Thank You to Our Amazing Crew
Here at Inlet Charters, we have enjoyed the bountiful August season with berry picking and silver salmon fishing. To us, this time of year marks the peak of summer: picking the colorful berries, making jam, freezing berries for added color during winter, and having salmon in the brine while the smoker gets set up. As the Fireweed reaches its peaks, the Sandhill Cranes and their colts fly overhead while this year’s Pheasants strut through the tall grasses. We can’t help but feel grateful for what this summer has brought to us over here at Inlet Charters. We have had the joy of meeting many folks and have heard many stories from travelers and Alaskans about the joy of being out in nature and relishing in Homer’s natural beauty.
We are thankful for the Inlet team and what we have been able to offer because of everyone involved. Our Captains and deckhands bring so much to the table, and work so hard to provide you with the trip of a lifetime. Our Office staff keeps everything in “ship shape” behind the scenes, gives you all the information you need for a successful and fun trip, AND manages to add humor to it all! It truly takes a village and everyone working together to make the best of what is presented to us. Enjoy some of the fun details about some of the Inlet Team.
Lindsey has been a deckhand on the Whistler for 6 seasons now. She grew up in Connecticut but moved to Alaska ten years ago to work seasonally. Lindsey has spent time working in Denali National Park, the Alaskan Rail Tour Train, and has ended up making her summer home here in Homer, Alaska working in the charter fishing industry. In her free time, Lindsey loves to garden, cook, and is an avid artist, creating her own line of fish prints that she sells locally. Aside from being a first mate, Lindsey also earned her 100 GT Master’s Captain’s license. When she’s not on the water fishing, she can be found skiing in the mountains of Vermont, Colorado, and Tahoe. Lindsey has been a deckhand on the Whistler for 6 seasons now. She grew up in Connecticut but moved to Alaska ten years ago to work seasonally. Lindsey has spent time working in Denali National Park, the Alaskan Rail Tour Train, and has ended up making her summer home here in Homer, Alaska working in the charter fishing industry. In her free time, Lindsey loves to garden, cook, and is an avid artist, creating her own line of fish prints that she sells locally. Aside from being a first mate, Lindsey also earned her 100 GT Master’s Captain’s license. When she’s not on the water fishing, she can be found skiing in the mountains of Vermont, Colorado, and Tahoe.
Spencer was born and raised in Hawaii on the island of Maui. He’s been fishing since he was 8 years old & loves nothing more than being on the ocean. Spencer’s favorite activities are surfing, fishing, and hunting. This is his second season in Alaska and there’s no better way to spend it than on the Whistler! Spencer commercial fishes back in Hawaii and teaches surf lessons all winter long.
Avery was born and raised in Homer to Barb and Gary Ault. He grew up in Homer riding bikes, fishing, hunting and enjoying the outdoors with friends and family. He started working on the Whistler part time when he was 10 years old as a deckhand & full time when he was 14. After graduating high school in 2007, he attended AVTEC for welding in Seward for two semesters while continuing to fish in the summers. After graduation he joined union local 375 as a pipeline construction helper out of Fairbanks from January to mid April but would still manage to make it back to Homer in the summer to fish on The Whistler with his dad and family until the fall of 2010. It was then that he joined the local 375 apprenticeship and moved to Fairbanks, AK full time. He proposed to his long time girlfriend on Thanksgiving of 2011 and got married in May of 2013. In 2015 he and his wife Kathryn welcomed their first child, Sage and moved back to Homer in the early spring of 2016 for the summer fishing season. He continued to journey out of the five year apprenticeship in Fairbanks, and in the late fall of 2015 he earned his 100 ton captains license. He started running The Whistler the summer of 2016, but continued to pipeline in the winters until his son Grayson was born in October of 2018. He took a year off from fishing and pipelining to take care of the kids while his wife Kathryn worked as a nurse practitioner in Fairbanks. In December 2019, he finally moved back to Homer full time. He ran The Whistler from May to August of that summer. He now owns The Whistler and continues to run yearly until mid September.
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Captain Sheridan has been running charter boats for the past 6 years. 2 years ago his passion for fishing & love for creating lifelong memories for all the guests he took out led him to purchase his own charter boat. A 32’ Fibercraft with twin Cummins diesel engines. His boat will cruise at 22 knots, providing a comfortable ride with a heated cabin and restroom. There is even room in the V-berth to take a nap although you might miss the big one if you’re sleeping! There is plenty of space for fishing with a 9’ wide by 11.5’ long deck. One of the largest platforms in the Homer 6 pack fleet. Captain Sheridan loves the outdoors and being on the water. When he’s not on the water he’s probably daydreaming about his next trip.
