Taking the Kids — and thinking about adventures past and to come — in Alaska
This sign greets visitors on the Kenai Peninsula as they enter world-famous Homer Alaska

Taking the Kids — and thinking about adventures past and to come — in Alaska

Nearly a year later, stuck at home, trips canceled in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, I smile thinking about that stellar day and the rest of last summer’s trip to Alaska

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On the hunt for conch, spiny lobsters and snapper on Belize’s barrier reef
Carlos Cardova produces two nice-sized conch from Belize's barrier reef

On the hunt for conch, spiny lobsters and snapper on Belize’s barrier reef

I wasn’t planning to swim, just relax and read a book while my husband fished for snapper. But here we are, looking for conch with our 22-year-old guide Carlos Cordova

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Ireland’s Ashford Castle: very popular with American families
Ashford Castle in Western Ireland

Ireland’s Ashford Castle: very popular with American families

Ashford Castle, in western Ireland on 350 acres along the shores of Lough Corrib and the River Cong, is famous for its fishing and falconry but if you're a boy just staying in a bona-fide castle is the real attraction.

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Ireland’s Ashford Castle – beloved by American families
Ashford Castle

Ireland’s Ashford Castle – beloved by American families

We are at Ireland’s School of Falconry—the oldest in the country—at Ashford Castle that dates back to 1228 on the shores of Lough Corrib, the largest lake in Ireland, and the River Cong, which is reputed to have the best salmon and trout fishing in Europe.

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Day five in Norway — trout fishing and glacier gazing
Sara Sofia (far right) pulling fish out of a net in Norway

Day five in Norway — trout fishing and glacier gazing

Fresh trout for lunch? Of course you have to catch them first. And drive two and a half hours on roads with hairpin turns, the fog so thick at times you can barely see in front of you. Good thing I’m not driving!

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An old-fashioned family getaway in Maine
Enesi Domi and Captain Hebert show off his catch

An old-fashioned family getaway in Maine

Maine is the kind of place for an old-fashioned family vacation with the chance to learn something new, whether you’re going fishing, stand-up paddle-boarding for the first time or maybe learning how to catch — and eat a lobster.

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Teaching a kid to fish with a “Wicked Tuna” star in Kennebunkport ME
Enesi with his first fish caught ever off Kennebunkport ME

Teaching a kid to fish with a “Wicked Tuna” star in Kennebunkport ME

“Sometimes the girls have more patience,” acknowledges Capt Bruce Hebert, known for his stint on the National Geographic Channel's Wicked Tuna reality show but here in Kennebunkport for his Libreti Rose II fishing charters that cater to families and is named for his wife and three daughters—Lisa, Brie, Tiara and Rose.

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All-included bounty and excitement from the deep blue sea off Antigua
My second place Mahi Mahi

All-included bounty and excitement from the deep blue sea off Antigua

Today we’re back at Curtain Bluff and I’ve decided to take the 6:30 a.m. deep sea fishing charter. The best thing about Curtain Bluff, other than the beauty and just about every other thing, is that it is all-inclusive, so the fishing (along with Scuba, snorkeling, water-skiing and other activities) is part of the price.

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Bonefishing an exotic sport?  Not in the Bahamas baby!
Bonefishing in the Bahamas

Bonefishing an exotic sport? Not in the Bahamas baby!

We creep up on them. Clifton casts in a line with a gob of hermit crab for bait. There’s a small tug, them a bigger one and then “Wham,” a bonefish takes the bait and runs. And I mean runs. The drag on the spincast reel screeches as the fish tries to get off the line. Clifton hands me the rod and says “hang on.” I’ve had a lot of fish on the line in my day and this one fights better than most, if not all.

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