By Tommy Wells
Seward Phoenix LOG 

Big haul makes compromise 'great' for WV couple


Tommy Wells

Paige Prazma (far right) and Seward's Erick Amberg pose with a haul of 14 kings and silvers they helped catch during a recent outing. Prazma and her husband, Gerald (not pictured) visited Seward as part of a "compromise" vacation cruise.

When Paige Prozma and her husband, Gerald, sat down to decide where they wanted to go on vacation, Seward, Alaska, wasn't on either one's wish list. It's probably at the top of the memory list now.

The Harper's Ferry, West Virginia, residents capped a week-long stayin the state on Sunday morning with a classic haul. The two combined to land six fish – including several kings – while fishing on board a charter boat with Alaska Saltwater Tours.

"We had such a blast," said Paige, who had initially hoped to vacation on a cruise but agreed to "compromise" with her husband's desire to come to Alaska. "We couldn't have asked for a better time that what we found here. We didn't just go fishing, we saw whales, eagles and otters. This has been wonderful."

As part of their deal, the Prazmas flew into Fairbanks last week and participated in a Denali tour, then traveled to Anchorage and Girdwood, where they tried their hand at panning for gold. From there, the two traveled to Seward where they were scheduled to board the Vaandam for a 7-day cruise to Washington. While awaiting the cruise liner on Sunday, they decided to drop a hook in Resurrection Bay.

When they returned to the Seward Boat Harbor, Paige had landed two kings and a silver. Her husband also brought in three fish – all of which were part of a 14-fish haul by those on the boat.

"It was really nice to see a place like Seward, where everything is so natural and pristine," she said. "It is a beautiful place, and everyone here is so friendly and welcoming. It's really been a great trip."

The Prazmas' next Alaskan adventure will take place in Harper's Ferry, Paige noted.

"We're going to go home and cook up the fish we caught on the grill," she said.


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