Top Rods Guide Service - Sooke

When it comes down to the finest Salmon and Halibut fishing right at your doorstep, Top Rods Guide Service is your number one choice.

Explore the clear waters of Vancouver Island. The area needs no introduction: it is blessed with some of the hottest fishing grounds and honey holes on the west coast. You can test your angling skills, learn a new technique, and come back to shore with your ice chest full of outstanding catches. You will be able to go for bottom fishing, jigging, and trolling. Those tried-and-true methods produce the best results.

With Top Rods Guide Service, you can enjoy a year-round opportunity to fight with Chinook Salmon, huge Halibut, and even Cod. Capt. Al will provide you with all the necessary rods, reels, tackle, live bait, and lures for your trip.

Top Rods Guide Service will take you out aboard a 26’ Northwest Aluminum fishing. This boat comes powered by a 300 HP Mercury engine and a kicker motor to get you to the grounds quickly and safely. The boat is fitted with an ice-box for the catch, along with a trolling motor, outriggers, and top-notch electronics.

Capt. Al caters to anglers of all skill levels and can accommodate even younger fishermen. Bring your kids with you and show them the prolific waters of Vancouver Island.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $565
    This trip will take you fishing up to 15 miles out for the likes of huge Pacific Halibut or Chinook Salmon. Don't forget to purchase a fishing license and bring your own food and drinks.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $424
    This six-hour trip allows you to spend more time and check more productive spots. You will be targeting Pacific Halibut or Chinook Salmon, depending on the season. Everything will be provided but drinks, food, and licenses.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    In demand! Last booked: 4 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $353
    This morning trip will take you fishing for wild Pacific Salmon or huge Halibut, depending on the season. Everything will be provided but food, drinks, and licenses.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    In demand! Last booked: 1 day ago
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 12:30 PM
    $353
    This is a five-hour afternoon trip for up to 6 anglers. You will be fishing out of Sooke for Salmon or Halibut, depending on the season. Rods, reels, tackle, bait, and lures are included in the price.
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About the Captain

Al Kennedy
Sooke, British Columbia, Canada
Angler's Choice
85 Customer Reviews
Response time 4 hours
Member since June 2017
Captain Al Kennedy has been fishing and guiding for the past 3 decades. Al especially loves the fact that he gets to work outdoors. He enjoys introducing his clients and friends to those productive waters and showing them all the beauty of the surrounding nature. Capt. Al simply loves when his customers catch fish, especially when it's Halibut and Salmon. Those two offer the best fight!

About this listing

Targeted Species

Cod Cod
Crab Crab
Halibut Halibut
Salmon (Chinook) Salmon (Chinook)

Salmon (Chum) Salmon (Chum)
Salmon (Coho) Salmon (Coho)
Salmon (Pink) Salmon (Pink)
Salmon (Sockeye) Salmon (Sockeye)

Boat Specs

Northwest (Aluminum fishing) originally built in 2016. Powered by a 300HP Mercury engine.

Length
26 ft
Capacity
5 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Jigging

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Bed
Wireless Trolling Motor
Outriggers
Ice Box
Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Bed
Wireless Trolling Motor
Outriggers

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 7 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 7 days before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.

Listing Policies

Pickup agreed upon reservation
Transfer to/from departure site may be available and included in price depending on your location and distance from the dock.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 10% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:
Cash
Visa
Mastercard
American Express

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 2% fee.

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Customer Reviews

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Friendly captain
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Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
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Thomas S. P.
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Half day trip with Captain Al

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on August 11, 2021
We spent the morning on Reel Excitement with Captain Al. None of us had ever been on a charter like this before so didn’t...
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Full day trip

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on July 2, 2021
What an amazing trip with Al! We had a crazy fun full day trip and caught lots of coho and 1 pink. Hoped for a halibut but...
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Sooke, British Columbia
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VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip (AM) on August 31, 2021
Great family experience with Captain Al! He was very personable and welcoming from the get go. He worked real hard to get us...
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Annie T.
Duncan, British Columbia
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Full day fishing trip with Al

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on July 28, 2021
It was our first time fishing in Canada and Al had been really resourceful and helpful.  We communicated details before the...
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Day Trip with Captain Al

VERIFIED   NEW  Full Day Trip on August 28, 2021
We had a great day with Captain Al.  Al is very knowledgeable about the area and had a very active day with the highlight...
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FAQs about Top Rods Guide Service - Sooke

Top Rods Guide Service - Sooke offers the following trips to customers:
  • CA $450 per group, additional CA $50 per person after 4 guests - Half Day Trip (AM) (5 hours)
  • CA $450 per group, additional CA $50 per person after 4 guests - Half Day Trip (PM) (5 hours)
  • CA $540 per group, additional CA $50 per person after 4 guests - 3/4 Day Trip (6 hours)
  • CA $720 per group, additional CA $50 per person after 4 guests - Full Day Trip (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Top Rods Guide Service - Sooke, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • GPS (Garmin)
  • Fishfinder (Garmin)
  • Bed
  • Wireless Trolling Motor
  • Outriggers
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Top Rods Guide Service - Sooke include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures

Top Rods Guide Service - Sooke offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing (Up to 15 miles)

Top Rods Guide Service - Sooke offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Jigging

Top targeted fish species with Top Rods Guide Service - Sooke include:
  • Cod
  • Crab
  • Halibut
  • Salmon (Chinook)
  • Salmon (Chum)
  • Salmon (Coho)
  • Salmon (Pink)
  • Salmon (Sockeye)