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Email Us: PuffinCharters@sewardhg.com
Call us today 1-907-278-3346
Check-in & Return Times
Please meet us at the Alaska Seafood Grill (1321 4th Ave,) across form the harbor between 5:30AM to 5:45AM. Alaska Seafood Grill opens at 5:00 AM and offers coffee & quick breakfast options.
Our crew will meet you there and walk you down to the boats. We will leave the dock promptly at 6:00 AM.
After a day of fishing and depending on which charter you have chosen and weather conditions our boats return between 4:30 PM and 6:00 PM.
Experience the best fishing in Seward Alaska With
Puffin Fishing Charters
Apply for your Alaska Fishing License
We invite you to join us, the Puffin Fishing Charters crew, for the ultimate Alaska fishing adventure of a lifetime!
We offer five types of fishing trips through-out the season
We design our multi-species trips depending on what species are available during the summer fishing season with Halibut being on the menu throughout the entire season. Some trips are offered during the Closed Halibut fishing days.
July, August & September
- full-day Halibut/Salmon trips
- full-day Silver Salmon/Rockfish trips
- full-day Halibut/Rockfish trips
- full-day Pacific Cod/Rockfish trips
We expend our best efforts to target as many species as possible, but due to time constraints and the availability of certain species, most trips are dual-species
“Experience makes the difference!”
Why choose Puffin Fishing Charters?
We know where the fish are!
Our crew has been guiding Alaska Salmon and Halibut fishing charters out of Seward, Alaska for more than 25 years. We know where the fish are! With our captains having the combined experience of nearly 50 years, Puffin Fishing Charters is proud to say that we have the best and most experienced captains in the Seward charter fleet. All of our crew members are personable, are incredible fishermen, and have a high regard for seamanship, with safety always a priority.
“Experience makes the difference!”
Our boats are fast - less time running means more time fishing!
Our custom-built 36-foot sport charter boats were designed with your comfort and safety in mind. Our vessels feature expansive rear decks with the capacity to fish around their entire perimeters, providing plenty of room for everyone.
Comfortable, heated cabins feature marine suspension seating throughout, providing a warm, comfortable ride for everyone, not just the captain.
Our captains are US Coast Guard-licensed and have First Aid and CPR certifications. Our fully-insured vessels have undergone extensive dockside and on-the-water inspections and safety drills conducted by the U.S. Coast Guard.
Our top-of-the-line gear helps you hook your fish more easily and effectively.
Our experience and our boats aren’t all that set us apart. Our equipment is top-of-the-line so you can experience the best Alaska fishing experience possible.
The heavy tackle we use for bottom-fishing includes Avet reels. We spool our reels with 80# XP TUFF-LINE XP. Our reels are mounted on Seeker Alaska Series Ocean Rods.
The light tackle we use is Shimano Tekota reels. We use 30# Ande line and mount the reel on medium action Ugly Stix.
Our Garmin electronics enable us to put you on the fish and then it’s up to you to “Catch ’em up!
YOUR ALASKAN COMBINATION FISHING TRIP BEGINS HERE!!
Alaskan Halibut/Salmon/Rockfish Fishing Trip
After decades of concentrating on a single species during our fishing trips, Puffin Fishing Charters has decided to target various combinations of fish species depending on what is available at that particular time of our fishing season. This multi-species fishing provides for a broader experience for our clients with the opportunity to bottom-fish with heavy rods and tackle seeking Halibut and other deep-sea dwellers, and to use lighter tackle to hook into some Rockfish or Salmon when those species are in the area. Combination trips also give you a “Captain’s Platter” of different fishing tastes to take home and enjoy!
Halibut is on the menu daily except on Tuesday’s (June 20th thru Aug 15th) in addition to All Wednesday’s we cannot retain halibut.
We design our multi-species trips depending on what species is available during the summer months with Halibut always being on the menu through the entire season.
LOADS OF FUN FOR ALL AGES!
In May and June, we offer four Combination trips:
King Salmon/Halibut trips are available May 1st thru June for our King Salmon enthusiasts as well as
King Salmon/Rockfish trips on Tuesdays and Wednesdays
Tuesdays and Wednesdays are closed for Halibut.
Halibut/Rockfish trips are also available in May thru September as well as
Pacific Cod/Rockfish trips on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
KING (CHINOOK) SALMON/HALIBUT May 1st thru June
For the ultimate breath-taking…rod-bending…light-tackle fight of a lifetime – if you have never hooked into a King Salmon, this trip is a must-do! King (Chinook) Salmon are the largest Salmon in the Pacific Ocean. King Salmon range from 15 to 60 pounds and up. We target these feeder Kings for eight to ten weeks at the beginning of the season until the Silver (Coho) Salmon start to show up.
We fish for King Salmon by trolling, with the boat moving at low speed, drawing lines through the water at different depths, dressed with lures or bait. Our captains have been fishing for Kings for several years in these waters and are dialed in to what entices these finicky feeders.
The limit for these wild ocean King Salmon is one or two per person per day, depending on the area fished.
By early- to mid-July through August, we target Silver (Coho) Salmon and Halibut with incidental catches of Lingcod and Rockfish.
Our captains do their best to target as many species as possible during the trip, but due to time constraints, sea conditions, and the availability of certain species, most trips are dual-species.
You do have the option of designing the fishing day by reserving the boat for yourself and your guests. You have the option of securing 10, 12, or 18 seats, depending on which of our vessels you select. With an exclusive trip, you can choose how you want to spend your fishing time, including what species you want to target and how much of your day you want to spend fishing for each, availability and weather permitting.
Pacific-Cod & Rockfish/Salmon Charter
Pacific cod or “P-Cod “as we say locally is a white fish often over looked. It has recently gained popularity due to the rising costs of halibut. Through-out Alaska you see Pacific cod on more menus each year. Often cursed as an inconvenience while Halibut fishing, here at PFC we believe it is an excellent fish for table fare.
