Vonnie’s started in 1995, when Vonnie started a Bed and Breakfast. She hosted small groups of fisherman and ran one boat. As the years continued, Vonnie’s business continued to grow. In 2007 Vonnie traded in her initial boat to invest in two newer boats to further her ambitions…and boy is Vonnie ambitious
“When I take clients out I want them to experience what I call the ‘Alaskan Package’. We do have world class fishing here, and there’s a reason people come from all over the country to come to Sitka, Alaska to fish. The beauty is really worth the price of admission. The scenery that we see here is amazing. We live in a postcard. The fishing is a bonus. There’s places you can look at and say ‘Man has never set foot there’. Bottom line…we’re going to catch big fish!” – Retired captain and long-time Sitka native Levi Eggerton
As the success of the business increased it was apparent that we needed to offer better, more comfortable accommodations for our guests. In 2016 we operated out of a new lodge in order to provide a personalized, professional, service in a comfortable home-like atmosphere. In 2017 Vonnie purchased the new lodge, which we will operate out of until we are too old to fish. We look forward to welcoming you to our new home- Vonnie’s Charters @ Halibut Point Lodge.
The new lodge gives us the opportunity to spread our wings and provide more space to our guests. We can lodge groups up to eighteen people. We are so pleased to have the opportunity to give our guests a more comfortable and spacious location. Halibut Point Lodge has nine guest rooms with two single beds per room, or these can be converted to a king bed. One of the rooms offers a bunk bed (queen/single).
The professional kitchen offers a Wolfe commercial gas range, a commercial dishwasher and spacious areas to prepare and provide meals. All meals are prepared in front of the guests and offer insight on creative new ways to prepare their catch at home. All meals are served in a family style atmosphere on one communal table. Many people become lifelong friends at our dinner table. We also provide the option to dine at any of the local Sitka restaurants.
Vonnie’s has clients who keep returning to her for over 20 years. Vonnie’s has always offered a special niche to the Sitka Fishing Fleet to provide a smaller, family atmosphere with a very friendly, personalized service. Our new accommodations will in no way change our family values to our complete customer service. Our one rule at Vonnies reads: ‘If you need something and you don’t tell us about it…we can’t get it for you. But…if you tell us you need something…we’ll find a way to get it for you.’
Vonnie’s Charters runs three boats. We have experienced Coast Guard licensed Captains and deck hands on each boat. Our team of captains and deckhands have many years of experience on the waters that we fish, having intimate knowledge of where and how to catch King Salmon, Silver Salmon, Halibut, and a myriad of rock fish species. Our team and our guests are treated as family. We love to be able to offer the most amazing, friendly, professional service to our angling family.
Vonnie has recently purchased a third boat to complete her fleet! Two of our three boats (Aquacat and Aquacolt) are locally made Allen Marine 32 foot aluminum hulled boats – each powered with twin 250 horsepower Mercury outboard motors. Our third boat, Legacy, is of a similar hull, and powered by an inboard motor. All of our boats are U.S. Coast Guard inspected vessels, with all emergency equipment and communications. Each of the boats has an enclosed, heated cab with full walk around fishing ability. One boat has an enclosed bathroom. All boats comfortably fish up to six anglers. All boats are equipped with top of the line electronics, fish finders, sonar, and G.P.S. charting equipment. All boats are equipped with top of the line G. Loomis Rods, Shimano or Diawa line counter reels, top quality lines and terminal gear.