Bering Sea Crab Fisherman's Tour from Ketchikan

Bering Sea Crab Fisherman's Tour from Ketchikan
Outdoor Activities > Fishing Charters & Tours > Fishing Tour
$179
Duration: 3 hours
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A MUST DO TOUR IN ALASKA! One of the highest rated tours offered along Alaska's beautiful inside passage.  Find out what life is like as a commercial fisherman from men who have worked in the rugged Bering Sea.  These guys are the real deal! On board the Aleutian Ballad, a boat that was featured on the Discovery Channel’s popular TV show Deadliest Catch, you’ll cruise through the calm, protected waterways of the Inside Passage with an expert crew, watching as marine creatures of all kinds are caught and hauled up on deck. Catch is then held in a live tank for observation before being released back into the wild. You’ll see king crab, box crab, octopus, rockfish, prawns and more, plus you may catch sight of other local wildlife like sea lions and porpoise.  This tour has also become world renowned for a spectacular encounter with eagles in the wild.

At your pre-selected departure time, meet your ship’s crew members at the main cruise ship dock in Ketchikan, and walk the short distance to the Aleutian Ballad, the 107-foot (33-meter) ocean-going vessel that will maneuver you through the waterways of the Inside Passage.

Once you’re on board, have a seat in the heated and sheltered amphitheater on the lower deck, or take advantage of the views from the open-air upper deck. Your crew will then push off and head away from the dock. While you make your way to the fishing grounds, stay warm with a cup of complimentary coffee, tea or hot chocolate, and learn a bit about the Aleutian Ballad’s history as a commercial fishing boat, including how it became famous on season two of Deadliest Catch, when the boat was hit by a 60-foot (18-meter) rogue wave and lived to tell the tale.

As the boat pulls up to the fishing grounds, watch the crew go to work baiting the fishing gear with salmon and squid and throwing the long-line gear overboard. Then enjoy as sea creatures of all kinds are hauled up from the water and onto the deck of the boat: rockfish, gray cod, ratfish, wolf eel, Dungeness crab, box crab, octopus, prawn and more. A 700 lb Bering Sea king crab pot will also be hauled up from the deep to demonstrate the scale of a major fishing operation. 

After the crew expertly sorts through the catch, the fish and other marine life will be placed in a tank on the deck for your observation. Take photos and even touch some of them before they are released back into the wild.

In addition to what comes up on board, other native wildlife may also be in the area — keep your eyes peeled for whales, porpoises, sea lions and eagles. After the crew has stowed all the fishing equipment, feel free to ask any questions while you head back to the dock — the crew loves to share stories about life at sea!

A MUST DO TOUR IN ALASKA! One of the highest rated tours offered along Alaska's beautiful inside passage.  Find out what life is like as a commercial fisherman from men who have worked in the rugged Bering Sea.  These guys are the real deal! On board the Aleutian Ballad, a boat that was featured on the Discovery Channel’s popular TV show Deadliest Catch, you’ll cruise through the calm, protected waterways of the Inside Passage with an expert crew, watching as marine creatures of all kinds are caught and hauled up on deck. Catch is then held in a live tank for observation before being released back into the wild. You’ll see king crab, box crab, octopus, rockfish, prawns and more, plus you may catch sight of other local wildlife like sea lions and porpoise.  This tour has also become world renowned for a spectacular encounter with eagles in the wild.