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“Excellent Charter”

Avid Angler Charters
Reviewed July 25, 2013

We recently booked a charter with Larry and Avid Anglers. We arrived in Ketchikan on a cruise ship. Larry met us at the dock and took us to his boat. He knew where the fish were, and we were catching them in no time. He has very good equipment, as is very helpful. When we were done, he took us back to the dock, and handled taking the fish to the processor and arranged for processing and shipping. I would highly recommend Larry and Avid Anglers for your fishing trip in Ketchikan.

1  Thank Don B
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Reviewed July 24, 2013

The boat is a little older, but it doesn't matter because you don't go out very far to fish. We stayed within 100 yards of shore most of the time, and could see town and the cruise ship also. Because of this there is about zero chance of getting sea sick. The water is very calm.
We caught fish, and had them shipped home. Seemed expensive, but after checking the prices at the store, we found that it's actually less expensive and tastes better than store bought fish. The fillets are bright red/orange compared to store bought. I highly recommend fishing while you're in Ketchikan. The fishing boat dock is right next to the cruise ship.

1  Thank derekfap
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

Larry is an "Avid Angler"! We booked a charter for six with Larry and it was a wonderful experience! Some of us had no experience fishing from a boat and Larry was very helpful, professional and FUN!
His equipment is state of the art and functional. He also has snacks, beverages and anything you could ask for!
If I could go back again tomorrow I would!
Thanks Larry for the experience of a lifetime!

1  Thank Carrie B
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Reviewed July 18, 2013

Avid Angler is the charter company you want when you fish in Ketchikan!!! We were crusing with friends who had booked the charter with Larry. Larry was extremely professional and punctual, calling us from the dock to let us know he was ready. We walked off the gangplank and boarded his boat. The fishing waters were only a few minutes downstream. We spent 6 glorious hours pulling in fish after fish. He provides all the necessary tackle. We landed a variety of Pink, Silver and King salmon (24 in total for the four of us). It is trolling, which is how you fish for salmon in this waterway. At one time, we had four fish on the four lines. Larry was a master at juggling people and landing fish. It was very exciting!

He takes care of transferring your fish to the processing house. He has all the necessary forms. The fish are filleted, and you have a choice of smoking them. The fillets are vacuum packed, put on dry ice and delivered to your home on the date you specify. 24 pounds of fish were delivered to us (Coastal North Carolina) after we returned home from the cruise and that night we ate salmon. It tasted fabulous, like it was caught that hour. Shipping & processing ended up being a bit less than $10 per pound.

He provided bottled water and filling oatmeal cookies. There was an adequate restroom facility onboard. After our fishing tour was complete, he took us back to the same dock where our cruise ship was (the same place he had picked us up.)

Your shoes and clothes have a good chance of getting bloody. Pack accordingly.

We had the time of our lives. If we're ever in Ketchikan again, you'll find us aboard Avid Angler's boat!! I highly recommend Larry, you will not be disappointed.

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Reviewed August 29, 2012

The previous reviews mirror our experience with Larry, which took place August 16th when we arrived via the Golden Princess. Much more economical than the one offered by the cruise line and I can't imagine having a better time. Larry's goal was to make sure everyone was taken care of and caught fish! My husband and I caught 9 pinks and Larry arranged for them to be processed and shipped home. We are fishing enthusiasts and salmon fishing was very different from our fishing in Florida. Thanks, Larry. You make us want to come back to Alaska just to fish with you again.

1  Thank esser83
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