With working in the tourism sector myself, I have found that most tourists planning their Alaska dream vacation may get overwhelmed with the countless choices Alaska has to offer- particularly when it comes to the fishing world! So I’ve gathered some simple tools to help this process move along.
Finding the BEST Alaska Fishing Charters requires time, effort, and most importantly thorough research! The Kenai Peninsula- which is the most common place to start your fishing adventure, offers several locations such as Seward, Ninilchik, Kenai River, Kasilof River, pestscontroltips.com, and Homer! Within these locations, you are looking at over 100 charter companies to dig into and filter out the best from the worst. How can we speed this up? As simple as it sounds– testimonials!
Reviews, such as on TripAdvisor and Google, can make or break a company in a number of ways. As you can not have the good without the bad, the important point to search for here is the number of bad reviews you will find in comparison to excellent AND what are they saying? This is vital to filtering out some of the crap (excuse the frank verbiage) to the legitimate concerns.
As soon as you’ve come to about three to five companies of interest from picking through testimonials, you will want to move on to figuring out who has the best choices available for what you’re looking for! Are you searching for a specific location, 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 same sorts of excursions, asking these questions amongst your travel companions can enable you to narrow down the questions asked when it’s time to make the calls!
Which brings us to the next step- calling around! Most companies do offer online booking, but if you’re new to fishing in Alaska, I suggest calling first to narrow down some specifics. You will want to ask important questions such as which places 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 like these are crucial to making sure that you are booking EXACTLY what you are searching for!
Once these are answered, you will be in a position to make 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!
– Dress in layers
– Bring rain gear
– Treat sea sickness with a remedy PRIOR to 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 home- with you on the airplane or shipping
– Bring a camera
And most of all, great ready to have a trip of a lifetime!