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In many ways Alaska fishing is the best in the world The magnificent habitats, untouched wilderness ecosystems, and pristine oceans and coastlines, enable all fishery stocks to thrive in excellent numbers. A highly regulated fishery is managed by the Alaska Department of Fish & Game for sustainability. In addition to the world class wild stocks of salmon, hundreds of hatcheries throughout the State provide millions of salmon fry, fingerlings and smolts to rivers, lakes, and ocean bays. Tens of thousands do make it back years later and enhance the numbers to be sought after by commercial and sport fishermen. Intensive management and strict regulations in its various forms by ADF&G enables a prosperous and long term viability of our fantastic resource for all those in their piscatorial pursuits far into the future.
In Southeast Alaska a variety of species of fish are sought after and found, with as much variety in the techniques to catch them. Regardless of what you’ve heard about with the huge 300lb Halibut and giant 80lb King Salmon....and other monster fish stories, while many are true, they are few, and a small percentage of the overall experience of most fishermen fishing in Alaska. The best advice to give is to come up with expectations of having a great time with friends and family, fish as much or as little as you like, and catch a lot of dandy fish, pray for great weather and wildlife sightings, and hope your film turns out of all the big ones you catch
Here in the Ketchikan area, with Captain Rob and Classic Alaska Charters, you’ll learn to appreciate new techniques of locating, attracting, and catching all species of fish found in Southeast Alaska. Although we have the heavy gear for those particular areas and needs for stout gear, we generally introduce folks to our medium to light tackle rods and reels. With the lighter gear were able to work a variety tackle without the fatigue thereby reserving your strength for the enjoyment of fighting your big fish - rather than using all your energy for cranking up 2 lb weights from 400' deep Our style of fishing allows women and kids to join in the fun too without making it feel like too much work. Everyone loves the way WE do it For those who are accustomed to trolling and watching rods for a bite.....well, we do that too, but try to remain in pursuit of big fish rather than wait for them to come to us. When you experience the medium & light tackle techniques we encourage, you’ll understand why we’re different than all the others.....and you’ll be glad you took the time to learn OUR way of catching the big ones
We have FUN, and concentrate on a great time with a variety of areas to fish and activities to participate in. Indeed, we’ll catch a lot of fish.....no doubt about it Typically we reach many of the weekly bag limits (double the daily limit in possession), but bag limits “everyday” is something that’s unnecessary and unrealistic. Meat hunters determined to expect limits of 100+ lb Halibut and 50+ lb Salmon limits everyday.....Good Luck finding a guide that can follow through with that tall order! That’s not our operation. Fishing with us, folks can expect to head home with about 40-50 pounds of filleted and packaged fish per person to enjoy for months to come. Halibut up to 200 lbs we’ve landed, but most are under 100 lbs with an average of 15-60 lbs. Ling Cod season is open in our area and sizes range from 15-60 lbs. Also, Yelloweye from 6-20 lbs are frequently caught. We netted and kept a 62 lb King Salmon a few years back, have landed a few in the 50 lb class, and more in the 40 lb range. Most Kings caught aboard the Saltery C are in the 20-40 lb pound class, Cohos 10-20 lbs, Chums 12-25 lbs, Pinks 3-10lbs.
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