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South Passage Outfitters

South Passage Outfitters
A family style fishing resort in remote Southeast Alaska

 

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Welcome to Gull Cove

From our four cozy cabins to our infamous cookhouse and gathering place, you’ll enjoy our unique family atmosphere. We provide an experience you just can’t get from larger resorts in Alaska. Escape from crowded resorts and cruise ships, thumb your nose at chartered tours on crowded boats, and experience Alaska – the way it was meant to be. At South Passage Outfitters we offer several ways for you to explore the Icy Strait of Alaska on your own. Whether you are fishing, kayaking, or camping, we’re your base camp for adventure and by the end of the week you’ll feel like a local. We book trips by the week. Arrive on Sunday morning and find yourself on the water fighting a fish that same day. Explore Icy Strait and Cross Sound at your own pace throughout the week. We provide a vacuum packer and 6 upright freezers so that you can process your fresh caught salmon and halibut as soon as possible. Once you’ve got your home pack, take some time to do some whale watching because we are a hot spot for humpback whales who have migrated north to feed on krill right outside of Gull Cove, and if you’re lucky, you might spot one from your cabin porch. Explore the beauty of the Tongass National Forest and bring your camera to snap a few photos of the unique wildflowers and wildlife of Southeast Alaska. We provide the tools, you provide the adventure!

 

ABOUT
Located in the heart of southeast Alaska, South Passage Outfitters is ground zero for the best fishing and sea kayaking in the world.

Peggy McDonald and Dennis Montgomery met in San Francisco in 1984. Since then, they have spent every summer in Alaska. Dennis has commercial fished out of Elfin Cove since 1978 and in 1996 they opened the business in Gull Cove. Their three daughters grew up driving skiffs, fishing, camping and are a great resource for finding out where to maximize your fun and adventure.

 

FISHING

Halibut
Halibut are available all season only a few minutes from our dock. We suggest you anchor up in 60 feet or deeper depending on how much current is running. Best to let one rod fish bait just laying on the bottom and have the other rod active with a jig of some sort. Halibut smell the “scent trail” of the bait and come to you if you have the patience to wait for them. Smaller fish show up first so let them go. Larger fish generally take more time to find you because they are further dispersed than smaller fish. Drifting along looking to hit a fish on the head is far more challenging and generally not very successful unless you know an exact hole where they hang out. Serious sport fishermen can always come up with a Halibut any time of the year. You can freeze your prime catch and pack it home in our fish boxes.

Salmon
Great salmon fishing starts 20 feet from the dock and just gets better. We have local runs of King Salmon in May and June with summer runs hitting the coast right through September. Cohos, Sockeye, Chums, and Pinks pass through during the months from mid June to September and are fished in about 20 different locations. You will fish the local hot spots around Gull Cove and Cross Sound, or you will skiff to Icy Point or Cape Cross on the outside coast.Troll most of the time but mooching salmon is often effective in this area because there are so many currents.

Shrimping
We have shrimp pots available for you to set and pull on your own schedule. We suggest that they be pulled and re-baited every other day. The most common catch is the coonstripe shrimp. Coonstripes usually live in areas with smooth mud and sandy bottoms at depths ranging from 30 to 300 feet. We know just the spot to find them. Sometimes guests bring in enough for dinner and sometimes just enough for a snack. We like to try eating them in a few different ways, raw, boiled, or as a tempura so take your pick and we’ll help prepare your delicious catch.

 

ACCOMMODATIONS

Cabins
Enjoy one of our four cabins as your own. Each cabin has 2 futons, a heater or a woodstove, a kitchenette, shower, and toilet. Relax on your covered porch and take in the splendid view of the Fairweather Range or a passing fishing boat. Watch the gulls feed in the tide rip or listen to the sea otters calling to each other. Named – This, That, The Other, and Another – these cabins offer distinctly different views and layouts.

Boats
Our 18 foot Lunds with 40 hp Yamaha outboards and 4 hp kickers are the perfect combination. They are small enough to be fast and economical, but big enough to be fast and safe. Keep contact with us at Gull Cove and your partners in the other boats with installed VHF radios. Keep track of your depth with Garmin fathometers and your location with a GPS.

