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Catching Alaska Sockeye!

Everything you ever wanted to know about Alaska Sockeye Salmon - from Catching it to Serving it!

2013 Trip Update!!

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Welcome! You are going to be part of the 2013 Great Alaska Fishing Trip! If you have been before then you know what a great time you are going to have and if this is your first time I think you will love it! Here are some updates to the trip and some more details for you all….

Itinerary Change

I am going to change the itinerary slightly from the original plan based on the people

that have signed up for the trip this year. We are going to move the camp to Seward for the last two nights of the trip this year instead of making it an optional side trip. It is on the way home and will not add any extra miles or expenses to the trip. Here is the quick itinerary for you all..

Saturday July 20th – Arrival into Anchorage (ANC)

Sunday – Leave Anchorage, go to base camp in Soldotna, fish!

Monday – Soldotna Base Camp (Kenai River Fishing)

Tuesday – Soldotna Base Camp (Kenai River Fishing) (Optional King Salmon fishing Trip)

Wednesday – Soldotna Base Camp (Kenai River Fishing) (Optional Kenai River Float Trip)

Thursday – Move the camp to Seward.

Friday – Seward Camp (Optional Deep Sea Fishing Charter) (Other optional activities... Sea Kayaking, Glaciers..)

Saturday – Head back to Anchorage (End of Trip departures)

This will also allow us not to have to do the fish shuffle on the last day of the trip and wait for all the fish to be collected from various places! It will also make the trip back to Anchorage on the last day much shorter!

The campground in Seward is also a “plugged in” campground with electricity, Wi-Fi and showers/laundry and all. The entire trip this year will be “plugged in” style.

I have rented 2 RV’s for this year’s trip. They will be 2012 or 2013 models, 32 foot long with dual slide outs. These will be your home for your entire stay in Alaska. Right now it looks like we will have 5 or max 6 guys in each motor home. We have not had enough people sign up or express interest to really customize the RV experience this year. Everyone will have their own bed though and beds are going in order of deposits received still. 

The Estimated Damage

And Customization!

The trip this year is still quite customizable if you would like. Arrival and departure dates are also still customizable as well, although no one has talked to me about arriving on or leaving on a different date then the schedule, so I am assuming that you are all coming on the whole trip Anchorage to Anchorage. Please let me know if you need something different. Please send me your flight itinerary once you have it as well. The base cost went up to the 6 people per motorhome cost because we did not have enough budget minded people sign up to have a motorhome with 8 people in it this year. The good news is that everyone will get their own bed this year with no sharing needed!

Base Trip Cost

You buy -


Your Airfare + $55 fishing license (Purchase online on your own – instructions to come), $35 Waders from Wal-Mart (If you don’t have your own to bring)


Pay to Jimmy -

            $500        Your portion of the motor home for a week

            $100        Your portion of the campground fees.

            $200        Your portion of food and non-alcoholic drinks (all you can eat & drink all week!)

            $150        Your portion of all you can drink Booze for the week!

            $50          Fishing gear (weights, hooks, line, flies, ect) You lose a lot of gear in the river!

            $100        Your share of gas and propane for the motor homes

            $100        Your share of fish processing (just sockeye from the river, stopping at 50lbs).

            $200         Misc costs (Firewood, dry ice, camping supplies, Carl’s truck gas, ect).


$1400 Total (All inclusive for a week of fishing in Alaska!)


That covers the base trip, all-inclusive (Without optional side trips). What you choose to spend on extra day trips, souvenirs, strip clubs and such is up to you (Please let me know what side trips you would like to do or fill out the form at the bottom).

We will have a cook on the trip again this year as my Dad has agreed to come up again and be the executive chef. We are going to take the food on the trip this year to the next level! Steak and crab legs are both on the menu this year!

Gear

I will be sending out a gear list soon for everyone. There isn’t much, if anything that you will need to purchase for this trip probably. All the fishing gear is supplied but you can also bring your own if you would like. Please talk to me about your own fishing gear if you would like to bring it though so we can make sure that what you are brining will work well for you.

I want to go!!!

Most of you have already sent in a deposit to me, Thanks!

The balance of the trip is due BEFORE July 1st, 2013 please, please , please!


