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Alaska Wide Open Charters

Experienced, top producing guide Craig, Alaska
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Craig, AK, USA
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About Alaska Wide Open Charters
Get the best experience fishing the legendary waters on the west coast of Prince of Wales out of Craig, Alaska with Captain Joel Steenstra. Captain Joel has well over a thousand days guiding and commercial fishing the waters he will be guiding you on. Alaska Wide Open Charters is a one boat, family run charter fishing operation offering charter fishing packages out of Craig, Alaska.
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Paul wrote a review Mar 2020
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Been coming to Alaska for 7 years.. Far and away best captain & package by far. Knowledge of area top-notch (in fact other captains ask him for advice). Patient with kids and non-fishermen but allows seasoned fisherman leeway. Boarding arrangement and wife’s lunches are a treat. Little things (like not having to bring boots and rain gear) Extra Bonus... Again— doesn’t get better than this in Alaska... Yes- we limited every day too Paul
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Curt F wrote a review Dec 2019
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Our August trip was a great experience. Since my first discussion with Captain Joel, I found him to be an honest, hard working professional who knows how to navigate saltwater and fish. I am a very seasoned fisherman who has fished since I could walk in many places throughout Alaska and the U.S./Canada. Captain Joel is by far the best guide I have fished with and takes into account all of the elements when planning the days trip, making adjustments when appropriate. If you come to fish saltwater in Southeast Alaska, I highly recommend his services. He is a great example of how to operate a small business. I'm looking forward to 2020, Here's to another great year God Bless .
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Date of experience: August 2019
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skiierps wrote a review Nov 2019
Oregon5 contributions1 helpful vote
After several years, finally was able to bring a group up to fish with Alaska Wide Open Charters, Capt. Joel his wife and family. They are truly a family operated business who go the extra mile to ensure our satisfaction...on land with our stay and out on the water. Our stay at the Blue Heron Inn was comfortable and worked well being right at the docks. Great selection of items for 'fix your own' breakfasts. Then off to the boat for incredible fishing with Capt. Joel. Joel is a seasoned Master Captain and Guide. He is so personable, tolerated some of our initial challenges and turned our group into competent fishermen. Safety was paramount, especially as we weathered through a major storm the second day....but we still got our fish!! We all brought home limits of salmon, halibut, along with some lingcod. The family portions and vacu-packs all the fish which is sure making for some great eating. In all, a very special trip for our group!
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Daniel B wrote a review Oct 2019
Seattle, Washington19 contributions4 helpful votes
This last June was my first time fishing in Craig, Alaska. My Friend Rolando and I had an Amazing 3 day fishing trip with Captain Joel, owner of Alaska Wide Open Charters. I was looking to fish in a little more remote area of SE Alaska. I decided to go to Craig, Alaska - it fit the bill. Found Alaska Wide Open Charters when looking at Fishing Charters in Craig. I am so happy I decided to go with Captain Joel. Its been a great experience from beginning to end. Captain Joel is so awesome to fish with! He is very Knowledgeable, Professional and is so genuinely excited to go fishing and find the best fishing areas for each day! We caught all large King Salmon, lots of Halibut, couple of good size Yellow Eye and many Black Rockfish. Captain Joel provided snacks, sandwiches and beverages on the boat each day. He fillets all the fish, Vacuum packs, freezes and boxes it up for you also. Would Highly recommend giving Captain Joel a call if you want to have a Great Time, Fun and catch lots of Fish!!! I have already booked my Fishing trip with Captain Joel for next June 2020... CAN'T WAIT!!
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Date of experience: June 2019
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CTProf wrote a review Aug 2019
Las Vegas77 contributions83 helpful votes
I fish in many locales in the U.S.every year, always with a guide. Joel Steenstra and his wife, Leanne, provide a smooth, efficient, and remarkably enjoyable charter service. Fishing guides are dramatically varied. Joel is the top of the top guides that I have experienced in the last 4 decades. First he is incredibly patient with all of the tangles, failures to follow instructions, and missed opportunities that are part of the experience of fishing with people who fish only a few times each year. I have never seen him show the least sign of distress at the clumsiness with which most people who fish attempt to carry out the guide's instructions. He is full of positive encouragement and skillfully delivered suggestions for how to turn fishing into catching. Second, the family provides scrumptious snacks and lunch for everyone on the boat. This service is extremely rare and very appreciated by those doing the fishing. Third, the fishing itself is incredible, largely because of Joel's skill and determination. He is skilled, creative, and determined to be the most productive guide on the waters in Craig. The payoff to his skill are the full boxes of fish that his work yields. Fourth, Joel is simply a skilled service provider---thoughtful and devoted to his clients. We can't wait for our next experience with Wide Open Charters.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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