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Meet Captain Donnie Bodkin

Meet Captain Donnie Bodkin

Being a Captain at Alaskan Fishing Adventures is kind of a “BIG DEAL”. They are up early in the morning preparing for your epic fishing trip; making sure the boat is clean and safe, the equipment is ready to reel and planning out your destinations based on weather, tide and fishing hole hot spots!

We thought it would be fun to do a little “Meet and Greet” with some of the Captains and Guides here at Alaskan Fishing Adventures — A way to give you a little insight into the life of a Captain, a few of their favorite things and some advice on being best prepared to fill your freezers and create lasting memories!


First Up — Donnie Bodkin

Name: Donnie Bodkin

Boat: Captain of The Grand Slam out of Seward, Alaska

How did your journey with Alaskan Fishing Adventures Begin? My dad and I were actually guests of AFA back in 2004. We had a great day on the boat with Captain Chris who asked me if I would be interested in being a deckhand….I basically never left. I worked as a deckhand until 2009 when I got my Captains license.

Favorite Fishing Spot in Alaska: My favorite spot is tough, it really depends on conditions, but the most fun day for me is a hot silver bite in Johnstone Bay, better known as the “Ice Box”

Largest catch in Alaska: A 271lb. Halibut out of Montegue Island

Tastiest fish in Alaska and your favorite way to prepare it: My favorite fish is a toss up between King Salmon prepared on the grill, or fresh Yellow Eye sashimi on the boat.

Do you own a boat, if so what did you name it? I own a 21 foot Zodiac in Florida and named it “Cowabunga”!

What do you spend your time doing in the off season: I try to do a fair bit of traveling but most of my off season is spent in Florida making doughnuts.

Hobbies other than fishing? If I’m not fishing I’m free-dive spearfishing. I also try to get in a bit of hunting

Things fisherman always wish they had brought on your boat to be better prepared: Rubber boots and beer

Best cure for a seasick fisherman: The dock

Words of wisdom for future Alaskan fishing Adventure Guests: No bananas on the boats!

Comments: 2

  • William McRoberts
    March 15, 2018 4:44 pm

    My son and i were lucky enough to go fishing with Captain Donnie a few time’s . We had a great time , he made sure we caught big fish and had a great time everytime !! We hope to go back to Alaska in the next couple year’s and hope to go fishing with him again…

    • David Walters
      March 16, 2018 1:12 pm

      If I remember correctly…his dad, myself and Donnie visited Alaska the first time, in Seward, in 2004 or maybe earlier. We were all blown away by the grandeur of the area, the size of the halibut and ling cod, and how nice the people were.