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Written By: Cal Kellogg, Steve Smith, April 26, 2014
Location: Kenai Peninsula,
Captain Steve Smith started as a deckhand for his dad, legendary California skipper, Jim Smith, at 12 years old and by 1988 obtained his 100 Ton Master Captain's License. After a few visits to Alaska left him in awe of the shear size and volume of monster fish, he moved to Ninilchik and settled down.
There was not much in the way of quality accommodations in this area of the Cook Inlet and the Kenai Peninsula and soon Captain Steve and his wife LeAnne opened their own fishing lodge to provide first class accommodations to their fishing friends. That was in 1991 and they have been showing anglers the best of Alaska ever since.
At Captain Steve’s Fishing Lodge, 24 guests can relax in style with room to roam inside and out. Creature comforts are a great concern at the lodge. Even though you’re visiting the rustic Kenai Peninsula, accommodations at the lodge are top notch with comfortable beds, hot showers and awesome meals that are every bit as memorable as the fishing and scenery.
When you return from a hard day of fishing the captains and deckhand expertly clean your catch. After that it is vacuum packed by the lodge’s staff and frozen in a walk in freezer. When you depart your meat is packed in insulated shipping boxes, insuring that you’ll have plenty of first class fish dinners when you return home.
So just how big are Kenai Peninsula’s fish? Well for guests at Captain Steve’s Fishing Lodge the records are impressive. In addition to boating the world record lingcod at 82.6 pounds, barn door Pacific halibut up to and beyond 300 pounds have been landed, golden eye rockfish to 31.5 pounds have shown up, king salmon to 84 pounds have been caught, cohos to a staggering 19 pounds have been bagged, steelhead to 15 pounds have been caught and rainbow trout to 16 pounds have been successfully landed. In 2013 Captain Steve had the largest halibut recorded in Alaskan waters at 376 pounds.
For even an avid California angler the fish that are considered small by Alaskan standards seem very large and fish that Alaskans’ consider big are absolutely gargantuan. For anglers that want lots of big fish action with a good chance of hooking into a real trophy, there is no better destination to spend your fishing vacation than at Captain Steve’s Fishing Lodge.
I head up to Captain Steve’s every summer in search of trophy fish with a group of Fish Sniffer readers and we usually find them. In the past my trips have produced halibut to 181 pounds and lingcod in excess of 60 pounds. Would you like to experience the fishing trip of a lifetime? If so plan on joining me at Captain Steve’s Fishing Lodge from July 20 to 25.
To book your spot or to learn more call Captain Steve’s Fishing Lodge at (800) 567-1043 or check them out on the web at http://www.captainstevesfishinglodge.com.
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