Alaska Sportfishing Expeditions 2014 Roadshow!

If you’ve stayed with us before, at The Cedars Lodge, Clover Pass Resort, or at Silverking Lodge, be sure to drop by and say hello! It’s always nice to see a friendly face on the road! And if you’ve never stayed at an ASE Resort, drop by our booth, ask questions, learn about Alaska, and take advantage of our show specials – often the best deals of the year!

 

About ISE: For 36 years the International Sportsmen’s Exposition (ISE) events have presented America’s premier adventure-travel, hunting, fishing, shooting-sports, boat and camping products and services to outdoor enthusiasts at events held during the first quarter throughout the largest western United States markets. Each of the five ISE shows display from 300 to more than 600 leading resorts and lodges, outdoor-product manufacturers, boat dealers, regional and specialty retailers, hunting and fishing guides and outfitters, national and local conservation organizations, state and federal government agencies, and nonprofit groups. Current partnerships with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and American Fly Fishing Trade Association result in booths and show features that appeal to a wide audience, even as the ISE events help those leading nonprofit entities expand their membership count.

International Sportsmen’s Expositions’ reputation as the industry leader in hunting, fishing, and outdoor sports shows is based on our three-decade-long commitment to presenting a broad spectrum of outdoor recreational opportunities as honorable, quality and conservation-informed pursuits.

 

About OTS: O’Loughlin Trade Shows has over sixty years of experience producing events, including Sportsmen shows in Oregon and Washington. With a packed line-up of family-friendly attractions, new expert speakers and past crowd-pleasers, the Washington Sportsmen’s Show in Puyallup, Washington and the Pacific Northwest Sportsmen’s Show in Portland, Oregon are sure to provide a great experience for you or the sportsman in your life. Dozens of experts will be onsite offering hundreds of hours of tips and advice on topics such as archery, elk bugling, fly fishing and double-handed spey casting, the latest in HD sonar, boating and navigation technology and more. It’s the perfect time to begin planning outdoor adventures with professional guides, outfitters and other resources to assist in making fishing, hunting and wildlife-watching trips a reality.

 

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About The Fred Hall Shows:  The Fred Hall Shows at the Long Beach Convention Center and the Del Mar Fairgrounds are California’s premier outdoor recreation shows, featuring the largest selection of the nation’s leading equipment manufacturers and outdoor destinations. Gigantic crowds of passionate outdoor enthusiasts make these shows their annual celebration of the great outdoors and the kickoff of the new season. Fishing tackle, boats, marine accessories, diving, shooting and hunting products and camping gear combine with hundreds of resorts, landings, lodges and outfitters that are ready to book your next outdoor adventure. There is nothing like the Fred Hall Show in Los Angeles and San Diego.

 

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About Exposure Shows: Over the past several years, ExpoSure Shows has developed three well-attended and widely promoted Sportsmen’s and Outdoor Recreation Shows covering southern Oregon. “We try to offer something for everyone,” said Joe Pate, president of ExpoSure, the producer of the Shows. “The great response to these shows is truly a reflection of the outdoor interests of the market. We try to bring the commonplace along with the unusual. This formula has worked very well over the past several years, and we are always trying to keep it a fresh, affordable and fun experience.”

 

2014 Show Dates

January 9-12: Cal Expo, State Fairgrounds – Sacramento, CA

January 16-19: Colorado Convention Center – Denver, CO

January 22-26: Puyallup Fair & Events Center – Puyallup, WA

January 31-February 2: Lane County Convention Center – Eugene, OR

February 5-9: Portland Expo Center – Portland, OR

February 14-16: Douglas County Fairgrounds – Roseburg, OR

February 21-23: Jackson County Expo – Medford, OR

February 28-March 2: Kern County Fairgrounds – Bakersfield, CA

March 5-9: Long Beach Convention Center – Long Beach, CA

March 13-16: South Towne Exposition Center – Sandy, UT: 

March 20-23: Spokane Interstate Fairgrounds – Spokane, WA

March 27-30: Del Mar Fairgrounds – Del Mar, CA

 

66th Annual Ketchikan King Salmon Derby Under Way!

