This summer, my family and I went to Anchorage, Alaska, to visit my husband Kevin’s family. My father-in-law served in the Air Force for many years and was later stationed in Anchorage, where he raised his family. So, even though Kevin was not born in Alaska, he considered it home. During our stay in the Last Frontier, we went on a fishing charter out of Seward, Alaska Northern Outfitters.
It was a very early July morning in Anchorage, as we gathered to take the two to three hour trip to Seward for my very first fishing charter. My brother-in-law kindly organized this charter trip for the family a couple of weeks before our arrival. By 6:30am, we were on the boat heading out of Resurrection Bay and into the vast ocean, which took between one and a half to two hours. Once we were out far enough into the ocean, Captain Sean dropped the anchor. I will spare you any details of my unfortunate seasickness; apparently, I had yet to get my sea legs. Overcast and cold, the Captain, very meticulously, taught everyone what to do, how to cast a line, and how to reel in a fish. We were allowed four rockfish, only one of which could be a yellow-eye, and two halibut per person. After we reached our quota, we were allowed to fish for salmon. Being a natural fisherman, my husband reached the fishing quota for the day rather quickly, and he was able to reel in two silver salmon. I, on the other hand, wasn’t feeling well enough to fish for salmon. I did, however, get the allowable four Rockfish and two halibut. Not too shabby for a city girl … One may call it “beginner’s luck”, especially considering the way I was feeling. I have to mention that the Captain came into the cabin, where I spent most of the trip, and checked on me a couple of times, which was rather kind. He and his crew were also on deck with everyone assisting them with their catch.
After seven to eight hours of fishing, the Captain pulled the anchor, as we headed back to shore. During the time it took to get back to land, Captain Sean and his very talented crew filleted every fish that was caught that day (over 80 fish), while we all looked on with bewildering amazement. The deck was then cleaned of all the fish blood, guts, and carcasses.
Back on land, we were all given the choice of whether to have our fish frozen and packaged or taken as is and rinsed, packaged, and frozen at home. We opted for the latter. The family had already brought some coolers that were later filled with ice to keep the fish cold on the drive back to Anchorage.
I have to say that this charter trip was quite AMAZING! The Captain and crew were very knowledgeable and professional, the scenery was beautiful, the family was together, and the catch was worth it. To have freshly caught fish from the ocean off the coast of Anchorage in my freezer in Dallas was well worth my seasickness. Next time, however, I will bring a truckload of Dramamine with me.