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“Ketchikan Fishing”

Explore Alaska Charters, LLC
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Owner description: Saltwater Fishing Charters - Full Day trips for Salmon & Halibut, 1/2 Day Saltwater Charters for Cruise Ship Passengers, Fly Out Fly Fishing Trips in Misty Fjords National Monument, Self Guided Fishing Boat Rentals, and Private Beach House Lodging with a Private Dock
Reviewed August 30, 2012

This was our second trip to Rick's cabin on Pennock Island. We are do it yourself types, so we avoid the full service lodges. Risk's place provides a great setting, isolated but a 5 minute boat trip to the restaurants and shopping of Ketchikan. We love to get up and watch the cruise ship activity across the channel. Great evening views of the town. We have used both of his boats, but prefer the 22' Hewscraft. The cabins are centrally located so it's a fairly easy trip to wherever the fish might be, north or south. The only drawback is the distance to set the crab pots, although if one fishes that direction it's much easier. Rick provides charter service as well. I would highly recommend Explore Alaska Charters. Nobody can control what fish might be running, but the setting, accommodations and service are impeccable.

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Reviewed August 23, 2012

This place has it all. My buddies and I have been staying here for the past 5 years and will be back in 2013. Both Rick and his wife Bonnie are the greatest hosts and owners you could ask for. We have stayed in both their two and three bedroom homes which are immaculate and well maintained. We also like to do our own thing meaning we also rent one of Rick's 22ft boats and go fishing and crabbing without a captain or guide. This past season while the salmon fishing was a bit slow we got into some big Halibut one of which was over 100lbs which we released. If your looking for a fishing experience of a lifetime you can't go wrong here. You can either hire Rick to take you out on his charter boat or like us rent one of his two boats and guide yourselves.

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Reviewed August 22, 2012

We just returned from a great week of vacation in Alaska. Four adults and one 12 year old started day one with an awsome salmon and halibut trip on Rick Collins' charter. The rest of the week we were self guided on Ricks 22' Hewscraft and stayed in his rental house on Pennock Island. This was truly a trip of a lifetime for all of us. If you do go be sure to have Rick tell you about the elusive "Giant Flounder."

Thank Edward K
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Reviewed July 17, 2012

My husband and I have always wanted to go fishing in Alaska and our trip with Rick and his amazing deckhand was fantastic! We only had enough time for a 4 hour trip, but the time was well spent. In 4 hours Rick had us in a great fishing area where we were able to catch 12 fish and ended up being able to ship 9 of them back to Texas (one wasn't the right size and two mysteriously jumped off my line as I was about to haul them in!). The day was great and we would highly recommend fishing with Rick. We just received our 31 pounds of fillets and are thrilled with our haul in such a short time. Thanks Rick and we will definitely tell others about you!!! Tell Andy we said hi... we could see he is going to be a great fisherman too!

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Reviewed June 12, 2012

We are a group sportsmen from Wisconsin who have vacationed wirh Explore Alaska Charters for the last 5 years. Stayed in new 3 Bedroom cabin that has the most outstanding view of Ketchikan! Coffee in morning watching eagles, whales, cruise boats docking, fishermen cruising by.....that's just from the deck! We enjoy fishing, crabbing, site seeing, whale watching, crab boiling, salmon fishing, from the 22 ft Hewescraft. Highly recommend Explore Alaska Charters, first class accommodations, equipment, people!!

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Rick C, Owner at Explore Alaska Charters, LLC, responded to this reviewResponded June 19, 2012

Thank you very much for your review! Feedback from our clients is vital, as our ultimate goal is to assure that all clients have a memorable trip. Your business is very important to us and we look forward to seeing you every May! Thank you again.

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