The salmon season officially began this past weekend as the 66th Annual Ketchikan King Salmon Derby kicked off on Saturday. This year’s ladder totals more than $90,000 in prizes for participants, including the $10,000 grand prize for catching the largest king! Communities all over Alaska take great pride in their annual King Salmon derbies, and Ketchikan is no exception. This year’s derby starts, as usual, on Memorial Day weekend (May 25-27), then continues for the next two weekends in June (June 1-2 & 8-9). Michael Briggs caught the first fish of the derby on Saturday, a 28.3 lb king salmon. That fish tumbled down the leader board as the weekend progressed however, and Michael currently finds himself sitting in 8th place with two weekends left to fish. Ketchikan local Brian Thompson is the derby leader after the first weekend. His 40.0 lb king was weighed at Clover Pass Resort on Sunday morning. This fish would have finished in 2nd place had it been turned in last year. We will see if Brian can hold on to the top spot for two more weeks! Beyond the cash prize of $10,000 for winning this year’s derby, there are another thirty prizes available on the adult ladder, ten spots are up for grabs on the youth ladder, plus there are special prizes like hidden weights, largest fish caught from a skiff 16′ or smaller, permanent license holders, and more!! Adult tickets are only $35, and kids fish the derby for free when accompanied by an adult ticket holder. For more information, visit the derby website or Facebook page!!

And don’t forget, derby participants can have their catch processed by Clover Pass Resort or The Cedars Lodge for FREE when they present their valid derby ticket.

2nd Annual Think Alaskan Pink Ladies Classic Complete!

Alaska Sportfishing Expeditions has wrapped up its second annual “Think Alaskan Pink Ladies Classic”. The charity event, held from August 7 through 12 at Clover Pass Resort in Ketchikan, included guided and self-guided fishing, workshops and demonstrations, and culminated with a one-day pink salmon fishing tournament.

“Our goals for this event have always been to provide an environment where women feel empowered to fish the waters of Southeast Alaska, while raising money for a cause that has impacted the lives of many women, including members of my family,” said Russell Thomas, General Manager of Alaska Sportfishing Expeditions. “Based on the feedback of the participants, it appears that we are accomplishing those goals.”

Like last year’s event, half of the charitable proceeds were directed toward breast cancer research, with the remaining portion donated to the charity of the derby winner’s choice. A host of deserving charities were represented by tournament participants, including Autism Speaks, the First City Council on Cancer, and the Wounded Warriors Project, among others.

Clover Pass Resort went all out to make my fishing and Alaskan adventure enjoyable, adventurous, educational, exciting, and a truly unforgettable experience,” said Johnnie Redditt, winner of the one day derby. “From day one, I felt I was among long time friends. The entire staff was never too busy to give me a hand or answer any questions I might have. I can honestly say that I was so blessed to have had the opportunity to participate in the ‘Think Alaskan Pink Ladies Classic’. And by winning the derby, I was living my dream and making a difference by splitting the proceeds between Breast Cancer Research and the Wounded Warrior Project!”

Five teams comprised of twenty competitors fished on Saturday, August 11, raising nearly $5000 for charity. Ms. Redditt landed the winning pink at 6.4 lbs, and her winning fish netted the Wounded Warriors Project a check for $2300. Additionally, Ms. Redditt was awarded a free entry into next year’s tournament to defend her title as well as a pink fishing rod and reel.

A total of 365.9 lbs of salmon was caught by the five teams. The team sponsored by The Cedars Lodge pulled in 121.8 lbs, winning them the cumulative weight title for the second year in a row.

Fishing-related workshops were designed to introduce Southeast Alaska fishing techniques to potential first-time fisherwomen and to improve the techniques of ladies that already had extensive experience fishing in Alaska. The week began with a salmon fishing seminar taught by Clover Pass Resort Dock Manager Jeremy Merrill. He also led the knot tying seminar the following evening. Ron Short, Clover Pass Resort’s Chef, instructed the ladies on proper salmon cooking techniques during the final workshop.

Many of the participants are members of the Fishin’ Chix organization, including Ms. Redditt. The Fishin’ Chix slogan of ‘No boat, no gear, no experience? No problem!’ highlights the spirit of the event. In addition to Ms. Redditt, who is from Pensacola, Florida, other participants traveled from Minnesota, Illinois, and Maryland.

