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Old 02-05-2018, 04:44 PM
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Hey I'm finally going to Alaska and spending2 free days in Seward( before cruise leaves). Wife has already booked an orca trip and I'm looking to book a halibut/ling cod trip. I'm no Rockefeller,saved a long time and looking for reasonable trip including the value of service and experience not just price.
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Bad boats or tourist trap type to avoid?
And I've probably got about 200 questions about late May weather and must have apparal,unexpected costs,what to expect ECT.

What excursions would you do on a cruise Seward to BC. I'm absolutely stoked about this trip and I'm an old east coast bottom bouncer so a shot at a 500lb "flounder" has been on my list since I was like 5. Salmon is already booked later so ✔ on my list. Well I'm probably babbling at this point.
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Hey I'm finally going to Alaska and spending2 free days in Seward( before cruise leaves). Wife has already booked an orca trip and I'm looking to book a halibut/ling cod trip. I'm no Rockefeller,saved a long time and looking for reasonable trip including the value of service and experience not just price.
Any hidden local jems?
Bad boats or tourist trap type to avoid?
And I've probably got about 200 questions about late May weather and must have apparal,unexpected costs,what to expect ECT.

What excursions would you do on a cruise Seward to BC. I'm absolutely stoked about this trip and I'm an old east coast bottom bouncer so a shot at a 500lb "flounder" has been on my list since I was like 5. Salmon is already booked later so ✔ on my list. Well I'm probably babbling at this point.
Would love to hear any and everything related to this subject.
Whoever you book with, you will have to go further out than later in the year if you are after a barn door. They tend to follow the salmon runs which don't get closer in Prince William Sound to the porta until early July. Ling doesnt open until 1 July, so not an option.

I'd expect cool, rainy, days in that time of the year. Its still spring in May. But, considering its been hitting -30F (that's with no wind chill) here at night,I look forward to the 40's... My boats still in winter dry dock.
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Whoever you book with, you will have to go further out than later in the year if you are after a barn door. They tend to follow the salmon runs which don't get closer in Prince William Sound to the porta until early July. Ling doesnt open until 1 July, so not an option.

I'd expect cool, rainy, days in that time of the year. Its still spring in May. But, considering its been hitting -30F (that's with no wind chill) here at night,I look forward to the 40's... My boats still in winter dry dock.
Thank you for your reply.
Honestly a 150lb "chicken" would make me squeal like a school girl. To bad about the ling but hey I'm more of a release guy so anything that's different from the usual suspects in my area is always a bonus.
40s are not a problem. Guessing close to late fall stripers.
Anything else I'd love to hear been waiting20+ yrs. For this trip.
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Thank you for your reply.
Honestly a 150lb "chicken" would make me squeal like a school girl. To bad about the ling but hey I'm more of a release guy so anything that's different from the usual suspects in my area is always a bonus.
40s are not a problem. Guessing close to late fall stripers.
Anything else I'd love to hear been waiting20+ yrs. For this trip.
You should have no problem catching 100+ pounders.
The big butts are fun to catch, but honestly the smaller taste better (had some for dinner tonight).

Ling is a breeding season thing, so that's why they don't open until July.

I honestly can't offer charter advice other than book ASAP.
I have only fished from Seward once as I prefer and dock my boat in Valdez. Both ports fish the same waters for the same fish, just different starting points. It is pretty there though too as is Valdez, I was down there this fall to pick up my new boat.

I'd plan for cool damp weather and if it is warm then that's always a bonus.

I've attached a pic of my boat in case we cross paths on the water. Safe travels and good luck.
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You got an awesome situation right there man.
Gods country and the right vessel. Thanks again.
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Expect long runs, you will be running at least 2hours each way to the grounds on most days. This is who I would call for halibut http://www.crackerjackcharters.com/. If you want salmon, call Andy....https://www.graylightalaska.com.

Also, Seward is a tourist trap, lots of tourist stuff there. But I would definitely drive over and check out the Kenai River, not open at the time frame, but still a cool river to see. Hit up Sackett's Grill for lunch there, amazing.
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Another reminder to book your charter(s) ASAP, as VS recommended. We went up, via RV, to AK in July '16. Figuring we'd be there for a month, so we could pick up a charter that suited us when we got there. We were wrong. The best charter services book up well in advance.

