My three sons and I had a great time fishing with True Alaskan Charters. We purchased the 5-6 hour "Combo Charter for Salmon & Halibut"
We were on the cruise ship Princess Star. The True Alaskan Charter folks met us at the cruise ship port and we walked a few feet to where the charter fishing boat was docked. You have to purchase a license for each person before you leave the dock. It took 15-20 minutes to complete all the paperwork. A previous reviewer complained about this, but the guys worked as fast as they could and it is about the same as other fishing trips we have been on.
You begin the excursion from a port and this is a no wake zone. We were fishing within 20 minutes or so after leaving the port. Our captain lives year round in Ketchikan. He had all his favorite spots marked via GPS.
We caught lots of fish. We caught our limit of halibut. We shipped home 38 pounds of cleaned filets. The folks at Cedars Lodge cleaned, packed and shipped the fish to us.
A previous post complained about the snacks. They have a little cooler with water & soft drinks along with small packages of chips & crackers. This was all we needed.
The boat is a good size for four. We had plenty of room. The captain also serves as mate. This arrangement worked great for our group. I am sure you could request (and pay for) a mate if you want....
We paid $197 per person including tax (excluding the licenses). We found it to be a good value!
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