Fishing trips can range from a few hours to several days, depending on the package you choose. Generally, one-day trips last around eight to ten hours, while extended trips can last up to three days. The longer you stay out, the more likely you are to catch something. For those who aren't used to being on boats, a full day can be quite long.
Fishing charters usually offer half-day (four hours), three-quarter day (six hours), and full-day (eight hours) packages. It often takes more than an hour to reach the best fishing grounds, so a half-day trip may not be enough time to actually fish. While you can catch fish anywhere, even near the harbor, you're more likely to get a good catch if you opt for a six or eight-hour charter. If the fish are biting and you're catching them all day, the time will fly by.
However, if you're just shaking the canal without any luck, it can be a long day. A regular six-hour trip will usually take you up to 15 miles from the coast. This is far enough to reach many fishing spots and reefs. After Hurricane Sally, some of these spots were buried in sand or lost entirely.
If you don't have your own fishing equipment, most charter services will provide you with all the necessary rods and gear. Saltwater fishing trips usually last between two and four days, while freshwater trips can range from three to seven days. The southeastern side of Alaska is a popular spot for saltwater fishing and cruise trips. Since each charter service specializes in a particular style of fishing, it's important to consider your target species and other factors before booking your trip.
Many boats also offer catering options, so make sure to check the details when booking your charter. July is usually the best month for fishing in Alaska since many species peak during this time. Fishing is one of the most popular recreational activities in the world due to its different methods, species, and fun factor.