Why choose Piscatorial Pursuits?
You've probably found our site through a search
engine, a small banner ad on another fishing site, or from the recommendation of a
friend or relative.
We know that when customers search for someone to
book their fishing package with, the options that come back in search
results are often overwhelming. Who do you choose?
We'd like to take this opportunity to share with
some of the reasons that we feel we should be your best option for booking.
First of all, we believe our site is a
representation of what we have to offer: completely built and maintained by
Bob himself, it demonstrates our commitment to the details and personal service in
every trip that we offer. Highly text-based, it's not all about having the coolest
technology and spiffiest graphics and put together by someone who doesn't
know one end of a fishing rod from the other, rather it's about helping in
laying out all pertinent information that we feel will be helpful to you in planning the perfect trip
for you and your group!
There are dozens of pages providing loads of
detail about different timeframes and trip types, for some people the amount
of information can be overwhelming, but always feel free to
contact us if you need any clarification of what's
here or help with questions and / or recommendations for your group.
We are always happy to provide references
regarding either our Washington or Alaska services, just let us know and we
can pass some contact information of previous guests along.
of What our customers have to say
- 'Hi Bob, a quick note to thank you
for a great time. We really enjoyed floating the river with you and
Gordy ... It was a great 3+ days for us ... Thanks again. We hope to
see you again next year.
Good fishin.' - Dana R.
Thanks for the great time fishing.
Considering another trip, but would like to try the Sockeye as well!
Thanks again ' - T. Lee
- 'Thanks again so much for a great
day and our family and friends really enjoyed seeing us on the
Cold & Snowy, MN'
- 'Just wanted to drop you a line, to
thank you for providing Ron and I with such a well guided trip down
the Hoh. I know we both had a kick-ass time, in spite of the rain
and especially with that snow. What a trip that was! I would
recommend your service to anyone!' - MIKEY
- 'Hi Bob, Thanks again for the great
time. I really enjoyed myself on Sunday. You do a very good job of
taking care of your customers. I want to book 2 seats for next
November.' - J. Lai
- 'Bob: We arrived safely home.
Despite plans to stop in P.A. for dinner, the kids were sleeping so
soundly I made it all the way to Bainbridge Island before either of
them awoke. We all had a great time. The proof is that the kids told
stories about our day from the time we left Oxbow until mid-Lake
Crescent. Claire really liked the story about the guy who was
fighting so hard to get his rod in the holder he didn't realize he
had a fish on. She has a great memory for stories and that one will
stay with her for years ... I strongly suspect we will be seeing you
before Christmas next year. Happy holidays.'
J., P. & C. Knox
I just wanted to thank you again for all you did for us yesterday.
Me and my father in law had a great time and you'll definitely see
us again in the future.
I would appreciate it if you could email the pictures when you get a
chance. It's my only proof to my smack talkin' five year old nephew.
He'll be impressed that those fish were bigger than him.
Thanks again. You did a great job.'
Just some of what our customers have to say:
- 'Bob; I just wanted to send you a short note and
thank you for a wonderful fishing trip. My dad Harold, my brother
Gary and myself were there from the 16th to the 18th of August
fishing for silvers. My dad, my brother and myself all agreed that
you were the best guide that we had ever been out with. My eighty
eight year old dad really appreciated all the special treatment he
got and he really enjoyed seeing himself on the internet. The Smoke
Shop did a super job with our fish and dad said that the smoked fish
was the best he had ever tasted. If dad is feeling up to it next
year you will probably hear from us for another trip. Thanks again
you are the best.' - R. Weygint
- 'Hi Bob, This note is long overdue. Bard and I
had the time of our lives halibut and salmon fishing. You do a super
job. I would be glad to give references for you anytime ... ' - A.
