Christy Benton

Commercial Fisherwoman, Co-Owner of an Alaskan Fishing Lodge, horsewoman, wife and mother. Meet the health-driven and always happy Christy.

  1. Tell me about your role as a co-owner of an Alaskan fishing lodge?

In the beginning I was everything. I was the chef, cleaner, maintenance man, receptionist, etc. Anything I could do to help the business. I even got my Six Pack License (a commercial license to take up to six people fishing). But as time evolved, we were able to hire people for the various positions. But I am always there to help where I am needed.


  1. Do you like to fish?

I love to "catch." I am an adrenaline-seeker and I love to have fish on the line. It's thrilling when the fish are coming in fast. Of coarse catching and waiting come hand in hand making it challenging to have patience and wait for the fish to bite. In the meantime watching the whales and looking at the mountains across the ocean isn't a bad way to pass the time...


  1. Do your son and daughters fish?

The entire family loves to fish. My son wants to be a commercial fisherman and eventually work in the family business. It’s more than just fishing; it’s some of our best times together and the source of wonderful togetherness and memories.


  1. Why do people choose a fishing lodge as a vacation destination?

People love a fishing lodge because they are able to step away from the busyness of life and embrace the beauty and simplicity of the outdoors. We provide the meals, the day’s schedule and it is easy. There is a very relaxing element to fishing and yet, a huge thrill in catching a fish. The entire experience is enriching and lasting.


  1. What can your guests expect coming to your fishing lodge?

To fish! We have a heated boat with a captain and a deck-hand. We are able to go out every day and catch fish regardless of the weather. Of course, if guests don’t want to fish on any given day we are happy to drive them into town or take them hiking. But we provide some of the best fishing in the anywhere in the world and it’s exciting.


  1. What is the biggest fish you’ve ever caught?

I have caught Halibut over 200 lbs., some over 300 lbs.


  1. What is your favorite fish recipe?

My belief is to keep it simple. My favorite recipe for salmon is to take 60% Soy Sauce combined with 40% water and mix it in a sauce pan. I add fresh minced ginger and garlic to taste, bring to boil, and then simmer for 5 minutes. I then take it off the burner and add juice from a whole lemon, and a TBSP of butter, then cool. Once cooled, I marinate the Salmon for 15 minutes and then put the fish and the sauce in a tinfoil pan, and put it on the barque until it is finished. I then use the extra sauce as a topping on a side of rice and love asparagus as a vegetable. Add a tossed salad and you have a phenomenal meal.


  1. What does it take to be a great fisherwoman/fisherman?

Connections… you have to connect what is happening in the water. You need to be able to read charts, understand the weather, and know the patterns of nature and fish. You have to understand the cycles. It’s not about strength, but it can have a lot to do with endurance. You can predict where the fish will show-up but sometimes you may have to wait a day or two. But when they hit, and you’re right, you can really hit big.


  1. Fishing lodges have evolved beyond the “guy trip” and now women and families love it. Have you seen this evolution at your lodge?

We have been in business for 17 years. When we took over the lodge it was very much a men’s sport fishing destination. However, now we have women, families and men’s groups. We try to match the groups coming up – families with families, etc. But many times there is a happy mixture. We have families that have been coming back for 17 seasons and our lodge has become a part of their family heritage and is incorporated into their lifetime memories. There are men fishing with their kids that I used to serve hot chocolate to as kids. This means a lot to me; because we are more than just ‘fishing’ we are bringing lifelong cherished memories to people.


  1. Do guests bring fish home?

Yes! Depending on their catch, they will typically leave with one 50 lb. to two 50lb. boxes of fish that we fillet and vacuum pack for ultimate freshness. I find it a beautiful concept to know the source and freshness of my food. Our guests are able to share the fish with their family and friends when they arrive home. So the trip lasts months an months after they have left Alaska. It's a gift they can share.


  1. What is adventure to you?

Anything that gets my adrenaline pumping and takes me out of my comfort element. Something that takes your heart to a new place.


  1. What is the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done?

Being raised in the city I think my fondest and most adventurous memory was stepping on our commercial boat, heading off to Alaska via the Inside Passage. It was the beginning of a vision, a dream, and lifestyle change for me. My friends laughed and said I wouldn't make it a week. It has been 19 years now, and I am just warming up!


  1. What do you like to do when you’re not fishing?

I like to spend time with my horses. I have recently fallen in love with gardening. I enjoy the challenge of gardening and even the difficulties of trying to grow plants that might not necessarily be compatible or indigenous to the weather and environment.


  1. Anything Christy doesn’t like?

Television. I believe TV's are a plague in America. They give us the illusion of a lifestyle at any given moment. It takes away our motivation to step out and take a chance at life, whether it be a success or failure. The only cure to the Plague that has swept in our doors at night and stole our dreams, is turn away from the TV and walk out our doors! People need to be active in their own lives, get your heart rate up, feel the rush of adventure, the happiness of success, the frustration of failure. It is the only way we will breathe again.


For more information about Christy’s Fishing Lodge visit www.Tanaku.com or call 800-4TA-NAKU.