INTERESTED IN A ROADFOOD FLY-Drive ALASKAN FISHING PKG SUMMER 2016??

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INTERESTED IN A ROADFOOD FLY-Drive ALASKAN FISHING PKG SUMMER 2016??

 
 In another discussion on another thread some Roadfooders mentioned the idea of going to Alaska specifically for a  Halibut fishing trip out of either Homer or Seward, with some sightseeing included for an additional few days.  Roadfood Moderator MIKE S has indicated an interest in acting as the group ''Leader' for the trip, should it actually take shape. Lleechef and Mrs Mayor have also voiced initial interest in participation..  I will be happy to handle tye logistics and organization and planning, but I will not be physically able to attend due to my travel limitations.
 
The discussion thus far pointed this direction... (Note to Mike S)" Semi seriously MIKE, Janet said there might be some Roadfooders interested in a Halibut Package fishing trip out of either Homer or Seward...It may be too late for this season, but with some planning, looking at a fly-drive trip in 2016. if you are serious about acting as the "Scoutmaster".
  I will not be able to participate, but I support Janet's getting the trip she has dreamed of for years, Lisa...Michael?? others ??  I would think a group of 5 or 6 for a 6 Pack charter Boat and one large rental car/van would be about the optimum size...  Lots of planning to do,  but this could be a fun time" (End of Message)
 
ANYONE ELSE INTERESTED IN A ROADFOOD HALIBUT and/or SALMON FISHING TOUR IN ALASKA SUMMER 2016--INDICATE INTEREST WITH A POST ON THIS THREAD...... If we have interest we will set up a separate thread for planning the trip....
First Draft Rough Outline-
 
When- June-July- August 2016 (rates get better in August)
Meeting point- 1. SEA-TAC then fly as a group to Anchorage  or
                      2. Individual flights to Anchorage from your Home
                     
 Initial Estimated itinerary-  Day 1 Flight to Anchorage, meet and settle in at hotel, get vehicle, Plan Itinerary.
                                         Day 2&3- In Anchorage for local sightseeing and to Denali
                                         Day 4 Drive to either Homer or Seward , local sightseeing and prep for 
                                         Day 5&6  One day fishing trips for Halibut with evenings in town .
                                         Day 7- Return ride to Anchorage, departure for Lower 48 that night.
 
General comments. Most of the Fishing Charters run package deals that include 'x'number of days fishing, processing and shipping of your catch to your home in the lower 48, Costs vary widely based on the size of the group, size of the boat,  length of the trip, and especially the time of the year. I will post three or four examples of package deals available to give you an idea of what is and is not included in the deal. If you have an interest...THIS IS NOT A COMMITTMENT TO PARTICIPATE... Indicate so in a post on this thread, so we can see if it is worth using the space here to plan this sort of expedition, or should these brave explorers head up to the "GREAT WHITE NORTH" without additional friends along???
Sample packages-2015 rates Note some from Homer and some from Seward Final decision to be made at a future date.
 http://www.profish-n-sea.com/rates.asp
http://www.bbonline.com/articles/alaska/seward/the-4-best-seward-alaska-fishing-charters.html
Homer
http://www.alaskanfishing.com/fishing-for-alaska-halibut.htm?gclid=CJ6XuMiq28QCFdY9gQod6YgAoA
http://www.bighalibut.com/index.html
http://www.halibutcharters.com/
 
That's just a sample of possible fishing charter packages that might be considered. Any and all feedback is welcome. Davy.. You and your family would certainly be welcome to share in part or all of this meet up If the timing worked out for you.
 
