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Fishing Vessles

Price is a consideration. If you're visiting primarily to fish and you're looking for that once-in-a-lifetime piece of fishing Nirvana, every fishing region has full-service lodges, and most can help with information about local charter boat services, fishing guides, wilderness camps and fly-out fishing to remote areas where only bush planes are able to penetrate. If your fishing budget is more modest, opportunities abound for rewarding fishing experiences closer to population centers and port cities.

Visitors traveling by cruiseship can arrange fishing trips for salmon or halibut on charter boats wherever the ship stops. They'll tailor the trip length to match your time in port, and take care of processing and shipping your catch for you. Charter boats provide all the tackle and bait you need, and even folks who prefer to fish from shore for the day can usually rent fishing gear. If you're visiting a port city as an independent traveler, wander the docks and talk to locals and charter captains to get a feel for what's available and who's catching what.

Alaska is justifiably famous for its salmon fishing, and many visitors look no farther than salmon when it comes time to choose which fish to pursue. While the famous runs of salmon into freshwater streams are seasonal, King salmon are available year around in the Southeast, Prince William Sound, and Southcentral saltwater fisheries. And while taste is a supremely subjective quality, many knowledgeable gourmands consider King salmon caught in the salt to be the best tasting of all.

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