Alaska Premier Charters Inc. Wild Strawberry Lodge Sitka Alaska

Alaskan Experience

July 02nd, 2011

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 the shelf. I was ready for the fishing trip! I met Ina Mae at the breakfast line and she enjoyed some delicious crepes, bacon and eggs, fruit, oatmeal, toast and orange juice. I only had oatmeal and eggs because I did not want the "Helminen Curse" (of seasickness) to get me.

After putting on my mud boots and rain bibs, I picked up the backpack full of candy and goodies Ina Mae and I bought from the store the night before.We both have a huge sweet-tooth, so this was a definite necessity.

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Wildlife Encounters

June 27th, 2011

 


Sea Lions relaxing on Sea Lion Rocks

 

It's a wonderful day here at Alaska Premier Charters, Inc. and the boats are out fishing for the day. We are excited to hear about their adventures at dinner this evening. The wildlife has been quite active lately, which makes for an even better fishing experience! A few days ago on one of our vessels called the "IT'L'DO", we had a sea lion that attempted to steal a king salmon. The sea lion ripped the head off the fish, and our deckhand Dave managed to net the headless salmon. The fish head was reeled in still attached to the line! Check out the video footage one of the guests captured of this experience!

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Lending a hand to a great cause!

June 07th, 2011

 

 

 

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 at Crescent Harbor at Charter Row for a group photo and a quick briefing. The Kids Don't Float Alaska Program provided life jackets for the kids 12 and under. Theresa is President of SCBOA and coordinates this annual event with James Diffin, BBBS Sitka Community Director.

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New 2011 Halibut Release Awards

May 30th, 2011

 

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 during your stay with us. To recognize the anglers who do hook large halibut, we have a new program for those who release 100 pound plus size halibut.

 

It's called the Halibut Release Achievement Award. Any of our clients who catch a halibut over 100 pounds becomes a proud owner of an angling achievement award PLUS a gift certificate worth $200 that is redeemable on a future fishing trip with us! This makes it even easier for you to enjoy your vacation and look forward to your next one.

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Baitfish by the Box

May 22nd, 2011

 

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 the city cold storage.

 

Our pallets of bait herring being stored up high in the cold storage

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I had a wonderful time this past week. Mike (White) was my guide/Captain, and he is tops. I have fished all over the world (Hawaii, Canada, South America, Germany, England, Africa, Australia, New Zealand,) and many more places, but I say this sincerely: I liked your place the best of all. It was greeeeat. The young people working for you were GOOD!!! VERY GOOD. Thanks for your Hospitality. -David Bruce F. (July 2009)