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Whittier Alaska Fishing Charter

Captain Kristen Labrecque

Captain Kristen Labrecque has been living in Alaska for over 27 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 47 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 Brady Barrineau

Captain Brady comes to us from over the Atlantic Ocean  He is our newest international super Captain!  Saltwater Excursions welcomes Captain Brady back for his second season.  Brady spent 2021 fishing Prince William Sound for a fellow charter operator right here in Whittier, Alaska and spent the 2023 season running the M/V Saltwater Addiction for us!  He knows these waters!  Captain Brady has been a licensed captain for over 26 years and is a commercial diver.  Not only does he know what is on top of the water, he knows what is under it!  On his long impressive list of talents, he is also a professional photographer.  A man of many talents.  Brady looks forward to seeing you and showing you how it is done!

Captain John Aros

Captain John Aros

Captain John Aros

Captain John Aros, once an Alaska Native, has been sailing since he was a young boy.  Fascinated by the water John became a United States Navy Diver and went on to become a hyperbaric medical specialist and commercial diver.  He holds a USCG 100 Ton Master Captain license and has over 46,000 Nautical miles at sea.  He has come onboard Saltwater Excursions, joining us this year all the way from the Sea of Cortez where he is an ASA Sailing Master Instructor and Instructor Examiner for those wanting to learn advanced navigation, offshore passage making and celestial navigation.  Along with his teaching career, he operates a private yacht management and yacht delivery company. Rest assured your time with him fishing our Alaskan waters will be a memorable one, leaving you wanting to return again and again fishing and exploring all the best areas that Prince William Sound has to offer.

Deckhand Andy Platz

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Meet Deckhand Andy Platz, coming to us from Germany.

Meet Deckhand Andy Platz, the newest member to the Saltwater Excursions Sport-fish Team.  Andy comes to us from Germany, speaking 3 different languages.  Andy went to school and studied Business Economics.  He is also a volunteer fire fighter in his hometown in Germany.  Andy’s previous experience includes working on a pearl boat in Australia in rough weather conditions and working on several farms and cattle ranches in the Outback of Australia.  Andy is not afraid of hard day’s work.  Lets give Andy a warm Alaska welcome.  He is looking forward to making your experience halibut fishing in Whittier, Alaska one to remember.

M/V Saltwater Addiction

The M/V Saltwater Addiction is a 26 ft Offshore Duckworth with an extended transom with an overall length of 31 feet.  It is a 2011 model powered by new 2020 twin Yamaha 200 DEC outboard engines with electronic controls.  The M/V Saltwater Addiction is also sporting new 2021 state of the art Garmin Navionics, with Garmin and Airmar transducers allowing for side vue and clear vue capabilities.  Also included is a private marine head, a heated cabin with a new 2021 Planar 44D diesel heater, a 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 HARDWIRE TACKLE and KODIAK CUSTOM TACKLE!

M/V Saltwater Therapy

The M/V Saltwater Therapy is a 31 ft NorthRiver with an extended transom with an overall length of 34 feet.  It is a 2023 model powered by new 2023 twin Mercury  300 outboard engines with electronic controls.  The M/V Still Addicted is also sporting new 2023 state of the art Garmin Navionics, with Garmin and Airmar transducers allowing for side vue and clear vue capabilities.  Also included is a private marine head, a heated cabin with an Espar Heater 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 HARDWIRE TACKLE and KODIAK CUSTOM TACKLE!