Angling Unlimited
Angling Unlimited
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We provide the finest saltwater salmon & halibut charter fishing experiences in the world, with a passion for service, sport and sustainability in Sitka, Alaska. Captain Tom Ohaus founded Angling Unlimited out of Neah Bay in 1988 from his passion for light tackle. In search of the ultimate salmon fishing paradise, Captain Tom arrived in Sitka, where he met Chuck McNamee. For nearly 30 years, Tom and Chuck have built Angling Unlimited on the highest standard of hospitality and charter fishing, while seamlessly bringing value through every stage of our guests’ stay. Our methods are hands-on and our tackle is as light as you like. Our lodging is convenient and comfortable for groups of all sizes. Our boats are built for the waters around Sitka and are comfortable for anglers of all ages. Our friendly crew will see to it that your Alaskan fishing vacation is as complete as possible. Join us, and you’ll see why 90% of our business is repeat or referral. Our guests expect nothing less than the best, and we deliver! If you are looking for a first-class sport fishing business to guide you to the most productive feeding grounds in Southeast Alaska, we are here for you! Salmon and halibut charters in Sitka are our specialty.
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Courtney M
Wilmington, DE331 contributions
Aug 2021 • Friends
For the past 8 years, my husband and his fishing buddies have traveled to Sitka to catch Halibut, Salmon and other fish. For four of the past 5 years, I have joined them. That first year, Captain Brian AKA Cobra showed me the ropes. And, when I caught my first Black Cod, he told me why I should be happy to have gotten that species and even gave me a recipe for cooking it. Since that first night of eating soy sauce marinated and then grilled Black Cod, I have been hooked on that as my favorite fish and our annual pilgrimage to Sitka as my favorite trip. Better than late night Blues head boats out of Brooklyn, day trips to Cape Cod for porgies, multi day trips into the gulf out of Key West or Tampa, deep sea fishing off the NC coast. Even better than our Australia charter. It's not just the variety and multitude of fish. We get Halibut, silver and king salmon, rockfish, pacific Cod, Ling Cod, Black Cod (my hands down favorite). We get 200 lbs of fish normally, though one year the fishing was slow and we came home with 150 lbs. It is the people. From our amazing captains, both Brian who retired and now comes back to hang out as a mate while we are there, and Captain James, who is calm, encouraging, understatedly aggressive about honoring the catch limits and has a quiet and kind sense of humor, to our hostesses and the support staff in Minnesota and Sitka. Kim in Minnesota is the epitome of the organized and caring administrator. She makes sure that absolutely every aspect of the trip is planned to perfection, from what size boots you wear to the timing of your van transport. She has a solution for any issue and is the easiest person to work with. Our favorite hostess is Cass. Smart, funny, thorough, kind and welcoming. She's such a fun person to talk to and makes sure you have whatever you need in your accommodations and loaner vehicle. All the guys who work on the docks fileting and sealing your catch as soon as it comes in are experts at their tasks. However you want the fish prepared, they are happy to accommodate. The entire operation is an absolute delight and every year I can't wait to go and can't believe how quickly the time flies while I am there. Thank you, Angling Unlimited, for unforgettable days in an unforgettable place with wonderful people.
Written August 23, 2021
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Jim M
4 contributions
Jul 2020
I have been fishing with Angling Unlimited for many years, but wanted to write a review after fishing this July. It's always been easy and convenient to book a trip with the help from Kim in their reservation office, but this year with COVID it was very different. AU set up a COVID testing program with a private lab to test and get my group results in 24 hours so we could enter Alaska. Carly the office manager in Sitka was very helpful in coordinating the testing for all four of us. As is normal, one of their hostesses picked us up at the airport. This year our hostess was Colleen and she did a great job of taking care of us throughout our trip. I have always loved the fact that each unit you stay in has a kitchen and outside BBQ, but this year it was especially appreciated with the virus issues. This year I fished with two of my sons and a friend who have never before fished Alaska. They all had a fantastic experience fishing and so did I. Captain James and deckhand Micah are two of the hardest working guys in the business. They took great care of us for all three fishing days getting us on king salmon, halibut, lingcod and rockfish. The silvers were late this year, but we did get some. AU has always provided very memorable fishing trips, but this one was special just because of the issues we had with COVID. Eating and walking around town was very different with the lack of people and cruise ships, but it was still a great experience and AU helped make this happen. We appreciate all that AU did to keep our trip a fun and enjoyable time. Thanks again AU !!
Written August 9, 2020
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Jim M
4 contributions
Jul 2022
Just returned from a fishing trip with Angling Unlimited in Sitka. I have been fishing with AU for eight straight years and about six before that (I took a break from Alaska fishing for about five years). Throughout the years AU has provided a great fishing experience. From making reservations with friendly Kim in the Minnesota office to the girls picking us up from the airport to the crew and support staff in Sitka it is always a fantastic trip. This year Anna was our hostess and she did a great job shuttling us to and from the dock and taking care of our suite and needs. Captain James (as is normal) and deckhand Hayden were constantly there by our sides giving us fishing tips, helping with bait and most importantly netting or gaffing the fish. For the eighth straight year Captain James always knows how to put us on the fish. James and Hayden were a great crew with good conversation, excellent fishing music and always a good joke to be had. All of the other hostesses pitched in to help drive the shuttles, bake cookies for the boats and help us with whatever we needed. AU is a really great team and family like company that makes you feel good about being in Sitka for a great experience. You gotta love those Minnesota accents, too!!
Written July 21, 2022
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Doug F
1 contribution
Aug 2020
When we arrived in Sitka (August 2020) we ran direct into a major blow 35 -55 Knots.
The first day on the water was a total bust. Staff came into our room that evening asking if they could comp us a night and extend our trip an extra day. We said yes, but unbeknown to us we had to move to a hotel downtown that last night and then we found out that the extra night would be on us to a toon of $ 400.00! Then , we found out that we would NOT be allowed to return for any future trips after we had questioned all the extra expenses. We have fished with AnglingUnlimited for years and never been treated with such an attitude. “ Tom and Chuck advertise that they AU build their reputation on return customers who return year after year!” This is devinitely not the case for this year!
Written August 22, 2020
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Vicki S
3 contributions
Jun 2020
2020 update: Fishing in the era of Covid and STILL the best experience we could hope for. The AU team made traveling easy and provided us with a safe experience. The state of Alaska requires a negative covid test taken within 72 hours of departure. My state (yes, state) was out of rapid tests, and I learned this 5 days prior to departure. The AU team stepped up big time and was able to get tests sent to us so that we could get the results prior to boarding our flight. The fishing experience was amazing, and everyone made us feel safe and cared for. These guys are awesome!
Written August 16, 2020
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jimwlakeforest
Lake Forest, CA33 contributions
Aug 2020
AU made the 2020 year a one to remember. First, they worked out all the other details that needed to be made like the sending a COVID test to my home and having the results done by the time we landed. All the hosts were great as expected and the owners Tom and Chuck daily asked about our trip. This was my 5th time with AU and what made it a lot of fun was watching my buddy land a 31 pound King Salmon. Captain DJ was great and fun to fish with. Always getting us on the fish. After 3 great days on the water and full boxes it was time to head back home. AU had all the fish all boxed up and ready for the trip home. I have my dates already set for August 2021.
Written January 12, 2021
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Kerrie H
Indianapolis, IN64 contributions
Aug 2021
The crew and the lodge were perfect. We would def go back and highly recommend it to everyone. We were fishing for one day and caught enough fish for 6 months. It was a beautiful area and a wonderful experience. Captain Jack was great about taking us to his fishing spots. We caught King Salmon, Halibut, and Cod. Captain Jack and his crew Zachary and Caden taught us a lot about fishing for Salmon and Halibut plus they were fun!
Written August 1, 2021
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jimwlakeforest
Lake Forest, CA33 contributions
May 2016 • Solo
From the first email to Kim asking some basic questions I was impressed. I was responded to immediately and she got me a spot on the Hook it and Cook it trip in May. was treated so well by everyone at AU from the pick up at the airport, check-in, hosts, captains, deckhands, and owners/captains Tom and Chuck were daily seeing that I was having a good time. Highly Recommend AU. Oh yea got my limits of Kings and a good variety of the other species.
Written May 19, 2016
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jimwlakeforest
Lake Forest, CA33 contributions
Aug 2018 • Family
The entire crew at AU was awesome. Captain Ryan and our Deckhand Zach were professional and friendly. They made sure we had a great trip. Despite the weather we had limits or near limits each day of our 3 day trip. The Salmon and Halibut were processed and ready for the ride home. This was my 2nd time with AU in 4 years and I have reserved my trip with them next year already. Simply the best in Sitka
Written August 11, 2018
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Lock-N-Load765
Coronado, CA29 contributions
Jul 2016 • Friends
The saying goes, "There's a reason it's called fishing and not catching." Of course that's to appease those anglers who spend a lot of time sitting around with rod in hand and not a lot to show for it at the end of the day. Well, I say if you book a fishing trip with Angling Unlimited (AU), you might as well call it shopping. As in, honey, I'm going to the store, what kind of fish would you like for dinner?

