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Hook, Line and Sinker

August 12, 2015
“If people concentrated on the really important things in life,” journalist Doug Larson once said, “there’d be a shortage of fishing poles.”

For all that people do to try and slow down – yoga, meditation, even gardening – there’s little that can beat standing hip-deep in a river, trying to hook a salmon or other dinner-appropriate fish. Mitch-Stuart, Inc., offers plenty of non-profit fundraising auction travel packages to help donors relax, but not all down time needs to come with a massage or facial. Sometimes, supporters want to kick back on a boat or wade into a river and let the reel fly. For those potential fishers, we can offer destination choices from Alaska to the Caribbean.

Fishing along the Alaskan coast does not have to involve a days-long hike through the wilderness to arrive at a watering hole. Instead, let a Royal Caribbean cruise ship drop your donors off nearby. Fishing is a seasonal add-on “excursion” for the “Alaska’s Majestic Frontier” trip, which takes travelers from Seattle up the Pacific coast, past the Tracy Arm and Fjord and the Hubbard Glacier and back to the lower 48 states. Of course, fellow guests can also choose from walking tours, salmon bakes and even tramway rides, as well.

For those who’d rather leave the sea living to the fish, Mitch-Stuart can also plan an entire vacation around a fishing expedition. “Freshwater Fishing in Gorgeous Canada” takes both experienced and novice anglers to one of the Fairmont resorts in either Alberta or British Columbia, Canada, for a freshwater fly fishing experience. Everything is included – the guide’s help, the boat, the gear, bait and even lunch. And if it gets a bit chilly out on the water, heading back to the five-star resort and soaking in a hot tub is a pretty good way to end the day.

Of course, fishing expeditions don’t have to be out in the cold wilderness, either. They can be, for example, beachside in the Caribbean, with our “All-Inclusive Fun Under the Sun – Island Style” package. Supporters can head to St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands for a four-hour salt-water fishing trip, aboard a 40-foot ship, trying to reel in mahi mahi, offshore tuna and more. For the aficionados, a full-day experience is available for an additional cost, as well. The best news: If the donor comes back empty-handed, the Lobster Grill at the Bolongo Bay Beach Resort can probably cook up a great bit of fish, too.
Canada Fly Fishing
 
St Thomas Beach
 
Bolongo Bay