Crazy Rays Adventures
Crazy Rays Adventures
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Are you looking for a fantastic time with your family and friends? Then look no further. Come join us for a day on the water that will have you bragging to your family and friends for years to come. A typical day on Crazy Rays Adventures begins at the dock in a beautiful little town called Whittier which is located approximately 45 minutes south of Alaska's big city, Anchorage. Whittier is known as the western gateway to Prince William Sound. The Sound boasts one of the largest Pink salmon runs in the world which provides for an overabundant food supply for the Sounds vast ecosystem. Our clients typically catch the 6:30am Tunnel from Bear Valley to Whittier (Appx 2.5 Miles through a Mountain) then meeting up with the Captain and Crew at the boat at about 7:00am. The trip is an all day charter (10-12 hrs)reaching deep into the outer limits of Prince William Sound where we will target Barn Door Halibut, Trophy Lingcod, and succulent Rockfish. When in season Salmon will be added to the menu as well, so long as time permits. The fishing isn't the only fun to be had for the day, make sure you bring your camera along as there is a great chance to catch a snapshot of Whales, Sea Otters, Puffins, Sea Lions, Seals, and much much more. On arrival back at the dock, join our Captain and Crew for group photo's of the Catch then while the crew fillets your catch you can grab dinner at one of the local restaurants that are within walking distance. If you would like your catch vacuum sealed and frozen, arrangements can be made at the local fish processor.
Whittier, Alaska
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David G
Ames, IA3 contributions
Aug 2021
Great trip! This trip could have flopped with any other outfit. On August 10, my son and I were on the six person boat with Manny as our guide. In route to the fishing area we had to turn back due to bad weather and a rough sea state. Manny found a protected spot where we fished for several hours and the boat caught its limit of yellow eye. The weather cleared in the afternoon and Manny moved locations and we caught halibut, cod and then Silver Salmon. Some fishing boats didn’t leave Whittier due to the morning weather. I highly recommend Crazy Rays’s and Manny. They have excellent fishing equipment and Manny is a top-notch a guide who knows where the fish are and how to catch them. My number one choice in Whittier!
Written August 21, 2021
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Kyle H
Dallas, TX19 contributions
Jul 2020 • Friends
We just returned from a week of fishing on the Kenai Peninsula and we chose Crazy Ray for our saltwater charter.

My wife and I have been on a dozen or so saltwater charters which is enough to know that this is a top of line operation.

Why I liked it:

1. The fishing is great. Our boat kept 20 halibut, 20+ cod, a few yellow-eye and a salmon. Ray knows his waters and filled up our freezer.

2. The Strait Crazy is a beautiful (and newer) boat with plenty of room and space to comfortably spend the day. Kept very clean too.

3. Father/Son operation of Ray and Noah worked hard all day (650am to 650pm) to ensure we all caught our halibut limit and did so with a smile.

4. BONUS—the Prince William Sound waters are very flat. Zero swells means the whole boat was enjoying their day.

Many of the other parties we met traveling this week were taking halibut charters out of Seward or Homer, but I would encourage folks to take a look at Crazy Rays in Whittier when building out their ideal itinerary.

If you tip a bit extra he will tell you how he became so crazy...

