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Old 12-29-2017, 11:22 AM
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Ok guys the old lady wants to fishing for her birthday. I have no idea on where to take her. Got to be
nice and there will be 2 to three couples.
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Old 12-29-2017, 11:25 AM
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Ok guys the old lady wants to fishing for her birthday. I have no idea on where to take her. Got to be
nice and there will be 2 to three couples.
Budget? sky's the limit..
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Old 12-29-2017, 11:29 AM
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Not on a budget just want it to be nice But I am cheap ///////////////////////
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Old 12-29-2017, 11:53 AM
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Check out Yes Bay Lodge outside of Ketchikan.

Www.Yesbay.com
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http://fishportprotection.com
Well off the beaten path..

Fly in to Ketchikan..
You can either do a very nostalgic float plane to Port P, or take the Ferry to Hollis then go up. This option would give you a 3 hour "Inside Passage" Alaskan cruise sample.

Another option would be to take Island Air Express over to Klawock then go up.

Groups that size may consider Catch-a-King in Craig Alaska. Condominium lodging on the water.
http://www.catchakingcharters.com/the-lodge/

Same day travel from the east coast for both of these. Thats something to factor in when making plans.
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Old 12-29-2017, 03:15 PM
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What do you want to fish for? See? Do?

I may not be the right outfit for you, but I've been around for a while and know plenty outfitters of all different types.
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Old 12-29-2017, 03:28 PM
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Ok guys the old lady wants to fishing for her birthday. I have no idea on where to take her. Got to be
nice and there will be 2 to three couples.
This is an easy one...
One thing about fishing in Alaska is that you DON'T want to go anywhere that you can drive to (crowds). The downside is if your spouses need malls, etc to keep busy, this ain't for them.
Call/contact Rob at http://www.fishalaskacharters.com/. You won't be sorry. I fished with him this past August and it was phenomenal. I would say the experience of a lifetime, but I'm going back.
Beautiful scenery......
Very nice accommodations......
Knowledgeable guide that will put you on fish.......
Wonderful hostess that prepares great food........
Fishing was outstanding.......



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Old 12-29-2017, 03:32 PM
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^^ i have fished with Fish Alaska and Rob and you won’t be disappointed. Not bragging but my group caught stud salmon, ling, yellow eyes, and unbelievable Halibut. One weighed in at 350#s. After a lot a research Gustavus was the place that i was pretty much assured i would fish everyday and not be cancelled or due to rough seas.defitely factor that in when deciding. Being there is one thing. Fishing is another in some of those places. Icy Straight is fishable pretty much 100%.

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Old 12-29-2017, 07:06 PM
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I thought Sitka was amazing, it does have small cruise ships that visit so in some ways that may benefit you so the ladies can enjoy some non-fishing tourism.

But everything ^^ these guys are mentioning sounds even better. But Sitka may be worth a glance.
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Old 12-29-2017, 07:41 PM
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Most every fishing vacation at an AK lodge is expensive, $1000.00 per day per person is normal, and that's without airfare, it may include local transportation to the lodge though.

Normally the food and accommodations are very good, plus some have included spa options to attract the wives. The fishing for Halibut and other bottom fish is somewhat predictable and typically good, but weather dependent. Salmon fishing while normally at least fair, can fluctuate a great deal, could be fantastic, or a real struggle. If you pic the wrong region with good salmon fishing that year, and really want salmon, you may be disappointed. And the era of huge salmon is pretty much over, while not small, the average size has dropped dramatically.

In remote lodge locations the bear viewing can be great, and very close up if you want, other wildlife is abundant too.

Cruise ships dock at some of the larger cities, and these offer some touristy stuff if you or your wife like that sort of thing.

Expect cool weather and rain, good weather can be a seldom experienced treat some years.
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Old 12-30-2017, 09:53 AM
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Here's some pics featuring a fellow tht'er that fished with me last summer.

