Wild Alaska Sportfishing Cruise - SE Alaska
Halibut and all Five Species of Salmon
You’ll fish the calm and sheltered waters of Frederick Sound, Stephens Passage, and Chatham Strait, the heart of the Inside Passage. Cruise through the Tongass Rainforest, the largest national forest in the United States. Each day offers new and exciting fishing opportunities. View glaciers, humpback and killer whales, sea lions, and bears while enjoying some of the best fishing in Alaska. Maximum of eight anglers per week, 4-anglers per boat and guide. Larry Csonka refers to Wild Alaska as “...the most unique sportfishing operation in Alaska.”
Halibut and all Five Species of Salmon
Aboard the Perseverance, each day offers new and exciting fishing opportunities. Because they're mobile, they follow the fish to keep you on the fish! Typically,
the mothership relocates each day to a new and secluded moorage while you are out fishing. After fishing, you'll return to the mothership, where the crew fillets, vacuum packs, and flash freezes the fish you choose to take back home. Their chef cooks up the catch of the day for an all-you-can-eat feast.
Halibut: Jigging for Halibut has proven so successful it’s the only way they fish for them. Whenever possible, they fish shallow water for these Pacific monsters making the fight even more exhilarating. When fishing for Halibut and bottom fish, they use 7’ “speed” jigging rods coupled with lightweight PENN 310 line-counter reels spooled with 30 lb microfiber line. They jig with only lightweight butterfly and knife jigs. Using this system will give you the fight of your life, even with 20-to 30-pound fish. Occasionally, halibut more than 200, even 300 lbs, are landed on these light rigs. September has some of the best fishing of the year for coho, halibut, and lingcod.
Salmon fishing typically involves trolling using downriggers, however, lead weights, or deep divers are often employed to reach fish just below the surface. Sometimes, mooching or even jigging will be the method of the day for catching salmon. Typically, they use light trolling or level wind reels coupled with long (10’6) medium weight rods or, for even more excitement, saltwater fly reels.
Fishing Facts and Whale Watching
Captains: The Perseverance has two captains that are USCG certified for 200-ton vessels. They are in charge of navigation and engineering. The vessel also has two USCG-certified captains for guided fishing and wildlife viewing.
Boats: Custom-built 26' Wooldridge aluminum boats with Yamaha 4-stroke outboard motors. Boats are equipped with Lowrance HDS-10 big-screen color sonar and GPS chart plotter. All compulsory USCG safety is onboard, including VHF radios and GPS location devices.
Skiffs: Each evening, the liveaboard anchors in a quiet and secluded cove or bay holding bottom fish, salmon, or both. Two 17’ North River skiffs with 50-HP four-stroke engines and two 13’ Smoker Craft skiffs with 15-HP four-stroke engines are available for you to use (self-guided). Skiffs are fully equipped with all USCG safety equipment and are great for fly casting, jigging, or just exploring.
Methods: Jigging, casting, or fly fishing. Target salmon, halibut, rockfish, and lingcod. If you are interested in saltwater fly fishing, they have special dates for these trips.
Fishing Equipment: High-quality saltwater tackle and bait are provided. They supply rigged rods, reels and flies to those who don’t wish to bring their own fly gear.
Group Size: Maximum of eight anglers per week, 4:1 guest to guide ratio.
Guides: The Perseverance has a six-member, well-trained and friendly crew.
Activities Include: Crabbing, shrimping, clamming, stream fishing, bear watching, kayaking, hot springs, photography, and whale watching.
Where They Fish:Wild Alaska’s fishing area covers an area extending from north of Juneau, extending south to near Ketchikan and from the mainland west to Sitka, covering all of central, southeast Alaska. Expect to fish the waters of Stephens Passage, Frederick Sound, North and South Chatham Straight, Sumner Straight, and all the bays, inlets, and coves along the way. This is the single most extensive range of any fishing operation in Alaska.
The MV Perseverance
Family-friendly trips are limited to 8-guests.
All of Wild Alaska's vessels participate in the 5-Star Safety Program. The 90-foot Perseverance is fully equipped with stabilizers. It's 26-foot beam ensures a steady, a comfortable ship for cruising the inlets and passages of Alaska. Powered by two 350 HP Cummins diesel engines, three Cummins generators, and carrying 15,000 gallons of fuel and 7,000 gallons of freshwater, the Perseverance can cruise for 7,500 miles non-stop and produce all the electricity necessary.
The Perseverance has over 3,000 square feet of living space, sporting four decks. Below deck are four spacious staterooms, two queen-size and two with bunk beds. All rooms have a shower, sink, and toilet. A third bunk accompanies the queen rooms for the inclusion of a child or third person. In the lounge area, watch a DVD on the flatscreen or plug-in and see your latest photos.
Meals: Hearty breakfasts. Appetizers and cocktails in the evenings and the freshest sushi in the world. Gourmet dinners are served with wine and feature fresh fish and seafood, thick steaks, grilled halibut, and desserts such as Crème brûlée and homemade ice cream. Their chef caters to special diets.
Weekly Trips: Embark from Juneau or Petersburg. Both cities offer the flavor of small-town Alaska with the convenience of transfers and access to shopping.
Getting to the Liveaboard:
Depending on your week, you will either fly to Juneau or Petersburg. You'll need to stay the night at a hotel. In the morning, a member of the lodge staff will pick you up from your hotel and drive you to the Perseverance, about a ten-minute drive. Airfare and hotels are not included in the package. Our confirmation packet lists a number of recommended hotels.
A Typical Fishing Day:
7:00 a.m. The chef prepares a hot breakfast as well as a box lunch and snacks for you.
8:00 a.m. The guide boats head out for a full day of guided fishing and wildlife viewing.
5:00 p.m. You’ll return to the Perseverance and a new moorage. Take photos of the day’s catch, watch the crew clean and pack your fish, and enjoy appetizers and a cocktail while the chef prepares dinner.
7:00 p.m. Dinner is served on the deck. After dinner, feel free to relax on the deck, go kayaking, take out one of the 15-foot skiffs for some unguided fishing, or just hang out.
6-nights and 7-days
(5.5-days guided fishing) $6,650.00 per person
5-nights and 6-days
(4.5-days guided fishing) $6,650.00 per person
Organize a party of 8 for group and family discounts.
Children age 5 and under are free. Children age 6 to 15 receive a 50% discount when staying in their parent’s or guardian’s stateroom.
Roundtrip ground transfers from your hotel to the liveaboard, double-occupancy rooms aboard the Perseverance, guided fishing, use of high-quality saltwater fishing equipment and tackle, use of fly fishing gear, bait, all meals, lunches, soft drinks, wine, mixers, use of skiffs and kayaks, use of rain gear and knee-high boots, and fish care packed in 50-pound wet-lock boxes.