Alaska Freshwater and Saltwater Fishing Charters
Alaska Sportfishing Expeditions’ unique arrangement with local charter fishermen and freshwater fishing guides guarantees our guests the most able and skilled guides in the business. Freshwater fishermen have the option of targeting a different type of fish each day they fly out, while saltwater anglers target both salmon and halibut each day.
Rick Collins operates Explore Alaska Charters, specializing in freshwater and saltwater fishing excursions. Born in Ketchikan in 1968, Rick has come to be known as our freshwater fishing expert and guides all freshwater excursions for Alaska Sportfishing Expeditions. As a young boy, Rick spent numerous days fishing, boating, and camping with his family, developing a passion that still burns today.
After graduating from high school Rick went to college at Western Washington University where he earned a B.S. in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. Rick then enrolled at Eastern Washington University where he earned a B.A. in Biology Education. During his college years, Rick returned to Ketchikan every summer to commercial fish for salmon, halibut, and black cod.
After college, Rick came home and took a job teaching and coaching wrestling at Ketchikan High School. Rick truly enjoys the best of both worlds! During the winter months he is able to teach and coach the wonderful students at Kayhi. When the days are long and the fish are numerous, Rick is able to take people fishing and boating for a living. Rick still spends his off time boating and fishing with his wife, Bonnie, sons Max and Andy, and the family’s many friends.
Sean Mitchel, the owner/operator of Weight-N-Sea Charters, was born and raised in Ketchikan and has guided with us since 1995. He operates the Weight-N-Sea, a 32-foot custom-built aluminum boat with twin Yamaha 225hp motors. His boat is equipped with first-class navigational and fish-finding electronics, as well as top of the line fishing gear. Sean enjoys sharing his passion for fishing with people who wish to catch salmon and halibut and appreciate the beauty of Southeast Alaska.
Brad Saalsaa, owner of Alaska Wilderness Charters & Guiding has been in business since 1990, and has built a solid reputation in the industry by providing quality sport fishing and big game hunting throughout Alaska. Brad has been a professional fishing guide for 19 years and also has experience commercial fishing in the Berring Sea and the Gulf of Alaska.
If the best fishing area means a distant run – Brad will be there to provide the best opportunity he can for his clients. His love for the sport drives him to “go the extra mile.” Working with engineers to design a custom-built 35-foot charter fishing boat with enhanced features allows 6 clients to comfortably fish from anywhere on the boat. This boat is one of a kind, with an enclosed cabin, full walk around design, oversized fish hold, and an extended fishing deck. These enhanced design features allow Brad to provide some of the best fishing opportunities the area has to offer.
Sam Dalin is the owner/operator of Dalin Charters & Guiding. Sam resides in Ketchikan year round with his wife and 3 children. Sam is a 20 year Ketchikan resident and has spent all of this time gathering knowledge of the areas fish and wildlife.