Fishing with All In Charters

Good sport fishing isn't hard to find in Alaska. In fact, in this land of 3,000 rivers, 3 million lakes and 6,640 miles of coastline, a sport fisher’s greatest challenge can be deciding where to get started. From an angler's perspective, Alaska is enormous; fishing it all would require one to cast across a million acres of streams, lakes and water-lapped shorelines every day for a full year. Think of it as the old anglers' quandary – so much water, so many fish, so little time – but on a wilder, grander scale.

Alan & Leslie have fished the Kenai River, Homer, Seward, Ketchikan, Juneau, Sitka, Kodiak and many points in between. We prefer the Inside Passage and the Wrangell Island area for a number of reasons. First because we know the area well and have had great success. Secondly because it is not overrun with Charter boats or cruise ships. It is common to be in a favorite fishing spot and be all alone to not only catch fish but also to enjoy the splendor of the area in complete solitude and marvelous quiet.

Below you will find a brief description of the five salmon species in which we love to target.

King (Chinook): These are the granddaddies of salmon and one of the most prized catches. The largest of the Pacific wild salmon, kings are valued for their rich flavor and firm texture as well as their massive size the record weight for a sport caught king is 97 pounds. The Wrangell King Salmon Derby runs a month long usually mid May to Mid June. More information can be found on the Wrangell Chamber of Commerce Website.

Red (Sockeye): Another highly valued Pacific salmon, reds are not as large as kings but have a rich, deep color and a high oil content. Flavorful and beautiful, red salmon present well on the plate and their density makes them a favorite for sushi. This fish also pairs well with other strong flavors.

Silver (Coho): Silver salmon are another favored wild salmon. Aggressive and fast, these smaller fish (averaging 10 pounds) congregate at the mouths of rivers to wait for appropriate weather or high tide. They are popular with sport fishermen, and their meat is also prized. Silver salmon’s flesh is more orange than red, and it has a mild flavor, with the firm flesh that is typical of the top three types of Alaska wild salmon. It is a favorite for grilling and canning.

Pink (Humpy): Pale in color and light in texture, the pink salmon has a low fat content compared to kings, reds and silvers. It is the smallest of the five Pacific salmon, averaging 3 to 5 pounds, and the most abundant, so it is easily caught and processed. Pinks are usually canned and sold in Europe and the South, and big blocks of the meat are also shipped to China. Pinks are an excellent source of protein.

Chum (Dog): The least desirable of the five Pacific salmon, chum have the lowest market value and are often sold to foreign markets. Though they are not as firm and rich as king, red or silver salmon, chum are nonetheless an excellent source of protein and have enough oil to be versatile in cooking. In fact, many believe that chum have a bad rap. At the least, chum are clearly better than farmed salmon. If caught in the ocean and processed well, chum can make a tasty, lightly-flavored dish. Chum’s roe (eggs) are also the most valuable of all the Pacific salmon, and they are often caught for the roe alone. These fish are also marketed as “silver bright.”

HALIBUT

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All in Charters will gladly take you prospecting for side swimming halibut. We have a five angler IPHC charter halibut permit which allows us to legally fish these federally controlled fish, the regulations are as follows:

The IPHC (International Pacific Halibut Commission) has released our halibut regulations for Areas 2C (SE Alaska).

AREA 2C (South East Alaska)
One fish daily bag limit
Reverse slot limit of under 43″ – Over 80” (so you may keep one halibut per day, and it must be under about 37 lbs or over about 276.5 lbs).

While these regulations may seem very restricted, and easy to get caught up in the politics of restrictions or the changes affecting our halibut fishery, it is our greatest hope that these restrictions and regulations are positive on the future of the resource and the economy of Alaska.

All In Charters will do our very best to hook you up with halibut that will meet these regulations and can send you home with this delicious tasting fish that you will enjoy with your friends and family.

Some Fun Halibut Trivia:

Pacific halibut are the largest flatfish in Family Pleuronectidae. They are flattened laterally, and swim sideways, with one side facing down and the other facing up. The upper side is typically gray to brown, or nearly black, with mottling and numerous spots to blend in with a sandy or muddy bottom. The underside is typically white. Virtually all halibut are right-eyed, meaning both eyes are found on the upper, dark side of the body. Left-eyed halibut are rare; one report suggested a ratio of about 1 in 20,000.

The scales are quite small and buried in the skin, making the skin appear smooth. The tail is broad, symmetrical, and lacks a distinct fork. The lateral line is strongly arched over the pectoral fin. The maximum reported size is over 8 feet in length and over 500 pounds.

No world record, but in July of 2014 seventy-seven year old Jack McGuire from California landed a 482-pound halibut north of us near Gustavus, AK.

To date, the oldest recorded female halibut is 42 years, and the oldest male, 27 years. Many large halibut have been landed on a sport reel in and around Wrangell. In June 2003 466 beauty was recorded near Petersburg a mere 47.6 miles to the north.

You may make reservations by e-mail info@allincharterswrangell.com, from the website or by calling 907-874-3225.

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