Everything was top notch from the boat, crew, and accommodations as well as the positive attitude of everyone in your organization to ensure we had a great time. I spent 37 years in the financial service industry and can be somewhat critical of customer expectations. I must say, you have an outstanding service model. Quite frankly, I can’t think of anything that needs improvement. My hats off to the entire staff and can’t wait until next year. This is coming from someone who has not been an avid fisherman over the years but my experience with Angling Unlimited has changed my perspective. Thanks for a great trip.
I could have not asked for a better Captain or deck crew. All extremely helpful and looked after all our needs. I also want to thank the entire staff at Angling Unlimited. I have been on several hunting and fishing adventures but have never experienced such great service from ALL. The accommodations were excellent…Memories live forever and great memories from all the staff again at Angling Unlimited. My best wishes to Captain Sara, deck hands Jack and Colleen, and last but not least Ebby for taking such good care of us at our apartment and one last wish to your entire staff. Thank you ALL for a GREAT and MEMORABLE trip.
We had a great time again this year. Capt DJ and Leo were great to work with and made the trip very fun for us. DJ is a very skilled captain and did a fantastic job of getting on fish when things would slow down in other area’s. Leo did a great job of keeping all our gear fishing and handling all the fish we caught. He also makes a pretty mean sandwich. We are looking forward to next season.
Last year I wrote a short novel about how profoundly amazing the trip was. I won’t this year because this trip is now “a thing” for us and it will just build and build.
Spencer remains the perfect captain for our fishing and bonding experience. And WOW! What an awesome addition Connor was to our time on the water. He is so knowledgeable, so attentive and aware. He is a great teacher, a pleasant companion, and someone we are all glad to have shared time.
We have only one bucket list addition (Kings all around) but couldn’t be happier with our catch or our time with you. It was fun to see familiar faces this time around!
Thanks so much and please extend our gratitude to everyone on the Angling Unlimited team. Everyone we meet makes us wish we were there longer!
My experience with Angling Unlimited far exceeded my expectations. Both captain and deck hand made this trip for an 81 year old individual with Parkinson’s disease the trip of a lifetime. Not only was the fishing excellent the catching was superb too. From the time we landed until the time we departed the support staff made us feel welcome and treated us like family.
Thanks for the experience of a lifetime.
Simply put, my daughter and I had an incredible time and memorable experience at the 2019 “Hook It and Cook It” event at Angling Unlimited. What made it so awesome? It was a lot of things. This is our third year in a row attending “Hook It and Cook It” and it feels like an annual family gathering with familiar faces and new friendships to be made.
Before we get to the fishing let me give a shout out to the folks behind the scene who made our experience so memorable. The entire staff is so warm, friendly, hardworking, and extremely helpful. It starts off with Kim McCollum in Minnesota who makes the arrangements for us and ensures everything runs smoothly from the time we first touchdown in Sitka, Alaska to the time we depart with our boxes of fish. Spoiler alert – we had 4 boxes of fish to bring home this year. Our Sitka hostess Kendall was fabulous. From the time picking us up at the airport, transporting us to/from the docks, and taking care of our rooms she was working non-stop to make our stay very enjoyable. No detail was overlooked. The guys processing the fish did an awesome job as well. You really appreciate what they do when you open your boxes of fish and see how expertly all the fish were carefully cut, vacuum packaged, labelled, flashed frozen, and stuffed into the protective boxes. The fish were still frozen, hard as a rock, by the time we arrive home in NYC more than 18 hours later.
Now, let’s get to the fishing. Our captain and deckhand were the same crew as last year per our request. Over four days of fishing, Captain Spenser did an outstanding job in putting us over the fish and giving us a chance to nail our limits. The numbers tell the story. Between my daughter and I, we caught our annual limit of King Salmon, and our daily limits of halibut, rockfish, and other assorted species. At the end of the trip, we brought home 4 boxes of fish that weighed more than 130 pounds. Now that’s a lot of fish. The King Salmon bite was definitely better this year than last year. Where we were fishing you could see that other boats were catching the Kings as well. Its always a great feeling to hooked up a King Salmon and see them jump out of the water and swim around the boat. We couldn’t have done it without Captain Spenser’s superb knowledge of the waters surrounding Sitka. He has a love and strong respect for the Alaskan waters, wildlife, and land and it shows. He and his wife are year-round residences of Sitka. Connor was our deckhand and works extremely hard on the boat. He was doing everything on the boat, and I mean everything – dropping the anchor, pulling up the anchor, setting up the rods, changing bait, netting the fish, filleting the fish, and even making awesome sandwiches on the boat as well. I can’t say enough about how hard he works on the boat.
What makes us come to Angling Unlimited this time of year? It’s because of Chef Ludger Szmania and “Hook It and Cook It”. We had four awesome nights of Ludger’s creative and delicious dishes featuring the fishes caught off the waters of Sitka. Combined with his lovable personality and the flowing wine and beer, each night was a culinary experience and lots of fun with Ludger cooking right in front of us.
Last but not least, many kudos to Captains Tom Ohaus and Chuck McNamee for running a first-class operation. As they say in business, it always starts at the top. Many thanks to both guys for running a great operation and thinking about the future as well. P.S. The pavilion looks great and the new boat Petrel is a beauty.
We had a wonderful experience on all levels with Angling Unlimited. Captain DJ and his deckhand Leo were fantastic. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience for my first time visiting Alaska. We caught a ton of fish, king salmon, halibut, rockfish, lingcod, yellow eyes, and a variety of others. We had sore arms at times but huge smiles on our faces. They took care of everything and even brought our frozen fish packaged and ready for the plane to the airport. We definitely plan on coming back.
Amazing trip! We had a great 3 days of fishing. Cpt. Lev and Spencer put us on the fish and the deckhands made sure the lines were in the water! Some outfits don’t provide deckhands which means lots of time waiting instead of fishing. This is a top notch organization! License and fish processing was included which also varies by company. We will definitely be back next year!
Hands down the BEST experience I’ve had with a fishing charter. The process is seamless from landing at the airport to taking off to go back home. We had a great fishing experience and the crew was efficient and knowledgeable. Everyone is incredibly friendly and make sure that everything is taken care of. Definitely fishing with them again next year!
Amazing outfit. Fantastic experience. 6 of us on a cruise decided to go fishing while in Alaska. Everyone at AU were amazing and helpful from the very beginning. Picked us up as promised when our boat docked. Captain James and Mica were the best. We all had a blast.
We caught King Salmon, Rock Fish, Halibut and to top it off one of the guys hooked a Salmon Shark which we finally managed after about 40 minutes to on the boat. Not sure who was more excited the crew or us.
We had the most awesome trip!!!! We didn’t know what to expect but it was nothing but a perfect trip…The laughter, stories, wildlife sightings were perfect!!!! We certainly would like to make it [back in] one year but with 3 boxes of beautiful fillets….we are good for a while. Kudos to everyone on the Angling Unlimited Team!!! Cora and crew on site are awesome!!!! We have no suggestions as to how to make improvements as everything went so very well. Thanks so much for everything…!!!