Seldovia Fishing Adventures - Alaska
Photos courtesy Seldovia Fishing Adventures.
Located on the Kenai Peninsula in South Central Alaska, Seldovia Fishing Adventures has been in business for the past 34 years. Your hosts Brent and Raewyn Weyer purchased the business in 2013, and enjoy many repeat clients who have become friends. Meeting guests from all areas of the USA and beyond keeps their business lively.
A brief history: Cook Inlet owes its name to the British explorer James Cook, who aboard the brigantine HMS Resolution, charted the inlet and its surrounding waters on his last voyage in 1777. Later in 1823, an official settlement was established by a Russian fishing fleet drawn to the nutrient-rich fishing grounds off the Alaskan coast - but to the native tribes of the region, both were relative late comers.
In fact, the countless bays and inlets and their sheltered waters have been home to Native people for thousands of years. For the northern tribes of the Kodiak Koniaqs, the Chugach people from Prince William Sound, the Aleuts from the Aleutians and the Tanaina Kenaitze people of the Cook Inlet, these waters have been an important meeting and trading area where ideas and traditional beliefs and cultures have been shared for eons.
Today, locals call their town the “City of Secluded Charm,” and it’s hard to argue with them. Set among a maze of peninsulas, straits and lakes, the isolated community of 360 residents has managed to retain much of its pioneering character and it’s an enjoyable escape, whether you stay a week or just a day.
With the growing influx of fur traders and more fishing fleets, Seldovia soon became an important shipping and supply center for the region, with salmon and herring runs supporting several canneries by the 1920s.
After the Sterling Highway was completed to Homer in the 1950s, Seldovia’s population and importance as a supply center began to dwindle, but it was the 1964 Good Friday earthquake that caused the most rapid change in the community. The earthquake caused the land beneath Seldovia to settle four feet, forcing residents to rebuild much of their community on higher ground.
Seldovia Fishing Adventure’s absolute waterfront lodge offers you comfort and peace. Three bedrooms each have two beds and private bathroom. Free wifi and satellite TV caters to all needs. They pick you up from the marina if coming by ferry, or the airport if flying into Seldovia. Flying into Seldovia includes breathtaking mountain and glacier views along the way from Anchorage. Raewyn will meet you with a giant infectious smile at the airport and point out items of interest along the short ride to the lodge.
Included in your stay with Seldovia Fishing Adventures is a full cooked breakfast daily, served family style. Breakfast offerings include homemade Belgium Waffles, Eggs Benedict, bacon stuffed pancakes, sausages, bacon and eggs. Seldovia grown salmon berries, raspberries or blueberries are presented as jams and syrups on the breakfast table. As well as the endless cup of coffee.
While fishing, lunch is provided, including fresh home baked bread rolls and cookies, along with coffee, water and sodas. Especially popular are the house special halibut spread rolls. Each day produces another sweet treat container of Raewyn’s daily homemade cookies on board.
The Deluxe package means that airfares from Anchorage to Seldovia are included, arriving at the lodge immediately puts you in vacation mode with the generous water views, wild life such as sea otters, bald eagles and other critters. Raewyn will ensure you have a sample of her home baked cookies on arrival. The blackout blinds in the bedrooms ensure a good night’s sleep in comfortable beds (midsummer there is daylight for 18+ hours).
Dinner ranges from Opelio or King Crab leg feast, ‘fall off the bone’ baby back ribs (one of the house specialties), thick and juicy BBQ steaks, fresh catch of the day salmon and halibut along with tasty side dishes and homemade breads. Dessert always features some of Seldovia’s prolific berries, Salmon berry, raspberry or blueberry desserts that you ‘just have to’ find room to sample!
Captain Brent with his 40+ years of marine experience, has thousands of ‘secret’ successful fishing spots programmed into his GPS to ensure he gives you the very best chance of catching your halibut. When fishing with Seldovia Fishing Adventures all bait, tackle, electric fishing reels and filleting of your catch is included. They also offer salmon trolling charters. Using electric downriggers Brent can accurately target the fish as noted on the fish finder. With their 6 passenger, 30 foot Heritage fiberglass charter vessel they can quickly access the best fishing spots inside the Cook Inlet and beyond. They have the reputation for consistently catching big halibut, probably because they are the closest charter company to the secret deep water spots, out of range to the competition (an hour farther away). Their vessel has twin Cummins diesel engines, heated cabin, Glyde Ryde hydraulic seats and electric toilet for the comfort of guests.
On departure back to the real world, seeing your catch vacuum packed, frozen and packed into the waxed, insulated transport boxes ready to take home and enjoy is quite the reward for the time well spent to travel to this corner of Alaska. You may join many of the other guests and observe a little easing of your belt after all the tempting dishes served up. Raewyn has a small recipe leaflet with suggested ways to enjoy your fresh Alaskan seafood once you arrive back home.
Seldovia Fishing Adventures is truly a one stop shop, they include with your world class fishing experience, fine dining, humble accommodations, fish processing, all transfers, fishing licenses, even transportation from Anchorage to Seldovia is included! If you want to travel around and don’t want to lug around frozen fish for several days they can hold it in their walk in freezer. They are also FEDEX agents and can ship to anywhere in the USA and guarantee 24 hour frozen fish door to door.
Did we mention Electric reels? They take most the work out of deep water fishing, but none of the fun. These rigs are great for bait checking from the deep waters around Alaska, once you try them you will want to buy one.
Seldovia Fishing Adventures charters run over the summer months, June to September and can be reached at www.fishhalibut.com
Seldovia Fishing Adventures Inc.
Brent & Raewyn Weyer
P.O. Box 121, Seldovia, Alaska 99663
Office: 907-234-7417, Fax: 907-234-8444