CAC offers private, comfortable, adventurous and educational, small group fishing and wildlife watching cruises aboard our 40’ charterboat, the Saltery 'C'. The trips are 5 days and 4 nights and are designed for 4-6 persons of any age, and any experience level. Young and old, men and women, families and corporate groups, expert or novice, no matter what your group configuration is or experience level, we can custom design a trip for you and include as many activities as you like at a pace you’re comfortable with. Captain Rob is an expert in every field of adventure offered by CAC and is happy to instruct and teach your group everything from kayaking, saltwater jigging, freshwater fly fishing, to wildlife photography, natural history, and wilderness survival skills!
Classic Alaska Charters specializes in light tackle saltwater fishing for halibut, ling cod, yelloweye, & rockfish, along with king, coho, sockeye, chum, and pink salmon. We also combine freshwater fly/spin fishing for salmon, steelhead, cutthroat, rainbow, and Dolly Varden trout. All trips include setting and pulling pots for Dungeness crab and jumbo spot prawns, and you'll have all you want! There's plenty of time for wildlife watching and photography, hiking, kayaking and beach combing. These can be done on any trip and for as long as you wish. Check our calendar for best timing of activities during the summer.
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Classic Alaska Charters is owned and operated by Captain Rob Scherer, US Coast Guard certified for 6 passengers, is a certified sport fishing business and guide with Alaska Dept of Fish & Game, also registered outfitter guide with the U.S. Forest Service, and, is a Federal Halibut Charter permit holder to enable guests to catch and keep halibut according to current regulations. Captain Rob has been professionally guiding in Alaskan waters since 1985, purchasing the Saltery 'C' in 1990 and since been the number one overnight charter in the Ketchikan area.
Graduating from UW-Stevens Point in 1984 he headed straight to Alaska to fulfill a dream of Alaskan adventure proposed by his late Grandfather many years before. With a degree in Resource and Fisheries Mgmt, the US Forest Service accepted him for seasonal employment as an Assistant to the District Fish Biologists, first, the Thorne Bay Ranger District and then over to the Misty Fiords National Monument Wilderness District.
The Fish Biologist of the Misty Fiords National Monument Wilderness Ranger District, Mike Scott, requested Rob's services to catalog & inventory lakes, streams and rivers within the 2.8 million acres of Misty Fiords Wilderness. Rob's determination to succeed and meet the goals proposed by his superiors saved the USFS (and taxpayers) hundreds of thousands of dollars, while providing enduring inventory analysis of the freshwater ecosystems found throughout the Wilderness.
Working in the private sector offered more genuine possibilities of adventure and exploration and when the opportunity of owning & operating a charter business presented itself in 1990, Rob dedicated himself to make the dream a reality with long hours, hard work, little pay, and great sacrafice, you know, a typical small business owners road to success! Since then, he's developed Classic Alaska Charters into the most enduring overnight charter service in Ketchikan. Today, Classic Alaska Charters stands alone as the only original overnight operation still in existence from that period of time. CAC continues to book months to a year in advance with 80% repeat or referral guests year after year. Find out for yourself why Classic Alaska Charters is the most sought after and successful overnight charter in the Ketchikan Alaska area.
Captain Rob's educational background, USFS Alaskan field experiences, and the more than 80,000 actual hours of guiding on the water and in wilderness areas, ensures that clients will be provided with the highest level of knowledge and experience for quality, successful adventuring in Southeast Alaska. Along with all the above, His innovative fishing techniques, and affinity for the latest high tech equipment, navigates every group to where the fishing and adventure action is! Captain Rob is also a wildlife and nature photographer and can guide you into spectacular wilderness photo opportunities, from scenery to wildlife of every kind found in the Ketchikan and Misty Fiords Wilderness area. You'll be in capable and responsible hands on your Alaskan Adventure with Captain Rob
Fly-fishing, Crabbing, Shrimping, Whale Watching, Bear Viewing, Photography,
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