With working in the tourism sector myself, I have found that most tourists planning their Alaska dream holiday can become overwhelmed with the countless options Alaska has to offer- especially in regards to the fishing world! So I have gathered some simple tools to assist this process move along.
Finding the BEST Alaska Fishing Charters requires time, effort, and above all thorough research! The Kenai Peninsula- which is the most frequent place to start your fishing experience, offers several locations such as Seward, Ninilchik, Kenai River, Kasilof River, and Homer! Within these locations, you’re looking at over 100 charter companies to dig into and filter out the best in the worst. How can we speed this up? As straightforward as it sounds– testimonials!
Reviews, like on TripAdvisor and Google, can make or break a company in several ways. While you can’t have the good without the bad, the important thing to search for here is how many bad reviews you will find compared to excellent AND what are they saying? Do the guests seem valid in their complaints? This is vital to filtering out some of the crap (excuse the disgusting verbiage) into the legitimate concerns.
Once you’ve come to about three to five companies of interest from choosing through testimonials, you’ll want to move on to figuring out who has the best options out there for what you’re looking for! Are you looking for a particular place, boat size, trip length, exclusive or celebration style fishing, or a particular species? While the majority of the Alaska fishing charters on the Kenai Peninsula offer approximately the exact sorts of trips, asking these questions among your travel companions can enable you to narrow down the questions asked when it is time to make the calls!
Which brings us to the next step- calling around! Most companies do offer online booking, but if you are new to fishing in Alaska, I suggest calling first to narrow down some details. You will want to ask important questions like which locations do you offer? Are your trips full days or half days? What times are your trips offered at? What do I want to purchase and what’s included? Questions such as these are crucial to making sure you are booking precisely what you are searching for!
Once these are answered, you will be in a position to create a decision! Go ahead and proceed with the booking process of the charter of your choice and get ready to begin the groundwork for fishing in Alaska!
– Bring rain gear
– Heal sea sickness with a remedy Ahead of the trip
– Bring lunches and drinks on board to snack
– Purchase Alaska fishing permit in advance
– Plan out how you need to get the fish house- with you on the airplane or shipping
– Bring a camera
And most importantly, great ready to have a trip of a lifetime!