Pay via PayPal – [email protected]

or

Send a check made out to James Miller to…

                92 Inlets Blvd.

                Nokomis, FL 34275

My USA phone number is 303-800-6358 and will ring my phone in Australia

My cell in Australia is +61 432 366 646 if you would like to call me

I am on Viber

My Skype user name is AdventureNurse

My e-mail is [email protected] or [email protected]

Hope to see you in Alaska!!

If you live in Australia or New Zealand….

            Don’t send a check to the states, chat me up for options.

            A great deal on return airfare to Alaska is $1500 but is usually around $2000.

           You won’t be able to bring your fish back with you but can eat some there.

           You could add on to this fishing trip and see other parts of Alaska or the USA and I am

           Happy to help you arrange the rest of your travels as well if you like. 

The 2013 Great Alaska Fishing Trip!

Will you be going????

Jimmy’s Annual

Great Alaska Fishing Trip!

July 20th – 27th, 2013

www.facebook.com/GreatAlaskaFishingTrip

Welcome! You are cordially invited to be a part of history in 2013 and come on Jimmy’s Great Alaska Fishing Trip, running over 10 years now! If you have been on this trip before, welcome back! If this will be your first trip, you are in for a great trip and a great time. Below you will find some of the dates and details for the trip as well as the estimated costs.

One of the biggest challenges in running a trip like this is accommodating everyone’s preferences, budgets and timeframes. So this year the trip will be run just a tad

differently, with an attempt to be more customizable, in length, activities and costs, to suit personal preferences and budgets. Below you will be able to build your own Alaska Fishing trip within the trip as you, or a group of you see fit! Keep reading….

As you know, there is a great deal of upfront costs to set this trip up, reserve boats, RV’s, campgrounds and such. So I will be asking for a deposit of $300 (if you are not deep sea fishing) or $500 (if you are deep sea fishing) this year to secure your spot on the trip. The deadline to sign up for the trip this year will be December 31st. If we have enough people by December 31st to run the trip, your deposit will become non-refundable and the trip will run (we need at least 10 people to run the trip). If we do not have enough people by December 31st, then your full deposit will be returned to you. I do my best to offer a great trip at a great price and pull all the strings I can up in Alaska to keep costs down for this trip. There is a breakdown of the estimated costs for the trip you build below the trip itinerary. This trip is All-Inclusive.

The Game Plan!

I will rent 2, 3 or 4 RV’s for this year’s trip, depending on how many people sign up. They will be 2012 or 2013 models, 32 foot long with dual slide outs.

These will be your home for your entire stay in Alaska so there will not be any need for hotel costs on this trip (unless you choose to arrive or depart on earlier or later then the scheduled trip). I will have the motor homes fully stocked and ready to go when you get there! The trip includes all you can eat and drink, including alcohol in the price!!!!

Here is the layout.....

The Itinerary!

You will be able to build your own custom itinerary within this one if you choose, arriving any day and departing any day within this time frame. You may also choose to be part of the entire trip from start to finish if you choose! All the side trips will be optional this year as well including deep-sea fishing at additional costs. Details further down….

Saturday July 20th

This will be the official start date for the trip and you may choose to fly into Anchorage on this day in the afternoon or evening. I will pick up the motor homes this day early in the morning and spend the morning loading them and getting them ready for the trip.

We will enjoy “The Great Alaska Bush Company” this evening (at your own expense!)

We will stay in the motor homes at our base camp in Anchorage (Carl’s House) this night.

Sunday July 21th

We will depart Anchorage in the morning after a hot breakfast and a stop at the local Wal-Mart to pick up anything that people might have forgotten as well as waders for those that still need them.

We will stop along the highway going down Turnagain arm as we drive south from Anchorage at various points to observe wildlife (Dall Sheep usually on the mountainsides, sometimes a bear) and stretch our legs, take pictures. Turnagain arm has the second largest tidal change in the

world (behind the bay of Fundi in Nova Scotia) and is a beautiful site on a nice day! We will also stop at portage glacier and visitor center in the morning about an hour out of town for lunch and a chance to explore the museum. We will also collect glacier ice from the icebergs of the lake here for our trip (both to cool down our fish and for our drinks!).

We will continue after lunch south on the Seward Highway towards the town of Soldotna where we will set up our fishing base camp for this trip. We will pass the historic Russian River along the way!

