We know there are many companies offering Alaska fishing and lodging services on the Kenai Peninsula. We are proud to display some of the positive feedback we have received from past guests. If you would like a list of references to contact personally, call or email us anytime. Sincerely, Mark and Cindy Glassmaker Hi Mark and Cindy,
Thurman Horne Mt. Pleasant, NC Mark and Brent
I just wanted to let you know that me and my son (Byron) really had a blast on the trips you lined up for us. Please give our thanks to the guides (Derek and Mike O'Neil (SP?).) They really worked hard, had great dispositions and made the trips very memorable. Can't ask for more than that......except the fish...and they got us those as well! I have attached a couple of pictures. My son's king was awesome. I hope we can fish with you guys again (maybe next year.) Thanks! Thurman Horne Mt. Pleasant, NC Mark and Brent, Keith, Kathy and I thank you for a memorable trip again. Cheers, Tom Nye Anchorage, AK
Joe Van Meter
Mike Keyser 3 Day Fishing Review
Hello, I just wanted to drop you both a note and say thank you for the wonderful experience my Uncle and I had in Alaska last week. We flew home with a huge smile on our faces because we were extremely pleased with every facet of our trip. The Moose Horn 2 was a fabulous place to stay and we were more than pleased with all the accommodations. All our excursions were incredible and built memories to last a lifetime! Catching two Kings on the Kenai was the highlight of our trip and an unforgettable experience. I can't wait till my kids are a bit older so I can take them back up there to share in my experience. All the guides were fabulous and I think they individually deserve some praise. Our first day of fishing was with Derek on the Kenai looking to catch a King Salmon. Derek was on time and ready to go when we got down to the rivers edge. As promised, he had a warm thermos of coffee and explained the safety rules very well. Derek was very patient with answering all our questions considering he is probably asked the same questions everyday. He explained every part of the process to catch a King and was outstanding in putting us in the right position each time. He worked extremely hard to get us on the fish and it paid off halfway through the trip. As I was fighting my 35lbs King he positioned the boat perfectly and made the process seem so simple. I was extremely happy with the outcome of the day partly due to the hard work Derek put into us.
The second day was our fly out and we were guided by a gentlemen named Nick. Putting aside the fantastic experience in the float plane, Nick was incredible at getting us on the water very quickly. We were fishing in the prime sockeye spot within 15 minutes of landing. Nick was very patient at teaching us a new fishing technique that allowed for us to bring the sockeye in very fast. We limited out just over 30 minutes! From there Nick gave us an opportunity to fish for silvers and bring us to an area where a large portion of the sockeye were spawning already. I know the meat is not good eating when they are that deep red but I've always wanted to catch a sockeye that had the snarled nose and the greenish head. Needless to say Mission Complete (Nick took a fantastic picture of the whole experience)! Nick had an extreme knowledge of the area and kept us wanting more as he guided us through the territory. Oh by the way we saw a ton of bears on the trip that I was able to get incredible photos of!
Day three brought us back onto the Kenai for a second run at the Kings. I was anxious to get my uncle a King because after all, we were there for his 60th birthday. We had the pleasure of Brent being our guide for this day. Brent is from northern California so my uncle and I felt an immediate liking to him due to the familiar locations where we call home (bay area). With this being our second day on the river we had some level of expectations for the day. We did not realize we were going to fish a completely different portion of the river and was quite pleased doing so.
My uncle and I were coupled up with a father and son from Louisiana that were looking for their first king. Brent did a fantastic job maneuvering through the faster water and showed an extreme amount of patience with our younger member on board. Brent was very good at changing our bait frequently and always seemed extremely confident that we were going to catch fish that day. He wasn't lying, the father from Louisiana caught a 22lbs King and my uncle caught a 45lbs King that day. I video taped all of the Kings caught that day (as well as mine the previous day) and what is impressive when you watch the video back of my uncles catch is how Brent managed the boat through the river during the fight.
He was extremely on top of where our boat was positioned, the fish on the line and my uncle pulling it in. My hats off to the job Brent did and for helping my uncle achieve one of his dreams!
Below are the links on YouTube where you can see all three catches. Also, I have attached some pics of the Kings we caught as well.
Dave Keyser Catching a King - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIi78aazlzg
Mike Keyser Catching a King - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=paxLwQZ8NmQ
Gerry Catching a King - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vrLldy6VfMI
Our final day of fishing was the Halibut trip out of Deep Creek with the Key-O-Guide service. Levi and Hunter were great hosts and impressive to watch work together. Most brothers I know can't stand next to each other for minutes without fighting. Those two were extremely professional and worked at an extremely fast pace. After launching the boat into the ocean we blazed out to the first spot and caught one halibut. The pace of bite was not fast enough for Levi and Hunter so we moved another couple miles to hit a second spot.
The weather was picking up so we knew it was critical to get on the fish quick. Levi quickly anchored us into our second spot and Hunter had the lines down less than five minutes of anchoring the boat. I could not believe my eyes when all four poles went off at the same time and we started cranking up halibut minute after minute. Fish On!
Once we got our limit we headed back to shore and experienced the coolest boat on trailer technique I have ever seen. It was awesome coming into the shore at high speed and ramming the boat into the trailer. Very cool! Levi and Hunter were kick ass and extremely considerate of a young 14 year old boy that was sea sick on board. I would trust them with my kids next time we go up for some halibut. Finally, I just want say thanks again to the both of you (Mark and Cindy). I realize an operation like yours takes time away from your family at times and requires some attention to detail. You took extremely great care of us and we always felt that we knew what was going on and what to expect the following day. Thank you so much for letting us use some tackle to try the flossing technique (we called it the sockeye snag) down by your shore on the river.
It was an incredible experience and I will recommend the Glassmaker name to everyone I know interested fishing in Alaska. I plan to bring my younger clan of the family in the coming years to Alaska and will not hesitate to use your services again. Thanks and hopefully see you soon... Mike Keyser San Ramon CA