.

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Boat Lunches

September 05th, 2010

 

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.

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Working as the Head Processor

August 24th, 2010

 

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 different responsibilities, all new to me.

 

The main duties involve boxing fish in the morning and processing all the fish when the boats come in, in the afternoon. It also involves making client fish boxes, labeling fish bags for the different species and making sure the clients' fish gets processed the way they want it done. I had to learn the ins and outs of the processing room which include how to keep different parties of fish separated, how to fillet salmon, rock fishes, and lingcod, and skin halibut fillets. (I first had to learn how to look at a fillet and identify which species that fillet belonged to.) Finally, I had to learn how to weigh the finished product and make sure the weights are right for each party so they know how much fish they're taking home.

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Just a quick note to thank you for the great trip Kevin and I had. We really didn't know what to expect, but everything exceeded our expectations, from the lodge which has a real home feeling, the food which was superb and the great service. The crew on our boat (Johnny, Mike and Eldie) were the best and we would not have caught nearly as many fish without their help. Both Kevin and I agreed even without catching the big Halibut on our 2nd day we would have considered it a great trip, the big catch just made it even more memorable. We grilled halibut and salmon for dinner last night and the fish was superb and we have decided this will be an annual trip, so we look forward to seeing you next year. Thanks again for everything. -Andy B. (July 2009)