All posts by Andy Walgamott

Just Map It Delivers Custom Maps For Sportsmen, Landowners, Others Throughout Continent

Just Map It is your custom mapping service for real estate, land ownership, recreation and the energy industry throughout North America. We map lakes, rivers, popular hiking trails and even motorcycle tours to satisfy customer needs.  Anyone can now quickly order a custom map to help plan their next outdoor adventure.

Each map is professionally created using the latest GIS data. Custom maps can be printed on various media, including weatherproof.  Wall maps and digital maps are also available. Waypoint files of your map can be provided for GPS units and maps can be drawn with files from your GPS unit as well.

Deb Homme, cartographer and founder of Just Map it has years of practical experience creating custom maps for large high-end ranches and real estate properties.

Specializing in custom mapping – USGS topographic maps, BLM maps and aerial maps for landowners, real estate, outfitters & guides, hunters, and outdoor recreation, seamless quadrangles and BLM maps to cover the specific areas.

Just Map It… for all your mapping needs.  Custom maps for real estate, land ownership or outdoor adventure.

Visit www.justmapit.net

406-861-8880

A Hell Of A Trip — Snake River Adventures Takes Anglers Into Famed Canyon

OH HELL!

Hells Canyon, Idaho, that is. The deepest river gorge in North America, cut to over a mile and half deep by the Snake River, and home to some of the most diverse, isolated sport fishing in the world!

Snake River Adventures offers fishing charters into Hells Canyon for steelhead, small-mouth bass, trout and most impressively, the great White Sturgeon!

Small Mouth Bass are more than plentiful and average around 1lb.  Rainbow Trout reach the 20″ mark.  All poles and tackle are provided unless you choose to fly fish, in which case you are welcome to bring your own. This is often combined with catching the Mighty White Sturgeon.  Fish for the mighty Sturgeon, which reaches lengths in the Snake River of 10 feet or more, and after an hour of reeling you start to wonder who has who! While your guide keeps an eye on the sturgeon rod, you can pass the time by catching trout and bass.

Snake River Adventures offers you a chance to fish for the plentiful A-run Steelhead of the Snake and Salmon Rivers. Or if you choose you can fish the larger B-run Steelhead of the Clearwater River. The A-run Steelhead average 6 to 8 pounds and the B-run Steelhead average 12 to 14 pounds.

We offer different techniques to accommodate your steelhead fishing abilities. We can troll bait and plugs or drift bait; whichever suits you best. Top quality rods and reels are used and we provide all bait and tackle.

Hunt for Chukar , a small upland game bird, while your pole is in the water awaiting a bite on the line. Fish for Sturgeon, Trout, Bass, or Steelhead, depending on the time of year. Snake River Adventures will provide poles, bait and tackle. All you will need to bring is your shotgun and shells (lead shot is OK) as well as an Idaho upland game stamp and fishing license.

Snake River Adventures is based out of Lewiston, Idaho, and offers two overnight options in the canyon, Kirby Creek Lodge and the historic Sheep Creek Ranch. Both lodges are only accessible by boat and provide a truly one-of-a-kind overnight stay for two day, three day or more day fishing trips.

Fishing charters can be for 1-boat of up to five persons, or corporate fishing trips for many more!

Snake River Adventures, Lewiston, Idaho: :Our Fun Starts Where The Others Turn Around”. Check out our website at www.SnakeRiverAdventures.com and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/IDSnakeRiverAdventures.

Forbes Offers ‘Extremely Accurate, Light Weight, Dependable Hunting Rifles’

Forbes Rifle LLC was formed in late 2011 with the expressed purpose of bringing quality, lightweight, accurate firearms of an award-winning design to market at an affordable price. The Model 24B, based on the New Ultra Light Arms Model 24 was introduced to the firearms and hunting communities at the 2010 SHOT Show as a primer of what was to come. Forbes Rifle is now in production at a facility in Westbrook, Maine, outfitted specifically for the manufacture of Forbes Rifles and products.

The Forbes Rifle’s revolutionary carbon fiber reinforced Kevlar stock reduces weight and recoil without compromising durability, and is offered in 15 different colors. Starting with 5 solid colors which include hunter green, forest green, buckskin brown, coyote brown, and charcoal gray, as well as 10 camouflage stocks; ranging from the full line of kryptek camoflauge patterns and  A-Tacs to wildfire and muddy girl.

The standard model 24B calibers include 30-06, 25-06, 280, 270, 6.5X55, and 35 Whelen, and all weigh around 5 ½ lbs, and the Model 20B  calibers include 308, 7mm08 and 243, and all weigh around 4¾ lbs. All calibers are offered in left or right handed action, and with a matte finish stainless or Mil Spec phosphate barrel.

If you’re looking for an extremely accurate, light weight, dependable hunting rifle, look no further than Forbes.