This is what it's like end of July and Aug typically. Limits of halibut and coho (silver) salmon.

Let me know if I can help in any way.

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Originally Posted by rbhankins001 View Post
Here's some pics featuring a fellow tht'er that fished with me last summer.

This is what it's like end of July and Aug typically. Limits of halibut and coho (silver) salmon.

Let me know if I can help in any way.

Wow those pics make me want to book a trip now
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Old 12-30-2017, 07:35 PM
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If you want to see actual Alaska, hop on a flight to Anchorage and rent an RV for 2 weeks. You will not see "real" Alaska on a cruise, I lived in Ketch for a good while, while it's a nice town it caters to the cruise ships, as most of the stops for the cruises in SE are like that. With the RV, you can drive up and see the interior, spend some time on the Kenai (Alaska's Playground) etc... The charters out of the road systems ports tend up having to run a LONG ways to get to the fish however. It's not uncommon to run 40-60miles each way, and these are not 60' Spencers making those runs. Fishing out of Homer/Cook Inlet is shorter runs but you will be fishing heavy leads and deep heavy current, like up to 5lbs of lead (main complaint from most of my clients coming from there). One other thing with Alaskan charters, nearly all are "head boat style". You will be doing the boat plan, so if you want to do nothing but fish for big halibut or kings you will probably only get a small amount of that time. You want to find someone where you can book the whole boat and say, this is what we want to do, can you accommodate. You will see tourists on the road system, but it's no where near as bad as he SE ports when a cruise ship pulls in. The town of Ketch we got as many as 8 ships a day, something like 14-15000 people a day.
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Old 12-31-2017, 07:05 AM
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Wife and I took a trip to British Columbia and fished at Roberts fish camp. Float plane from Vancouver to floating camp. Yes , camp was in a cove and all buildings were on floating logs and tied to shore. It's a fishing camp and that's what you do there. Wakeup ,eat ,fish, drink, eat sleep repeat for three days. Each day we fish on our own boat and had same Capt ,and each day we would target a different fish then limit out on salmon. Caught salmon, rock fish and halibut up to 45# . Did this in the beginning of their season and it was not crowded but is later in the summer. Biggest surprise is how much fish you end up coming home with. We brought back 175# of packed fish. They fileted, vacuum sealed, and froze fish on site, for a small fee, ,then boxed and got them ready to ship. We packed light and only had a carry-on ,and went business class which gave us a free bag, so we only had to pay for one box of fish, $135.00 ,so that wasn't too bad. Consider the shipping of your fish in the equation, and how the resort will get you the fish. We left with three others in the floatplane and had no room for anything else. Their fish,ours filled the back seats and floats. Resort would of kept extra boxed for the next plane, but would of got lost , I'm sure trying to catch up with us. Was a great trip, would do it again, not that I feel like eating Salmon again. Find out about all processing fees,shipping fees and other cost, as we were told that some folks get the surprised at the end of the trip. Kinda like the bar bill at the end of a four day cruise to the Bahamas. Enjoy .
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I'm going to refer to the top of the thread and ask what is cheap to you? Cheap varies person-to-person. Also, do you want to do offshore fishing or inland fishing?

With that info, I can give some advice. The advice given by those above is solid regarding road system, weather, fishing conditions, etc. Full disclosure: I'm a pilot and guide at a lodge in SW Alaska. Going on season 14 this summer.
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Old 01-04-2018, 03:04 PM
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The Hali's in the pictures are fine, but those Salmon are all Coho's & pretty small. Much of Alaska is severely restricted for what a non-resident lodge guest can retain. The size of Halibut you can retain also varies widely by area in AK - check the regs before you book as the only bigger liars that fishermen are the lodge owners.

British Columbia may be a better option:
www.westcoastresorts.com
www.westcoastfishingclub.com

The year 2018 will be seeing new restrictions on Chinook Salmon fishing - as an example SE Alaska got hit with a total closure for Chinook in August 2017.
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