Alaska Fishing Guides
Fishing Guides in Alaska
Fishing Guides and Charter Boats are in nearly every town in Alaska. When taking your Alaska Fishing Vacation, one of the most important decisions that you make when planning your fishing trip is choosing and booking a good Fishing Guide, Charter Boat, or Fishing Captain. Top Notch Salmon Fishing Guides and Halibut Fishing Guides know what it takes to put you on the fish.
We soon will be offering an Alaskan Charter Boat and Fishing Guide Directory, where we offer links and information on professional fishing guides and captains throughout Alaska.
Choosing an Alaska Fishing Guide or Charter Boat:
Many Fishing Guides and Charter Boat Captains in Alaska have years of local experience on the waters where you will be fishing. They know the techniques and the locations they need to take you to, so that you can make the most of your time in Alaska, and catch Giant Salmon and Halibut.
Many of the best fishing guides and charter boats sell out their bookings months in advance, so planning ahead is always a good idea. That being said, do not be discouraged from taking a last minute trip, even top notch guides often have cancellations, and it is possible in some of the larger fishing ports such as Seward or Homer to make a same day reservation with a guide who has an opening.
5 things to look for in Choosing Alaska Fishing Guides:
When choosing a fishing guide or charter boat in Alaska there are a few things that you will want to make sure you consider:
1. How much experience does the fishing guide or charter boat captain have. Some young guides buck the trend and really slam the fish, but often times, experience counts on Alaskan waters.
2. What species are you targeting. Different fishing guides specialize in different types of fishing in different seasons. Finding a guide who targets the fish you want to go after may seem like a no brainer, but some guides offer many different types of fishing, and fish different areas and species at different times of the year. You need to be sure what you are booking.
3. Ask about the Charter Boat. The boat does not make the Captain, but remember that it takes time to get to where the fish are. Be sure that your guide has the right boat for the type of fishing you want to do. If one guides boat travels at 35 knots while another only cruises at 17, a 60 mile run to the fishing grounds could be fast, or slow taking a chunk out or your time for actual fishing in the slow boat.
4. Ask about the guide or charter boats recent catches. Some guides, like some fishermen, may exaggerate a bit, but most guides are very honest about what they are catching, and will give you a good idea up front what to expect when you go out with them. Remember that a professional fishing guide wants you to be happy. Setting up clients with unrealistic expectations would only hurt the guide or charter captain's business in the long run.
5. Ask about the atmosphere on the boat. Almost every guide you encounter can cater to first time anglers and families, making the trip fun for all. Be sure to be up-front with the guide about your experience level and what you want out of the trip. There are a few rare guides who only target Hard Core Fishermen. I know of one guide who told me there was three rules on his boat: No Women, No Children, and No GPS. I had a good time with him and caught a lot of fish, but I would never bring my wife or daughter on his boat, and they would probably not have enjoyed the no frills all fishing trip like I did.