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Kristen Labrecque

Captain Kristen Labrecque

Captain Kristen Labrecque has been living in Alaska for over 19 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 40 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.

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!

Halibut Charters Whittier Alaska

Captain Jeff Gorton

Captain Jeff comes  to us with over 31 years of ocean experience, 22 years of experience in Prince William Sound and 9 years of experience in Southeast and the Inside Passage.  Jeff has lived in Alaska for over 46 years and has raised 3 boys in that time.  He has done everything from running large live aboard yachts to commercial fishing.  Jeff is part-time with Saltwater Excursions and full-time with the M/V Northern Explorer.

Nolan Mehl

Deckhand Nolan Mehl

Nolan grew up in Santa Cruz, CA.  He graduated from Santa Cruz High School this year and came up to Alaska to work with Saltwater Excursions.  In 2012, Nolan was actually a client on Saltwater Excursions when he took his first vacation to Alaska.  His plan is to go to the Maritime Academy and graduate with a 4 year degree and receive his Third Mates License.
Whittier Alaska Halibut Charters

Deckhand Anthony Sobrino

Many of you may know Mr. Anthony Sobrino.  He was Saltwater Excursion’s full time deckhand 3 years ago and he is back this year working part-time.  Anthony joined us from Phoenix, AZ but loved Alaska so much that he moved his wife and son up here to become permanent Whittier residents.  Anthony and Krystal opened up Kittiwake Corner gift shop located on the harbor loop in 2017.

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, G LOOMIS RODS, FINS FISHING LINE and of course KODIAK CUSTOM TACKLE!