We will use our camp in Soldotna as a fishing base camp for the trip this year and run optional side trips for deep-sea fishing, bear viewing, hiking, etc from here. Many people enjoy being able to stay “plugged in” on the fishing trip! If you are one of these people you will be happy to know that our base camp will have Free Wi-Fi, Free showers and laundry available for the whole trip in 2013! If you choose to tell your wife that your cell phone isn’t going to work where we are going, feel free! ;-)

The fishing is walking distance from our camp on the Kenai River and people can head to the river shortly after our arrival at camp if they’d like to start trying their luck at ‘plinkin’ the sockeyes!

Monday July 22nd

We will fish the mighty Kenai River this day for Sockeye Salmon (Reds) at one of my secret spots that only the locals know about! We will take one of the RV’s to the spot for the day and see how many pounds of fish we can put on the stringer! Jimmy and Carl will fillet all your fish and the fillets will be processed into one-pound flash frozen vacuum packs each night at the processor. The cost of processing our fish is included in trip price. There will be no option to process your own fish on the trip this year to save money as we will not be allowed to clean and process fish in the campground that we will be staying at this year unfortunately. Believe me when I tell you that it is not worth the cost savings anyways!

We will stay at our Soldotna base camp this night and there will be no optional side trips this day.

Tuesday July 23rd

We will fish another local spot on the Kenai River this day for Sockeye again or you can choose to go on an optional deep-sea fishing charter out of Homer! Use the form at the end to choose which optional excursions you would like to go on!

For those that choosing to head to Homer (The Halibut Capital of the World!) for a day of deep-sea fishing: You will get up bright and early (around 5am, but it will already be daylight!) and head off with the rest of the guys that are going. You will take an RV with you to homer for the day and head out on a half or full day charter for big world-class halibut. If the group consensus is a full day charter then you may also choose to make it a ‘combo’ charter and go after multiple species including rock fish, salmon and ling cod! The approx cost will depend on how many guys choose this option and weather it will be a full day or half-day charter. The approx costs will be around $300 per person for half day and $500 for full day or combo charter. This will include the charter, gratuity, fish processing as well as the miles and gasoline for the RV to get to Homer and back. It is about 2 hours drive from the Soldotna base camp to Homer, which is very scenic. You should also be aware that you will be tired after a day on the water and someone will need to be able to drive back to Soldotna in the evening with all the fish so we can take it to the processor. Any fish caught this day will be processed separately and will only be divided at the end of the trip by those that were on the charter and not the entire group.

Wednesday July 24th

All day fishing on the Kenai River at another local spot close to camp that we will take the RV to for the day to catch more Sockeye salmon! Or…. You can choose the optional King Salmon Charter this day!

The Kenai River is home to the largest and mightiest salmon on Earth, the Chinook or King Salmon! If you would like to try your hand at catching and battling one of these monsters you can sign up for a half or full day King Salmon charter on the lower Kenai river! The charter will be 4 fishermen in a Kenai motorboat ‘back-trolling’ for Kings near the mouth of the river. It is usually not fast and furious fishing but when you do hook up it can be incredible as you float downstream fighting a salmon that could be up to 80lbs!

Again, the cost will depend on weather it ends up being a half-day or full day charter and how many sign up. There are 4 people per boat. Approx cost is $200 for half day and $350 for full day. Any fish caught on this charter again will only be split among the people on the charter or may even be kept by just the fisherman that landed the trophy! Here are some Chinooks caught in the past…

Thursday July 25th

All day fishing on the Kenai River again in Soldotna area!

Or… Upper Kenai River Float trip, either scenic or fishing! This day, if people would like, I can set up an upper Kenai River float trip and you can try your hand at fly-fishing for Rainbow trout and Arctic Char up to 10lbs on the very scenic Upper Kenai River! Here are some pics from this side trip that guys have done in previous years…..

Friday, July 26th

All day fishing on the Kenai River again in Soldotna area!

Or…. We can run an optional side trip for a long day to Seward! In Seward there are several options to take up your day depending on what you would like to do and your budget! Here are the options…

                   Another day of deep-sea fishing for halibut, lings, rock fish and/or salmon! Seward is

                                 another great fishing destination and there are both half day and full day options

                                 out of Seward for fishing! If you have already done big Halibut out of Homer,

                                 then maybe you would like to target big Ling Cod (pic below) or Coho (silver)

                                 Salmon?!! Rates are like Homer at about $300 for half day and $450 for full day.

