With working in the tourism sector myself, I have found that most tourists planning their Alaska dream vacation can become overwhelmed with the countless choices Alaska has to offer- particularly when it comes to the fishing world! So I have gathered some basic tools to help this process move along.
Finding the BEST Alaska Fishing Charters requires time, effort, and above all thorough research! The Kenai Peninsula- which is the most common place to begin your fishing experience, offers several locations like Seward, Ninilchik, Kenai River, Kasilof River, and Homer! Within these locations, you are looking at over 100 charter companies to dig into and filter out the best in the worst. How do we speed this up? As simple as it sounds– testimonials!
Reviews, such as on TripAdvisor and Google, can make or break a business in a number of ways. As you can not have the good without the bad, the important point to search for this is the number of bad reviews there are compared to excellent AND what are they saying? Did the company take the time to react? This is vital to filtering out some of the crap (excuse the disgusting verbiage) into the legitimate concerns.
As soon as you’ve come to about three to five companies of interest from picking through reviews, you’ll want to move on to figuring out who has the best options available for what you’re looking for! Are you looking for a particular location, boat size, trip length, exclusive or party style fishing, or some specific species? While the majority of the Alaska fishing charters on the Kenai Peninsula offer roughly the exact sorts of trips, asking these questions among your travel companions can enable you to narrow down the questions asked when it’s time to make the calls!
Which brings us to the next step- calling around! Most companies do offer online booking, but if you are new to fishing in Alaska, I suggest calling to narrow down some specifics. You will want to ask important questions like which locations do you offer? Are your trips full days or half days? What times are your trips offered at? What do I need to purchase and what is included? Questions like these are crucial to making sure you are booking EXACTLY what you are looking for!
Once these are answered, you’ll be in a position to make a decision! Go ahead and proceed with the booking procedure for the charter of your choice and get ready to begin the groundwork for fishing in Alaska!
Alaska Fishing Prep 101:
– Dress in layers
– Bring rain gear
– Treat sea sickness with a remedy Ahead of the trip
– Bring lunches and drinks on board to snack
– Purchase Alaska fishing license in advance
– Plan out how you need to get the fish home- with you on the airplane or shipping
– Bring a camera
And most of all, great ready to have a trip of a lifetime!