Dates for the 3rd annual event have already been set, with workshops and demonstrations set for August 7-9, 2013 and the tournament scheduled for August 10. “Although we have accomplished a lot of our objectives, we still feel there is room to grow the event and make it even more meaningful for participants next year.”

Clover Pass Resort is one of the longest continually operated fishing lodges in the State of Alaska, opening its doors in the early 1950’s. The resort is located on the road system about 12 miles north of downtown Ketchikan and on the shores of Clover Passage, a corridor for salmon returning to their spawning grounds each summer. All five types of pacific salmon, halibut, rock fish, and ling cod are available in the waters around Ketchikan. The resort has capacity for 60 guests, with a dining room, marina, and RV park.

Largest Pink Salmon – Individual
Johnnie Reddit – 6.4 lbs

Most Cumulative Weight – Team
121.8 lbs
Jaylyn Merrill
Liz Thomas
Jenae Merrill
Teena Isbell

Dates for the 3rd Annual Think Alaskan Pink Ladies Classic
August 6 – 11, 2013

Winner of “Dream Alaskan Fishing Vacation” Announced!!

Congratulations go out to Alonzo Ashworth of Cedar City, Utah. He is the winner of Alaska Sportfishing Expeditions‘ “Dream Alaskan Fishing Vacation” Sweepstakes. Over 500 people were eligible to win through sharing the contest on social media websites like Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus. Hundreds more were entered when they dropped by our booth at various sportsmen expos this winter!

Fishing and other outdoor activities have always been a big part of Alonzo’s life, and it has always been a dream of his to go fishing in Alaska. Many of Alonzo’s relatives live or have lived in Alaska. They are all very aware of Alonzo’s love of fishing and have often invited him up for a trip. Up until now, it has never worked out, but he will finally have the opportunity to do something that he has dreamed about doing for years.

“I am so excited to go to Alaska and catch something over 20” inches, which is a great catch in my area,” Alonzo said. “Thanks again Alaska Sportfishing Expeditions for helping make a dream come TRUE!!!”

Alaska Sportfishing Expeditions Assists Oregon Youth on Texas Hunt!

Through the work of the Washington Outdoor Adventure Foundation, Natalie Hill recently found herself on elk hunt in Texas. Natalie, of Coos Bay, Oregon, first developed cancer in her right knee. After removal of her right leg, Natalie was fitted with a new knee and prosthetic leg. Unfortunately, the cancer then spread to Natalie’s lungs.

The Washington Outdoor Adventure Foundation was contacted in December and told that Natalie’s dream was to harvest a nice elk. The Foundation contacted many hunting operations in Washington, Oregon, and other neighboring states before finding a ranch in Texas that could host the hunt on very short notice. Alaska Sportfishing Expeditions was able to assist in fulfilling Natalie’s dream by sharing the expense of the hunt with the ranch, the Washington Outdoor Adventure Foundation, and others.

The hunt was a great success! In addition to the 7-6 Bull Elk that Natalie took down, she was also able to harvest a gemsbok. After five or six stalks, Natalie was able to put the animal down with a terrific shot!

The Outdoor Adventure Foundation provides hunting and fishing adventures for children under the age of 18 and young adults under the age of 25 with cancer or other life threatening illness. They also provide hunting and fishing adventures for disabled veterans under the age of 40 that are wheelchair bound caused by injury during active service or who have lost a limb during active service. The hunts include big game hunts such as deer, elk, moose, bear and also small game including duck, goose, pheasant and quail. The fishing trips are fresh and saltwater species of many kinds including bass, walleye, northern pike, muskie, salmon, halibut trout and others.

Alaska Sportfishing Expeditions is proud to have helped Natalie realize a dream, and proud to support organizations like the Outdoor Adventure Foundation.

Georgia Pellegrini appearing at 2012 Think Alaskan Pink Ladies Classic!

