I will be in Alaska from roughly Sept. 3 thru 14 and right now I'm leaning towards Kodiak being the first leg of my trip. Just looking for advice on which days between Sept. 3 and 9 look to have the best tides for Kodiak halibut. Any advice at all would be very much appreciated.
Recently I emailed seven or eight Kodiak guides and only a couple have bothered to reply (some I emailed over a week ago, some three or four days ago). I just asked if they had openings during the Sept. 3-9 time period. It's pretty disheartening to not even receive a response at all from most of them. How long does it take to type words to the effect of "we never do anything to cater to individual anglers" or "we're all booked up"? As far as the two that did reply, they both became like the other guides when I asked which dates would have the best tides (no response from either and it's been three or four days since I asked). Do they think I've got my own boat and just trying to get free info out of them? One of the two responded within a couple of hours of my first email... He said he had openings and seemed very friendly. So it's pretty perplexing as to why he's chosen to go "mute" since I inquired about tides three or four days ago.
I know guides are very busy at this time of the year but a two-sentence reply email doesn't take that long. And no matter how busy they might get, I seriously doubt they go days on end (or forever) ignoring emails from friends and those they receive from potential clients who look to be cash cows (i.e. people who inquire about one of the ridiculously priced package deals). But if you're a lone angler just looking for a couple of days of fishing on a six-pack boat, you are not even worthy of a response. Though I bet all seven or eight guides I contacted would've responded within 24 hours if I had asked something like "what kind of fishing can $2000 buy a guy"? At that point I think they all would've "somehow" found the time to give me advice on the best tide days and "somehow" found a way to work me into their booking schedule.
I fished Dutch Harbor last summer and I had one of the greatest trips of my life... great guide (in every way), unbelievably good halibut and sea bass fishing at only $180 a day, five-star hotel at $121 a night (got a good-sized business discount), very friendly residents, no touristy b.s. to put up with at all, etc, etc. But I've never been to Kodiak so at this point I'm still willing to keep dealing with some of the worst "customer service" I've ever experienced in my life in order to plan out and make a trip.
***I will say the two reasonably priced Kodiak Inns I contacted replied very quickly when I asked if they had a room available, what the total cost would be, etc.