Grey Gold is the name often used in the highly regulated commercial fishery. Pacific cod is the second largest commercial groundfish catch off Alaska and virtually all of the United States.
In 2021, commercial harvest of Pacific cod totaled 330.4 million pounds, and was worth $86.5 million
Pacific Cod offer fast action and provide an excellent way to round out your freezer with healthy, delicious seafood.
We are offering these trips on the Tuesday and Wednesday’s halibut closures through-out the summer.
We will round off the day with either Rockfish or Salmon.
Salmon in July thru August.
The Alaska Halibut is One Serious Fish!
Every spring, our inland waters explode with an abundance of bait fish, which attracts schools of Alaskan Halibut, ranging in size from 10 pounds to 400 pounds. These Halibut rise from ocean depths of over 1000 feet to as little as 50 feet of water in search of bait as they begin their frenzied feast. Alaska Halibut are some of the finest athletes in the sea. With no body fat and pure muscle, these rod-straining fish can exhaust you by their brute strength as they fight you back to the bottom. We invite you to try your luck, with the assistance of our highly trained crew, in landing these robust monsters.
Sport-caught Alaskan Halibut have weighed over 400 pounds. The typical fish caught on our fishing charters weigh between 15 and 50 pounds, with many fish over 100 pounds brought in daily. On
September 16, 2004, we broke our Halibut record of 269 pounds with a whopping 348-pound lunker caught on a 24-ounce jig
Your Seward Alaska Fishing Trip
We recognize that you’ve invested a lot to make your Alaska fishing trip possible and we work very diligently to have your dream come true. From the most experienced angler to the fishing novice, we can provide as much or as little gentle guidance as you’d like.
On your fishing charter out of Seward, you will travel 40 to 55 miles along the coastline to the fishing grounds. We have near-coastal fisheries, meaning that we are traveling up and down the coast to Seward’s most prolific Halibut fishing grounds.
We fish in depths of 50 to 425 feet, depending on where the Halibut are and sea conditions.
We never travel more than 3 to 10 miles offshore, so if the weather gets bad, we actually have inshore areas in protected waterways where we can fish.
Current halibut fishing rules allow charter anglers in South-central one halibut of any size and one under 28 inches in length. There is no retention of Halibut on Tuesday’s (June 20th thru Aug 15th) in addition to All Wednesday’s this upcoming 2023 season
Salmon fishing in our Combination/Multi-species Trip
SEWARD SILVER SALMON DERBY®
The 2023 Seward Silver Salmon Derby®: dates are 6:00 am August 12th to noon Sunday August 20th.
Tickets will be available on line thru the Seward Chamber of Commerce website.
The Alaskan Silver Salmon
Alaska Silver salmon weigh approximately 8 to 12 pounds when they first arrive to Resurrection Bay in late June to early July. Their ravenous feeding throughout the season pushes their weight to 15 pounds or more by late summer. These feisty, acrobatic silver bullets often dart at high speeds and leap up and out of the water only to splash back down to challenge you once again to the fight of a lifetime.
We commonly get two, three, four, or more Salmon on simultaneously, though hooking a silver is only part of the battle. Getting these fish netted and into the boat before they shake your hook is an even greater challenge.
Your Day of Alaska Silver Salmon Fishing We typically mooch for Silver Salmon. “Mooching” is a technique where each person jigs their hook baited with a small piece of herring. When the fish bites, the hook gets set and the fight is on. You will find this is a more effective technique than troll fishing when the fish are schooled up and allows the angler to feel the bite. The catch limit
for Silver Salmon is six fish per person inside Resurrection Bay and three Silvers each when caught outside the bay.
ROCKFISH & LINGCOD
Rockfish and Lingcod fishing
During our multi-species trips, depending on the type of combination trip you booked, we always tend to get incidental catches of Rockfish and Lingcod. There are several different Rockfish species and their season is open throughout the summer. Lingcod and Yellow Eye rockfish cannot be retained until their season opens on July 1. You are allowed to retain one Lingcod and three Rockfish, only one rockfish can be nonpelagic. Like Rockfish, Lingcod are also susceptible to overharvesting. Lingcod fishing is also restricted to waters outside Resurrection Bay and only to fish greater than 35 inches in length. The limit for Lingcod is one per person per day in the Gulf of Alaska.
Unless you reserve the full boat for an exclusive trip, we currently do not specifically target Lingcod. Due to stock-depletion evident in the past couple of seasons, we are taking a hiatus from directly harvesting Lingcod as part of our daily trips until we see stocks rebound. However, we still retain Lingcod as incidental catches.
Seward Hospitality Group
Seward Hospitality Group is a group of hotels, motels, restaurants & lodging facilities in Seward Alaska, the gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park. The port city of Seward Alaska is mile marker 0 of the famous Iditarod dog sledding race, as well as the beginning of the historic Alaskan railroad. Seward is home to many wonders of nature such as Exit Glacier, Resurrection Bay & Mount Marathon making it a great place to live and work. Seward Hospitality Group provides all guests with the ultimate Alaskan vacation through scenic tours, car & bike rentals, a variety of dining options, and affordable lodging.
Seward Hospitality Group came from humble beginnings with the purchase of Railway Cantina in 2007 and now owns and operates 6 restaurants, 2 motels, a hotel, an apartment complex, and an activity park with plans to expand into new areas of business. We continually re-invest in our community by sponsoring many of the vibrant annual events in town such as the Silver Salmon Derby & Mt. Marathon Race; we also regularly donate to some important fixtures of our neighborhoods such as the Sea Life Center, The Animal Shelter and we support local youth sports.