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The Local Guy Charters

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We are a small family operated company that offers a wide variety of options. ?Salmon and Halibut fishing, Whale watching or a full day adventure to one of Alaska’s hidden treasures – Tracy Arm Fjord.
A little about your Captain – My name is Adam Underwood I was born and raised in Southeast Alaska. With over 35 years of being on the water, a few of which were before I could walk! I married a local gal who I went to school with. We have 2 kids one is in college, and one who will be works as my deckhand when he is not playing Baseball. Prior to starting the Charter business I was a Youth Detention Officer for the State of Alaska and my wife is a Local Police Detective.
I come from a family with a long history of being on the water. My father commercially hand trolled for salmon around Hoonah in the 70’s, numerous uncles who have, and, currently commercial fish. My grandfather Peter Warner owned and operated “Warner’s Marina” in Juneau for decades. If you’re walking around downtown Juneau, look for “Warner’s Warf” which is named after his grandfather.
I stated my current profession at 13 years old when I got my first boat – a 14 foot Lund skiff. “Best way to learn how to read the water!”
?Since then I have, operated and/or worked on vessels ranging from 20 to 165 feet in various parts of Alaska.  Most notably is the 8 months I spent in Dutch Harbor patrolling in the Bering Sea with the Alaska State Troopers!
?After years of fishing and boating with his family and friends I decided to get my official United States Coast Guard Captain’s license as a way to share my love and passion of the water with others.
I am looking forward to sharing the magnificent beauty of our local water with you and your party. All of our trips are private. So you ultimately have control of how you want your adventure to go!!!
If you are a current or former Law Enforcement officer or currently serving in the Military or a Veteran you will get 10% off the entire trip. I also offer special pricing for any Law Enforcement officer who has been injured in the line of duty. Call for details.

Krog’s Kamp

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World class Alaska fishing for salmon, trout, and halibut coupled with the finest Alaska Fishing lodge on the Kenai River is what you’ll find at Krog’s Kamp.

Krog’s Kamp is situated on the banks of the bountiful Kenai River. Come and enjoy old time Alaskan hospitality along with the vacation of a lifetime. Enjoy the beauty, majesty, and splendor of the Great Land while experiencing the best fishing in Alaska. Check off another item on your “Bucket List”.

The Spyglass Inn

Join your host, Pat for a pleasant stay in one of the finest bed and breakfasts in Homer, Alaska – The Spyglass Inn.

Pat will show you to your room, furnished with quilts she made herself during the long winters in Alaska. She’ll tell you all the bed and breakfast rules (no smoking inside, no pets) and will ask you about your personal food preferences so that she can treat you to a spectacular breakfast.

She will also help you find what you’re looking for from your lodging in Homer. Whether you’re looking to explore the beautiful Alaskan the scenery, take in the wildlife, embark on a fishing or sightseeing tour, or get local suggestions on things to do and places to eat your lunch or evening meal, Pat will be more than happy to help you out. If you’re a nature buff or love fishing, you’re in for a treat! Homer is the halibut fishing capital of the world, and the Homer area is absolutely gorgeous.

Homer offers many great winter activities open to locals and visitors alike. Though winter may at first appear daunting up in Alaska, in reality it’s a wonderful time to visit this great state. Winter activities are endless here, and you won’t find more beautiful scenery and outdoor activities than you will right here in Homer. All the local galleries are open, including the First Friday event series that takes place at galleries throughout the city all year long. Outdoor activities abound, too, with ice skating, sledding and plenty of trails for skiing and snow shoeing.

If you are planning a visit in the winter months, check out the Kachemak Nordic Ski Club for information on skiing in the area, and Extreme Tubing for info and dates of operation for tubing enthusiasts. Also, the Homer Winter Carnival takes place in February each year. If you make it down for a Sunday, make sure to stop out to Beluga Lake in case the car ice races are taking place.

All of these activities are loads of fun for anyone to enjoy, no matter how old or young you are! There’s no better lodging for your trip to Alaska than Homer’s Spyglass Inn, and no one more eager to make sure you have a fantastic time than Pat! Contact us today and start planning your getaway to the wonder and beauty of Homer, Alaska!

Big Horn Outdoor Adventure Show

Big Horn Outdoor Adventure Show
March 15-18, 2018


Handy Sharp
Booth #407
I purchased my first Handy Sharp Sharpener in 2010 at a gun show in Spokane, WA.  I took it home and dulled a couple pocket knives, went back to the show the next day and payed closer attention to how to use the tool.  Then resharpened the knives, better than where I had began.  I became a believer, a Distributor and then in 2013, a Manufacturer’s Representative – Chad Ruseler


Ironman Safe Company
Booth #203 & #204
Ironman Safe Company builds high quality gun safes and vault doors right here in the Northwest USA. Their main factory is in the quaint Northern Idaho town of Dalton Gardens. Ironman builds top-quality safes and vaults with high craftsmanship and individual attention to detail. Ironman Safe treats each sale like a custom build so that an Ironman customer is satisfied with the final product. Welding, grinding, power coating and installs are done in house so, they can quickly build you a safe with a wide variety of colors, handles and locks to choose.  Factory direct delivery or pickup is available in the Inland Empire, or freight shipping throughout the USA. Call 208-762-8834 or go to and order your safe. Stop by the Ironman Safe booth at the Bighorn Outdoor Adventure show March 15-18th 2018 at the Spokane convention Center, booths 203 & 204.


