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 Shimano Tekota 600LC line counter reels. For bottom fishing, we use the new Accurate Valiant 500 and 600 two-speed reels, loaded with Jerry Brown Spectra braided line. We consider the Valiants the strongest, lightest reels on the market, allowing you to fight the fish, not the tackle, making for a more enjoyable day on the water.

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Primary Charter Boat

Our primary charter boat is a 25-foot Almar Sounder, purpose-built to stand up to season after season of Alaska fishing and outfitted with a full complement of safety equipment, including EPIRBs. It's also designed with comfort in mind, featuring a heated cabin for all-weather comfort and air-ride suspension seats. The boat was rigged with

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


Self-Guided Boat

Our self-guided boat is an Alaskan-built 21-foot Svendsen skiff, the perfect do-it-all boat for Alaskan waters. This safe and efficient fish killing machine features reliable Yamaha four-stroke main and kicker, new easy-to-use CHIRP electronics, self-bailing deck, all safety equipment, Cannon downriggers, and the same high-end rods and reels used on our charter boat. The largest self-guided boat of any lodge in Southeast Alaska, the Svendsen has plenty of room for you and up to three friends to experience all that this area has to offer and catch your fish of a lifetime

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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.

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