Alaska Sportfishing Expeditions is pleased to announce that author and chef Georgia Pellegrini will be attending this year’s Think Alaskan Pink Ladies Classic at Clover Pass Resort in Ketchikan, Alaska. In addition to participating in the one-day pink salmon derby, Georgia will be attending the seminars and leading the salmon cooking demonstration.

Georgia graduated from the French Culinary Institute before working in “farm to table” restaurants in the U.S. and France, where she drove the heavy farm equipment, harvested the meat and plants for dinner, and prepared the evening’s meal with products fresh from the farm. From these restaurants, she built relationships with the salami makers, fig collectors, and other foragers that arrived at the restaurants. She would journey with these people into the woods and over rolling hills as they collected their ingredients and preserved the food traditions of their regions. The stories collected during this time resulted in Georgia’s first book, “Food Heroes”, which describes the traditions of sixteen culinary artisans across the world.

It was at this time that Georgia decided to get to the heart of where our food comes from – Mother Nature. She bought a shotgun and set her sites on the cutting edge of culinary creativity, weaving the lessons learned in school with the satisfaction of living off the land. These experiences resulted in a second book, “Girl Hunter: Revolutionizing the Way We Eat, One Hunt at a Time”. The book was named a Best Book of the Month by Amazon and has also been lauded in the New York Times, among many other publications.

The Think Alaskan Pink Ladies Classic is in its second year, following a successful debut in 2011. In addition to the one day pink salmon derby that concludes the trip, participants will be introduced to their Alaskan fishing experience with a day of guided fishing in the waters surrounding the resort, followed by two days of self-guided fishing for salmon, halibut, and bottom fish from one of Clover Pass Resort’s 20’ covered aluminum Thunder Jet boats. The event will include fishing-related workshops designed to not only introduce Southeast Alaska fishing techniques to potential first-time fisherwomen, but to also improve the techniques of ladies that have extensive experience fishing in Alaska.

Entry fees for the event are $1,800 per person. Ten percent of each entry fee will be donated to charity, with five percent being donated towards breast cancer research, and the other five percent being donated to the derby winner’s charity of choice. Included with each entry fee is five night’s accommodations, ground transfers to and from the resort, all meals, one day of guided fishing, three days boat rental, bait and tackle, and fish processing for each person’s catch. In addition, each participant will receive fishing workshops, dockside demonstrations by the resort’s world-class staff, a pedicure, a thirty-minute massage, and a Ketchikan welcome basket.

Clover Pass Resort is one of the longest operating fishing lodges in the State of Alaska, opening its doors in the early 1950’s. The resort is located on the road system about 12 miles north of downtown Ketchikan and on the shores of Clover Passage, a corridor for salmon returning to their spawning grounds each summer. All five types of pacific salmon, halibut, rock fish, and ling cod are available in the waters around Ketchikan. The resort has capacity for 60 guests, with a restaurant, marina, and RV park.

Alaska Sportfishing Expeditions On The Road This Winter!!

If you’ve stayed with us before, at The Cedars Lodge, Clover Pass Resort, or at Silverking Lodge, be sure to drop by and say hello! It’s always nice to see a friendly face on the road! And if you’ve never stayed at an ASE Resort, drop by our booth, ask questions, learn about Alaska, and take advantage of our show specials – often the best deals of the year!

About ISE: For 36 years the International Sportsmen’s Exposition (ISE) events have presented America’s premier adventure-travel, hunting, fishing, shooting-sports, boat and camping products and services to outdoor enthusiasts at events held during the first quarter throughout the largest western United States markets. Each of the five ISE shows display from 300 to more than 600 leading resorts and lodges, outdoor-product manufacturers, boat dealers, regional and specialty retailers, hunting and fishing guides and outfitters, national and local conservation organizations, state and federal government agencies, and nonprofit groups. Current partnerships with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and American Fly Fishing Trade Association result in booths and show features that appeal to a wide audience, even as the ISE events help those leading nonprofit entities expand their membership count.

International Sportsmen’s Expositions’ reputation as the industry leader in hunting, fishing, and outdoor sports shows is based on our three-decade-long commitment to presenting a broad spectrum of outdoor recreational opportunities as honorable, quality and conservation-informed pursuits.

