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The only way way to ensure that you have great fishing success is to go where the best fishing is… and spend as much time as possible fishing!
Hard to argue with that, right?
The Emerald Island Mothership Experience is the only charter fishing operation in Alaska that not only puts you onto the very best proven fishing but also allows you to spend more time doing just that… fishing!

Emerald Island at Anchor near fishing grounds


The 91 foot Emerald Island is our moveable fishing “camp”, placed in a beautiful remote harbor 5-10 minutes from the best fishing grounds. Unlike fishing from a lodge, located many miles away from any good fishing, you will NOT have to travel everyday to and from the fishing grounds from the lodge… you are already there!

The EI has two 30-50’ charter vessels ready to get your fishing started an hour or two before most of the other lodges’ guests arrive on the fishing grounds! If you fish with us, you also can choose to stay out an hour or two later than all the other charter boats because… they have to spend an hour, or two, transiting back to their lodges.

This will provide you with 2 to 4 extra hours of fishing every day!

As all experienced fishermen know, fishing early before the rest of the “crowd” shows up, is a great advantage! Many times the halibut fishing builds to a crescendo of bigger fish in the late afternoon, or the silvers start biting… aaahhhh! Just when it is time to head back to the lodge!

The extra time, and the flexibility to fish when the fish are actually biting, will provide you with vastly better fishing, resulting in bigger and better catches!

There is no comparable Alaska Saltwater fishing experience!

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The Emerald Island is a ruggedly built 91' steel vessel that can accommodate up to 10 fishing guests at a time. Each guest has their own private stateroom.

Getting Here
To get to Emerald Island Mothership Experience, you will fly into Juneau, Alaska, where you will connect with a float plane to transport you and your fishing buddies to Highliner Lodge in Pelican, about 90 miles west of the state capital. We will make all of the arrangements for you from the Juneau Airport. All you have to do is get yourself there on one of the many daily flights from Seattle.
Once you're in the city of Pelican, on remote Chichagof Island, you will be a world away from the industrial tourism and overfishing that have ruined so many once wild locations in Alaska. The Highliner Lodge byline is "Closest to the Fish!" for a reason, as it is located only about 45 minutes from the best fishing grounds in all of Alaska. A stay on the Emerald Island however, will put you even closer to the fish!
On the Emerald Island, you will enjoy some of the same comforts that you'd find in our land-based operation, such as great meals and a hot shower at the end of the day, but it's not your typical resort vacation or spa-like retreat. The emphasis is on the actual fishing… epic fishing that you will remember for a lifetime!

Exclusive benefits to staying on the Emerald Island

  • The same incredible fishing experience you expect from the Highliner Lodge boats and captains, but with an added 2-4 hours of fishing each day!

  • You do not have to spend 2 hours a day transiting to and from the fishing grounds

  • Groups of 8-10 will have exclusive use of the 91' Emerald Island and two charter boats

  • You will fish from an extraordinary secluded location with drop dead gorgeous views

  • You will have the flexibility to fish early and/or stay out later
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    Vessel Information

    The Emerald Island Mothership Experience is owned and operated by Steve Daniels and is affiliated with and supported by the Highliner Lodge, in Pelican, Alaska. Steve has spent his entire 45 year career trolling for salmon and long-lining for halibut to make a living. Fifteen years ago, Steve focused his efforts developing the Highliner Lodge to bring you “Closest to the Fish!”… now he is taking it to the ultimate conclusion… the Emerald Island Mothership Experience!

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    This 91' x 28' massive steel vessel weighs in at over one million pounds was built to the same specifications as the very best Bering Sea crabbers (think Deadliest Catch) by the storied Marco Shipyard in Seattle, Washington. It is the epitome of seaworthiness and Alaskan practicality, there is nowhere that this vessel cannot venture.

    The Emerald Island was designed with 12 large private staterooms and will accommodate 8-10 fishing guests and a Highliner crew to captain the two charter boats, process your fish and provide your meals. Because it will be anchored near the fishing grounds in a calm scenic harbor, the time you spend fishing will increase by 2 to 3 hours each day! This has the potential to increase your catch by 30 to 50%.

    The Emerald Island has 12 staterooms

    12 State Rooms

    The Gally

    Large Galley

    6 Bathrooms with Showers

    7 Bathrooms with Showers

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