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BigDogCharters

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Ketchikan, AK, USA
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BigDogCharters take Cruise Ship passengers sport fishing in stunning SE Alaska. Our mission is to help our guests become the Big Dog.
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Matt wrote a review Jul 2019
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Captain Al is an interesting guy. He was a former coast guard and bikes around seattle for work in the winter. He know alot about fish and explained to us the ocean and how to find fish. Sure enough he found fishes in a rip (where two currents meet). We spent a few hours catching fish, turning the boat around to catch fish again. He had it down to a science, once we offload the fish he would turn the boat around and set up the poles so they would hit again. there were times where they would hit all our poles at once. He even was nice enough to radio the other charters to come to our area to catch some. Like I said nice guy. He did all this with two adults and 4 kids on the boat. Kids are different as in they want to see the catch and get in the way. He worked hard to try to work around them without complaining and spent time explaining things to them. We ended up catching 15 fish (lost about 4 of them or we could have more). My 8 year old daugther caught the big 20lb king salmon at 35". Sure she lost some hair from getting caught in the reel but it is a story for the ages. Captain Al made sure we had a good time and even provided snacks and drinks on the boat. He even gave us smoked salmon that he caught and smoked to try. I would recommend anyone to go with him. We got him through word of mouth and he doesn't disappoint. The only down side we have on him is that hes a red sox and patriots fan. We don't need more of those people.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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tcelaya2018 wrote a review Jun 2019
Florence, Arizona4 contributions
We cruised to Ketchikan on the Norwegian Bliss, and wanted to do a salmon fishing excursion. I'm so glad we used BigDog. On the excursion, Captain Al was waiting at the end of the pier holding a white board with our name on it, then walked a very short distance to his boat and we were off. I loved that there were only 5 of us total on the excursion. I was impressed with Al's multitasking in operating the boat, checking the sonar, checking equipment and giving us instructions. Almost immediately, my husband caught a King and then one person in the other party caught another King, but it was too small and had to be thrown back (after pictures). My 75 year old mother caught the next King and Al was great at giving her instructions while she hauled it in. The other party member caught the next one, but it got away as he was trying to reel it in. I was the next up, but did not catch one. While I was disappointed in not catching a salmon, it was fantastic to see my family be able to reel in their Kings. In addition to very personal service, we were also able to see 2 whales breach the surface. There were also some eagles near by and we even saw one go after a fish in the water. This excursion was amazing and I highly recommend BigDogCharters if you are looking for a wonderful salmon fishing excursion. Al had us back to the port (right next to our ship) in plenty of time to get back on. We even had a few minutes to check out one of the souvenir shops. Highly recommend BigDog!
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Date of experience: June 2019
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TravelReviewer814 wrote a review Jun 2018
Madison, Wisconsin2 contributions
Captain Al is a word class jerk. The five clients on the charter today were perplexed how this guy gets any repeat business.
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Date of experience: June 2018
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Response from Fishmanal1, Manager at BigDogCharters
Responded Jun 30, 2018
We here at Bigdogcharters are sorry you feel that way about your experience. We have also corresponded with some of the other passengers of that trip and they said it was a positive experience overall. They also said, in no uncertain terms that your opinion was yours alone and did not represent what they felt about their experience.
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felicia s wrote a review Jun 2018
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We considered a number of fishing charters in Ketchikan but a call with Al sealed the deal. He was personable, knowledgeable and even advised that for younger kids, fishing may get boring — even though that was adverse to his own self interest. We were so glad we went with him. He was a fantastic guide, on time, great with kids and in an unusual stroke of luck, we caught 4 king salmon in about an hour and ran into some humpback whales about 80 feet away from us on our way back. He is an ethical and fair guy to boot! Such a wonderful trip. Would not hesitate to come back again!
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Date of experience: June 2018
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Nurz4u wrote a review Jun 2018
Los Angeles, California36 contributions5 helpful votes
Had a fun day at the beginning of Salmon season . Girl caught 3 salmon! One small one we had to throw back. Happy girls. The Skipper knew his trade well and made it an awesome day. Going to be eating Salmon back in Cali 🙂thanks Skipper Al!
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Date of experience: June 2018
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