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    Davydd
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    Re: INTERESTED IN A ROADFOOD FLY-Drive ALASKAN FISHING PKG SUMMER 2016?? 2015/04/03 19:26:13 (permalink)
    We have tentatively been thinking of driving up the Alaska Highway again in 2016 in our RV. If so, our trip will be close to 90 days total. We will get to Homer and Seward for sure, as well as everywhere else a paved road will take us.
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    Re: INTERESTED IN A ROADFOOD FLY-Drive ALASKAN FISHING PKG SUMMER 2016?? 2015/04/03 19:27:09 (permalink)
    Al, the best halibut fishing is out of Homer.  Great whale watching is from Seward.  (As you well know!)  I am definitely in for a halibut fishing trip!  I owe Janet that one!  Count me in!
    post edited by lleechef - 2015/04/04 11:01:51
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    Re: INTERESTED IN A ROADFOOD FLY-Drive ALASKAN FISHING PKG SUMMER 2016?? 2015/04/03 19:31:12 (permalink)
    Davydd
    We have tentatively been thinking of driving up the Alaska Highway again in 2016 in our RV. If so, our trip will be close to 90 days total. We will get to Homer and Seward for sure, as well as everywhere else a paved road will take us.


    You should go to Chicken and Tok and Prudhoe!!  All very beautiful!!
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    Re: INTERESTED IN A ROADFOOD FLY-Drive ALASKAN FISHING PKG SUMMER 2016?? 2015/04/04 09:31:48 (permalink)
    We went to Tok a couple of times. We also went to Chicken and then drove the On Top of the World highway to Dawson City, Yukon. Prudhoe was not attempted. We only got as far as the Silver Gulch Brewery and then turned around.
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    Re: INTERESTED IN A ROADFOOD FLY-Drive ALASKAN FISHING PKG SUMMER 2016?? 2015/04/04 09:46:11 (permalink)
    Davydd
    We went to Tok a couple of times. We also went to Chicken and then drove the On Top of the World highway to Dawson City, Yukon. Prudhoe was not attempted. We only got as far as the Silver Gulch Brewery and then turned around.


    I tried mapping your route with googlemaps. Oddly, it does not allow travel across the border at Poker Creek. That adds a very long detour.
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    Re: INTERESTED IN A ROADFOOD FLY-Drive ALASKAN FISHING PKG SUMMER 2016?? 2015/04/04 12:37:02 (permalink)
    Davydd- 
       If this trip becomes reality you could join the "fly-in folks" in Anchorage or in Homer/Seward and share the fishing time, or just observe, as you wish. Flexibility is the core for this visit to the Southern part of the State.
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    Re: INTERESTED IN A ROADFOOD FLY-Drive ALASKAN FISHING PKG SUMMER 2016?? 2015/04/04 13:33:43 (permalink)
    Wow-this would be a wonderful trip, but way, way, way out of my league, price wise. But if it happens, it will be a road trip exciting to follow along via this site!
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    Re: INTERESTED IN A ROADFOOD FLY-Drive ALASKAN FISHING PKG SUMMER 2016?? 2015/04/05 07:41:58 (permalink)
    I have been looking for an excuse to get back to Alaska especially Homer this maybe doable for me.
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    Re: INTERESTED IN A ROADFOOD FLY-Drive ALASKAN FISHING PKG SUMMER 2016?? 2015/04/05 12:17:29 (permalink)
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    We went to Tok a couple of times. We also went to Chicken and then drove the On Top of the World highway to Dawson City, Yukon. Prudhoe was not attempted. We only got as far as the Silver Gulch Brewery and then turned around.


    I tried mapping your route with googlemaps. Oddly, it does not allow travel across the border at Poker Creek. That adds a very long detour.


    The border crossing at Poker Creek is closed from midnight until 8AM.  This is a cost-cutting measure taken by the Canadians.    That's what I read in today's Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.
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    Re: INTERESTED IN A ROADFOOD FLY-Drive ALASKAN FISHING PKG SUMMER 2016?? 2015/04/05 23:33:04 (permalink)
    I'm glad to see Al took my suggestion and opened a separate thread for this.

    As I said in the other thread I pretty much need to know by February 1 my vacation schedule for the year. If I can apply for the vacation time by February 1 I'm guaranteed to get it since I'm the old man of the crew and have seniority. After February 1 I should still be able to get the time off though.

    If we can work something out I'm definitely in for it. I've always thought about going to Alaska and actually almost went and worked on the pipeline back in the 70s but I chickened out on doing that.
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    Re: INTERESTED IN A ROADFOOD FLY-Drive ALASKAN FISHING PKG SUMMER 2016?? 2015/04/06 11:49:47 (permalink)
    I didn't have to take any detours driving from Chicken, AK to Dawson City, YK. BTW, the On Top of the World highway is absolutely spectacular. If you have ever driven the Blue Ridge Parkway you would have some idea as to what to expect with 360 degree views but these were rugged rocky mountains much taller, snow capped and a seemingly forever view. It is also a pothole filled gravel road for over 90 miles.
     