RW’s Fishing & Big Eddy Resort
All summer long we can give you the chance to fish world class trophy salmon on the Kenai as well as record halibut on your same visit. Depending on when you come, we can even put you into a Kasilof drift boat for some extra spice.
Whether it’s fishing the upper Kenai River June through October for beautiful rainbow trout; enjoying feisty action from the Silvers beginning in August; sightseeing over Alaska’s majestic ice fields and glaciers; or arranging for a fly-in fishing adventure – we can accommodate you. When you fish with RW’s, you will experience the fishing vacation of a lifetime.

Wenatchee Valley Sportsmen Show

Wenatchee Valley Sportsmen Show
February 23-25, 2018


Christenson’s Lake Shore Tackle
Christenson’s Lake Shore Tackle specializes in Kokanee tackle. We carry a wide variety of squids, dodgers, spinners, and more. We are a leading supplier in Mini Squids, the smallest squid on the market. Our Mini Squids are lighter and smaller which give more action behind our dodgers and put more fish in the boat. Whether your a sporting goods business looking for new products for your shelves or an angler wanting a few new colors for the tackle box we have what you need. Check us out today at or call 435-729-9256 and we will help you out.


Going Fishing Guide Service
Booth #308
I have been fishing PNW rivers for steelhead and salmon for over 50 years. I initiated my guide business in 2001 with primary emphasis on the Mid Columbia. In 2002 I began guiding the Kenai and Kasilof Rivers near Soldotna, AK, and guided there until 2016.   I have been privileged to put on steelhead and salmon seminars at regional eastern WA sportsmen’s shows and frequently called on for information for regional publications like Northwest Sportsman magazine, Fish & Game, etc. My goal has been to educate new and experienced fisherman to new techniques that help catch fish and provide a quality learning experience. -Bruce Hewitt


Handy Sharp
Booth #407
I purchased my first Handy Sharp Sharpener in 2010 at a gun show in Spokane, WA.  I took it home and dulled a couple pocket knives, went back to the show the next day and payed closer attention to how to use the tool.  Then resharpened the knives, better than where I had began.  I became a believer, a Distributor and then in 2013, a Manufacturer’s Representative – Chad Ruseler


Mule Deer Foundation
Booth #112
MDF is a 501(c)3 charitable non-profit group. MDF’s mission is to ensure the conservation of mule deer, black-tailed deer and their habitat. MDF spent more than $6 million in 2012 to support its mission. MDF has spent more than $50 million on its mission since it was founded in 1988. MDF has helped protect or restore more than 1 million acres MDF has 127 local chapters. MDF’s M.U.L.E.Y. program introduces youngsters to conservation and the shooting sports, helping more than 15,000 newcomers pull the trigger each year. MDF supports the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation. MDF believes wildlife is held in the public trust and belongs to all citizens. MDF supports use of special tags and permits to increase funding for conservation with full transparency on how funds are used to benefit wildlife. MDF also supports raffles, lotteries and other ways for our members and all citizens to have reasonable and affordable hunting opportunities while helping to fund wildlife conservation that benefit many species.


The Range, LLC
The range is a full service facility.  We are a retail gun store, a certified gunsmithing workshop and an indoor range with a training department.  Our motto is Educate  Equip  Empower,  Shooters of all ages and interests.  Safety is our number one priority. We offer a state of the art shooting environment with NRA Range Safety Officers on duty, an EPA –OSHA-NIOSH certified lead management air system and a large staff of certified instructors.  We also offer a 3 lane VIP suite and conference room.  Come see us today for all your firearm needs at The Range, Yakima’s only indoor shooting range and retail store.


Washington State Parks Boater Safety Education
Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission administers the state’s Recreational Boating Safety and Clean Vessel Act programs. These programs provide leadership in boating safety and environmental education. They are federally funded by the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund. The goal of these programs is to reduce accidents and fatalities, increase stewardship of Washington waterways, and keep recreational boating a safe, accessible and enjoyable pastime.


Wenatchee Sportsmen’s Association
Booth #103 & #105
The Wenatchee Sportsmen’s Association promotes habitat conservation and improvement for fish and wildlife in Chelan, Douglas and Northern Kittitas Counties through; collaboration with local organizations; educating the public and our members on our initiatives and achievements; and improving volunteer opportunities to foster a diverse membership.
WSA offers several youth hunting and fishing opportunities as well as training at our annual North Central Washington Youth Hunting and Fishing Day event. We are part of the coalition that secured 0.82 miles of waterfront along the upper Wenatchee River for public use. All of our efforts and benefits are for the local area.

Alaska Our Way

Alaska Our Way LLC transitioned from the closure of Alaska Ferry Adventures, originators of the popular Alaska ‘ferry cruise’ tours. Alaska Our Way continues the tradition, offering unique and custom individual tours to fit every budget and interest.

You will find Carol, the voice on the phone, out promoting and photographing, encouraging you to come to Alaska now.

Martie handles the technical aspects of the business, keeping things updated and dreaming of new possibilities for travelers coming to Alaska for the first time.

New ideas developed in the last couple of years are visiting some of the most beautiful and unique golf courses, or exploring all the cultural and historic museums from Ketchikan to Haines along the Inside Passage. In 2018, Carol is leading a ‘guided’ tour, hitting some of the highlights of Southeast Alaska and the Kenai Peninsula, with a group of family and friends.

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.

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 |