Ketchikan, Alaska, US
Alaska Fishing & Wilderness Dining: In Partnership with FOOD & WINE Magazine
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Approximately 5 - 6 Hours
Perfect for serious adventurers or families, this is an authentic fishing excursion in the unspoiled wilderness of Alaska's coastline. The outing is customized to the skill level of those participating, with just five or six guests per boat. Light tackle is the boat's specialty, ensuring excitement when fish are brought aboard.
Your tour begins at a downtown marina, where you are outfitted from head to toe. You'll board an open-air boat (skiff) and glide into a breathtaking landscape. Cruising out past the busy charter-boat port, you'll head into secluded locations for wildlife viewing and remote fishing. Experience the thrill of angling for numerous Alaskan bottom-fish species and whichever of the five species of Pacific salmon are in season. Salmon fishing options are trolling, jigging, and mooching.
The skiff then heads to a wilderness campsite, where a crackling fire awaits. You'll settle into the stillness of the rain forest, rest on a beach log and breathe deeply among centuries-old spruce trees and fragrant cedars. An outdoor culinary adventure is yours to savor as the camp cook blends homemade fish broth and delicately seasoned potatoes. You'll dine on your freshly-caught bottom-fish served atop a saffron-infused bouillabaisse. If salmon are in season and your group managed to land a couple, the chef will grill it over the fire for a true Southeast Alaskan experience. Enjoy fire-warmed sourdough rolls, signature rhubarb-blueberry bread pudding and steaming mugs of coffee or hot chocolate as well. It's no wonder Food & Wine magazine rated this 'the world's best camp meal ever'.
Your tour concludes with a short walk back to the ship and memories of fish tales with friends old and new.
Alaska State law requires a valid one-day fishing license, which can be purchased for US$25 cash at the Outfitting Room. Maximum capacity is a party of six. Participants must be physically active, as this tour requires negotiating uneven terrain and the skiff is open to the elements. Dress warmly in layers. Rain gear, rubber boots, comfortable float jackets, wool socks, hats, gloves, fishing equipment and tackle, are provided. Minimum age is 5 years. Maximum weight is 350 lbs. Not advisable for guests using a wheelchair. Wildlife sightings are likely but are not guaranteed.