Brett Rosson from Highliner Charters is one of a handful of Anacortes charter fishermen who will tell you that some of the best fishing in the Pacific Northwest is just off the shores of Fidalgo Island. “A lot of people are surprised to learn we offer year-round fishing,” Rosson says. Jolly Mon Charters, R&R charters, and Catchmore Charters are also available at the local marinas. Once aboard the boat, you’re just a short distance to Rosario Strait and the San Juan Islands. Clients are asked to show up at the marina with food, drink—and warm clothing, including rain gear and soft-soled shoes. Forgot some gear? Need a meal for the boat? No worries! It’s available for purchase in Anacortes. Don’t forget a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen—even in winter. The rest – boat, tackle, equipment, and any needed expertise – come with the charter package. A single-day fishing license is required for every onboard passenger age 15 or older; state fishing licenses, good for the year, can be purchased at Ace Hardware in Anacortes. Fish or no, charters include memorable water and island vistas and wildlife sightings: seals, sea lions, harbor porpoises, bald eagles and other raptors, and a huge variety of sea birds are common. Bringing along your camera, binoculars, and a good bird ID book can add greatly to time on the water—and stories to tell at the end of the day.
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