I thought that some of you who guide or have been on guided trips might give me some insite on this. Thanks.
My wife and I are going to Alaska in Sept. I researched some guides that also had lodging. I selected a guide, and lodging package that best suited what we wanted. I settled on six days of lodging and three guided fishing trips. Halibut, silver salmon, and trophy rainbow trout.
So the guide calls me the other day and asks if we want to upgrade to the 8 hour trip for silvers, instead of the 6 hour trip for $150 extra. So I ask him what is the difference between the two, we will be going out farther into Cooks inlet (saltwater ) , will we be going to better fishing areas with the extra time? I was trying to understand the benefits to the extra time and cost, to see if it was worth while.
He tells me that we will be river fishing in the Kenai river, and that with the extra time we will be able to make sure we will be fishing just before high tide. He tells me that that is the best time to fish for silver salmon. So I Say to him, “ Well, they make tide tables for that area. Will just check them and go when we can fish the high tide. That way we don’t have to go the extra time and we’ll make sure we hit it. Or if you do a morning and afternoon outing, we’ll just go so that we hit the right time.” I don’t think he saw this coming. He was all of a sudden saying a lot of “UM, well… UM.” He finally said they only do one trip a day and that well, we should be able to work something out.
I have never paid for a guided trip for anything, so I was wondering if I was out of line to expect to be taken during the best time to fish. To me it would be same as me taking out some of the people I’ve guided duck hunting, at 10am and asking them to pay more to go for the first light shoot. If I am going to pay to be guided fishing, I expect to be taken with the best chance to catch fish. What do you think?
Also, what should be my expectations for the Halibut and rainbow trips?