    If scheduled for July or August I am pretty sure I could work a schedule to meet up. Touring Alaska can be very flexible. I would prefer Homer over Seward. If you get to the Salty Dawg Bar on the Homer Spit see if you can find the dollar bill tacked to the ceiling with my name on it.
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    Re: INTERESTED IN A ROADFOOD FLY-Drive ALASKAN FISHING PKG SUMMER 2016?? 2015/04/06 12:22:25 (permalink)
    I too never had any problems on the Top of the World Highway.........it is indeed beautiful. 
     
    I have an undergarment tacked to the ceiling at the Salty Dawg......been there since 2001.  There's also one tacked to the ceiling at Tricky Dick's Half-way Inn in Fairbanks.    I took a pic of the interior of the Dawg when I was there in Feb. but it came out too dark to post here. 
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    Re: INTERESTED IN A ROADFOOD FLY-Drive ALASKAN FISHING PKG SUMMER 2016?? 2015/04/06 13:43:21 (permalink)
    So far we have interest indicated by
    Mike
    Janet
    Lisa
    David
    rneiner
    If any of the above would be bringing a partner or friend , please indicate shortly,... again we are NOT at the committment stage yet... but we do need to get an idea of the maximum size of the group, to look for a deal when it comes to a charter boat rate..or package deal.
     
    For discussion purposes, set the tentative dates for 1st week of August 2016 with HOMER as the ultimate location
     
    post edited by mayor al - 2015/04/06 13:45:08
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    Re: INTERESTED IN A ROADFOOD FLY-Drive ALASKAN FISHING PKG SUMMER 2016?? 2015/04/06 17:44:54 (permalink)
    Sounds good to me!!! 
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    Re: INTERESTED IN A ROADFOOD FLY-Drive ALASKAN FISHING PKG SUMMER 2016?? 2015/04/06 19:54:21 (permalink)
    Since this is the "interest phase", put me down; I am very interested!  Especially after Lisa's trip report!  Can I really swing it?  I hope so!
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    Re: INTERESTED IN A ROADFOOD FLY-Drive ALASKAN FISHING PKG SUMMER 2016?? 2015/04/06 20:46:15 (permalink)
    Salty Dawg Saloon on the Homer Spit.
     

     

     

     
    The daily fish cleaning taking place directly behind the Salty Dawg.

     
     
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    Re: INTERESTED IN A ROADFOOD FLY-Drive ALASKAN FISHING PKG SUMMER 2016?? 2015/04/06 21:08:57 (permalink)
    Unfortunately there was no fish cleaning behind the Salty Dawg when I was there as it was 2 degrees and there was no fishing going on!  But I have seen it many times in the summer.  Never went halibut fishing there as we had a boat in Whittier so we caught our own halibut (and salmon and rockfish).
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    Re: INTERESTED IN A ROADFOOD FLY-Drive ALASKAN FISHING PKG SUMMER 2016?? 2015/04/07 00:44:22 (permalink)
    To break this down into segments that might help some folks
    consider what they would like to-- or would skip over-- on a trip like this,
    we can look at-
    1. Airfare- current coach rates run about $700 from Columbus, Louisville, Indy, and St Louis. That's RT with One change of planes. to ANCHORAGE.
     
