My deepest apologies for the negative note but I got pretty well burned last year on a charter. If your answer is biased because you are the captain or related in some way to the business (etc), then please don't answer. I followed the advice of someone with a dog in the fight last year and landed on the worst charter of my life ...but someone who was a personal friend of the person who gave the advice. Lazy deck hand, insufficient selection of weights, the worst bait I'd ever seen, lazy captain, slow boat that couldn't go far, you name it (someone chartering out of Seward who will remain unnamed by me.) Now I'm a bit gun shy on advice from people too close to the business.
That said, what I'd like is advice on Valdez charters for halibut and/or silvers. I probably won't get time for silvers, but a week from this weekend is good for me to go for halibut. Charters are ever more expensive so I'd like to go out with someone that has a solid reputation for getting reasonable halibut ...I'm not a trophy fishing/hunting guy, but chicken ranchers aren't first choice if you know what I mean. I'd rather pay for a longer charter with a good captain in a fast boat than shorter charters, slow boats, and captains without much reputation. What type of boat (speed, size) and approximate regions that they fish would be good to know. Knowing who to go out with for silvers would be nice too, just in case I do get the time. PM me if you want.
Thanks in advance,