“As the only member of my travel group interested in fishing while in Alaska on a cruise, I found some difficulty booking a charter for myself. Many charter companies would not book me unless I was willing to pay for the whole boat, which can be a little steep. Ultimately, I was referred to KCBI by a longtime local charter captain, and they had no problem booking me with Captain Dan for my visit. Although it was raining when we got in to port, by the time we got out to the fishing grounds, we had beautiful weather. We saw whales and eagles, and Captain Dan was happy to share his experiences and knowledge of the area. He got us on the fish pretty quickly, and kept us there. From the reports we heard from other boats, our crew seemed to be the only ones catching anything, but it was such a beautiful day, I don’t think we would have much cared if we hadn’t.
Since we had such a limited time in port (7am-12:30pm), Captain Dan did everything he could to maximize our time on the water, skipping the drop off at the processing plant until after dropping us off at the docks so we could squeeze out every last minute of fishing time.
2 weeks after I returned home, my fish arrived from Cedars Lodge processing; 12 pounds of smoked salmon, and 6 pounds of fresh frozen fillets. It is, without a doubt, the best salmon I’ve ever had.
I’m already looking forward to my next trip to Alaska, and I’ll definitely book with KCBI again!” Dan B.
I just can’t tell you how much we all enjoyed our fishing adventure with you! Never expected to see jelly fish, star fish and then the EAGLE! The kids loved the salmon fishing, I’m sure nothing will compare anymore to fish in Lake Michigan. You were great with the kids, even letting them have a turn at driving the boat. Great memories! Our fish arrived just as planned on Thursday, I have a freezer full! We will have our first bites of smoked salmon at a family bar-b-que tonight with the kids and their parents to celebrate Father’s day since we can all be together. Have a wonderful summer, we have told many people about your charter while still on our cruise. Carol
“We chartered with Ketchikan Charter Boats and we literally left from the cruise dock. After completing our license and salmon tags at the KCB office across the street from the dock, we walked back across the street and down some stairs to our awaiting fishing boat. Capt. Dan Leathers cast off the lines and away we went, not 15 minutes after walking off the Zaandam. We were not out of sight of the cruise dock when we set the downriggers and started fishing. It wasn’t 10 minutes before we yelled “fish on” and eventually brought up a 75 lb halibut. We ended up with a couple of 25 lb kings to boot and were never more than 20 minutes from the ship. We fished the opening of the George and Carroll inlets using herring. Once we returned to the dock, our wives were able to stand on the veranda deck and take photos. Good fishing!” Sam, CruiseCritic.com
“Captain Ken, I just wanted to say thank you for helping us set up for salmon and halibut fishing yesterday. We had a blast with Captain Donald as well… it by far exceeded all of our expectations and was one of the most enjoyable events of our Alaskan cruise through the Inside Passage!” Glenda DenHerder
“Carla, thanks so much for accommodating my Dad. We both had a great time! We made a memory that I will always have and cherish! Thank Nick again for me, he went out of his way to make sure that every man on the boat “hooked up” and landed a fish. He certainly sets the bar high for other Captains! I have your contact information saved and will be recommending you to anyone that even mentions Alaska!” Leonard Postlewait
“(The Muramoto’s, Richard, Kris, Maxx and our birthday girl Madixx). We just got back from the Seattle part of our trip and received our Salmon today. It’s just AWESOME! Thanks for taking such good care of us and for being so patient with our kids while helping us catch five (should have been seven) KING SALMON! You answered all of Maxx’s and Madixx’s questions and made them feel very relaxed and comfortable. When we asked Maxx and Madixx what they liked most about our trip to Alaska and Seattle they both said, “FISHING!” … Thank again for making our Salmon Fishing expedition a memorable one and for making Madixx’s sixth birthday one she will always remember. “ Richard Muramoto
“We just got back from our trip and we’re all still talking about the fishing excursion we had with Captain Dan last week in Ketchikan. I just felt like letting you know how much each and every one of us enjoyed our fishing this past week. We had such a great time and Dan was an EXCELLENT Captain!! He was incredibly helpful and patient with those who had no experience and was great with my eleven year old nephew Riley. We’re anxiously awaiting the arrival of our catch in a few days so we can start enjoying all the fruits of our labor. If you ever have anyone ask for a reference, feel free to let them know they can contact me. I have nothing but good things to say about our experience with your company.” Stephanie Harris