From Fishing Tackle to Safety gear, We Leave Nothing to Chance

The fact is that fishing in Southeast Alaska isn't especially hard. You're going to catch fish with almost any reputable charter or lodge you choose. The real difference is in the experience. You can catch a limit of silver salmon and have a day you'd just as soon forget, or you can catch a limit of silvers and have a day you'll always remember.

Our highest priority — even higher than catching fish — is making sure you have a great experience. That means, among other things, providing the best tackle money can buy and maintaining our equipment to maximize your safety and comfort. It also means pairing guests with friendly, enthusiastic and skilled captains.

Top-Shelf Tackle

Daily use in Alaska is tough on tackle. Daily use in remote Port Protection is even tougher. That's why we replace most of it every year and keep extras of everything on hand. For mooching and downrigger trolling, we use Lamiglass "Kenai Kwik" rods — which we consider the finest salmon rods at 

any price — matched with Daiwa Saltist line counter reels. For bottom fishing, we use Accurate BX-500 and BX-600 two-speed reels, loaded with Jerry Brown Spectra braided line.

Alaska-Tough Boats

Our pair of 25-foot Almar aluminum boats are purpose-built to stand up to season after season of Alaska fishing and outfitted with a full complement of safety equipment, including EPIRBs. They're also designed with comfort in mind, featuring heated cabins for all-weather comfort and air-ride suspension seats. Both were also rigged with

brand-new electronics in 2016, highlighted by commercial-grade Furuno sounders paired with extremely powerful 2kW transducers for superior resolution of suspended bait, salmon, and bottom-dwellers. For trolling, we use quiet and dependable Yamaha kicker engines and advanced Cannon downriggers.

Capt. James Thomas

Capt. James, the owner of Underdog Sportfishing, has fished Southeast Alaska for 20 years, both recreationally and commercially, and has held his captain's license for 15. He has guided and fished all over the world for everything from giant bluefin in Nova Scotia to wahoo in the Bahamas, but Southeast Alaska is hands-down his favorite fishery. Also a well-known hunting guide and an accomplished videographer, he knows the woods and mountains just as well as the waters.


Capt. Roby Medina

A lifelong resident of Craig, Capt. Roby has been guiding since he turned 18 and fishing far longer than that. Working for several lodges over the years, he has introduced literally thousands of guests to the region and its fishing and is acknowledged as one of its most skilled king salmon anglers.