About OTS: O’Loughlin Trade Shows has over sixty years of experience producing events, including Sportsmen shows in Oregon and Washington. With a packed line-up of family-friendly attractions, new expert speakers and past crowd-pleasers, the Washington Sportsmen’s Show in Puyallup, Washington and the Pacific Northwest Sportsmen’s Show in Portland, Oregon are sure to provide a great experience for you or the sportsman in your life. Dozens of experts will be onsite offering hundreds of hours of tips and advice on topics such as archery, elk bugling, fly fishing and double-handed spey casting, the latest in HD sonar, boating and navigation technology and more. It’s the perfect time to begin planning outdoor adventures with professional guides, outfitters and other resources to assist in making fishing, hunting and wildlife-watching trips a reality.

January 5 – 8: Colorado Convention Center – Denver, CO January 19 – 22: Cal Expo, State Fairgrounds – Sacramento, CA January 25 – 29: Puyallup Fair & Events Center – Puyallup, WA February 2 – 4: Las Vegas Convention Center – Las Vegas, NV February 8 – 12: Portland Expo Center – Portland, OR March 15 – 18: South Towne Expositions Center – Sandy, UT

 

ASE Resorts featured on World Fishing Network!!

Alaska Sportfishing Expeditions was proud to host the World Fishing Network for ten days this summer as they produced three episodes of “Hookin’ Up with Mariko Izumi”, which airs each Monday on the network. Now in its fourth season, the show follows Mariko around the globe to the best fishing spots on the planet. It was only a matter of time before she ended up in Ketchikan, the Salmon Capital of the World.

The show will put the spotlight on ASE Resorts, with a full episode being devoted to each property: The Cedars Lodge, Clover Pass Resort, and Silverking Lodge. The episodes also highlight the community of Ketchikan, as local artist Ray Troll, local author LaDonna Gundersen, and others join Mariko for a day of fishing and other activities.

The network was so happy with the results of their shows in Ketchikan that season four kicks off with Mariko’s Alaskan adventures. The season premiere takes place at 7:30 pm EST on November 7, 2011 when Mariko visits Silverking Lodge. The Cedars Lodge episode will follow on November 14, with Clover Pass Resort being featured on November 21. Check local listings for the time in your area.

Be sure to tune in this fall for the fourth season of “Hookin’ Up with Mariko Izumi” and get a peek at your favorite Alaskan fishing lodges. If your cable company doesn’t carry WFN, click the link below.

A New Arrival As Our Season Ends!

Congratulations to our own Tonja Borer, and her husband Joe, as they welcome a new addition to their family! Born just after midnight this morning, Karsen John Borer weighed 9.5 lbs and measured 20.75 inches as he came into the world. Both mom and baby are doing great!!

Over 100 fish caught in annual crew derby!!

The annual Alaska Sportfishing Expeditions crew derby was held on the 28th of September, the day after the last guests departed from Clover Pass Resort. The derby is open to the crew at each ASE Resort (The Cedars Lodge, Clover Pass Resort, and Silverking Lodge, in addition to ASE vendors and invited guests.  This year, over 100 fish were brought in by the 30+ participants in the derby, which requires all anglers to fish from open skiffs without the aid of downriggers or depth finders.  The derby pot is split 50/50 between the boat that catches the most fish and the angler landing the biggest fish.

John Swan, who won the cumulative weight prize last year with teammate Joe Griffin, took home the prize for biggest fish with an 11 pound coho! Clover Pass Resort crew member, Marie Crane, finished in second place with a 10.5 pound silver.

The cumulative weight prize went to Ryan and Anna Sinkey, our friends from Experience Alaska Tours. Between the two of them, they caught nearly 100 lbs of salmon from the waters in front of Clover Pass Resort, which I am sure they will enjoy as an alternative to all the dungeness crab they get to eat!

In addition to the prizes for fishing, door prizes donated by Knudson Cove Marina, Signature Seafoods, and Lighthouse Tesoro Services of Ketchikan. Silverking Lodge‘s Kelsi Cluff shows off the new rod and reel she won in the picture above.

Congratulations to everyone who participated. Thanks to the efforts of our crew, we can close the door on another successful season at Alaska Sportfishing Expeditions!