Gotta Fish Charters offers you the chance to enjoy some of the best fishing in the whole of Alaska. Fish the deep, clear waters around the Kenai Peninsula for monster Halibut and King Salmon worthy of the crown.

The Kenai Peninsula is widely-recognised as the best place to target Pacific Halibut on the planet, and Gotta Fish Charters guys have the boats, the gear, and the know-how to get you on the best and biggest out there!

You will be fishing aboard one of two 31’ North River fishing boats. This style of boat sees use across the state and has become an iconic sight during Alaska’s fleeting summer charter season. The vessels feature masses of fishing space, a rock-steady build, and plenty of room below deck to relax and unwind after tough fights.

When targeting Halibut, you will be dropping baits and jigs into Captain Al’s favorite holes. Where you fish depends on the weather and how serious you are about catching huge fish. The Kenai Peninsula is known as “Halibut Fishing Capital of the World”, though, so they’ll be pretty big wherever you are!

Salmon fishing focuses on slow-trolling and mooching, dragging lures and baits behind the boat to tease ferocious King Salmon onto your hooks. Book in for a combo trip, and you can target both these species on one day to bring in the best variety of fish!

Captain Al can arrange every part of your trip for you, from helping you book accommodation to transporting you down to the beach for launch. At the end of the trip, he will clean, fillet, freeze, and vacuum pack all your catch so it makes it home just as fresh as it came out of the ocean.

All trips are tailored to the goals and needs of each group. Your trip may end up being shorter or longer than stated depending on what the focus is on the day. One thing’s for sure - you won’t be heading home without some seriously tasty fish!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip - Combo Trip
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - May 31
    $1,494
    Head out in search of the two most important fish in Alaska. Troll and drift for monster King Salmon and bottom fish and jig for huge Halibut. Please bear in mind that Halibut cannot be harvested on Tuesdays or Wednesdays. There are always plenty of Salmon, though!
  • Shared trip
    Full Day Trip - Halibut - June Only
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jun 1 - Jun 30 (Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun)
    $588
    Head out to some of the best Halibut grounds on the planet to target these monster flatfish on a full day angling extravaganza. The length of the trip depends on the fishing and the group. Sometimes the fish bite quickly and you head home a little early, sometimes you're out until dusk to make sure you land a real Barn Door Halibut!
  • Shared trip
    Full Day Trip - Halibut (Aug-Sept)
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Aug 21 - Sep 10 (Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun)
    $588
    Spend the whole day out targeting monster Halibut in the remote reaches of Cook Inlet and the Gulf of Alaska. The length of the trip depends on how quickly you find fish and whether you're after trophies or just some tasty eating
  • Shared trip
    Full Day Trip - Combo Trip
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - May 31
    $536
    Head out in search of the two most important fish in Alaska. Troll and drift for monster King Salmon and bottom fish and jig for huge Halibut. Please bear in mind that Halibut cannot be harvested on Tuesdays or Wednesdays. There are always plenty of Salmon, though!
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About the Captain

Al Henderson
Ninilchik, Alaska, United States
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30 Customer Reviews
Response time 9 hours
Member since January 2018
Captains Al Henderson and Al Sherman have been fishing over 40 years between them. Both guides bring a lifetime of fishing experience to every trip and will work with you to make sure you enjoy the best Alaska has to offer. Both Als run their trips with a love and joy for the sport in a magical place of epic fishing. In the words of Capt. Al Henderson: "I can't do calculus, I can't play the guitar, but I can fish. I love it and I'm good at it, that's why I do it!."

About this listing

Targeted Species

Halibut Halibut
Salmon (Chinook) Salmon (Chinook)

Boat Specs

North River (Offshore sport fishing) originally built in 2015. Powered by 2 150HP Yamaha engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 36 knots.

Length
31 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Offshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
First Mate

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 30 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 30 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
Checks

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 3.5% fee.

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Customer Reviews

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Appropriate for children
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VERIFIED   Full Day Trip - Combo Trip on May 10, 2021
Straight and to the real world answers of what’s bitting. Nice and vary categorized to children on the boat. Stay out nearly...
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June Halibut

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip - Halibut - June Only on June 14, 2021
Had a awesome trip.  Al is an great captain, knowledgeable, friendly, and his personality fit right in with our group.  Plus...
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VERIFIED   Full Day Trip - Halibut - June Only on June 10, 2021
Knowledgeable of fishing areas and expectations when out fishing. Very helpful with first time fishers but also let you drop...
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Halibut charter with captain Al

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip - Halibut - June Only on June 11, 2021
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FAQs about Gotta Fish Charters

Gotta Fish Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $268 per person - Full Day Trip - Combo Trip (8 hours)
  • $294 per person - Full Day Trip - Halibut (Aug-Sept) (8 hours)
  • $294 per person - Full Day Trip - Halibut - June Only (8 hours)
  • $1,494 per group - Full Day Trip - Combo Trip (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Gotta Fish Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet (Screened-off porta potty.)
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well

Trips booked with Gotta Fish Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (Quality Penn rods and Finor reels.)
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting (Freezing and vacuum packing available.)
  • First Mate

Gotta Fish Charters offers the following type of fishing:
  • Offshore Fishing

Gotta Fish Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Gotta Fish Charters include:
  • Halibut
  • Salmon (Chinook)