Like us on Facebook at Forbes Rifle LLC or visit us on the web at www.forbesriflellc.com or call Rick Campbell direct at (207) 899-3254.

History of Valdez Fish Derbies: 55 Years of Fabulous Fishing

History Written by Laurie Prax

When it comes to a fish story, everyone has a different tale. And when the story begins more than 50 years ago, there are many colorful and varied details. To re-create the history of the Valdez Silver Salmon Derby, started in 1952, Chamber records were scoured and interviews were conducted with previous organizers and officials as well as local anglers and business people.

Different people have been credited with starting the Silver Salmon Derby, but everyone agrees it was started by local business people and later picked up and run under the auspices of the Chamber of Commerce. When the Chamber closed its doors in the late 1990s, a small group of volunteers ran the derby using the Gaming Permit of the Valdez Convention & Visitors Bureau. The derby currently is its own non-profit corporation run by seven volunteer committee members.

In the early days, anglers were fishing for wild stock Coho salmon in the derby. The traditional return of wild stock Cohos to Corbin Creek was about 9,000 fish annually, according to Dave Cobb of the Valdez Fisheries Development Association. Cobb said the derby has grown exponentially with the silver return over the years.

The Silver Derby ran for 30 years before the inception of a Valdez Halibut Derby, which was started in the mid-‘80s by Darrell Shreve and Jim Heston. In the late ‘90s the halibut derby was changed from a large fish derby to a target weight derby. In 2002, the big fish derby returned with a $10,000 prize for the largest fish caught.

The Pink Salmon Derby started in 1991 as a four-day derby with a $500 prize each day, and a Kids Pink Salmon Derby day was held in 2001. The Pink Salmon Derby was discontinued due to low ticket sales, but in 2008, the Kids Pink Salmon Derby made a comeback with a free one-day tournament open to kids age 5 through 16, and continues to this day.

As we look back through the years it’s remarkable to see how the Fish Derbies have grown. With $80,000 in cash and prizes at stake, it’s refreshing that most anglers are fishing for the sport of it. Sure, the prizes make it more exciting but it’s one of the few contests where you get to spend a wonderful day on the water win or lose.

Go to www.valdezfishderbies.com for more information.

‘Good God’ Alaska Sea Food & Wild Game — Specializing In Fresh Alaskan Food And More

‘Good God’ Alaska Sea Food & Wild Game, a family father-and-son-owned business, started in 1999 selling live crab and lobsters. We are located in Southeast Alaska, called the fishing capital of the world, located on an island accessible only by boat or airplane.

We now offer a unique local store in Ketchikan and online source that specializes in fresh, frozen and live Alaska wild seafood like crab, oysters and clams.

We have an assortment of fresh or frozen Alaskan halibut, spot prawn shrimp, all kinds of crab, salmon, smoked salmon of all varieties, wild game from Alaska Denali Delta farms, as well as imported bird and game from many countries from around the world.

We have committed ourselves to selecting only the very best products.

Fish-n-Map Provides Need-to-Know Fishing Info

Fish-n-Map Company’s maps and charts are some of the best fishing guides available. Our maps are excellent for finding fishing spots! Printed on a waterproof, tear-resistant material, our maps include valuable information for the fisherman such as underwater depth contours, underwater bottom conditions, identification of river inlets, feeder creeks and canals as well as submerged brush and rock reefs.

Lake size and elevation and known fish species are also listed.

Fishing suggestions abound on our maps and charts! Multiple GPS coordinates are provided on our saltwater charts and many of our freshwater maps. All maps and charts include latitude and longitude grids.

Looking for the nearest boat ramp or campground? We can help you with that too! Our maps and charts show the location of boat ramps, campgrounds and facilities.

Whether you’re looking for new insight on your favorite fishing area or whether you’re researching a fishing strategy for a new area, our maps are excellent for finding fishing spots.

FISH SMART WITH FISH-N-MAP COMPANY! Available through your local retailers or online at www.fishnmap.com.

Alaska Shuttle Service – Best Choice, Alternative To Renting A Car in Alaska

You arrive in Anchorage and want to get to Seward for your fishing adventure; you and your friends, family are excited to see the sights and relax, so you call Alaska Shuttle Service and  let your adventure begin with us.

We will pick you up in Anchorage and take you to Seward or Cooper Landing so you can get to your vacation, and get into some fishing. Got lots of gear, fish boxes? No problem we have lots of room in our 14-passenger shuttle bus for you and all your gear.

Alaska Shuttle Service specializes in group shuttles and tours.  We cater to your schedule, and we are here for you to make your adventure the best it can be.

Got a group of friends in Anchorage and you want to go fish the Russian but don’t want to take two cars and don’t want to worry about who will drive, We got you covered. Call Alaska Shuttle Service and let us get you to the fishing grounds. Don’t wait in line at the Russian Campground, we get to move right through and put you on the water and get those fish on your line.

