Fishing is a popular activity in the Sitka Alaska, particularly for travelers who want to do something different and exciting. These 5 tips will help you get ready for your next fishing trip!
Fortunately, when you fish with us at Cascade Creek Lodge, we take care of most of this for you.
1. Pack a lunch and snacks
You will want to stay on the water for as long as possible because you'll be having fun. So, it's important that you bring enough food for the whole day. That includes lunch and snacks.
Without a good meal and some energy to keep going, you might not be able to catch as many fish.
Bring some drinks and a few granola bars, too.
When choosing foods and snacks, make sure to pack high calorie foods that will give you enough energy. You will be using new muscles in new ways, so you'll want to have some energy in your body.
At Cascade Creek Lodge, we will handle the bulk of the food for your trip. Make sure let us know if you need something special, or you’re welcome to bring it yourself.
2. Bring plenty of water
Even if you have a water purifier on the boat, it is still important to bring plenty of water.
You need at least one gallon per person for every day that you are out fishing.
There will be plenty of activity involved with catching fish and moving around in the boat so make sure to drink lots of fluids!
It may seem counterintuitive to have to bring water on a boat when you're surrounded by water. But you don't want to drink ocean water, and you don't want to get dehydrated.
Your Captains will make sure there’s plenty of water on the boat for your fishing trip.
3. Wear comfortable clothing, including shoes that can get wet or dirty
You will be on your feet the whole day, so you'll want to wear comfortable clothing that can get wet. You'll be in a fishing boat, after all.
Bring plenty of clothes to change into for each new day out on the water.
We don't know what the temperature is going to be like on any given day, so it's best to dress warmly. That way you can take off layers if necessary and still stay comfortable. It is Alaska, after all! Layer your clothing with a wicking fabric under thicker clothes that will keep you warm.
It's best not to wear any clothes that have cotton in them because they absorb moisture instead of wicking away from it like synthetic materials.
4. Take sunscreen and sunglasses with you
If you are going to be on the water all day, even if it is cloudy or foggy, sunscreen and sunglasses will help protect your skin from sunburn.
Bring a hat for added protection.
Most fishing boats are white, and the glare from the sun can shine up, so you'll need to have sunscreen on your face, even if you are wearing a hat.
Sunglasses with some polarization help so you can see better when the sun is out.
5. Be patient
It's important to be patient when catching fish. Yes, catching fish is the point, but be patient and enjoy the time on the water. Relax and take in your surroundings.
If you are fishing with kids, this is especially important because they won't be as patient. It's good to have the patience of a saint when it comes to children and fishing-they always seem to catch more fish than adults do!
Don't get frustrated if nothing bites for a while.
That's what your guides at Cascade Creek Lodge are here to help with.
We know it's hard to resist the temptation of fishing right when you arrive in Sitka, but we recommend waiting until at least your second day on a trip. You'll have more time to get settled and explore the town before that first morning of fishing.
Your innkeepers at Cascade Creek Lodge will be able to give you great suggestions on things to do around Sitka.