Alaska Premier Charters Inc. Wild Strawberry Lodge Sitka Alaska

Resolutions for 2013

New Year's Resolutions

December 23, 2012

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 we update our eNewsletter layout.

That said, we have two very important resolutions to make and we ask you to help us stick to our goals. Our New Year’s Resolutions for an amazing 2013 are: 1.) Update our blog at least once a month and 2.) Update our eNewsletter style to be more contemporary. We are letting you know to make sure we stay accountable.

Read more: Resolutions for 2013

A Whale of a Tale

June 23, 2012

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 disbelief though, when I hear of one of our own catching a whale. Of course, it was instantly written off as a captain making fun of my naivety. Though with every other person involved who I talk to, I’ve come to realize it wasn’t so much of a joke.

Apparently, one of our deckhands caught a whale. From what I’ve heard, Jack was not doing so well on the water, which directly contradicts the smack-talk he was spouting all day.

Read more: A Whale of a Tale

My First Catch

June 10, 2012

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 to cast, and what we were looking for in noticing a bite on the line. I’d been fishing and I knew how to cast, but casting with this type of rod is very different than the light bass pole I knew so well. Instead of bringing the rod back over your shoulder and throwing forward, you do something dubbed the “around the world,” namely taking a short lateral swivel to the side before swinging the lead around the tip of the rod and dropping line merely a few feet from you and the boat. I found this the most challenging part because I was constantly worried I would snag on the line of the angler next to me.

Read more: My First Catch

Too Many Sights for Two Eyes

June 7, 2012

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 doesn’t help that seasickness is probably my second worst fear. But fortunately for me, my sheer excitement was overpowering enough to push those fears to a dark corner of my mind. Everyone was just humming with excitement, practically vibrating as they stepped on the boat at the dock. Anytime I get to wear a pair of overalls, rubber or otherwise, I’m pretty much a happy camper, so I was strutting my stuff and talking a big game, just itching to get my new gloves on a huge fish.

Read more: Too Many Sights for Two Eyes

Almost Fishin'

June 1, 2012

The excitement is ramping up because tomorrow is my first day on the water. I’ve been looking forward to this since the start of my season at Alaska Premier Charters, Inc. & The Wild Strawberry Lodge and now I’m just on the edge of my seat in anticipation of tomorrow’s launch. I’m not a real experienced angler, nothing besides an occasional pike or bass anyway, but with the great deckhand and captain that have been lined up for tomorrow I feel prepared to get my fishing on. I’ll tell you right now that I’m worried about getting seasick, but because I am worried that is probably a decent sign; I’ve never been worried about something that actually happens. It’s the stuff that blindsides you that should concern you.

Read more: Almost Fishin'

My wife and I had a vacation of a lifetime and the Wild Strawberry Lodge was a FIVE STAR experience! Thank you all for this outstanding vacation. -J. Keeter (2013)