Food
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in the Cookhouse – or we can help you pack a lunch for a long day adventure. We cook fresh seafood and serve greens from our garden. The cookie jar is always full and during berry season we bake cobblers and pies with wild strawberries, blueberries and nagoon berries. Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions so we can accommodate them. Also, if you have some extra time in Juneau, there is a Fred Meyer grocery store next to the airport – in case you forgot something or want to pick up libations.

www.southpassageoutfittersllc.com

Underdog Sport Fishing

Underdog Sport Fishing
World-Class Fishing, Unmatched Service
Custom-tailored charters and lodging in Port Protection, Alaska

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Self-Guided Fishing
World-class fishing at your pace with our meticulously maintained boat and gear

Captain your own boat in our very navigation-friendly waters. Leave and return on your own schedule and fish how you want to, where you want to, using one of the safest and most stable boats available.

Self-guided trips are extremely popular and book up fast. This really is an incredible way to explore our waters, and having the to freedom to do it on your own brings guests back year after year.

 

Self-Guided Boat and Gear
Svendsen Marine in Wrangel, Alaska builds some amazing boats. Their 21-foot skiff is the pickup truck of boats for southeast Alaska. With positive flotation, self-bailing decks, and seating for four, this is the ultimate self-guided boat.

Rigged with a reliable Yamaha F150 main and a Yamaha 9.9 kicker, all with electric start and power trim, this craft will get you and up to three of your friends safely to and from some of the most prolific waters in North America.

Our Svendsen is the largest, most capable, best equipped and arguably the safest boat offered for self-guided fishing at any lodge in Southeast Alaska.

It also comes equipped with the same high-end tackle, rigging, and gear that our charter boat utilizes, including Accurate reels and Star Paraflex rods for your bottom fishing and Shimano Tekota 600LC’s paired with Lamiglas Kenai Quik rods for your salmon fishing and mooching.

A landing net, harpoon, salmon pick, Yeti cooler, and everything else you need for an enjoyable, trouble-free, and efficient fishing adventure are also included. An easy-to-use Lowrance GPS makes navigation simple, a powerful Lowrance CHIRP (compressed high intensity radiated pulse) fishfinder helps you find the bait and gamefish, and a VHF keeps you in contact with the lodge. All USCG-required safety gear is on board, along with an EPIRB.
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According to Alaskan self guided regulations, you may retain larger halibut that on a guided charter boat. Current regulations allow for the retention of two halibut per person of any size.

A One-of-A-Kind Adventure
Quick access to pristine waters from a picturesque and rarely visited outpost

Featured in the National Geographic Channel show Port Protection, this remote outpost on Wooden Wheel Cove on the northwestern coast of Prince of Wales Island lies only minutes from some of the most productive fishing anywhere in Alaska — not just for salmon, but also for monster lingcod, halibut, and yelloweye rockfish.

We offer the only charter fishing available in the area, which is accessible only by boat or float plane. It’s not easy, operating a lodge and charters here, but the opportunity to share the experience of fishing these pristine waters with our clients and friends is more than worth the challenge.

Fishing Port Protection
Different species of salmon inhabit these waters at different times of the summer. Kings are available year-round and silvers (cohos) usually show up in August. But that’s only part of the story. Because bottom species are less migratory than salmon, their numbers and size in a given area are much more easily affected by fishing pressure. That means the bottom fishing out of Port Protection, which experiences only a tiny fraction of the pressure of more established destinations, is truly exceptional, with abundant halibut, yelloweye rockfish and especially gargantuan lingcod.

The remoteness of the area also brings its challenges. There is no easy way to replace gear or get equipment repaired, so we not only make sure our boats are in top shape before making the trip, but also take spares of nearly everything — rods and tackle, fish processing tools and supplies, even gear like downriggers and kicker motors. Simply put, equipment failure will not affect your trip.

Because Underdog Sportfishing holds a NOAA-issued Halibut Charter Permit, you may retain halibut according to the year’s charter angler halibut regulations.

We also participate in the GAF (Guided Angler Fish) program. In simple terms, this allows us to acquire for our clients some of the catch share allocated for commercial fishing. Currently, the GAF program offers you the exciting opportunity to harvest two halibut per day of any size until our GAF quote is depleted. Please see our Details page for further information.

Short Runs and Pristine Waters
One of our favorite things about fishing Port Protection is that we can spend all day with our lines in the water. We sometimes fish as little as 5 to 10 minutes from our dock and rarely more than 30 minutes. We can also fish our protected waters in virtually any weather.

The only reason we run farther than 20 minutes or so is to visit the virtually untouched waters around Kuiu Island, just across Sumner Strait. At nearly 750 square miles, Kuiu is the 15th-largest island in the United States yet home to less than a dozen humans.

