There are some companies right at the pier, but it would be a good idea to have it pre-booked if you don't want to use the cruiseline's excursion. I think they need at least 6 to go, for cost reasons, etc. Not sure you want to wait until you get there and try to get on a charger, then you'd have to wait until they have enough people to take off.
Does anyone know why only 6 people can go on a boat at a time?
Thanks so much
I'm curious what kind of fishing you are planning to do. I used to work for a charter company and the max we could fit in a boat comfortably was 4 or 5 not including the captain. There was another company that took out large groups, 20 or more.. but they had very large boats and the clients would stand at the rail, drift, and in effect, jig for salmon or other fish. We called them vacuum cleaners. Just imagine the view under the boat, 20 or more hooked lines drifting along.
A much more effective way to fish salmon is to troll with downriggers. You would probably have a max of 4 lines in the water or risk tangling (but maybe they can sink more, I don't know). The captain would slowly run the boat across areas known to have a lot of fish and the clients then took turns on bringing in fish when there were strikes.
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May 1996 - Crown Princess SD to Vancouver
June 1996 - Crown Princess Anchorage to Vancouver
My husband went salmon fishing in Ketchikan and had a good time. There were 4 other would be fisherman in the boat.
After a couple of hours someone commented that no one was catching anything...the captain said it was because a pod of Orca's had come through and eaten their fill and scared the rest of the fish. Well...not sure that we actually bought that story...anyway, later my husband did manage to catch a small to medium size salmon, but he was the only one who caught anything that day.
I want you to know that was the most expensive salmon we've ever eaten! Counting the cost of the excursion, having a local company clean, freeze and ship the fish...it was $$$$...don't know if we want to do that again, although my husband is now thinking Halibut fishing. My only salvation will be that he doesn't catch anything....