Alaska Shuttle Service
www.alaskashuttleservice.com
907-947-3349

Johnson RV – The Destination for Premium, Pre-Owned RVs

Johnson RV is family-owned and is the biggest RV dealer in the West when it comes to buying and selling of premium pre-owned motorhomes. Current President and CEO Brandon Johnson founded the company in 1998 by buying and selling used RVs out of his front yard. Since that time, the company has grown from selling a few coaches each month to being one of the largest RV dealers in the West and a regular on the list of Oregon’s 100 Fastest-Growing Companies.

Johnson realized early on that premium pre-owned RVs were an excellent value for his customers, with rarely used RVs in top condition often selling for half the price of new coaches.

Since its inception, Johnson RV’s growth has been fueled by a commitment to treat customers, employees, and the community with honesty, integrity and trust. These values have allowed Johnson RV to expand their organization to include locations the Portland metro area in Oregon and the Denver area in Colorado. Increased business demand has also led to the expansion into new RV sales of top-name brands such as Jayco, Roadtrek, Forest River, Leisure Travel, Pleasure Way, Entegra, and Fleetwood.

To learn more about Johnson RV, visit www.JohnsonRV.com or visit them at their locations in Sandy, Ore., and Firestone, Colo.

Tickets On Sale Now For SalmonStock, Aug. 2-4

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Tickets are on sale now for Salmonstock 2013, a three-day, four-stage music festival featuring 30-plus outside and Alaska bands. Salmonstock, a fundraiser to protect wild Alaskan salmon, runs August 2-4 at the Kenai Peninsula Fairgrounds in Ninilchik, Alaska.

More than 5,000 people attended Salmonstock in 2012 and this year’s lineup is even fatter and juicier. Top national acts include supercharged bluegrass masters Trampled by Turtles, Minnesota rock & roll, jam band The Big Wu and up-and-coming Colorado bluegrass band, Head for the Hills. Also joining the lineup is Larry Keel & Natural Bridge, Moonalice and Si Kahn.

More bands, including additional headliners and Alaska acts, will be announced in the coming weeks.

This dynamic festival features crafts and performance art, info booths and seminars, children’s activities and Alaska brew and food — including, of course, salmon. Camping is available near the festival grounds, with free shuttle service to the festival.

Salmonstock celebrates wild Alaskan salmon and the people who depend on them. The festival is organized by the Renewable Resources Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to protecting wild Alaskan salmon habitat from the proposed Pebble Mine and other potential threats. Learn more at www.salmonstock.org.

Earlybird tickets are $99 (3-days) or $85 (2-days) and are available now through May 31st. Advance tickets are $115 (3-days), $95 (2-days), $50 (Friday or Sunday), $60 (Saturday), available June 1st through August 1st. Tickets at the gate will be $135 (3-days), $50 (Friday or Sunday), $60 (Saturday). Ages 12 and younger are admitted free (must be accompanied by a ticket-holding adult). Buy tickets and learn more at www.salmonstock.org.

Today’s Inflatable Boats Are As Tough As Alaska’s Varied Waters

By Mark Weissler

Fishing, hunting and transporting materials across rivers, ponds, lakes and ocean waters all bring Alaskans together with one essential need: a reliable boat. But what is the formula for the perfect match-up between man (or woman) and boat?

Boats built out of solid materials like aluminum and fiberglass impose a weight penalty, and the horsepower to move boats that weigh hundreds or even thousands of pounds can consume fuel at an astonishing rate. Storing, launching and maintaining these boats is also convenient and adds cost. Thus, the perfect Alaskan boat would be light, fuel efficient, highly reliable and easy to transport, launch and store.

An inflatable boat is tough, can carry heavy loads and will get you on the water for less initial investment, and cost less to power and fuel. An inflatable boat will be just as reliable as a conventional hull, and is much more convenient to store, transport, launch and maintain.

Today’s tough, inflatable or inflatable-and-rigid hull boats (RIBs) are made of layers of industrial-strength materials and polymers, both designed to be rugged and light. Most modern inflatable boats are designed with separate sealed chambers to ensure the boat stays afloat no matter what. They have the added benefit of being incredibly stable on the water. Instead of weight and deep hulls, they utilize flotation.

These light vessels require a fraction of the horsepower to go the distance on a tiny sip of gas. A small outboard between 9.9 and 90 hp is usually all that is necessary to power the inflatables.
Should a repair become necessary, it’s usually accomplished with the small patch repair kit included with each boat, not a welding torch. And these light, inflatable boats can be lifted onto larger vessels, towed behind in the wake, and car-topped with ease. They can be stored inflated or deflated in a shed or garage.

Choose your inflatable boat from a quality manufacturer with a solid reputation. You will be amazed at the selection, and astounded by the startup and operational cost savings awaiting you. Get more out of your Alaskan boating experience this season – go inflatable!

Author Mark Weissler is an avid Alaskan boater, fisherman and has marketed marine products in Alaska for over 30 years.