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Pacific Lures
At Pacific Lures, we’re dedicated to producing the highest quality lures possible.  Using new technologies, we fuse high-resolution digital images of actual forage baitfish and squids to the jig.
After fishing with the same old painted jigs for decades, dealing with the same issues of chipped/worn paint after just a few fish, corroded rings etc., we decided to build a better mouse trap so to speak.  We use high-resolution digital images of forage baitfish and squids and chemically bond them to a powder-coated jig body. Our rings are TIG welded stainless steel, resulting in a solid, non-corrosive, ring.
The result is a jig with brilliant colors of our most productive baitfish and squid on a VERY tough finish.  You will lose these jigs before you wear them out.


Walters Cove Resort
Walters Cove Resort is a luxurious fishing lodge, owned by the Kyuquot Checklesaht First Nations.  Located on the NW side of Vancouver Island in Kyuquot Sound, we provide a first class, all-inclusive fishing experience for salmon, halibut and bottom fish.  Grady White boats, and both Abel and Avet reels are an example of the top of the line equipment we provide.
Our small, intimate lodge holds a maximum capacity of only 18 guests which allows us to provide exceptional customer service and cultural experiences such as our signature Beach BBQ.  Not to mention the most consistent fishing on the West Coast!


Eagle’s Wings Wilderness Retreat
Are you looking for an affordable and more personalized Alaskan fishing adventure? Then Eagles Wings Wilderness Retreat may just be the perfect spot for you! We try to limit the number of guests to 8 at a time*, so you can be assured of a stay that will be custom-designed to your desires: from the type of fishing to the type of food you like, our staff does their utmost to satisfy your choices (* If you bring 7 friends with you you get the lodge, facilities, and staff all to yourselves!)
Captains Mark and Beth Farrar


J-Dock Sportfishing
J-Dock is a world class Sport Fishing & Fresh Seafood Company.  We’re a family owned outfit that eats, breathes, and sleeps the wild adventures of Alaska, and we want to host your next adventure!  We charter for trophy halibut, king salmon, silver salmon, ling cod, yelloweye, and more!  We also offer stay and play packages with lodging, fishing, and all meals included!  If you come fishing with the J-Dock family, our passion will become your passion!  Visit our website for specials and more info at


Huntington Beach Honda
Established in 1969. Family owned and operated with an amazing support staff to help you with your important buying decisions. We dedicate ourselves to providing customer service, a large selection of inventory and top of the line Honda Motorcycles/ATVs/SXS/Generators at great prices. Please check us out either online, by phone or stop by sometime. We would love to help you out whether it’s a question or getting you the parts and accessories you need! As a Top Level 5 Premier Honda Powerhouse Dealership, Huntington Beach Honda provides the best overall customer experience, by meeting Honda’s highest standards for brand representation, sales performance and product service. Check us out at or

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.

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.

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

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!


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.



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.

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.

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.



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.

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.

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.