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“What a Wonderful Experience!”

Experience One Charters
Reviewed 3 June 2014

We had a wonderful time crabbing with Johnny & Malcom. Our whole family was able to fit on the boat and it was a memory I will have forever. We learned how to crab and even ate our catch on the boat afterward. Great fun, great food, great conversation as Johnny and Malcom were a weath of knowledge on the area. It was my first time to Alaska, and it was one I will never forget. They picked us up right next to our cruise ship. Great Service! Thanks Johnny, we had a fabulous time!

1  Thank ShannonRV
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Reviewed 23 September 2013

My wife and 4 friends from our cruise and I fished with captain Johny on the Experience One boat. We where greeted as we exited our ship by Johny. We went a few steps and was on the boat headed for the fishing waters. The first thing I noticed where the Calcutta reels. Top equipment. We had fresh smoked salmon pate, snacks, fresh home made cookies and drinks for the day. The 36 ft. boat was custom made to fish these waters. Johnny and the mate went beyond what most would. By the way, we killed the salmon. What a fishing trip. Great captain, one that's really fun to fish with, great mate, worked his butt off for us. I will not go out with any other boat when I visit Ketichan. This ones as good as it gets.

4  Thank Mark N
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Reviewed 10 August 2013

So glad we signed up for this trip! Captain Johny Gilson and nephew JR, both very knowledgable and personable, met us right next to our cruise ship and we promptly set off for dungeness crab. We were a family of 8 ranging in age from 10 years to 82 years. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the experience of learning how to bait two types of crab traps and learning many intersting facts about Alaska. The boat is very comfortable and is easily accessible, waters were calm and no one had any problems navigating around the boat. Johny provided snacks....delicious homemade cookies, veggies, grapes and crackers with salmon spread, homemade from his own salmon catch! We anchored off a beautiful little beach and they taught us how to clean the crabs and then prepared our crabs for us......what a delicious feast!
This was one of the nicest, most personable shore excursions we have ever done. I would highly recommend it to anyone visiting Ketchikan!

Thank Beachmama201
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Reviewed 7 August 2013

If yours is a group larger than 6 people - Captain Johny's boat is pretty much your only choice in Ketchikan. There were 11 of us - several families with teenage kids, and his boat was a perfect size, spacious and comfortable.
Johny met us at the cruise ship, and we walked for two minutes to his boat, and immediately started out. In around 15 minutes we slowed down to do trawl fishing. Practically all of us are green novices, which did not matter at all. We enjoyed ourselves immensely, both those who caught any fish, and those who didn't. There can only be 6 rods in the water, so we took turns reeling them in.

Johny and deckhand JR are very friendly and personable people, we all shared lots of friendly banter, information about salmon, fishing, and life in general in Ketchikan. All the while - promptly navigating the boat, handling the rods, watching for fish-ons, fixing and re-hoking snapped lines - in other words: deftly taking care of everything so we could enjoy ourselves.

Nice snack/lunch was provided - which included homemade canned salmon (very nice), as well as water and soda.
Whatever fish was caught - we decided to have shipped home to us, smoked. All we needed to do was to fill out some easy paperwork and provide payment info; Captain Johny took it upon himself to take it to the processor after dropping us off.

Overall - highly recommended for all.

Thank kisaDC
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Reviewed 16 July 2013

We booked Experience One for a day of crabbing. Fantastic trip. Johnny got all the kids involved and showed them how to bait traps, sort crabs, cook, etc., we must have pulled up 3-400 crabs that half day. Johnny was great as was his boat. He also arranged another boat to take some of our group salmon fishing. They had a great experience with a great captain as well. Caught 18 fish on a half day trip.

Couldn't have asked for a better trip. Would recommend it to anyone.

Thank sw143323
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