Written July 19, 2020
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Hey Kyle, Thanks for taking the time to give us a review, its a great way for other folks to see how we run our operation. We try hard every day to give our clients a fun and memorable experience and it sounds like that is exactly what you folks had. Prince William Sound is definitely one of the most beautiful places on earth and we love having the opportunity to show people all of it's beauty. Glad you folks were happy with the fishing and the new boat. We'll see you guys on the next one!
Written January 27, 2021
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akfox18
Anchorage, AK17 contributions
Jun 2021 • Family
My father in law chartered a boat for an overnight fishing trip with me, my husband, my mother in law and my 2 boys ages 9&11. We had Captain Manny as our guide and boy did we have a BLAST! The weather gods smiled on us and it was smooth sailing on the water. The boat was comfortable, and everything ran smoothly. Captain Manny knew just where to take us to put us in fish and was a great technique teacher as I am not familiar with halibut or rockfish fishing. I did not know that halibut love 80s music lol ;0)
He was so kind to my boys and really helped my youngest feel included and important by having him help with stuff around the boat. We fished all day and caught so much halibut and rockfish, without catching out of season fish like lingcod- not an easy thing to do. He obviously knew what he was doing, was very capable and genuinely seemed to love his job. I felt like we were in good hands should a problem arise.
We stayed overnight at Port Ashton Lodge (amazing, totally check them out too!) and then fished our way back to Whittier in time for the 5oclock tunnel, including a 59” halibut for me- definitely the biggest fish I ever caught. We saw humpbacks spouting, jellyfish, eagles, otters and truly incredible scenery. We’re looking at dates for when we can go again, although we may have to buy another freezer!
Written June 30, 2021
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Nathan O.
1 contribution
Aug 2020
There were a lot of things that conspired against us on our trip, some probably were not the charter's fault, some definitely were. Our trip was in the summer of 2019, and my friend and I booked two seats. We arrived at the office early as is our custom, but captain keith was over an hour late arriving. We weren't ever really given a reason why. After waiting in our car for 45 minutes we received a text message with an updated departure time. We were told that we would stay out a little longer to make up for the lost time. The weather was not ideal, but we ended up anchoring and fishing hard. Keith worked at it, and was enjoyable to fish with. We anchored in one spot the entire day, and caught one 12lb halibut for the entire boat of six, nothing else. We did not attempt to fish for salmon and caught no rockfish on our "combo" charter. We know fishing is fishing not catching, but have also fished in Alaska many many times and have a pretty good idea of what to expect and how to catch fish. Captain Keith didn't have a backup plan and swung and missed that day. At the dock, the other boat from Crazy Ray's had numerous fish halibut, rockfish and ling cod, the other boats had fish as well. We overhear Keith and Ray discussing their day and Ray asking Keith why he had not fished a couple of other spots given the rough day he was having.

All in all, we paid for the experience and no charter can guarantee fish. That being said, it is Alaska, and we were literally the only boat with five people that did not catch or hook a single fish. We probably hit the only day that season where Captain Keith did not catch fish, the weather, the fish not biting, all not controllable. It would have been nice to have had a backup plan to pick up some rock fish, a salmon or two, etc and to not have had to wait at the dock for an hour for captain keith to arrive to start our trip.
Written January 5, 2021
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Hey Nathan, Thanks for giving us a review, it's always helpful even when there are shortcomings to help identify issues so we can better our company. I had to do a little digging and contact some other clients that were on the bots that day to see what all transpired. I guess at first I'd like to address the issue of the tardiness of the skipper. The day of your guys trip was a bad weather day and this was the reason for the delay in departure. All 3 vessels left late that day as we were waiting on an updated buoy report to see if we would be able to make it out on the water. We believed that we had contacted everyone to notify that this was what the situation was, however it sounds like we may have overlooked contacting you specifically. Apologies for the miscommunication. Shortly before departing we gave all clientele the option for fishing or cancelling and rescheduling. The reason we do this, and as was explained that morning, adverse weather can greatly impact fishing success. I'm not sure exactly why Keith didn't move the boat that day as it is a little difficult to recall when this happened 1 1/2 years ago, but I can assure you if he thought he could do better somewhere else he would have made the move. Keith is a dedicated fishermen and wants the clients to catch good fish more than the clients do I'm sure. I looked back at the photos from that day and none of the boats caught ling cod and only 1 boat caught rockfish 4 total yelloweye's. When fishing in the region you guys were there isn't really much salmon or rockfish options at least not any that are reliable as a backup. Again this is why we have that discussion before departing. Apologies if this wasn't made clear enough, we will try harder in the future. Hopefully your next trip to Alaska is a bit more successful as sometimes it can be amazing. Good Luck!!!!
Written January 26, 2021
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Olivia D
5 contributions
Apr 2021 • Friends
Okay, been wanting to do a charter with these guys for the last few years and finally did it this weekend and let me tell you, they did not disappoint! First off, booking was seamless through the website but you can also text/call the owner directly to book. Payment was easy and secure online and they sent out a PDF with all the info you need for the trip from what gear to bring, what time to arrive and any other helpful info. When we got to Whittier captain Keith was ready to get us on the water and show us a great time fishing. He didn’t waste time going from spot to spot like other charters, he thoroughly knew the area and knew where to take us and what we’d get without wasting time going further out than need be. Keith is an incredible captain who made sure we all had the best time and checked in with all of us throughout to make sure we were doing well, we’re having fun and overall made the trip a swimming success. We don’t have any regrets about this charter, only thing we’d change next time is making sure Captain Keith has some lunch, he worked so hard to make sure we all had fun and caught some gorgeous fish he forgot to eat himself.
Written April 18, 2021
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Keith@WV
Martinsburg, WV1 contribution
Aug 2021 • Friends
First trip was in 2018 and was an awesome experience. Captain Keith was very personable and made everyone feel comfortable. The weather wasn’t ideal but Keith had a plan and put us on the fish all day. I was so impressed that I when we booked our 2021 trip I requested Keith again. Once again the conditions were less than perfect but Keith adjusted his plan and put us on the fish when the other boats that were out only caught a few fish.
He stayed out past the scheduled time just to make sure we had a good day. I’ve been out with other charters and this just doesn’t happen. He makes every effort to ensure customers get what they pay for. This dude is the real deal!
Crazy Ray’s will always be my choice when visiting Alaska.
Written August 25, 2021
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Patrick5451966
Sacramento, CA172 contributions
Jul 2020 • Friends
At the Fred Hall show in Long Beach I ran across a lot of outfits offering their trips in Alaska and once I stopped by Crazy Rays booth and talked with Raymond and Brenda about what I was looking for and they talked about what they had to offer and during our conversation I felt a connection but I walked around the show looking at my options and after several hours I returned and booked a trip for the 12th of July for 3 of us. Well today we had the pleasure of fishing with Captain Manny aboard a 6 pack. My daughter and fellow veteran Bob and from the start Manny our Captain was very safety conscious, interactive with us all, and informative with the species of fish we were targeting, and tackle used. He briefed us all on the game plan and executed it flawlessly given the winds and seas. Bob and I come from a background of special warfare combatant craft operators and we interacted with Manny about his boat and subconsciously observed his boat skills and we were impressed. Manny is a professional who is very safety conscious and client oriented with a great personality. Our fishing adventure could not have been more successful with the size and quality of halibut and other species of fish caught. Manny made every client feel important and he interacted well with all of our individual skill sets. My 21 year old daughter was equally impressed and throughly enjoyed todays adventure. Thank you all and BZ to Manny for making todays adventure a most memorable experience.
Written July 14, 2020
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Hey Patrick, Thanks for taking the time to give us a review. Captain Manny does his best to show everyone a good time and get you folks on fish. Glad it all worked out and you had a great time. When you come back up look us up for another great adventure!
Written January 27, 2021
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Kenneth Y
2 contributions
Jul 2021
The new regulations restricting charter boat halibut fishing on Wednesdays have created an opportunity for those seeking a variety of the other fish that Prince William Sound has to offer, including ling cod, rock fish and salmon. The trip I took with Crazy Ray's was on a Wednesday and was overall an excellent experience. I have listed the pros and a couple cons below.

