Working in the travel industry myself, I have found that most tourists planning a vacation that they dream of in Alaska may be overwhelmed by the thousands of options that Alaska has to offer, especially when it comes to the fishing world! So, I’ve put together a few simple tools to help this process move on.
Finding the BEST Fishing Statutes in Alaska takes time, effort and, most importantly, careful research! The Kenai Peninsula, which is the most common place for fishing, offers several places such as Seward, Ninilchik, Kenai River, Cassilaf River and Homer! In these places you are looking for over 100 statutory companies where you can find and filter out the best of the worst. How can we speed this up? As simple as it sounds – reviews!
Reviews, such as TripAdvisor and Google, can create or destroy a campaign in several ways. While you can’t have good without bad, here it’s important to look for how many bad reviews compared to excellent And what do they say? Do guests seem valid in their complaints? Has the company taken the time to respond? This is vital in order to filter out some of the nonsense (sorry for the honest word) to legitimate issues.
Once you’ve picked up the reviews of about three to five companies that interest you, you’ll want to move on to figuring out who has the best options for what you’re looking for! Are you looking for a specific location, boat size, trip duration, exclusive fishing or entertainment style, or a specific species? While most Alaska charters on the Kenai Peninsula offer roughly the same trips, asking these questions to your companions will help narrow down the questions asked when it’s time to call!
What brings us to the next step is to talk! Most companies do offer online bookings, but if you are new to fishing in Alaska, I recommend calling first to narrow down some details. Do you want to ask important questions, such as what places do you suggest? Are your trips full days or noon? What time are your trips offered? What do I need to purchase and what is included? Such questions are crucial in order to book exactly what you are looking for!
After answering them you will be able to make a decision! Go ahead and start the process of booking your chosen charter and get ready to start preparing for fishing in Alaska!
Preparing to Fish in Alaska 101:
– Dress in layers
– Bring rain
– Treat seasickness FIRST before the trip
– Bring lunches and drinks on board for a snack
– Purchase a fishing license in Alaska in advance
– Plan how you want to deliver the fish home – with you on a plane or delivery
– Bring a camera
And most importantly, perfectly ready to go to life!