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Captain Jeremy is a Licensed Guide & USCG 25 Ton near Coastal Captain. He grew up in Wisconsin, and remembers tugging on his dad’s shirt as early as he can remember to go fish! His passion has only grown since he was a young. After 10 years as a full-time fishing guide, many tournament wins & top finishes in professional tournaments, what Captain Jeremy loves most is to share those experiences with others & pass on those moments of high motion, and appreciation of God’s creation of sea, mountains, and critters! His absolute favorite part of being a Captain is to see the smile on his client’s faces, and the bonding and emotional moments which occur in playing a role in doing the best he can to make your dreams come true! Captain Jeremy specializes in rockfish-halibut-salmon combo fishing charters. His favorite species is a tossup between Lingcod, King Salmon or Halibut.
Justine has always spent as much time as possible outside and she can’t think of a better way to spend the summer than working on a fishing boat meeting new people. After growing up in the Pacific Northwest, Justine moved to Bethel, Alaska six years ago. She is an emergency department nurse, lover of all snow sports (snowboarding, snowmachining, & her latest aspiration: snow-kiting). Justine is a dog-mom to Gunnar & of course she is a fisherwoman. In Alaska, fishing isn’t just a sport – it’s a way of life. Whether throwing gillnets on the Kuskokwim River, rod-and-reeling on the Kisaralik, or picking salmon off set nets in Seldovia Bay, Justine loves pulling in fish anytime, anywhere – and is excited to help you pull in yours!
Rick is a long time, experienced Alaska Fishing Guide who is ready to share his knowledge! Now retired, Rick just can’t seem to stay away from fishing! Rick was “on deck ” throughout the summer ready to help make your trip the best it possibly could be! Rick is a hard working, fun loving kind of guy who can’t sit still. He loves to work, guide boats, & loves to help people catch fish!
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Heath Harrington is a long time Alaskan who’s family homesteaded in the Anchor river area. Heath adds his positive attitude and life long local fishing knowledge to his fishing trips everyday. Heath has had his son Hunter as his deckhand along with Mick Wells and Mick’s brother Harley. Heath comes from a long line of Alaskans. His father Stan Harrington has passed yet his Blog lives on if you want to read stories from a homesteaders perspective.
THE OFFICE CREW
Chances are, if you’ve gone fishing on one of our boats, you’ve likely had the pleasure of meeting Barb. Barb has been the go-to gal since she first bought Inlet Charters back in 1991! Her years of experience and knowledge help provide you with the best adventure experience possible! You can always count on Barb to have a smiling face and a good story to tell. Before taking over Inlet and making it into the amazing place it is today, Barb dug deep into her Italian roots and owned a pizza restaurant also located on the Homer Spit. A true jack of all trades, Barb has an amazing green thumb and loves to garden in her off time. She also loves to spend time with her friends and family, particularly her grandchildren Sage and Grayson.
Emily is another one who has Inlet running through her veins. Daughter of Barb and sister to Captain Avery, Emily has been in the Charter business her whole life. She is a friendly face in the office with a wealth of knowledge to give on any sort of trip you’d like to go on. When she’s not in the office, Emily is a rockstar teacher and loves to spend time with her adorable dog Kona-who you may have met in the office this summer!
Linda came to Alaska for the first time in 1976 to summer with her cousins and aunt and uncle. Every weekend they would drive to the Kenai River to try and catch a Kenai River king, sparking her love for all things fish. Her aunt and uncle bought Silver Fox Charters followed by Central Charters, and Linda came up to work “just for the summer” post college. She and Barb were destined to become friends as Linda worked next to Barb’s pizza restaurant. Once they met, the rest is history. She came to work at Inlet in 1991 and has been a staple in the office ever since. Linda brings a warm presence and over 30 years of experience to the office “selling fun” as she puts it. When she is not in the office, she loves to knit, sew and create for the Wearable Arts shows. She also loves to recycle fabrics into original pieces of art, including t-shirt bags!
Tara Wilder came to Homer the summer of 2007 and stayed in the Yukon Island view room on vacation. Tara kept coming back in the summer and stayed longer each time. Bringing her mom and close friend at different times. Tara always said “When I retire I am going to come and work in the Inlet office!” Barb said “When you retire I will still be here!” In May of 2017 Tara started working with the Inlet Team. Linda, Emily and myself have enjoyed her loyalty, ideas and work ethic. As time has passed Tara is now retiring from the Inlet team to spend time with her mom. We will miss her charm and wit dearly. It’s been a good ride my friend. Keep the wind to your back.
It really does take teamwork to make the dream-work, and we really do feel like we are living the dream EVERY DAY here at Inlet Charters Across Alaska Adventures thanks to our “family” of a crew.
We can’t wait to get to know you! Give us a call at 435-1600 or check out our trips to start planning your adventure!