I'd like to express my sincere appreciation for being the Alaska magazine's 2013 winner! Alaska Airlines was extremely nice and the Sportsman's Cove Lodge offered comfortable lodging with the beauty and grandeur of the cove, while nestled in the pines on Prince of Wales Island. My very first fish caught was a king salmon and, after that, mouthwatering coho and pink salmon, halibut and cod. The Sportsman's Cove Lodge is truly a hidden gem, especially with their competent and enthusiastic staff, including Captain Dave and his deckhand, Chad, who were excellent guides and mentors while offering a safe and memorable fishing experience. I cannot believe I caught more than 25 fish in two days of fishing! I've seen an amazing array of wildlife—bears, sea otters, deer and beautiful eagles. The Cape Fox lodge offered relaxation uncompared to other hotels I've stayed in. Ketchikan is a marvel with quaint shops, fantastic restaurants, and striking totem poles.
These five days for me offered a fount of inspiration, fascination, relaxation and fishing recreation unimaginable.
This has truly been a "Bucket List" event for me and I want to thank everyone that was involved.