Preparing For Your Alaska Fishing Trip

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Everyone knows, new and old anglers alike, that preparation is key. Carefully packing the right equipment can sometimes mean the difference between bringing home a story worthy catch or a whole lot of empty promises. The same is true for your chartered fishing trip adventures in Alaska with J-Dock. If you’re considering taking part in one of our fishing trips, make sure you’re well-prepared by keeping these ideas in mind.

Layers Are Your Friend

Depending on where you live, you might get away with a single layer while you’re fishing, like shorts and a t-shirt. That’s not going to be the case while you’re in Seward. Instead, you’ll want to bring a variety of layers with you. Given that Alaska can shift from warm and sunny to cold and clammy in minutes, make sure you invest in layers made from wool or a moisture wicking synthetic. This ensures that even if you’re caught in a deluge, you’ll dry off quickly. This tip goes for every part of your body, so make sure you bring enough shirts, pants, undergarments, and of course, socks!

Raingear is a Must

A good rain layer does a great job of not only shedding rain and keeping you dry, but it can also help you stay warm by acting as a windproof layer too. Make sure that your rain jacket has a hood that can be drawn closed. While some forgo rain pants, it might be a good idea for those who are traveling to Alaska for the first time. Avoid the cheap vinyl or light plastic rain jackets and ponchos, as these tear easily and quickly become just a piece of garbage you have to hold onto during your trip.

Bring the Right Equipment

We’re firm believers in the philosophy of “the right tool for the job.” That means that you’ll need to bring specialized equipment with you for your trip, or rent it from a nearby outfitter. This may require you to do some research into the kind of equipment that will work best for the kind of fish you want to pursue. If you’ve got questions about what you should bring and what should stay at home, give us a call. We’re happy to help you out!

Look at Things to do That Aren’t Fishing Related

This may sound blasphemous to some, but one of the best parts about a fishing trip in Alaska is the location. Alaska is truly the last of the American frontier and offers outdoor and natural experiences that you simply can’t find anywhere in the lower 48. Build some time into your trip to see some of the exotic wildlife and the many national parks in the state. You won’t regret the time you spend away from rod and reel and may even make some lasting memories while you’re at it.

Looking for an Alaska fishing guide that will take you on an unforgettable adventure? Then it’s time to book your chartered fishing trip with J-Dock. Our fishing vessel captains are experienced and passionate anglers themselves and are excited for the chance to share their knowledge and stories with you. Book your trip today!