Fishing is one of the oldest activities in the history of the human kind. Once it was necessary for providing food sustainment, and still is for some communities, but today it is also a world sport with thousands of passionate followers. Have you seen “Salmon fishing in the Yemen”? It makes you want to be surrounded by salmon rich open water, and stunning scenery, and if this is what you’re after, nothing, quite compares to Alaska.
Thanks to its climate, Alaska is one of the world’s top locations for sport fishing, and the Southeastern city of Ketchikan was once known as the “Salmon Capital of the World”.
What’s to stop you from booking an Alaska adventure then? Maybe your partner isn’t a big fan of fishing and would prefer something a little more relaxing and cultural…so have you thought about an Alaska cruise?
A cruise is the perfect combination of sightseeing, relaxing and fishing adventures, and can be a great solution in case of a travel partner that simply has different interests.
Get ready for the discovery of the Last Frontier: start from Ketchikan
Ketchikan is located at the bottom of the Southeastern region of Alaska, and between May and September there’s no better place to fish than in the waters of this city. Ketchikan is also a place full of history, and there’s plenty to do if you’re passionate about native culture.
Take a walk in Creek Street, one of the nicest wooden boardwalks in the US, and visit the museums, galleries and shops. The Totem Heritage Center, in particular, hosts totems which were rescued from abandoned native villages of the Tlingit tribe.
However, if you’re really interested in the native culture, you can’t miss a visit to the Saxman native village. Here you can observe artists sculpting canoes, paddles and masks, and experience Traditional Native dance performances in the Saxman Tribal House.
Sport fishing: great charter operators and lots of fun
There are several charter operators that organize half, one or several days of fishing tours and trips.
A very good one is The Salty Sea Charter, which got excellent reviews in Tripadvisor and is known for the expertise and kindness of the owner and captain, John Rose. This operator offers four, six or eight hours fishing charters, and the vessel, Stellar Blue, is fully equipped with everything you may need on your expedition. Mr Rose will also help you purchase the Alaska fishing license – necessary if you don’t want to be caught in nets different from the fish ones.
A second option could be The Northern Lights Charter, who also organize large group fishing parties and have been in operation for more than 23 seasons. Ken, the skipper, will not only help you in developing your fishing skills, but will also share with you his knowledge about the area and landscape. This charter has very good rates also.
Tired of fishing or in need of a rest? After a day in Ketchikan, your cruise ship will welcome you with fantastic shows and SPA facilities. Adventure and fun: what more could you ask for from your vacation?
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Speaking of which, I have grown up my entire life in Hawaii near the ocean and admit that I have never gone sport fishing. I am a self proclaimed veteran when it comes to scuba diving but when it comes to reeling in a fish as opposed to spearing one I haven’t a clue.
I’ll be back to read more next time
I have once fished in Alaska, however, I have never been to Ketchikan. Thanks for recommending it!