Where do I meet the boat?
Hope is docked at Pier E, Slip E42 in the Seward Alaska Boat Harbor. If you show up early and the boat isn’t in its slip, don’t worry! We’re at the fuel dock. Go grab a coffee and rest assured we’ll be back on time to load up for departure.
How many people do you take?
Our boat is Coast Guard certified for 21 people, but we limit most of our trips to just 12. Hope has a LOA of 45 feet and passengers are able to fish all the way around our deck. You can fish with less people on a 6 pack charter — but with us you’ll have considerably more room.
Overnight charters are limited to 6 guests.
Will we catch any fish?
We will sure do our best! Sometimes we miss a limit, but most of the time we’re successful.
What kind of fish will we catch?
We generally fish for silver salmon (coho) and halibut. Often we’ll hook up to rockfish or lingcod, and we’ll occasionally get the rare pink or even king salmon.
How big are the fish caught aboard Hope?
Our largest sport caught halibut weighed in at 274 lbs and measured 6' 7".
The average sport caught halibut in Alaska is around 23 lbs.
Silver salmon range from 5-12 lbs during June through mid July, and from 8-19 lbs July through September.
Where can I get an Alaska fishing license?
The best place in Seward to purchase an Alaska fishing license is at the Fish House, a tackle and outfitting store across the street from the Seward boat harbor. You can also purchase fishing licenses online from the Alaska Department of Fish & Game.
What about the fish we catch?
Whatever you catch within your limit is yours. We’ll bleed and ice the fish immediately upon landing and our deckhand will fillet them for you. Once ashore, we will take the catch to be processed, and the options you’ll have are vacuum packing, blast freezing, or shipping to a specific destination. We recommend Captain Jacks for their quality and for your convenience.
What kind of fishing tackle do we use?
We utilize some of the finest tackle available, including G Loomis rods for salmon with Shimmano Tekota 600 reels and Lamiglas rods with AVET Pro two-speed reels for halibut. We supply all the appropriate bait and tackle.
Is it safe?
Safety is our top priority! The captain has a USCG 100 ton Masters license which ensures that he has passed rigorous standards set by the Coast Guard. Our boat, Hope, also undergoes a yearly USCG inspection to ensure that we meet all the safety requirements necessary and carry all the appropriate gear to transport passengers. That Certificate of Inspection (COI) is then posted on the boat as proof that we’ve met those federal requirements.
Will I get seasick?
We sure hope not! Most people don’t get seasick, however, even gentle swells will sometimes bring it on. If you think you might be susceptible, the best option is preventative treatment. If you intend to take over the counter medicine, our advice is take it early, don’t wait until you start feeling ill. Hyland’s Motion Sickness is our favorite formula, and can be found at your local pharmacy or health food store. Fine for use even after you’ve begun feeling awful, homeopathic remedies have no side effects and are totally safe to be taken with other medications.
What should I bring?
This will slightly vary depending on which trip you are taking, but here’s a pretty good starting point. If you have additional questions as to what you should or shouldn’t bring along — don’t hesitate to reach out!
An Alaska Fishing License may be purchased online from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.
Please bring a lunch for fishing charters—lunch is provided on Sightseeing tours, our Fish & Fjord, and private day charters. Meals are prepared onboard for overnight trips.
A reusable water bottle. We have filtered water on board and do our best to reduce our plastic waste — no single use plastic water bottles please!
Rain gear and boots or shoes that can get wet
Clothes that can be layered for warmth
Wetsuit or drysuit if you’re kayaking, surfing, or SUPing
Camera and/or binoculars
We provide all the tackle, but you are welcome to bring your own
Do you ever cancel trips?
We try not to. Our priorities are your safety and comfort, and the safety of our crew and vessel. We fish in all weather conditions, however, if the forecasted weather or sea conditions indicate that it will be too nasty for you to enjoy your outing, or if any unsafe scenario dictates non-departure, we will happily refund the cost of your charter reservation with us. The coffee will be on us.
What is a carbon credit and why am I being charged for it?
A carbon credit is a financial unit of measurement that represents the removal of one tonne (1,000 kg or 2,205 lbs.) of carbon from the atmosphere. Carbon is warming the planet to unsustainable levels and temperatures will only keep rising unless we do something about it. Alaska’s sea ice is at an all time low, we’re setting record breaking temperatures, and that all has a tremendous impact on what we do and the way we live. We purchase carbon credits through cooleffect.org to offset the fuel we burn on our trips by charging a minimal fee for each fare when passengers book. The project we support protects an old growth spruce forest on the North Coast of Afognak Island in Alaska. It will sequester about 1.5 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalents over its 30-year life. The project “protects unlogged forests that would be logged in the absence of carbon finance.”
Do I tip?
Our crew work extremely hard to ensure you have a fun and successful trip. Tipping is not required, but it is welcome and extremely appreciated.