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Our Boats & Captains

Captain Wes Jones
The Irish

 

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Dared by a friend to follow life’s dreams, Captain Wes drove 6,000 miles from Florida to Alaska to first begin working on a volcano research vessel in the remote Aleutian Islands. He has also crewed on a commercial fishing salmon boat, catching tens-of-thousands of pounds of fish a day. But, his favorite job has been charter fishing out of Homer because of the epic mountains, incredible fishing, and fun-loving locals and visitors that are unique to this last frontier. To him, there’s no better office than the Irish in Homer.

The “Irish” carries a maximum of 16 fishermen (more if all one party) and is also available for groups up to 22 passengers for sightseeing, weddings, school groups, nature tours, oil industry and other transportation services. The Irish can comfortably handle handicapped fisherman.

Captain Ben Martin
The West Cape

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Capt. Ben Martin, has upgraded his boat for 2019 with the “West Cape” a 33 ft Bounty Motor Yacht. This boat is more spacious and efficient than his previous boat the Fringe Benefit. He will continue to provide his clients with World Class fishing for his 12th season. Halibut is the staple, but when in season he loves to do more of the Ultimate Combo trips targeting all species possible. Ben was 2010’s Homer Jackpot Derby Winning Captain!

Captain Brian Ritchie
The Beau Soleil

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Captain Brian is a born-and-bred Homerite. He holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Science focusing on fisheries and halibut biology. He is running his 6th season as a charter captain. The beautiful Beau Soleil is a comfy 35’ Bertram that holds 6 anglers for halibut, salmon, or rockfish fishing. Brian is here to make your Alaskan fishing dreams come true.

Captain Jay Keller
The Keeper

Capt. Jay Keller, owner operator of the “Keeper”, is a long-time local commercial fisherman/charter operator born and raised in Homer, Alaska. With his love for fishing and local knowledge, he brings confidence and expertise to your quality fun filled day on the water. Jay offers salmon fishing, halibut/salmon combos or the Ultimate Combo during certain times of the season.

The Storm Petrel
The Storm Petrel

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Originally from Atlanta, Georgia Captain Doug came up for a summer of adventure and fishing. The beautiful views of Alaska, the community of Homer, and getting to be on the water everyday are what made Doug call Homer his home. This is Dougs 7th season of charter fishing and his 4th season captaining. With Dougs quick witted sense of humor and a little bit of bait you’ll be sure to have a great day on the water.

The Storm Petrel specializes in Halibut, Halibut/Salmon Combos, and the Ultimate Combo. Call us for more information on this boat!

The Office Crew

 

And let’s not forget the tireless ground crew who pick up where the captains leave off, hauling your lunkers up to the office, weighing them, taking pictures, and filleting them as you relax with a hot cup of coffee or a well deserved ice cold beer at the “Salty Dawg” across the street. Kathy Brennan, Emmy Olsen, and Meaghan McCallum taking your bookings, making dad jokes, ordering your lunches, fielding your questions, and making sure that you leave North Country Charters smiling.