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Loaded Question/Loaded Answer...
Posted by AlaskanAuthor on May 16 2005
Without a doubt I will always book my third week of September on Kodiak Island.
I stay in a first-class roadside lodge whose owner furnishes his home cured processed eggs for bait for free. He smokes and processes my catch 40% less than in-town rates. Freshly ground Kona Coffee from Hawaii is free. The hot-tub is brand new. The lodge is immacuate and filled with distinctive AK fine art/funishings/and trophy mounts. He picks me up from the airport for nothing. Free body wash is in the shower with plenty of hot water. Linens are fresh. His bar is a knockout. His wife is a doll. I play fetch with the dog. And the river behind his lodge floods in with hundreds of sea-bright silvers during high tide and I can walk right to them...BEAVER CREEK LODGE
When I charter at sea I fish with a skipper who absoluely is a one-man-show. We fish in calm waters between Raspberry and Afognak Island and catch the entire smorgasboard of what the fathoms have to offer. He cooks lunch on board, fillets the catch, lets me operate the downriggers, the boat, and will not sit still until I've maxed out and it's all done with a smile...KODIAK SPORTS AND TOUR
And when I feel like some rip-roaring adventure I hop on a rented ATV and bust my rear end 17.5 miles into pure wilderness on a road hurridly hacked out by the USN at the start of WWII that served as a lookout point for enemy submarines. The Japaneese never came, but during the 3rd week of September the river and lake still reached by the trail is teeming with silvers/dollies/and even steelies. And if that's not enough I'll toss in the Kodiak brown bear; all 1,500 lbs. of him will be around and chances are good my guides will point him out to me between my limit catches...KODIAK ATV ADVENTURES or CAN'T GET ENOUGH FISHING.
Throughout of all the above add in no crowds. And if you think you can book into this now, you're too late. But you can do it NEXT season if you think out of the box and book just about a year ahead time.
My publisher and others have DITCHED my Kodiak book (and it's finished) because they say my work is too regional to support their investment. Nuts to them. I leave for Beijing, China in 2 months and among things I intend to accomplish is getting the book printed on my own. Those adventures I just pointed out to you could be had this season for around $750 per person based on two splitting a single room with a 4-night stay. Little wonder Kodiak is my favorit answer to your loaded question. Now you know why...
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