Chad Matthews grew up fishing and boating from a young age. Even then, it was always more then just dropping a line in the water. Fishing became a never-ending quest for knowledge; understanding fish migrations, food supply based on time of year, and finding the best locations. So, he turned his passion into a career, moving his family to the Kenai Peninsula where he and his wife run C-View Cabins and O’Fish’ial Charters of Alaska.
Over the years Chad spent countless hours with seasoned Alaskan fishermen who shared time-tested advice – and their fishing hotspots – with him. He combines this knowledge with a customer-service focus (no grumpy fishing captains allowed!), business-savvy (offering lodging as well as charters to boost customer convenience), and passion for sharing all the excitement and adventure Alaska fishing has to offer.
O’Fish’ial Charters specializes in halibut and king salmon charter fishing, as well as Long Range trophy fish hunts. (Bonus! Kachemak Bay offers not only amazing fishing, but also incredible ocean and volcanic views.)
Quality Charter Experience
For many, a charter fishing trip in Alaska is a once-in-a-lifetime deal. Chad knows that as well as anyone, so has made substantial investments in equipment and other perks that contribute to a quality charter:
- Comfort. Out of Homer, guests have 4 options to choose from. The first two are the 6 passenger 37’ Tollycrafts, Bear Force 1 and 2. These, as fishing vessels could almost be considered luxurious with an enclosed heated cabin, rare private bathroom and a below-deck lounge for stretching out. Amenities like these balance the “rugged” aspect of an Alaskan fishing experience. The third option is another 6 passenger vessel, the 28’ O’Fish’ial. This is the fastest boat with cruise speeds of 30 knots — it will get you to the fish in a hurry. Last but not least is the 41’ O’Fish’ial Business which accommodates large parties for trips ranging from half day halibut to long rage trophy fish hunts.
- Convenient location. O’Fish’Ial Charters is located on the Homer Shores Boardwalk across the street from the harbor.
- Gears. Save your shoulders when pulling up the big fish. Vessels are equipped with two speed reels. Just push a button to put you in high gear.
- Forget freezer burn. Catching your fish is just the first step. You also need a reliable way to get it home. O’Fish’ial will filet it for you and offers a state-of-the-art process technique and higher quality bags that keep your catch fresh up to two years. (Tip: Chad knows plenty of ways to prepare halibut and salmon – from simple to ‘full chef’ variations. Be sure to ask for his latest favorite recipe.)
Choosing your Adventure
Your dates of travel will affect the type of fishing excursion you can select. The good news is, there’s something going on all year long!