Working in the tourism industry myself, I’ve noticed that most tourists planning their dream Alaska vacation can get overwhelmed by the thousands of options Alaska has to offer, especially when it comes to the fishing world! So I have collected some simple tools to help with this process.
Finding the BEST Alaska fishing boats takes time, effort and above all thorough research! The most common place to start your fishing adventure, the Kenai Peninsula offers several locations such as Seward, Ninilchik, Kenai River, Kasilof River and Homer! Within these locations, look to over 100 charter companies to dig out and filter out the best. How can we accelerate this? As simple as it sounds – reviews!
Reviews, such as on TripAdvisor and Google, can make or break a business in a variety of ways. While you can’t have the good without the bad, the most important thing here is to find out how many bad reviews there are compared to excellent AND what do they say? Do the guests seem valid in their complaints? Has the company taken the time to respond? This is vital to filter out some of the nonsense (excuse the frank wording) for the legitimate concerns.
Once you’ve found about three to five interesting companies by going through reviews, you’ll want to move on to find out who has the best options for what you’re looking for! Are you looking for a specific location, boat size, travel time, exclusive or festive fishing or a specific species? While most Alaska fishing charters on the Kenai Peninsula offer roughly the same types of travel, asking these questions to your travel companions will help you narrow down the questions when it’s time to call!
This brings us to the next step: calling around! Most companies do offer online booking, but if you are new to fishing in Alaska I recommend calling first to narrow down some details. You want to ask important questions, such as which locations do you offer? Are your trips full or half days? At what times are your trips offered? What I should buy and what will be included? Questions like these are crucial to make sure you book EXACTLY what you are looking for!
Once these are answered, you can make a decision! Go ahead and proceed with the charter booking process of your choice and get ready to start preparing for fishing in Alaska!
Alaska Fishing Prep 101:
– Dress in layers
– Bring rain gear
– Treat seasickness with a remedy BEFORE the trip
– Bring lunches and drinks on board for snacking
– Purchase a fishing license for Alaska in advance
– Plan how you want the fish at home – with you on the plane or shipping
– Bring a camera
And most importantly, great ready to make a trip of a lifetime!