As owner and editorial director of Alaska Angler Publications and editor of the online journals, The Alaska Angler and The Alaska Hunter, Chris Batin works year-round in keeping sportsmen up-to-date on new adventures and money-saving ideas that he discovers in Alaska sportfishing and hunting.
He is author of the award-winning books, How to Catch Alaska's Trophy Sportfish, which has emerged as the classic, must-have guide for knowing the secrets to successfully catching Alaska Sportfish; Fishing Alaska on Dollar$ a Day, the best-seller on fishing Alaska inexpensively; 20 Great Alaska Fishing Adventures, an action-packed book that reveals the best trips he's experienced in 20 years of fishing Alaska; Hunting in Alaska, which is Alaska's best-selling hunting book. He is also the co-author of How to Catch Alaska's Trophy Halibut: Proven Tips, Techniques and Strategies of the Experts; the only comprehensive guide available on how and where to catch trophy halibut. He also provides one-on-one consultation on hunting and fishing via his Alaska Angler Information Service and is the producer and publsiher of several DVDs on Alaska fishing and hunting available for purchase on this website.
He is considered by many national outdoor writers and fishing authorities as the "foremost expert in Alaska sportfishing and hunting." The outdoor media turns to Chris when they need expert advice on Alaska. He has been featured in major newspapers and outdoor magazines across the country and has personally appeared on the covers of 14 outdoor magazines. In addition to his Alaska Angler/Alaska Hunter business, he is an award-winning contributing writer listed on the masthead of Outdoor Life magazine, a fishing columnist for Alaska Coast, and is the Alaska Editor for TravelAge West magazine. For over 25 years, he was the Alaska Editor for Western Outdoors magazine, and served as editor of Alaska Outdoors magazine for seven years. He has been an an outdoor writer and columnist to Alaska's largest newspapers and is the recipient of over 107 national and regional writing and photography awards for his Alaska coverage.
There is a reason for this widespread exposure and popularity.
Chris has made a 40-year career searching out and studying the best of Alaska. He has fished and hunted all over the state, and has written about it in over 1,400 columns and features in local and national magazines and newspapers. He has helped countless anglers, all one by one, with their Alaska sportfishing plans, and has a dedicated following of tens of thousands of anglers around the world who always obtain his advice before planning any Alaska fishing trip.
Far from being an "armchair outdoor writer", Chris spends most of his time outdoors each year. The result of this experience is available to you through his books and publications, and is experience you can't find or buy anywhere else. He has hiked into volcanoes to fish, rafted glacial rivers, driven countless miles of road and climbed wilderness mountains to search out unique and undiscovered opportunities. A portion of this knowledge and experience is available to you in his books and dvds and via his info service. Chris works diligently to keep this wealth of information coming to you year round through his personal contacts and emails to subscribers. Because neither the Alaska Angler nor The Alaska Hunter are sold on newstands, subscribers are the first and only ones to know about his current findings and research in Alaska fishing and hunting techniques, lodge and guide reviews, do-it-yourself fishing opportunities and "inside information" on Alaska deals and disasters. His readers put this advice to use each year on sportfishing trips based on his recommendations.
When he isn't in the office, he is in great demand for personal instruction and consultation from various lodges and sportfishing businesses and anglers around the state. He is now entering his 32nd year of teaching the extremely popular Alaska Fishing Techniques Seminar, an intense, eight-hour course for anglers who must pre-qualify before being accepted. The secrets he reveals in his class can be used to strip a watershed of its fish. Chris only wants to teach anglers with a solid, ethical foundation. He accepts for instruction only those who understand and accept the responsibilities of what it means....and takes...to be truly successful in Alaska sportfishing. There are no exceptions.
Since 1984, he has been a featured speaker at the Great Alaska Sportsman Show, where hundreds of people fill the bleachers to hear his dynamic presentations. He has been a celebrity speaker on Alaska fishing and hunting at International Sportsmen's Expositions throughout the Lower 48 states.
In 1984, the International Gamefish Association appointed Chris to be their senior Alaska representative. During that time, he promoted the conservation goals of the organization and assisted in verifying world-record fish. He has fished throughout the Lower 48 states, Mexico, Canada, Sweden, China, Brazil, Germany, Hawaii, Thailand, South America, Japan and Russia. He says he has yet to find a place that offers the variety and quality of sportfishing that Alaska offers.
Through his feature articles, journals, books, seminars, media reviews, personal consultation and workshops, Chris Batin has introduced the best of Alaska sportfishing and hunting to millions of people around the world. From the best possible do-it-yourself trips or one of his unpublished, secret fishing destinations, Chris can continue to provide you with the advice and information you need to know to make your Alaska fishing or hunting trip a success. Turn to the on-line catalog for his books and publications. Check out his Alaska Angler Information Service, or Alaska Hunter Information Service, to see how you can talk to Chris directly so that he can personally help you plan and enjoy your Alaska adventure.