Just got back from my Alaska trip and it was a nice trip. I saw some great charter work and some shady charter service.
Thanks Ben for recommending White Bear Charter, absolute 5*. The captain worked hard to put us on fishes. We hit some huge lings.. spend time looking for giant butts.. settled for 30-60lbers.. fun!!
That was the good, then came the ugly.. our next charter was out of Homer. ******* was recommended to us by another fishing member but we were disappointed in the fishing and effort. After making our reservation 6 months ahead of time, and receiving confirmation a month earlier; when I got there we found out we were bumped from our date. It appear that we were bumped because someone else booked the whole boat. The excuse was a misunderstanding. I thought so too until I found out that the group that went out that day chartered the whole boat. Instead of asking us if we mind changing date (which would;ve been ok), we were bascially told "oops.. too bad.. I'm fully booked that day".
Went out one day for combo and spent about 1.5-2 hours salmon fishing then halibut fishing. Silver slow... halibut were mainly chickens.. 8-15lbs.. maybe 1 35lb.. but obviously it was a chicken hole then back to ramp..
Following trip.. small craft advisory (wind and swell).. expressed concerns.. but was told it should be ok if we left earlier than usual.
Bumpy ride all the way out.. about 2 hr ride... then fished for about 2 hours for butt until it was deemed too rough.. so went back in to the bay and chase 1-2 fish around the rest of the day. Only caught 1 fish that day.. should not have gone out in my opinion. Poor judgement to go out in such bad weather.
The whole process left a sour taste in my mouth. One captain was busting his butt while it seems like the other did what he needed to do to take money without much effort to produce fish and was waiting for 4pm to come to call it a day. The one captain that busted his butt was not concern about the time and wanted to kull through smaller butts for larger ones. at 5pm.. the ride back was over 2 hrs!
I guess if I had not experience a trip with a great captain, I would've thought that AK fishing was horrible based on my trip with the other captain. Other may have different experiences, but this was mines.
Fished Willow creek and it was fun combat fishing until an older fellow started to cast 10 yards to his left to snag my line then point out that I was too close. I was at least 10 yards away from him and if anyone ever fished there.. sometimes u are like 2-3 feet from each other. I guess he wanted 20 yards to the left so he can fish, ironically he is about 5 feet away from the angler to his right. My only rude experience while combat fishing. Other than have a few guys squeezed into our fishing whole once we started to hook up. River and creek fishing was ok, would find more secluded places next time.
Fished for silvers in anchorage and caught a ton of pink. Best part was that there were very few people fishing the culvert, so that was a nice change.
Need to plan things out better next time, but all I can say is fishing in Seward beated Homer big time in my opinion!