                                 Again the fish on the charter would only be for those that participated.

There are some great wildlife and glacier cruises out of Seward for both half day and

                         full day options! These are big boats (200 – 300 people size) and take you out

                         for the day to look for whales, sea otters, sea lions, puffins, bear and all sorts of

                         other wildlife. They also take you up close and personal to some of the very

                         spectacular tidewater glaciers that abound in the national park around the corner

                         from Seward! Food is included on the tour boats as well and they all guarantee

                         that no one will get sea sick on their boats! Cost approx $150

Try out sea kayaking! I can set you up to go sea kayaking in Resurrection bay if you

                               would like to give it a try. Get a bit of a workout and burn off some of the

                               massive amounts of food you have been eating all week while taking pics from

                               water level of sea otters and puffins! Cost approx $150

Fly out of Seward on a helicopter and go glacier and ice field viewing. You will also get

                                to land on a glacier and if you like you can try dog mushing on the snow! Approx

                                cost is $300 per person.

Just head to Seward to hang out for the day as a change from the river fishing on the

                      Kenai River! Check out all the quaint shops in the downtown area, get drink at

                      a local bar or visit the world-class sea life aquarium center in Seward! You could

                       also go for a hike on the beach or up Mt. Marathon right in town for an awesome

                       view of the city and the bay! You can also head out to a local glacier that you can

                       walk up to! (Pic below)…

Saturday, July 27th

Drive back to Anchorage after breakfast.

Pack and Load fish in coolers.

Late afternoon and evening departures.

Group dinner for those flying out late in Anchorage and a chance to explore downtown Anchorage just a bit!

The Estimated Damage

and Customization

This trip can be quite variable in price depending on how you set it up… In 2013 you can choose to “Do it all” and go home with 200 lbs of fish, see both Homer and Seward and catch King, Silver and Sockeye salmon as well as float the Upper Kenai River, fly over a glacier in a helicopter and go dog mushing! This obviously would be a more (very) expensive trip. If you are budget minded, you may just want to come along and fish the Kenai River each day, enjoy camping with the guys each night, still go home with lots of salmon and just do one day trip or even not sign up for any optional day trips! In 2013 it is up to you!

There will also be the option to shorten the trip in 2013 as well if you like on either end! Our Soldotna base camp is 10 minutes from the Soldotna regional airport and there are 15 – 20 flights to/from Anchorage a day servicing this airport for around $50 - $60. If you need to come on Sunday instead of Saturday for example, just don’t want to be part of the drive down to Soldotna or whatever, you could choose to fly direct from Anchorage to Soldotna where we can pick you up no problem and take you right to base camp! You, or a group of you can also choose to leave (with your fish too) at any day of the trip and fly from Soldotna back to Anchorage and onto you final destination. All airfares are your expense on this trip! You will also need to purchase an Alaska non-resident 7-day sport-fishing license on-line as well.

The motor homes are another area that we can customize a bit this year if people wish. In the past some people have thought that the motor homes can be too cramped while others have wanted to put more people in a motor home to split up costs even more. Please let me know on the form below what you prefer and we can divide motor homes up accordingly. We could have one motor home in 2013 with 8 guys in it who are budget minded to drive down costs while another group of people (maybe a Dad and his son(s)) might want to have a motor home all to themselves. I can arrange it either way if we plan it out ahead of time!

An example of the lowest cost you could come on this trip for is broken out below. This is an example and will change slightly depending on how many people sign up for different things and all.. This will give you a rough idea though and we should know more details around the New Year when everyone has their preferences and deposits in. This assumes you come for the whole trip and sign up for one-day trip in Seward….

Your Airfare +

$55             Your fishing license

$375           Your portion of the motor home for a week (8 guys in a motor home option)

$60             Your portion of the campground fee.

$200           Your portion of food and non-alcoholic drinks (all you can eat & drink all week!)

$100           Your portion of all you can drink Booze for the week!

$75             Fishing gear (weights, hooks, line, flies, ect) You lose a lot of gear in the river!

