This was my 3rd trip with AU and they didn’t disappoint on any of the trips. The Captain’s and deckhands were great every time. We caught our limit of kings in 10 minutes, ling cod in 30 minutes. The owners are very approachable and make sure that they have a good team from picking us up at the airport, the accomodations and the captains and deckhands. All have great attitudes and work really hard to get you to the fish. They really do make it a catching trip and not just a fishing trip. They process the fish on the dock. We have never had an issue with any of the fish getting freezer burn. They really run a quality organization.
I’m late to the party on this but while I’m rarely at a loss for words I’m not sure how much I can expand on what Brad had put down. In fact, since getting home I’ve struggled with trying to relay to the family just what a great experience it was. It really goes beyond the fishing. Truly could be the trip of a lifetime but one I hope to make an annual event.
I will second Brad’s indication that Captain Eric was exceptional. Really everyone I came into contact with was top notch and provided a high level of service. I guess my perspective is what I can add that would be different from Brad’s. From as far back as I can remember I have loved to fish – from dunking bait off my grandparent’s dock through fly-fishing exclusively during my junior high/high school years – but I’ve never fished the style that Angling Unlimited employs and have essentially no experience with saltwater fishing.
Eric, Ken, and Dave provided help without making me feel uncomfortable or preventing me from finding my way. I’d guess everyone is different and that some clients trend toward wanting folks to do it for them while others want to be left entirely to their own devices. They seemed to intuitively know and provide what was just right for me. Maybe my best endorsement of the experience would be that I’ve nothing to compare it to but have zero desire to look around at what else might be out there. Only 360 days until I get to return! – Mark Kristin
We really enjoyed our trip with Capt. Eric (Viking) and Deckhand Sarah. Quickly I gained confidence in their abilities and they were very attentive. The tone on the boat was great – no stress and lots of laughs. I also appreciated that when the fishing was slow in a spot we relocated to somewhere new.
Sarah was the best deckhand I’ve fished with and made a mean “Sarah Special” sandwich!
– Will & Judy Marken
Everything about it was absolutely top notch. From pickup with Emma, Emily, and Kenzie, to our dinners with Tom, Chuck, Ludger & Family and the other guests, to fishing with Captain Ryan, deckhand Zack, and our boatmates Al & Ralph, to finally being taken to the airport and meeting the fish processors to get our boxes for the trip home, everything was great. I can’t say enough nice things about the overall experience and each member of the staff that helped us during the week.
A trip like this was a first for me, but I can’t think of a single thing that you didn’t absolutely nail in how the week was executed. Thank you for helping schedule this trip for us, and please extend our thanks (again!) to all members of the AU staff that helped make the week so memorable. It was great.
I can’t express my total satisfaction and enjoyment I experienced on this trip. What wonderful memories. Far beyond my expectations. From the moment we got off the airplane we were greeted with a class organization. Beautiful young women holding up “Angling Unlimited” signs to greet us and take us to the lodge. Everything was explained very well. We put our things away and went to dinner where we found several other guests already enjoying the evening. The meals were well planned. Everyone could do breakfast as they pleased and there was sufficient choices available and the coffee pot was ready to go every morning. Lunch on the boat was terrific. Fresh made sandwiches with fresh ingredients was perfect. I always say, “If you want to catch fish just try to eat a sandwich or read your Bible.” I can’t even begin to share my feelings about supper. Wow! What a wonderful end to the day. I do believe as good as the food was, the fellowship had a greater impact on me. Fishermen and fisherwomen all sharing their experiences and highlights, what fun. Met a lot of people I hope to see again. The lodging was exquisite. The equipment was clean and well cared for. D.J. and Kara were wonderful. Kara is the hardest working woman/person I ever saw and with a smile. I think D.J. could put you on fish in a mud puddle and tell you how to catch them. They are both “keepers”. We didn’t see our fish again after we caught them until we got home and dumped them in the freezer. Well done. Worry free. Trouble free. Outstanding! I have recommended “Hook it and Cook it” to several already and I will continue to do so. I hope to see Ludger at his restaurant in Wenatchee this summer and I may get to go fishing with Kara on the Clearwater River for steelhead. And I haven’t been home a week and I get a wonderful Thank you card from the A.U. Crew and Kara and Alli. I could kiss you all right on the lips! Thank you so much. John and I have already talked about coming back again. I am sure you will be hearing from us again. Have a wonderful season and God bless you all. Take care.
You and your crew are awesome! First class all the way and we really appreciate it. I’ve worked in 5-star resorts and I can recognize great service when I experience it. We will recommend your outfit to everyone.
Capt. Spencer and his deckhand Aaron were top notch. Besides locating the fish (which they did) and being courteous, they went above and beyond in many ways. One being that they never showed any frustration when untangling our lines (which happened frequently) or how many times we missed or lost a fish that should have been in the box. The second, which meant a lot to me, was that they took an interest in what we wanted to fish for and how we wanted to fish. In short, they cared about making it fun and not just about the fish.
The accommodations were good, clean, and the staff was friendly. The last day of having to move to another hotel was not a great experience, but in the big picture was a small detail.
I have fished in Alaska for the past 6 years, with 3 different companies, and I will be coming back to this one. I will and would recommend this company to anyone, and feel confident about my recommendation, but at the end of the day it really comes down to the captain, his deckhand, and how they treat their clients. As I stated before, Capt. Spencer and Aaron were the best I have ever seen.
Our trip was amazing! I could not have asked for a better experience with my dad. Capt. Ryan was great and I think by the end he got used to (and maybe found some enjoyment) my random bust out of a song. I really appreciate that he took the time to go over and see the whale that was close by when we were fishing for rock fish. It was the cherry on top to the already great trip.
Thank you to all your staff. You have a great people working for you!
This was the BEST fishing trip I had ever been on. That was my third trip to Alaska. From the time we were picked up at the airport until we left, we were well taken care of by your staff.
I really want to thank you for putting us with Captain Bryan (Cobra) and Eric (Viking). They put us on fish and we caught them. Plus they are great guys! Thank you again for a memorable Alaskan fishing trip.
We had an absolute fabulous experience at Angling Unlimited! The customer service, super-friendly staff, attention to client details, was second to none.
Our host Lindsay was excellent! Our fishing Captain Spencer and deckhand Aaron were excellent!
Our parents also had an equally wonderful experience. They have fished all over Alaska and said Angling Unlimited was the crème de la crème of places they have fished at. They have never experienced the superb guide/host service from the time they got off the place through helping check boxes of fish at the ticketing counter. We were all extremely pleased! We will all be back for more Sitka and Angling Unlimited!