    2. Rental car for total time for sightseeing in Anchorage area and RT to Homer and Return  including fuel, $750 divided by total # passengers. (estimate 5 people = $150 each)
     
    3. Homer expenses Lodging and fishing Lodging @$100 per night per person
       
     Halibut Fishing-Full Day includes  equipment, bait, cleaning and filleting fish, 2 fish limit. @$275 per person,
     
    yet to be added in  daily food costs, Motel in Anchorage, cost to ship fish home. 
    post edited by mayor al - 2015/04/07 00:51:52
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    Re: INTERESTED IN A ROADFOOD FLY-Drive ALASKAN FISHING PKG SUMMER 2016?? 2015/04/07 12:44:58 (permalink)
    Just a little info about the cost involved regarding Alaska.......it is expensive.  So if you're on a budget a trip like this is not for you.  Eating out is very pricey, especially in Homer where you have no neighboring towns for dining options.  My one-week stay cost about $2000.  I stayed with my friend Susan, she paid for our two nights' lodging in Homer and we used her car.  I of course helped pay for gas and paid for most of the meals out for the both of us.  Of course, no fishing was involved!  I spent about $150 on things to bring back.  Just an FYI........
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    Re: INTERESTED IN A ROADFOOD FLY-Drive ALASKAN FISHING PKG SUMMER 2016?? 2015/04/07 13:55:02 (permalink)
    Lisa,  
            Do you remember the name of the motel you checked out for us downtown?  
             I want to check it out 'again' to see if it is still in operation.
     
           A tentative schedule using Anchorage as the meeting place. (and ball-park estimated cost)
           ADD $ 130 PER DAY HOUSING COST FOR MOTEL OR LODGING X 5 NIGHTS = $650
             Day 1- Fly from Your Home to Anchorage, Mike schedules in early and rents car/van.  ($750)
                        Use shuttle service to motel upon arrival- check in(2 nites)- Tour downtown and meals.($275)
             Day 2- Day Trip North to Takekeena and Denali overlook - return to Anchorage Motel at night. ($100)
             Day 3- Check out -shop for fishing needs- ride to HOMER- check in lodging(3 nites)- prep for fishing, ($100)
             Day 4- All Day Halibut Boat fishing ($300)
             Day 5- either All Day or 3/4 Day Halibut Fishing. stay in Lodge upon return ($300)
             Day 6- Arrange shipping of fish home, return to Anchorage, Local sightseeing (fish-$200)($250 misc)
                        return rental car, depart Anchorage via Red-eye flights to Lower 48.
             Day 7- Arrive Home.
     
    THE ESTIMATED COST HERE WOULD BE ABOUT $3000 GIVE OR TAKE A BIT.
     
         NOTE*** THIS IS ALL TENTATIVE AND FOR BASIC PLANNING ONLY. NUMBERS ARE TAKEN FROM PACKAGE TOURS LISTED BY VARIOUS AGENCIES AND TOUR SITES. THEY ARE LISTED HERE TO PROMOTE INTEREST AND DISCUSSION IN A POSSIBLE TRIP NEXT AUGUST.
    post edited by mayor al - 2015/04/07 13:58:38
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    Re: INTERESTED IN A ROADFOOD FLY-Drive ALASKAN FISHING PKG SUMMER 2016?? 2015/04/07 14:13:58 (permalink)
    Al,
    It is the Chelsea Inn Hotel on Spenard Rd. (10 mins. from the airport, 15 mins. from downtown).  I can assure you it is still there, as my friend Susan lives about 1 mi. from Spenard Rd. and we went by that hotel several times.
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    Re: INTERESTED IN A ROADFOOD FLY-Drive ALASKAN FISHING PKG SUMMER 2016?? 2015/04/26 16:52:42 (permalink)
    As a Federal employee I should be able to get a decent price on a rental car or van. That would include unlimited mileage, so that should save us a little bit there.

    The first week of August sounds good to me. What kind of temperatures could we expect in August? Does Alaska get hot and humid? I'm hoping to get away from the humidity here on the East Coast.
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    Re: INTERESTED IN A ROADFOOD FLY-Drive ALASKAN FISHING PKG SUMMER 2016?? 2015/04/26 18:37:21 (permalink)
    Mike, Hold for response, too much going one for a week or so for details on this activity, al
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    Re: INTERESTED IN A ROADFOOD FLY-Drive ALASKAN FISHING PKG SUMMER 2016?? 2015/04/26 18:58:57 (permalink)
    Mike,
    I can answer the weather questions.  It never gets hot and humid in Alaska!!!  In my 8 years there, we had some cool (highs in the low 70s) and rainy summers and we also had summers with highs in the 80s and blue skies and sunshine almost every day.  But never humidity!!!!  I too hate hot and humid!
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