- 'I would just like to thank you for a great time
while I was in Alaska, The fishing was great had the time of my
life. Thanks for putting in all the extra effort in getting the
trips lined up. I will definitely use you again next time I come up
to go fishing.' - R. Moore
- 'Hello Bob - you truly are the steelhead
warrior. We all thank you for an unforgettable trip on
Sunday, I could not have found a more knowledgeable, professional
guide. Tell Gordy & Jim that they are also top notch. It was very
difficult to get back into working mode on Monday morning! Please
let me know if you can get us on the river for the big pigs in
February. My dad, myself, dad in law, and brother in law' - P.
- 'Hello Bob,
Thanks a bunch for the great trip and the pictures. We both had a
very good time. Your knowledge, experience and professionalism on
the water are world class. I will definitely be fishing with you
again, in Alaska and on the Peninsula. I will recommend your
services to any body that has an interest.
I hope that's okay :-)
Thanks again Bob for a great trip. Thank Corey for being great too.
Alan' - Alan R.
Hey Bob & Corey, Just a quick note to
say thanks again for the great trip on 25 Feb. Bob thanks for being
so patient and helpful to my son, Jake, he really appreciated as
well as I. He's been talking about that trip non-stop since we got
back. He also told me to tell you that he stayed awake the ENTIRE
trip back (yeah I was shocked too). I will definitely be booking
with you all again in the future, and will be passing the word on
what a quality
outfit you run up there. Thanks again, C. Dewey aka Rocklizard
'Hi, Bob! Thank you again for such a
wonderful day on the river. My
dad and I enjoyed ourselves immensely, and we'll never forget it.
Here's the shot of the big one, let me know if you cannot open it.
Please send me the shot of my first fish if you get the chance.
Thanks again,' - T. Nordstrom
Enough letters already??
We'd like to share some of the
reasons we think we stand out from the crowd!
Many guides hired by
the bigger lodges or booking services are 18-25 year old college
kids that have never been to Alaska. While many of the charter
services you have to choose from may have operated for a long time, the
guide you will fish often may not have.
For many guests, a trip Alaska may be a
once-in-a-lifetime experience ... that should not be the case for
your guide. He / she should not have run a boat for the first time
or handled their first salmon a few weeks before your arrival.
That's not the case with our guides.
We employ only full-time fishing guides, most of whom spend hundreds
of days on the water every year. All have been at it for some time;
an average of 20+ years, and usually specialize in guiding on one particular fishery throughout the course of the season. They
also own their own boats and equipment, meaning they take the very
best care of it and know how to use it!
Guides that have
thousands of days on water under their belt not only have a better
knowledge of how to best ensure your safety, they also have the expertise
in helping you through unusual angling circumstances on the water
(perhaps, how to best help position the boat or net with a
once-in-a-lifetime fish), and other times simply the long-term
knowledge of a fishery in how to best increase your odds when
fishing may not be at its best.
Just the Right
Size: Too often we see the prime objective of many operations
to run as many people through their operation as they can. Lost in
this is the sense of personal service and the attention to the
little things that can make a guest's stay a boom or a bust. Our
goal is not to be the biggest, rather we simply wish to be known as
the very best! While
we're large enough to meet the needs of most every guest, we always
pay attention to the little things from the moment you first contact
us regarding a booking to the time you make it home!
Run-arounds!: Because of the
fact that we network with lodging providers and other independent
guides, we don't have to try to keep lodging facilities or boats full all season long. That means when you contact us regarding
your trip, we'll give you the straight scoop on when to come and
we'll help you pick out the trips that will best suit you! No
sweet-talk to fill a boat or a cabin / room in a lousy timeframe!
A look at our Alaska
halibut fishing section will illustrate this point. We take the
time to explain how tides influence the fisheries and then give you
tide charts to help pick your dates for the best odds at taking home
nicer fish. We'll guarantee you that you won't see much of that out
there on other sites and it's an excellent representation of how we
Subbing: Subletting trips is a common practice on the
Kenai Peninsula. Subletting trips? That is the practice of hiring
independent charter captains and guides to fish guests of another
business. This is how all the charter / guide services / lodges
offer such a variety of trips in each of the Peninsula’s fisheries.