$50             Your share of gas and propane for the motor homes

$75             Your share of fish processing (just sockeye from the river, stopping at 50lbs).

$200           Misc costs (Firewood, dry ice, camping supplies, Carl’s truck gas, ect).

$50             Optional Seward day trip with Exit Glacier and Sea-Life Center tour.

$1250 Total (All inclusive for a week of fishing in Alaska!)

That covers all the basics for the trip, what you choose to spend on extra day trips, souvenirs and such is up to you.

We will have a cook on the trip again this year as my Dad has agreed to come up again and be the executive chef. Jim is a great cook and I am sure that you will not be losing any weight while you are up there! We typically have three hot meals a day on this trip and dinners will consist of Salmon, Halibut and Steaks! Lunches are usually hot soup or stews made from Caribou or Moose!

The Fishing!

I have selected this week because the timing should be perfect for the Sockeye Salmon, King Salmon, Rainbow Trout and the Halibut. In addition, Lingcod season will be open and the Coho Salmon will be starting to show up.

The fish that we catch on deep-sea charter days we have professionally processed and packaged. There is usually plenty of fish at the end of the trip for everyone to take home at least 50lbs or more in their cooler. There is also the option of having some of your fish smoked or kippered and then shipped to you as well.

Gear!

I have a considerable amount of gear already in Alaska for this trip and of course any charters that we book will provide gear and bait as well. You are also free to bring your own gear if you would like. Most people in the past have only brought up a duffle bag and a cooler as luggage. Putting the packed duffle bag inside the cooler on the way to Alaska so they only have one piece of luggage to check at the airport. A 50 to 70 liter cooler works well for this trip. Duffle bag instead of a suitcase also works better in the motor homes. For waders, we use rubber hip waders that you can purchase when you get to Anchorage at Wal-Mart for about $35. Most people leave their waders in Alaska at the end of the trip. If you have waders that you would like to bring, feel free. Chest waders are more then you will need and tend to be quite hot as well. Some of the fishing spots require walking up to a mile to reach. I have about 25 fishing poles in Anchorage already but you may also bring your own if you wish. The salmon are tough fighting fish and when they get into the current can really pull. You will need a rod that is capable of handling 25lb test line with no problems. If you are a fly fisherman and would like to bring fly rod/s with you then a 10 weight is the lightest rod you would want to bring for salmon and you could bring a 6 weight if you wanted to spend some time chasing rainbows as well (cannot keep the rainbow trout where we are fishing). I will be sending a gear list for clothing and all to everyone that signs up as well I am happy to answer any questions about gear and what to bring or not to bring as well.

I Want To Go!

All you have to do to secure your spot is make your deposit of to me. 

$300 – You do not want to go on any extra charters.

$500 – You would like to go on one charter (either Homer or Seward or Kenai King)

$750 – You would like to go on both deep-sea charters or 1 deep-sea and 1 river charter.

$1000 – You want to do it all!

As I am running this trip from Australia this year, we will need a minimum number of people to sign up for this trip to make it economically feasible for everyone. The goal will be to have at least 10 people sign up for this trip (enough to fill at least two motor homes).

The deposit deadline will be December 31, 2012. If we have enough people signed up for the trip on this date then your deposit will become non-refundable and the trip will run. If we do not have enough people for the trip on this date then you full deposit will be returned to you. Please try to send in your deposit early and not wait to the last minute if you know you want to go.

If you know someone that you would like to invite on this trip, please contact me to discuss and we can see about getting him on the trip! This is a Boys only trip!

Send a check made out to James Miller to…

            92 Inlets Blvd.

            Nokomis, FL 34275

My USA phone number is 303-800-6358 and will ring my phone in Australia

My cell in Australia is +61 432 366 646 if you would like to call me

I am on Viber

My Skype user name is AdventureNurse

My e-mail is [email protected] or [email protected]

Hope to see you in Alaska!!

If you live in Australia or New Zealand….

 Don’t send a check to the states, chat me up for options.

A great deal on return airfare to Alaska is $1500 but is usually around $2000.

You won’t be able to bring your fish back with you but can eat some there.

You could add on to this fishing trip and see other parts of Alaska or the USA and I am

Happy to help you arrange the rest of your travels as well if you like.