All-inclusive Port Hardy, Vancouver Island salmon & halibut fishing charters, wildlife & whale watching tours

frequently asked questions

Why should I choose Serengeti Fishing Charters?
How long are the fishing trips?
How much gear is supplied?
Are there washrooms aboard your boats ?
Is it possible to arrange the packing and the shipping of the fish?
Are the fish we catch cleaned?
How often does the weather cancel trips?
Is it possible to arrange transportation to your house from local airports?.
Should I make a reservation?
Do you require a deposit?
When are the best times to book a fishing charter to catch salmon or halibut?
How many people can fish on one trip?
Is there food on the boat?

Why should I choose Seregeti Fishing Charters?
You get the experience of a lifetime with Serengeti, where you are truly an honoured guest. Our boat offers a level of luxury and safety unmatched by any of our competitors. Serengeti gives you the most comfortable and consistent fishing for your money. Best of all, Serengeti Charters' first goal is your success. Our hours are flexible and we will go wherever is required to find your catch of a lifetime. The vast majority of our halibut and bottomfish spots we are the only ones that know about it and will be the only boats around for miles and miles.  We know where the fish are, period!

How long are the fishing trips?
Our goal is to make sure you catch fish...and lots of them! If that takes 10 or 12 hours, we'll be out on the water for as long as it takes.  Many companies fish from 6am to 2pm, dock to dock, we don't, and we make sure we hit the best tides for fishing, ensuring you go home with a boatload of fish. If you wish to leave earlier or return at a different time, it can be arranged with prior notice.

How much gear is supplied?
All fishing gear, bait, and tackle is provided in the original price of the charter.  However, you must buy your fishing license from a local dealer (Approx. $26), which we can arrange.

Are there washrooms aboard your boats?
On all our vessels, there are toilets available for use.

Is it possible to arrange the packing and the shipping of the fish?
Yes, we deal with several fish smoking and packaging businesses in the local area and upon request, this can easily be arranged.  We suggest Hardy Buoys Smoked Salmon Inc. for all processing and smoking needs.

Are the fish we catch cleaned ?
Yes, as soon as we come back to the marina, we will clean or filet and bag the fish caught during the day for you.

How often does the weather cancel trips?
Weather has never canceled a Serengeti fishing trip.  We have numerous spots close to home to fish where we have great success if the seas are too rough to make it to our usual fishing grounds.  However, since we have our 33ft Pursuit, weather is rarely an issue, and in the past 2 years there has only been one day where we have not been able to make it to the prime fishing grounds in the Ms. Heather III.

Is is possible to arrange transportation to your house from local airports?
Absolutely.  The closest airport is right in Port Hardy and flights go to and from Vancouver on a daily basis.

Should I make a reservation?
Reservations are strongly recommended. Our most popular charter periods are booked very quickly - often well in advance. Our rebooking rate is extremely high, hopefully due to the great experience our guests have. For the 2012 season we are almost fully booked and it is only October, so the sooner the better to call.

Do you require a deposit?
If you book before Jan 1st of your fishing year, a $1000 per boat deposit is required, with that deposit being bumped up to 50% come January, with the remainder being paid 30 days before your scheduled arrival.

When are the best times to book a fishing charter to catch salmon or halibut?
To catch salmon, the best times are from early June to early September.  To catch halibut, the best season is from the beginning of May to the end of September (depending on DFO regulations).

How many people can fish on one trip?
The maximum amount of people we will take is 4 on each boat, or 12 people for one trip (on three separate boats).  If planning a trip with more than 4 people, be sure to make your reservations early in order to reserve all boats for the same time period.  If your group is larger then 12, arrangements can be made as well to get you all on a Serengeti trip at the same time. To reserve, please click here.

Is there food on the boat?
Yes, ALL food for lunches and drinks (non-alcoholic) are provided for you on board.  If you have any food allergies, please tell us in advance.  Alcoholic beverages can be made available upon request at your own cost.

Reserve early! During peak season, the best times are quickly booked, with reservations made in a year in advance in some cases for the summer. To reserve your Serengeti Fishing Charter, please click here.
 
   
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