Basically, it is a huge network of operations working together. The
super high-end lodges do it (many of them call us to take their
guests), so do the booking agencies offered through retail
storefronts, no one offers every single
type of trip without ‘hiring out’.
We also hire out, especially during very busy periods or on
specialty trips such as sea kayaking; but there are several things that
we do differently than most other companies in our subletting
practices. Most important of these is that we will not finalize your
booking until we can make sure we have a quality guide lined up for
you for each fishery. Some companies will just book you in and then
worry about finding a guide / boat to take you at a later date (they
often call around the day before a trip!). We will NOT do this, as
occasionally, a quality guide is not available even some time out.
Sometimes this means that we may have to make a few phone calls to
make sure we can accommodate you, but it's pivotal in providing
a great experience for you!
Customization of your Trip: We've often heard
from prospective clients that they didn't care for the rigid
schedule of operations they've fished with before. Most often
relating to meal schedules for fully-inclusive packages, trips always left and ended at the same time - despite the
fact that in order to provide guests with the best fishing, that's
not how to do things!
By providing no more than breakfast
at any of our lodging locations, our guides can set trip times to
work on fishes' schedule and not the cooks'. We do whatever it takes to ensure you
have the best fishing trip possible. Day-to-day weather changes
and tide cycles influence nearly all of the fisheries and we'll travel to wherever we need
to go and always schedule your day to put you on the best fishing
You can also start / end your packages anytime
you wish to. No requirements of coming in on a certain day or
departing on a certain day ... this can often mean substantial
airfare savings and work better with your vacation planning. Our packages are fully customizable,
simply let us know what you'd like to do and we're always happy to
accommodate your requests!
Your Best Value:
We're not the cheapest, nor are we the most
expensive. Like most any product or service, we've always been a believer that you get what you pay
for ... up to a point. With Piscatorial Pursuits, you get the best
guides, boats, lodging, and equipment all for what we feel to be a reasonable price.
As our Alaska trips are European-plan
where guests handle their own meals, guests can save loads of money
versus meal-inclusive packages by visiting one of the 50+
restaurants in the area or doing some of their own cooking if they
wish as most of our lodging facilities offer full kitchens. Because we operate year-round, we
also don't have to try to inflate our rates to provide ourselves with a
decent living with only 4 or 5 months of actual operation. By
operating year-round in two locales, we can offer our guests fair
rates for our services.
In addition, we operate under a
business model that includes advertising little and working with a
high repeat-guest rate, yet paying our guides well --
allowing us to still be able to keep our rates affordable, yet
providing service and trip quality that is a far
cry from what is known in the industry terms as a "cheapie charter".
the Fisheries / Communities / Involvement: Piscatorial Pursuits has long
been an advocate of responsible / selective harvest in our
fisheries. As full-time fishing guides who wish to keep doing so for
many more years, our involvement in the conservation of our fish stocks
is nearly unmatched in the industry. While politics are
probably are our least favorite part of the fishing industry, we also
know they are perhaps one of the most important parts of it.
Piscatorial Pursuits has been a
long-time contributor to fisheries enhancement as well as other
outdoor / community groups through donations of numerous trips and
fundraisers through this very site to
organizations such as the Wild Steelhead Coalition, Ducks Unlimited,
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Quillayute Valley Scholarship
Auction, Langley Christian School, Children's Hospital, Toys for
Tot's, Make-A-Wish Foundation, The Caring Place, the Alaska Sealife Center and
Bob is also the Region 6 (Olympic
representative of the
Wild Steelhead Coalition and also has served as past Vice-President and the
current President of the
Olympic Peninsula Guides' Association.
Both groups are heavily involved in fisheries issues, conservation,
and in the case of the latter group, some major enhancement projects
in the Forks area.
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