Reservations

Reservations for Our Alaska Fishing Charters

This part is easy: we will check our calendar for your preferred dates and get you booked for one of our unique Alaska fishing charters. If we do not have availability, we will let you know about our openings. The earlier you book your fishing trip with us, the better.

Alaska is our home and we enjoy sharing our knowledge and experience with you. Please feel free to contact us. We'd be happy to provide answers to your questions.


Alaska Coastal Explorer

Captain Martin Spargo

P: (907) 632-0274

E: stmark@mtaonline.net

Reservations Policy

A 50% deposit is required for advance reservations to secure your preferred dates. Non-secured reservation requests are subject to availability. Trip balance due prior to departure.

Cancellation Policy

A full refund, less a 15% booking fee, is available with two weeks or greater advance cancellation notice. Cancellations with less than two weeks notice are subject to initial deposit forfeiture.

Safety and Weather

Our priorities are your safety and comfort, and the safety of our crew and vessel. We fish in all weather conditions, however, if the forecasted weather or sea conditions indicate that it will be too nasty for you to enjoy your outing, or if any unsafe scenario dictates non-departure, we will happily refund the cost of your charter reservation with us. The coffee will be on us.


Frequently Asked Questions

Our vessel, The Hope, is located at Pier E, Slip E42 in the Seward Alaska Boat Harbor.
Sometimes we miss a limit, but we’re mostly successful. We try our best to ensure success and have many years dedicated to fishing both halibut and salmon commercially and charter.
Our largest sport-caught halibut weighed a whopping 274 lbs. and measuerd 6' 7".

The biggest halibut caught by Captain Spargo while sport fishing was 195 lbs., and over 450 lbs. while commercial fishing.

The average sport caught halibut in Alaska is around 23 lbs. Silver salmon range from 5—12 lbs. during June through mid July, and from 8—19 lbs., July through September.
The easiest place in Seward to purchase an Alaska fishing license is at the Fish House, a tackle and outfitting store across the street from the Seward boat harbor. You can also purchase fishing licenses online from the Alaska Department of Fish & Game.
With an eye for optimal quality, we bleed and ice the fish immediately upon landing and then fillet them according to your preference. Once ashore we will take the catch to one of several processors to prepare according to your requirements. The options can range from vacuum packing, to blast freezing, to shipping to a specific destination at the time of your choosing. We typically recommend ‘Captain Jacks’ for your convenience.
We utilize some of the finest tackle available, including G Loomis rods for salmon with Shimmano Tekota 600 reels and Lamiglas rods with AVET Pro two-speed reels for halibut. We supply all the appropriate bait and tackle.
Our first priorities are the safety and comfort of our passengers. The captain has a USCG 100 ton Masters license which ensures that he has passed rigorous standards set by the Coast Guard to ensure that he is competent to perform the duties associated with piloting a vessel and caring for those in his charge.

The vessel you will be aboard, The Hope, is USCG inspected. This means that every year the Coast Guard performs an inspection to ensure that the vessel meets all the safety requirements necessary to safely transport passengers. That Certificate of Inspection (COI) is then posted on the boat as proof that the boat meets those federal requirements.
Most people don’t get seasick, however, even gentle swells will sometimes cause a person to become seasick. If you think you might be susceptible, the best option is preventative treatment. Take an over-the-counter (or prescribed) medication at least an hour prior to departure. The medication that usually has the best results is Bonnine, however you should consult with your physician first.
  • An Alaska Fishing License may be purchased online from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game: www.adfg.state.ak.us.
  • Food and beverages
  • Rain gear and boots or shoes that can get wet
  • Clothes that can be layered for warmth
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Motion sickness medication – talk to your doctor or pharmicist
  • We provide all the tackle, but you are welcome to bring your own
  • Desire to catch some fish
  • Your best fish story (optional)
Tipping is not required, but is appreciated. Part of the deck hand's salary is derived from tips received.