Fishing from customized kayaks is increasingly popular in Alaska. Anglers paddle inside passages along the coast and jig for salmon, rockfish and bottom fish, such as flounder and halibut. McKim recommends bringing light tackle, even for halibut over 100 pounds. "It takes about six pounds of pull to drag a kayaker through the water, so don't use line heavier than that," says the Ketchikan resident, who runs a kayak-fishing guide service. "Landing big fish is a game of patience and finesse, not muscle and power."