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Kristen Labrecque

Captain Kristen Labrecque

Captain Kristen Labrecque has been living in Alaska for over 21 years. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Statistics and did graduate work in Bio-Statistics at the University of Minnesota. She holds a Master’s License with the United States Coast Guard and has over 41 years of boating experience. Her experience ranges from small 6-pack vessels to large ocean-class vessels within the Alaska Marine Highway System. Kristen is also a licensed Airline Transport Pilot and a licensed Flight Instructor in both Helicopters and Airplanes. Prior to starting Saltwater Excursions, Kristen flew Contract Helicopters for the US ARMY, flying medevac missions in remote areas of Northern Alaska. Kristen was also a check airmen for the Alaska State Troopers in their aviation division.

Join Captain Kristen Labrecque as we cruise the crystal-clear waters of Alaska’s sounds and inlets. View glacier-capped mountains and teeming wildlife while enjoying world-class fishing in Alaska’s rich waters. Safety is her number one priority!

Captain Reece Stratford

Reece was born and raised in Santa Cruz, California.  He grew up fishing for salmon, halibut, lingcod and rockfish off the coast of California.  Coming off a season working in San Diego on a long range charter boat fishing for pelagic species, Reece is ready to go back to his roots fishing for the same species which he grew up on.

Nolan Mehl

Captain Nolan Mehl

Nolan is back and a licensed Master with the USCG! Many of you may remember Nolan from the 2018 fishing season.  Nolan comes to us from Santa Cruz, CA.  Nolan has been on the water fishing for halibut, salmon, rockfish and lingcod since he was a kid.  He actually fished on the M/V Saltwater Addiction when he was 11 years old when he came up to Alaska for a family vacation.

Saltwater Addiction

The Saltwater Addiction is a 26 ft Offshore Duckworth with an extended transom.  It is a 2011 model powered by twin Yamaha 150 HP outboard engines.  Included is a private marine head, a heated cabin, Wallas diesel stove, and a cuddy cabin with a place to lie down.  We use only the best fishing gear: AVET REELS, EDGE RODS, FINS FISHING LINE and of course KODIAK CUSTOM TACKLE!