Want to fish but worried because you’re inexperienced? Whether you are booking as a single adult or a large group, this is the perfect opportunity for you to learn from a top-notch professional.
Fish for salmon or halibut or a Sightseeing Adventure!
Spend three days out fishing for salmon, halibut, crab, and shrimp. Spend two nights on the 35 foot Vessel with all the comforts of home. tucked away in one of Alaska’s many protected bays.
Try a sightseeing cruise instead! If you're you
looking for something more leisurely?
I booked this charter for a 4-hour fishing trip this past week. It was great. But before I get into the details of the trip, I wanted to share a few details about the process of booking the trip.
I was on a Celebrity cruise ship from Seward to Vancouver. I did not book a ‘shore excursion’ for Ketchikan. However, the night before we arrived, my two boys (ages 20 and 17) said they wanted to go fishing. I checked with the “shore excursion” desk on the cruise ship, but they said they were sold out for fishing trips. The desk clerk told me to disembark and check with a few fishing tour operators who have kiosks on the pier. So I did. I went to the Visitor’s Center and met Tina with Ketchikan Carter Boats. She was adorable and accommodating. She made a few calls and was able to get a guide (Kevin) to take us. It was just the three of us and the guide. We initially booked the charter as a “salmon fishing trip,” — but Kevin said that he had taken a few other groups out that morning, and they did not have any success with salmon. So I told him to take us wherever he thought we might catch some fish — knowing that the boys would be happier if they found something. So Kevin took us rock fishing, and we caught 12-15 rockfish (coppers). We released all — but we found a few nice size ones. After an hour or so of rock fishing, I asked Kevin to take us to the salmon runs. We trolled for less than 5 minutes and hooked a 26″ king salmon. We released it. We ended up catching two more salmon, including one Coho (a keeper — we gave it to Kevin to eat). Kevin was a nice young man (30’s). He has lots of knowledge of the Alaskan wilderness and had lots of stories to tell us. I would recommend this outfit if you want to go fishing while in Ketchikan.