Our Year Round Crew
We spend weeks locating the best and the brightest lodge crew to serve your every need. Each of these individuals goes through a lengthy hiring and interview process. What we end up with is a friendly, welcoming team to host you at our lodge. These people really care about your experience and they love what they’re doing. Captain Mac has a staff of 30 clean-cut, sharp, eager-to-please team members who are carefully handpicked, and who share his service philosophy and love for Alaska.
It is no surprise many of our guests have referred their adult children and grand children as team members of the lodge. We could not be more proud or pleased to have such a connection with our guests.
When you are ready our full time crew is in the office, and ready to answer your calls or emails, including Captain Mac on occasion, when he is not on the boat! Our director of Guest Services, Denise Bryant, is very knowledgeable about your trip and will she is always pleased to answer your questions about your trip to Sportsman’s Cove Lodge (or as we like to say: Alaska’s Best Lodge).
Once you have booked your trip to the lodge, contact Karen Sue, one of our year round, best and brightest on the travel side (check out here bio below) for your travel arrangements.
Select a Crew Member to Learn About Our Incredible Staff
— Owner and Captain of the Island Lady
Larry, or “Captain Mac” as he is known around the Lodge, grew up in a coastal Canadian fishing community and started working on commercial fishing trollers in his early teens. He attended the Canadian Naval Academy and spent several years at sea as a carrier pilot.
After leaving the Navy, he joined United Airlines and while waiting to start training at United, served a stint as a helicopter bush pilot in British Columbia and the Yukon Territory. In the mid ’70s, while still at United, he established one of the largest charter fishing operations in Westport, Washington.
During the ’80s, Captain Mac was able to realize his life-long dream when he acquired Sportsman’s Cove Lodge. Since that time, while continuing his flying career at United based in Anchorage, Captain Mac has steadily improved and expanded the Lodge, bringing it up to the level of excellence we all enjoy today. Captain Mac retired after 34 years at United and is able to devote even more time to the Lodge he loves.
Click HERE for Captain Mac’s blog.
— General Manager
Patty is from the coast of Washington; so moving to Ketchikan meant she just needed to get a better quality of rain gear. She spent 10 years in the commercial razor clam industry in Alaska. At the Lodge she is the General Manager, but her full time job is to keep Captain Mac on task. She enjoys the opportunity to get out and fish whenever possible.
— Operations Manager
Jim “Shoe” Shoemaker is our Operations Manager. Shoe is a 50+ year resident of Alaska and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to our organization. As a prior owner in a marine tug and barge operation, and as our prior banker and one of our business consultants for the last 7 years it is a great fit. And as our guest at the lodge, Shoe has demonstrated his love of fishing. He is the proud recipient of 16 “Largest catch of the Day Cups” but also a past winner of the” Largest King” of the year at Sportsman Cove Lodge.
Kathryn “Kat” Harmon grew up on the Gulf Coast of Florida before heading to Tennessee to attend college. After six years of enjoying the Smoky Mountains she returned to Florida to obtain her Master’s Degree in Business Administration at USF. Prior to moving to the Pacific Northwest, she worked in real estate for five years and spent her free time traveling the world and reading. She has six years of bookkeeping experience and a minor in Accounting. She looks forward to meeting and greeting all of our guests.
— Director of Guest Services
Denise Bryant has lived in the NW all her life enjoying hunting and fishing from childhood. In 1987 she embarked on an adventure to a remote Logging Camp located in SE Alaska with her husband and three small children. Whale watching, fishing, hunting, and chasing off the bear became everyday life. Her greatest love of SE Alaska was catching fish, now she is excited about helping others enjoy a fulfilled Alaskan adventure.
Karen Sue Kugan
— In-House Travel Advisor
Karen Sue has accumulated 25 years in the travel industry, 17 of those years with Journey Travel. She actually worked on-site at the Lodge for two consecutive years as seasonal admin staff. Having been on-site, she is very knowledgeable in the quality of the product we offer, and coming from a travel background, she knows the importance of
Please call 1-800-849-4015 or you can email her firstname.lastname@example.org