The southern portion, which we visit, is inhabited only by black bears (one of the world’s densest populations), plus wolves, numerous smaller mammals like beaver and mink, sea otters, sea lions, seals, and whales. The fishing is equally pristine, with hundreds of miles of coves, islands, and points, many of which have never before been fished with rod and reel.

Trip Details
Port Protection trips are complete packages from 4 nights/3 days to 7 nights/6 days packages that include lodging and meals, private charter boats, professional guides, rain gear, boots, unlimited fish processing, and ground transportation.

Please visit our Details page for pricing and additional information.

Typically, you’ll arrive the evening before you fish, wash away the trip with a cocktail and some fresh local seafood, get a good night’s rest, and then spend the next three or more days battling the biggest salmon and halibut on the planet. Departure is the morning after your last fishing day.

http://fishportprotection.com/

UNDERDOG SPORTFISHING, an Execguide, Inc. company
Owned and operated by Capt. James Thomas
907.401.3675 | james@fishportprotection.com

Clam Gulch Alaska Fishing Lodge and Bed and Breakfast

Clam Gulch Alaska Fishing Lodge and Bed and Breakfast, your Alaskan home base for outdoor adventures and indoor hospitality. Set on the stunningly rustic terrain of the Kenai Peninsula, Clam Gulch Lodge offers guests world class Alaska fishing, breathtaking views of Mt. Redoubt, Iliamna, and Spurr while feasting upon full-service breakfasts of salmon hash, reindeer sausage, pancakes, coffee, and more. Located only minutes away from the Kenai River famous for salmon fishing, halibut fishing, clamming, and hiking, Clam Gulch Lodge and B&B is also a cozy sanctuary for those guests whom prefer to read on our large deck, play a game or horseshoes, or bask in Alaska’s midnight sun.

Need advice on where to fish for Alaska salmon, halibut, and rainbow trout? Dig for razor clams? Search for beach stones? Just ask one of our friendly staff members. Then drink your third cup of coffee, tea or juice, and let us do the morning dishes!

Hospitality Alaskan Bed and Breakfast style: home cooking, and a friendly atmosphere are not the only attributes of Clam Gulch Lodge that draw guests to come back year after year. This Alaskan bed and breakfast options suit a variety of individuals, groups, and tastes. Whether you are traveling alone or in a troop of twenty of people, you may choose from the following spacious and comfortable rooms:

Pink Room: King sized bed
Sockeye Room: King sized bed
Coho Room: King sized bed, plus a twin bed
Chum Room: Full sized bed, plus two twin beds
King Room: Queen sized bed, full size bed, plus two twin beds

Also, the newly remodeled Eagle’s Nest Cabin offers guests the ability to experience the beautiful Alaskan scenery that the original homesteaders in the area enjoyed. The cabin is nestled into the woods near the bluff and sleeps up to six people. It has the all the amenities to make your stay very comfortable—a fully furnished kitchen, a dining area, a bathroom, and a covered deck with bar-b-que grill.

clammingAfter a day of fishing on the Kenai River, clamming or beach combing, return to the Clam Gulch Lodge BnB to discuss the day’s adventures with other guests from around the world. Warmed by the flames of our stone fire pit, guests share their Alaskan adventure stories of the ocean, river, and mountainside with other travelers whom may have chosen to remain closer to the comfort of our Alaskan Vacation Lodge and snap photographs of eagles, moose, and ravens.

Wild flowers, wild berries, moose sightings, ocean air, and beautiful vistas of the Alaskan wilderness are part of what makes our job so easy: We love the stunning bluff on which we live and we love sharing it with travelers who enjoy fresh Alaskan fare; great Alaska fishing; and sunsets that city dwellers still see in their dreams.

10 Foot Landing

10 Foot Takeoff
Unlike other places where speed may dominate pilot discussions, up here it’s all about how slow you can go. It’s directly related to how quickly you can get off the ground and how little room you need to land.

It’s called, “STOL” or “short take-off and landing” and here in Alaska it is synonymous with flying.

Sources: Killed8Times Youtube, LiveLeak

King’s Landing Hotel

King’s Landing Hotel
147 E. Pioneer Avenue

Homer, AK, 99603
kingslandingalaska@gmail.com

Tel: 907-235-7787

Home Away From Home

Homer’s finest original log hotel located in the heart of Homer. These comfortable, non-smoking accommodations will make your business or pleasure stay an enjoyable one.