Pros:
Unparalleled knowledge of the area and work ethic of both Capt. Keith and his deck hand, Joe.
The tackle and gear were first rate.
The boat is a very fast, first class vessel and it felt very safe, even in the rougher seas we encountered on the way back to port.
The quality and size of the fish we caught was excellent.

Cons:
The weather out of Whittier is crappy much of the time and the seas have been rough both times I have gone with Crazy Ray's. Obviously this is not the fault of the charter company.
Crazy Ray's does not permit proxy fishing. This is the biggest stickler for me, since my 78 year old father cannot fish like he once did, but still likes to eat fish. This is the first charter operator ever that has told me I cannot use a proxy to fish. As an Alaskan resident proxy fishing is legal and the prohibition of it by the charter company is a bit mind boggling, particularly on a boat that only had one party on it.
Written July 8, 2021
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kopplin12
Anchorage, AK4 contributions
Jul 2021 • Friends
Crazy rays is one of the best charter operations out there. I live in Alaska and go out with them at least once a year to fill up my freezer. Crazy rays is the only charter company I’ll let friends or family fish with when they visit. They truly go the extra mile to give you the best fishing experience possible. Well worth the money
Written July 16, 2021
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Greg Foster
2 contributions
Sep 2020 • Couples
Had an excellent time with a ton of success fishing late in the season with captain Keith and his 1st mate Manny....the boat was 1st class and warm and comfortable. They put us on fish all day and everybody caught their limit. It was a full day of fishing and well worth it!! This was a bucket list trip for me and first visit to Alaska. They did not disappoint!! I highly recommend anyone looking to seriously have a once in a lifetime experience to use Cap Keith and Manny with (Crazy Rays)

Thank fellas !! Greg Foster....(Go Hawks!)
Written September 12, 2020
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