FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT WILL WE CATCH?
All of our trips are multi species trips. Halibut you can catch year round as well as black rockfish and yellow eye rockfish. King Salmon are usually in season in May and June where Silver Salmon are primarily July and August. Salmon are on their own schedule and come and go as they please. The months mentioned above are typical time frames. Lastly, Lingcod season opens up July 1st and lasts the rest of the season. So depending on when you come fishing you can see what different species you will go home with.
WHAT DOES THE COST INCLUDE?
The price of the fishing trip includes the trip for either a full day or half day charter along with your bait, all fishing gear (rods/poles/reels) and the assistance of the captain and crew. Not included is gratuities for the crew, warm gear/rain gear, your fishing license and any food/drink you want to bring on the boat.
WHAT OTHER COSTS WILL WE INCUR?
Aside from your fishing license, parking, food/drink for the trip, and your gratuities for the crew- the other cost incurred will be that of processing and shipping your fish home. J-Dock Seafood Company does a phenomenal job of vacuum packing, sealing, and freezing the fish for around $1.35/pp. Shipping the fish goes by weight through FedEx overnight and is guaranteed. If something happens and the fish doesn’t make it we can replace that shipment or your money back!
WHAT SHOULD WE BRING ON OUR FISHING TRIP/OR PACK FOR THE LODGE?
For your fishing trip it is always a good idea to check the local Seward weather; however, you should always bring lots of layers because it is normally 5-10 degrees cooler out on the ocean. We also always recommend you bring heavy rain gear and boots. If you are traveling lighter and cannot bring rain boots, definitely wear heavier boots/athletic shoes that have a good rubber sole and hopefully waterproof. You never know when it is going to rain up here; it is considered a rainforest so expect rain at some point during your trip! Other than that a good base layer- tight to the skin, warm pants, sweatshirt, headgear/hat, gloves if it looks cooler out, and warm socks. Layer, Layer, Layer!
DOES THE BOAT PROVIDE FOOD, DRINKS, OR WATER?
Our fishing vessels are very practical so they can quickly and efficiently get out to the fishing grounds as fast as possible. That being said, there is not very much space to store water, snacks, and food for the boats to sell. If you're not a lodge guest, any food, snacks, and drinks you want on the boat will need to be brought by you, the customer. Alcohol is allowed as long as the persons drinking are 21 and drink responsibly. No glass bottles, please.
HOW MUCH SHOULD WE TIP?
Our captains and crew work extremely hard to make sure you have the trip of a lifetime in Alaska. Not only are they up at 4:45 am prepping the boat, chopping bait and getting things ready for you, they also stay on the dock until 8/9 pm cleaning, filleting fish, doing oil changes, making sure the electronics are working correct and much, much, more. It is recommended that each angler tip according to their experience with the 10-25% tip on the cost of the trip (About $40 - $90 each). However, if the job done was better you can always tip more! If you had a unpleasant service you can tip a little less (and please let our office staff know what the issues were so we can continue to improve the business).
WHAT SHOULD WE EXPECT ON THE FISHING TRIP?
Your fishing trip is going to be a whirlwind ride of majestic mountain scenery, wild animal sightings, action packed fishing, and an experience that will last a lifetime. You will also experience the halibut fishing which can be a little bit slower (halibut are big scent feeders so getting your baits in the water and getting that scent out there is crucial to a good halibut trip) at times, however, worth the wait! Our crews are known for bringing in some of the biggest halibut Seward Charter boats produce! The day normally starts with halibut fishing, then moves on to salmon and rockfish. After July 1st we will also drift for lingcod. Each captain does it a little different but you won’t be disappointed with the outcome!
WHAT HAPPENS TO OUR FISH AFTER THE TRIP?
After the fishing trip the captain and crew bring your fish up to the top of J-Dock and hang your fish at our custom hanging station for your group and the boat crew to take pictures. These pictures are a real treat when showing your friends and family your daily catch! After pictures, the crew have your fish marked, and they filet each groups/persons fish. The fillets are then placed into J-Dock Seafood tubs. From there, you will check your fish in to J-Dock Seafood Company to be vacuum packed, sealed, and frozen, ready to be shipped out or taken on the airplane. We also sell other seafood delicacies in our seafood market that you won’t catch on your day trip including; Dungeness crab, Sablefish, Alaskan prawns, and the famous King Crab.
DO WE KEEP OUR OWN FISH?
Yes! The crew marks each groups' fish a certain way making sure each group keeps their own fish that they caught on the trip!
WHAT KIND OF TRIPS DO YOU OFFER?
J-Dock Sportfishing offers lots of different trips including half day or full day salmon trips, full day combo trips, Island overnighters, and Live Aboard Long Range Trips. Our most common trip is the full day multi species trip. Email or call us for more information on the other trips!
WHAT KIND OF FISHING LICENSE DO YOU NEED?
The state of Alaska requires all angler’s to purchase an Alaskan Fishing License: http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=license.main They have different options for licenses which include a 1 day, 3 day, 7 day, 14 day and year long for Non residents and also have options for Residents. These licenses are sold online at the above site or you can purchase one in our office in Seward before your fishing trip.
WHAT HAPPENS IF THE WEATHER IS BAD?
Alaska has a very diverse range of weather and although we wish for each of our customers to experience that perfect Alaskan Fishing day, it’s not always the case. Ultimately it is up to the captain of each vessel to call the trip depending on the weather. That being said, expect some waves and rain on your fishing trip to encourage you to take the precautions necessary to bare the weather. Dramamine/sea sickness medicine is recommended, ginger pills or chew work great too. If the weather is too foul to leave in the morning you will be refunded for the trip.
ARE THERE BATHROOMs ON THE BOAT?
Yes! All boats have a marine grade flushable toilet.
ARE WE GUARANTEED TO CATCH FISH?
Although we wish we could make this guarantee, it’s called ‘fishing’ not ‘catching’! Our crews work hard to get you on fish, and have a very high success rate, but quantity, and specific species are not guaranteed.