Like Abel said, Seward IS a tourist trap. Wife and children went zip lining somewhere near there. Since we were setup in the public RV park on the waterfront, I pretty much just people watched for a day. The numbers (and variety) of people disgorging from those cruise ships was amazing!

If you feel like renting a vehicle, you could check out Kenai, Ninilchik ( about 2.5hrs away), etc., and see some pretty country along the way. The trip to Ninilchik is worth it if those guys are launching boats from the beach. It sure is an interesting way to go about it.

We were in AK almost 40 days. Only ate out about 6 times. Restaurant prices were absolutely absurd, yet grocery prices were reasonable. When provisioning for your outings, plan to hit a grocery store, or bring food from the ship, if you can.

Enjoy your trip!

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Petrel did it the best way. I tell everyone that wants to visit, fly to Anchorage and rent an RV for at least 2 weeks, you'll get to see real Alaska that way, not just the cruise ships trap towns. Alaskan towns do not have 60 jewelry stores. if you're cruise it hitting Ketchikan, look up Ryan McRobert, Best Weigh Guide Service, he's the man down there.
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Man if I had the time I'd spend a month. Love to camp. I got a feeling this won't be the only time we head to Alaska.
If I make it to retirement we dream of taking a year to do the whole west coast thing.
I hope.
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Man if I had the time I'd spend a month. Love to camp. I got a feeling this won't be the only time we head to Alaska.
If I make it to retirement we dream of taking a year to do the whole west coast thing.
I hope.
If you want to rent a skiff, or get out on the water sight seeing, give Mike Miller a call at Miller landing. https://www.millerslandingak.com/index.php
Mike has cabins on the beach, boat rentals, and does things like drop off kayaking in Resurrection bay. He sometimes does half day head boat style trips for rock fish and Halibut. Really easy to find too. Go to the end of the road and turn right at the T.
If this is your first trip to Ak, it won't be your last. Bring us pictures!
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Expect to pay around $400 for a day on the water with 16 of your closest friends, I've had great trips out of Seward, and terrible ones. We did a late booking on Crackerjack last year, they had great gear and worked hard to get fish, no complaints. Just about everything else was booked and these guys had a cancelation.

Other trips have been complete disappointments, terrible gear, lack of effort, lack of preparation, etc. This has been the case in both Seward and Homer. Many charters figure this is a one time customer and that you're never coming back to AK, plus you've never fished for anything bigger than a crappie, so you don't know if you're getting a good trip or not.

We try to fish with friends on their boats if possible, but we'll book a trip if we have some down time and the weather is good.

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Thanks crackerjack is on my list . How about fish house ? Site looks good but you never know. Probably book in a day or 2.
Again I appreciate any and all help..
Northeast should be so helpful in February
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Booked cracker jack thanks to suggestions here and great online reviews. Can't wait.
Any other must sees or do on the cruise down to BC got salmon booked. How's the salmon bite in Ketchikan late May? Good?
Things to avoid. Hate geezer side trips.

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Ketchikan king bite use to be good in Ketch in may, but they canceled the King Derby this year as have most places in SE. Call Ryan, he's the best guy down there in ketch. If the fish are there he'll catch em.

http://ketchikan-fishing.com/
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Ketchikan king bite use to be good in Ketch in may, but they canceled the King Derby this year as have most places in SE. Call Ryan, he's the best guy down there in ketch. If the fish are there he'll catch em.

http://ketchikan-fishing.com/
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Ketchikan king bite use to be good in Ketch in may, but they canceled the King Derby this year as have most places in SE. Call Ryan, he's the best guy down there in ketch. If the fish are there he'll catch em.

http://ketchikan-fishing.com/
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Must be using a bump stock.
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Ya, kept sending me to a failed to load page so I hit refresh, 3 times
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Thanks again guys. Sad to hear the Salmon bites been off but by God I'm going.
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Will look into options based on opinions here and reviews.. 93 days and counting😀
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