Seward, Alaska Fishing: halibut fishing and salmon fishing in Resurrection Bay, Alaska
Captain Leslie Pemberton is founder of Puffin Fishing Charters and has operated guided sport charter fishing boats out of Seward, Alaska since 1982. Capt. Leslie is one of the most experienced captains in the Seward charter fleet, having fished the waters in and around Resurrection Bay for over 30 years. Captain Pemberton came to Alaska in 1974 and landed in Dutch Harbor, first working in the commercial fishing industry on crab boats and halibut longliners, and earning a 100 ton U.S. Coast Guard Ocean Masters license in 1978. After operating pilot and ferry vessels out of Dutch Harbor, the skipper began spending summers in Seward, guiding fishing charter vessels for the U.S. military. In 1994, Captain Pemberton launched Puffin Fishing Charters with a 28 foot Bayliner. As the business started growing Capt. Leslie brought on Denise (Denni) Hawks and together developed a vision for the company. Captain Leslie designed and brought the first mid-sized U.S. Coast Guard-inspected charter boat to the Seward charter fishing fleet. Through knowledge, experience, dedication, and plain hard work, Puffin Fishing Charters has grown to a fleet of four 32 to 38 foot U.S. Coast Guard inspected sport fishing boats and a 50 foot Delta, and is one of the more successful and productive charter fishing companies in Seward.
Capt. Leslie will be running the Tenacious this season.
Denise Hawks is the other owner of Puffin Fishing Charters.
Denni, a transplant from Oregon, came to Alaska with the U.S. Public Health Service. She went fishing with Puffin Fishing Charters on her first weekend in Alaska, and discovered her passion for fishing and boating.
She joined the Puffin team a few years later and has been a driving force on keeping the vision alive as we continuously strive to be all that we can be!
Puffin Charters appreciates Denni's dedication, hard work, her positive, chipper attitude and calm demeanor.
Captain Eric Higbeewas born and raised in Alaska, and is an avid fisherman on any body of water.
Having fished the waterways out of Seward since he was a young child, Capt. Eric's extensive knowledge of the fishing grounds reflects in his catch records.
He has been with PFC for over 15 years and counting. Capt. Eric is one amongst several phenomenal seasoned fishing guides here at Puffin Charters. Capt. Eric will be operating primarily the Sorceress this upcoming season.
Captain Jacob Skretting Capt Jacob has been with Puffin Fishing Charters for several years now and we appreciate having him aboard. He started fishing at an early age with his father who was a fishing guide. Capt. Jacob decided to become a guide himself and share his enthusiasm for fishing with others. He worked on deck for several years before obtaining his captains license in 2014. His enthusiasm for our fisheries...and his youthful spirit are infectious and will surely add to to your fun-filled day of fishing! He will be operating primarily the Offshore Hunter.
Captain Aaron Schmidt Capt. Aarron was born and raised in Northwest Oregon. Since the age of 3, Aarron and his father spent every weekend fishing Oregons waterways. During his senior year Capt. Aarron started guiding part time and currently operates his own guide service in the winter months in Oregon. Capt. Aarron has been with PFC for several seasons and his passion for fishing is contagious. Capt. Aarron primarily runs the Huntress.