My father-in-law and I got setup with Rainbow Tours through our fishing lodge for 2 - 1/2 day halibut fishing trips. This was our first time to Alaska and we were not sure what to expect. When we arrived check in was very easy. We told them who we were, they told us what boat we were on and where to get on it. When we first got on the boat, one of the deck hands on the Jackpot was sounding like we weren't going to do very well because the tides were really massive and fishing might be pretty rough. I don't know if this is to get everyones hopes down just to bring them up and beyond expectations when everyone limits out!? Needless to say we were very bummed at first. It takes about 1.5 hours to get to the fishing hole, so most of the time is spent watching the deckhands prepare the poles or watching for wildlife. We were pretty lucky both times we went out when we were looking for wildlife. We saw orcas, humpback whales, sea otters and dolphins. Upon arriving at the fishing hole we were given a pole and told to move down the sides of the boat and drop the line until it hits the bottom. The current was really ripping so naturally everyones line headed to the back of the boat. Luckily we had very few tangles. Almost immediately people had fish on and everybody caught their limit, even the captain and crew got in on the action. So much for rough fishing!! In the 2 days that we fished we were put on both the Jackpot and the Sizzler. Both the crews and captains were very professional and did everything they could to get us on fish. Although the fish were smaller they are still pretty tough to reel in. We limited out both times. The weather was really good when we were on the boats and the waves were minimal. If I have any gripes, it would be the amount of people on the boat and the size of the Sizzler v.s people on it. From what I had heard and saw almost all the charters had tons of people on them so no big deal. Overall I give them 2 thumbs up for great customer service and would highly recommend them because of my experience.
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