There are many families and friends who have been booking their annual trip to Alaska with AU for 20+ years. That says something. My wife and I were blessed to become part of our close friend's annual trip, this past year being our 4th with AU. We are also lucky enough to fish during the time of year when we’ve always landed both king salmon and silver salmon. The daily limits of halibut and rockfish are a regular occurrence as well, and we usually bring home a legal lingcod or two. If you’re lucky, as we have been in past years, you might get some black cod, pacific cod, sole and a variety of other species. Bottom line, chances are you will have yourself a deep freeze full of wild caught fish to eat for the rest of the year.

The entire staff does an amazing job coordinating the trip. The booking process with Kim is easy and the girls who will pick you up at the airport and get you settled into your room are always awesome. The folks in the office in Sitka are great and ready to help with anything you might want or need during the trip. There is no need for separate transportation as car will be made available for your use. The captains and deckhands are excellent. We’ve had Cpt. Chuck along with deckhand Sarah for most of our trips, and they make a great team. They are fantastic at getting you on fish, being safe, having fun and they truly enjoy doing their job. Our experience with other captains and deckhands has been equally positive; top notch across the board. The entire trip is wrapped up nicely when they deliver excellently processed and sub-zero temp frozen fish to the airport on the day of your departure.

I know this review gushes on about their operation; and everything I write is accurate. That said, it really is still fishing. Each day brings a new experience. Some days are slower than others, and the weather and seas in Alaska are dynamic, to say the least. Come with an open mind, be prepared for some changes along the way, follow your captain’s advice throughout the fishing day, and I believe you’ll have the trip of a lifetime.

Mooch on!!
Written August 4, 2016
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