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Alaska Fishing Charter
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posted 05-16-2007 05:22 PM ET (US)
We are taking an Alaskan Cruise (next week) and the ship stops in Ketchikan, Juneau and Skagway. Each stop gives us enough time to take about a four hour fishing trip. Could any Cw'ers give some recommendations as to which location would be the best for Salmon and Halibut and if possible a good Charter outfit to book with? My normally non fishing/boating wife plans to come so a 25-28 foot cabin equipped boat would be the best choice.
posted 05-18-2007 10:31 AM ET (US)
Right now it appears that Ketchikan has a better king run. Just based on my observations and not on catch rates. The catch rate for kings in Juneau last week was about 68 rod hours - bad.
Halibut seems to be better in Ketch also, but I never considered May to be a good halibut month. Ketch is roughly 1/2 the human population of Juneau, thus 50% fewer fisherman (equals less pressure and fewer hooks for the fish to bite, so they may be hungrier).
Juneau and Ketch have quite a few charter boats. Look at the brochures aboard the cruiseship or or go on-line to look. I don't know much about "how good they are". All would likely show you a good time.
I'd take you in Juneau (1990 Revenge 22 W/T), but we're heading East on the 23rd for a college graduation.
Have a great trip. Tell the Master of the cruiseship to watch out for rocks!
posted 05-18-2007 05:37 PM ET (US)
Thanks Jim. After fishing the internet last night I hooked up with a charter operator in Juneau and booked it today. The deciding factor turned out to be the ship's schedule and my wife wanting to have time for some other shore activities.
Unfortunately the cruise sponsored fishing options were quite limited - geared more for a larger group - you end up with 4-8 people taking turns as you get hooked up.
Yup would have loved to gone out in your 22. Thanks.
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