Let's make way for a recreational, entertaining, and reel fun day on the serene Puget Sound!
Fishing the greater Seattle area is ideal for anglers, sport fishers, friends, families, and business trips! There is something for everyone, whether you're looking for fishing, crabbing, whale watching, or just want to be surrounded by beautiful Pacific Northwest wildlife!
With over 40 years of salmon fishing and 26 years of deep sea charter experience, Captain Craig Reedy offers the best service you will receive in comfort and style for your Puget Sound trip! Safety first is our top priority! Come aboard the motor yacht Gratitude; the 34 foot, 12 foot wide, Cadillac of the sea!
New! Lowrance high-definition fish finder and GPS chartplotter on board!
We offer morning and afternoon Everett and Seattle fishing charter trips, as well as whale watching and plenty of other activities! See the rates page for details!
Every trip includes Internet access, digital photographs, running water private restroom, excellent fishing gear and poles, free coffee, fish cleaning and bagging, and plenty of other conveniences!
Don't be afraid if it's your first time fishing; training, including using down riggers, is included with every trip!
We are now departing out of the Port of Everett, which is about 25 minutes north of Seattle (see Location).
The Port of Everett is one of Washington's nicest deep sea ports! With plenty of Ocean view and little traffic, you will surely enjoy your stay!
Ocean-side restaurants offer family dining with a boating atmosphere, and there are plenty of places to stay within a short drive (see Lodging). Ask for charter discounts!
There are many popular fishing species in the Puget Sound. Contact us if you need any help learning about what's in season!
Chinook (King) Salmon
The chinook is also known as the King Salmon. It is distinguished by dark spotting on the back (and usually on both lobes of the tail), a long anal fin, and teeth set in black gums.
The ocean-type chinook generally spends a brief time in freshwater streams. It then migrates to estuary waters, where it may stay for an extended time before heading out to sea. Of all salmon species, "ocean-type" (fall) chinook rely most on estuaries and nearshore waters along Puget Sound.
Chum (Dog) Salmon
Chum salmon, also known as dog or keta salmon, are usually the last of the Pacific salmon to enter fresh water, spawning in early winter.
Chums are distinguished by distinct dark vertical bars along their sides. Color ranges through blacks and grays to a drab reddish hue in the advanced stages of spawning. Males develop such a sharply hooked nose that their large, dog-like teeth become totally exposed. Females have the barred coloration along the sides but do not have the other characteristics.
Coho (Silver) Salmon
Coho are also known as Silvers (and Bluebacks when caught before full maturity). They are the most popular game salmon, as well as one of the most valuable commercial species.
When coho enter estuary waters, they may be two years old and relatively large. As larger smolts, coho may pass quickly through estuaries and out to sea. In some cases however, the transition to the ocean may be prolonged. Some coho never leave costal waters and return early to spawn as immature "jacks".
Pink (Humpy) Salmon
Pink salmon, also known as Humpies, live only about two years. While spawning, the males develop a humped back. Both male and female change color from bright silver to pale gray with a white to yellow belly.
Pink salmon begin migrating almost immediately. They move rapidly into tidal channels and nearshore nursery areas, often in schools. After a few weeks to a few months here, they move offshore, where they migrate at sea for 12-16 months.
Sockeye (Red) Salmon
The sockeye is historically our most commercially valuable fish because of its high oil content and ability to hold its red color in the can.
While spawning, male Sockeye have a humped back and hooked noses, while female Sockeye retain their natural shape. Both male and female turn from their normal blue-tinged silver color to varying shades of red when they reach the spawning streams.
Steelhead are large rainbow trout that go to sea. Young steelhead spend two to three years in streams developing. Studies show that steelhead from the Puget Sound area are genetically distinct from other regions.
Returning steelhead fresh out of ocean carry a blue-black spotted back with silver sides and an alabaster belly (known as Chromers). Fish that spend time in the river return to their traditional colors of a rainbow trout.
With a safety-first attitude and over 26 years of charter experience off the coast of Everett and the near Seattle area, Captain Craig knows how to make sure your fishing trip is a great one!
Captain Craig Reedy is a Master USCG Near Coastal Captain and the motor yacht Gratitude is the largest salmon troller on the Puget Sound. You'll be in good hands when you book a trip with AAA Fishing Charters!
Learn more about Captain Craig and the M/Y Gratitude.