Captain
Mike Bonfils

Member since December 2016 Juneau, United States
Background
Captain Mike is a avid sport fisherman, running a 30 foot Sport Fishing boat off the west coast of California to Cabo San Lucas from 1983 to 1990. In 1990 he purchased a 48 foot Yaughtfishing boat in Washington state with a 16 foot Salmon tow. He fished British Columbia Canada from 1990 to 2000 for Salmon and in 2000 purchased a 57 foot Motor yaught towing a 26 foot Sport fisher man for Salmon and Halibut. In 2005 started Alaka Adventure Charters in Juneau, Alaska providing week long fishing trips out of Juneau, Alaska, fishing for Salmon and Halibut. In 2006 took over Big Jim’s Charters opprrating a 26 foot Charter boat out of Auke Bay, Alaska. In 2015 purchased Hi Time Charters out of Auke Bay and now operate two boats, Hot Rod and Hi Time.
Techniques
I have all the hot honey holes from my own personal experience as well as all the hot spots from Hi Time charters when I purchased that charter company in 2015. I take clients to the Hot Spots and hold the boat on the sports while our deck hand helps the fisherman get their rigs down to the bottom and start jigging for the Halibut. When the bite slows I will reposition the boat or travel to another hot spot. When all the anglers have their limits, I will take them to the hot trolling areas for Salmon. When fishing for Salmon, I put out one rod per person and slow troll using electric downriggers to get the lines to the areas where the bait and Salmon are located on my fishfinder. I draw numbers, when the next line gets hit, number one is up, after he brings in or loses the fish, he goes to the end of the line and number two is up. I don't assign one rod to each person as there is always the one hot rod that catches all the fish.

Hey, I'm Captain Mike Bonfils

Juneau, United States
Background
Captain Mike is a avid sport fisherman, running a 30 foot Sport Fishing boat off the west coast of California to Cabo San Lucas from 1983 to 1990. In 1990 he purchased a 48 foot Yaughtfishing boat in Washington state with a 16 foot Salmon tow. He fished British Columbia Canada from 1990 to 2000 for Salmon and in 2000 purchased a 57 foot Motor yaught towing a 26 foot Sport fisher man for Salmon and Halibut. In 2005 started Alaka Adventure Charters in Juneau, Alaska providing week long fishing trips out of Juneau, Alaska, fishing for Salmon and Halibut. In 2006 took over Big Jim’s Charters opprrating a 26 foot Charter boat out of Auke Bay, Alaska. In 2015 purchased Hi Time Charters out of Auke Bay and now operate two boats, Hot Rod and Hi Time.
Techniques
I have all the hot honey holes from my own personal experience as well as all the hot spots from Hi Time charters when I purchased that charter company in 2015. I take clients to the Hot Spots and hold the boat on the sports while our deck hand helps the fisherman get their rigs down to the bottom and start jigging for the Halibut. When the bite slows I will reposition the boat or travel to another hot spot. When all the anglers have their limits, I will take them to the hot trolling areas for Salmon. When fishing for Salmon, I put out one rod per person and slow troll using electric downriggers to get the lines to the areas where the bait and Salmon are located on my fishfinder. I draw numbers, when the next line gets hit, number one is up, after he brings in or loses the fish, he goes to the end of the line and number two is up. I don't assign one rod to each person as there is always the one hot rod that catches all the fish.

My Charter Listings

Big Jim’s Charters

Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 10 reviews
Juneau
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trips from $800

Hi Time Charters

Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 12 reviews
Juneau
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trips from $700

Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.64
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out of 5 stars from 22 reviews
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full day with  captain Terry
6 hour Hallibut\/Salmon tour with Captain Terry
6 hour Hallibut\/Salmon tour with Captain Terry
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
94%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
91%
Appropriate for children
89%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
81%
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Kimberly W.
Juneau, Alaska
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6 hour Hallibut/Salmon tour with Captain Terry

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip – Salmon Fishing on July 21, 2020
Did the 6 hour tour with Captain Terry and Jonah on the Dano. We’ve done the helicopter tour and Tracy Arm, but this was...
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Brandy B.
Kent, WA
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Full day with captain Terry

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip - Halibut & Salmon on September 11, 2020
Terry was such an amazing captain! he made sure that our group got the most out of our experience. we had snack and drinks...
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Gene S.
Juneau, Alaska
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Fishing with Mike

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip - Halibut & Salmon on July 3, 2020
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Nicola H.
Juneau, AK
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Half day trip with captain Chad and Luke

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip - Halibut (AM) on July 22, 2019
We had a wonderful time on the water. We fished first for halibut and after filling our quota, we still had time to catch a...
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Dawn M.
United States
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Half Day Trip -- In Port for a Cruise

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip - Halibut (PM) on August 1, 2019
We had a half day trip with Captain Toni, they picked us up at our cruise port, took us to see Mendenhall glacier and gave...
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