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“Great Day in the San Juans”
Review of Highliner Charters

Highliner Charters
Ranked #3 of 14 Tours in Anacortes
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Owner description: Guided salmon and bottom fishing charter trips in the beautiful San Juan Islands of Washington State. There is no way to describe the excitement of putting folks on their first king salmon, giant lingcod, or huge halibut. The smile is from ear to ear, you can almost see their hearts pounding through their chests, and their hands shake for an hour afterward in response to the adrenaline. The stories get told, and the memories last a life time.
Bellingham, Washington
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5 reviews
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“Great Day in the San Juans”
Reviewed July 17, 2013

We booked with Highliner on a local referral (we live in Western WA). We fished the 3rd or 4th day of the Pink Salmon bite of 2013 and the opening day of the Dungeness Crab season with Highliner. Capt. Tyler knew where to drop the crab traps on the way out and where to find the pinks near San Juan Island. As a bonus, we got to both troll and jig (on lighter tackle) for salmon and got to see a pod of orcas. Our party limited on both salmon and crab! Highliner got us out on time, got us on top of the fish/crab, and treated us well: a great day on the water!

Visited July 2013
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Bellingham, Washington, United States
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5 reviews
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“A GREAT family trip!”
Reviewed July 15, 2013

We went out on July 5th with Capt Brett & Capt Austin. They were AWESOME! Not only did the people in our family who actually knew what they were doing catch Salmon.... but the green horns did as well. Brett and Austin were very knowledgeable about where to be and which lures to use and had all the gear you could want. From the moment we met his daughter at the dock to when we were heading home - Highliner Charters made us feel welcome. We couldn't have had a better time. One of my daughters had never been out on a boat fishing....she followed Brett's instructions & she landed the first (& largest) Salmon of the day. Her sister helped her land her 2nd. Both son in-laws landed Salmon. Austin was great with grandson, Drew. Not only did he land his own fish, but Austin trained him in on setting the depth on the lines, making it a Great memory for him (he's 6 1/2). I was a little wary of bringing the youngest of our family, Harley... but I shouldn't have been. Capt Brett was perfect with her, let her drive the boat, lots of hugs & she landed a dogfish shark. (Harley is almost 4). Overall it was a trip of a lifetime. Thank-you Brett & Austin.

Visited July 2013
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Lake Stevens, Washington, United States
1 review
“Humpies are In-Kings are there too! What a day”
Reviewed July 14, 2013

Captain Brett is one of the best charter captains out there. He makes you want to come back with his great customer service and knowledge of the San Juan area fishery. We were fortunate enough to hit the first full fledge day of Humpy fishing for 2013. Could not keep them off our lines, got a few kings too. By 9 a.m. We were playing catch and release. If you want to catch fish with someone who loves to fish and has a great attitude, Highliner charters is the way to go. Fishing and weather was awesome.

Visited July 2013
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La Conner, Washington
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4 reviews
“Ling Cod fishing”
Reviewed July 8, 2013

Very knowledgeable skippers-knew the waters and where the fish were. We got Ling Cod and greenlings. Will be going out with them again for salmon later this month with guests from Ireland who have never fished for salmon.

Visited June 2013
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Anacortes, Washington
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53 reviews
13 attraction reviews
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“Blackmouth Salmon Fishing December 29, 2012”
Reviewed June 18, 2013

My daughter, her husband, and my wife and I had the pleasure of a fishing charter with Capt. Brett Rosson in the cool winter just before New Years out in the San Juan Islands navigating through the intermittent stronger winds! Within the first hour we caught two Blackmouth (about 10-15 pounds each). Very knowledgeable and experienced captain. We had a terrific time in the midst of winter. We're signed up for another this coming July. This is a terrific experience so we're inviting our other daughter and her husband this second time for the Kings this time. Would recommend this for everyone. In the Islands the water is sheltered and the pilots know where to fish as the tides and winds change.

Visited December 2012
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