  • Free resident car parking

  • Free high-speed internet

  • Free Wifi access

  • 24 hour reception

  • Laundry facilities

  • Tea & coffee making facilities

The Spyglass Inn

Welcome to The Spyglass Inn
Join your host, Pat for a pleasant stay in one of the finest bed and breakfasts in Homer, Alaska – The Spyglass Inn.
Pat will show you to your room, furnished with quilts she made herself during the long winters in Alaska. She’ll tell you all the bed and breakfast rules (no smoking inside, no pets) and will ask you about your personal food preferences so that she can treat you to a spectacular breakfast.
She will also help you find what you’re looking for from your lodging in Homer. Whether you’re looking to explore the beautiful Alaskan the scenery, take in the wildlife, embark on a fishing or sightseeing tour, or get local suggestions on things to do and places to eat your lunch or evening meal, Pat will be more than happy to help you out. If you’re a nature buff or love fishing, you’re in for a treat! Homer is the halibut fishing capital of the world, and the Homer area is absolutely gorgeous.

Cranes Rest B&B

Cranes Rest B&B
39720 Sibson Dr
Homer AK 99603
http://www.cranesrest.com/

 
We have an unobstructed view of Kachemak Bay and the Glaciers on the southern shore and to be on the “Bench” where Spring arrives 3 weeks (or more) earlier than the higher elevations….and that’s exactly what we have at Crane’s Rest.  Our 62 foot deck has protected inset patios at both ends where you can have your morning coffee, visit with your hosts and/or other guests and watch the wildlife or just enjoy the view of the bay.  In recent years we have had at least one cow moose with her calves in the area around Memorial Day as well as a nesting pair of Sand Hill Cranes that bring their colts to our yard to feed. 
We offer a hearty full breakfast at 8:00 am, and for all you early risers we have coffee available at 7:00 am.  Our dining room and kitchen are located on the second floor along with our 62 foot deck to give you breathtaking views of Kachemak Bay and Grewingk Glacier.  If you are leaving early to go on a excursion  let us know the day before and we will prepare a to go breakfast for you that can be heated up in the microwave.  All rooms are non smoking but smoking is allowed outside
If you have questions about what to do or see while you are in the area, please feel free to email or call and we’ll do our best to get you the information that you need.  We look forward to getting to know all of ours guest at Cranes Rest B&B

Best of kenai Caribou Cabins

Looking for a real Alaska adventure?
Caribou cabins is an adventure that is off the grid in the back country from homer. No cell/ wifi. Just a view of the wild kingdom. Birds, moose, even a bear might wander by.
Cabins have an efficiency kitchen. Frig, crock pot, coffee maker. We have two cabins. They sleep 4 comfortably.they are dry cabins with a private connected out house.
In winter there are miles of snow machining, ice fishing. In summer there is fishing hunting in season.
We are 8 miles off the road. you need an ATV or snowmachine,or a float plane in the summer, to reach our place.? We r on a large freshwater lake on the lower Kenai Peninsula.

We have electricity ?provided by a generator, and the cabins are heated by a woodstove and electric heaters.

Bring a camera for some excellent shots.
Reservations are required. Call by thursday for a weekend stay or we will be out of phone reach.

Central Charters & Tours

Whether it’s the big Alaska Halibut or salmon you are looking for, or maybe one of our many outdoor activities and tours, you have come to the right spot. Central Charters & Tours is the “The center of it all on the Homer Spit”, and we want to be your guide as you experience the beauty and thrill of Alaska.

We provide fishing charters out of Homer for some of the biggest fish on earth, the “Barn Door Halibut”, as well as for salmon, lingcod and several species of rockfish. We offer Daily Kachemak Bay wildlife tours, tours to historic Seldovia, Bear viewing in Katmai National Park or Lake Clark National Park, Sailing Tours, Kayaking and more.

Alaska Marine Expeditions

Alaska Marine Expeditions offers access to some of the world’s most remote waters and coastlines.  Custom design a research, exploration, or observation based charter in any region of the state from Southeast’s Inside Passage to Northern Alaska’s Bering Straits.  Travel and live aboard the custom designed 72′ Pukuk, a vessel unrivaled in safety, comfort , and capability.  With an ideal boat, an experienced and qualified captain, and the freedom to design your own trip, Alaska Marine Expeditions is your gateway to this remarkable part of the world.
Bird Watching
Marine Biology
Oceanography
Geology
Meteorology
Climate Change
Environment
Anthropology
Film Production
Eco Tourism