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Your looking for something on the Web, and maybe it's a charter or something totally different ~

no matter what it is many sites have an area where people have written something about the product.

To me? It always seems rehearsed, prepared, unnatural & edited.

NOT THESE ~ I have received so many letters via e-mail like these! Finally I have begun letting others read them as they trickle in.

One final thought ~ Should I receive an e-mail which is less than complimentary ~ will I put it here for you to read?
Yes ... do i want to? No ... But I will do it ~
Hi Octobre,
Attached to this email is our processing schedule. Let me know if you have any questions.

By the way the fish I picked up yesterday was Beautiful.

* * *

From Octobre : Thank you sir, you made my day, I always felt we were the "Nordstrom's" of Processing.

6/2/2017 @ 11:05 am

I received this by text -

Hi Octobre, Just wanted you to know we made it home. All the fish & everything still frozen. Thank you for the extra goodies, it is greatly appreciated.

Thank you & Tim & Dan & Josh & Kristi for busting your hump to make our stay
great. I hope the fish start to run for you guys to make it good for you.

I had a good time and I hope I can do it again.

Thank you so much for doing your part.

In reply to Jim from Octobre:
I'm glad you made it safely with fish in tow and in good shape. It'd good to hear that.

I'll let everyone know about your test and I will forward it to them. Thank you for joining us this year, you were a pleasure to fish ~
6/2/2017 @ 11:05 am

I received this by text -

Hi Octobre, Just wanted you to know we made it home. All the fish & everything still frozen. Thank you for the extra goodies, it is greatly appreciated.

Thank you & Tim & Dan & Josh & Kristi for busting your hump to make our stay
great. I hope the fish start to run for you guys to make it good for you.

I had a good time and I hope I can do it again.

Thank you so much for doing your part.

In reply to Jim from Octobre:
I'm glad you made it safely with fish in tow and in good shape. It'S good to hear that.

I'll let everyone know about your test and I will forward it to them. Thank you for joining us this year, you were a pleasure to fish ~
Hi Octobre,
Attached to this email is our processing schedule. Let me know if you have any questions.

By the way the fish I picked up yesterday was Beautiful.

From Octobre : Thank you sir, you made my day, I always felt we were the "Nordstrom's" of Processing.


Dietz & Co. Fishing and Follies

Wednesday, August 3, 2016 6:02 PM

From: "Brad Stuller"

Dear Octobre, Pam, Cap'n Dan, and Lucky:

Thanks so much for taking such great care of us, setting us up with some excellent fishing, and tolerating our shenanigans. I've been on several fishing charters in my neck of the woods, but none of them went the extra distance that Reel Affair Charters did to make the experience such a pleasure. Lunch was wonderful and I was sure glad to have some complimentary cold bevvies to stay hydrated. Dan made the trips out to some productive fishing and then back again expertly. Lucky was right on top of things as the deck hand and was personable and pleasant as he helped us out. As a team, both of them were great guys, knowledgeable and fun to be around. I certainly wouldn't hesitate to fish with them again. Transportation was a big plus as well. The fish was packaged nicely for the travels back home - still frozen solid when I took it out of the box many hours later. I fixed up some of the halibut for dinner for the family tonight - so delicious (I haven't had fresh halibut in years, so it was a real treat). The fish won't hang around too long here, but the memories of the rugged beauty and spectacular wildlife that is everywhere in Sitka, the successful fishing, and time with my buddies will remain with me for the rest of my life.

Thanks again.



And you gentlemen were a pleasure to fish - see you next year - I have saved your dates!

Thank You!!

Monday, July 25, 2016 8:21 AM

From: "Rod Hjelmstad"
To: "Octobre / Alaskan Reel Affair Charters"


A big thank you again for being such a great host. It is always fun to see you and give you a bad time. You are a good sport.

Even though fishing was not as good as previous years I had a lot of fun.

As I said yesterday, Pat is a great captain, you would never know this was his rookie year as a captain. And of course Mitchell?s smile kept Raeann?s heart pounding.

I?ll let you know in a week, dates for next year.



Saturday, July 23, 2016 3:53 PM

From: "Darryl Sczepanski"
To: "Octobre & Alaskan Reel Affair Charters LLC"

Thanks again to you and your crew at Reel Affair for making our Sitka fishing such a great experience.

Nancy and I have fished in Homer and Seward, Alaska, in Florida, Alabama, and South Carolina. Never have we been treated so well, both on and off the boat.
Your reservation/payment process is simple and straightforward. No surprises.
We look forward to picking up our fish at air cargo in Detroit.

We'll likely be back in Sitka again and we'll be sure to book with you when we do.

Darryl and Nancy Sczepanski,
Gaylord, Michigan


Re: Thanks!

Saturday, July 23, 2016 4:06 PM

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From: "Alaskan Reel Affair Charters; Octobre Twaddle"
To: "Darryl Sczepanski"

You are so very welcome! My best to Nancy and of course to you & the pet. 😊

Once you do receive your fish check it out and if you have any questions or concerns of course you know I'm always available we strive that it will be some of the best processing you've ever seen.
Thank you again very much and stay in touch.

Dan's camera is still on the boat but it will come back tonight and I'll send you your picture

Sent from my iPad so typo's don't count!
Re: Meder - Christine/Tom - Shipping of Fish PART II

Monday, July 18, 2016 6:08 PM

From: "Tom Meder"
To: "Octobre & Alaskan Reel Affair Charters LLC"
Cc: "Christine Meder"

Thanks so much Octobre!

Great day fishing with Tim and Geoff today! Christine and I had SOOOO MUCH FUN! Sitka is such a beautiful town!


On Jul 17, 2016, at 7:43 PM, Tom Meder wrote:

Hi Octobre,

Christine and I are having a great time fishing with all of the Reel Affair family. Thanks to all!!


You are so very welcome!
We'll take good care of your fish - Once you get it home & open it - please let me know your thoughts on processing - My feelings are - You & all my folks place a huge amount of trust - in that you take possession of your catch - but it is packaged & concealed. You don't really know how it has been addressed or the quality of what you have until after you open it -

I feel that once you are gone, you are not really gone until you have open your boxes, and are content with the contents & how your food has been handled.

IF you or Christine have any questions on any level - you have my number - don't hesitate -

thank you both very much for the Certificate's to LUDVIGS - I see a dinner for Pam, Geoff, Tim & I coming up in September - thank you again - what a special thing to do -
On Jul 19, 2016, at 5:46 PM, Emily Heath wrote:


I hope you got my message about the fish.

OMG........ Let me tell you what happened....I was tracking the shipment and
I saw where the 2 boxes had arrived at the Macon location(about 25 miles
away) at 8:35 am. So I thought around 9:30 it should be here. Well around
9:15 here comes a FedEx guy with ONE box ( it was the halibut). I asked him
where the second one was and he was like ...hum.... He said the second box
didn't get on his truck and it was probably coming on the next one sometime
today. He told me to check the tracking site and lo and behold there is a "shipping exception" in red on the site....not good I thought. So, I call the Macon office at 9:30 and the dispatcher told me the second box was
still at the Macon site. I explained to her that it was fish and we were
told that if it wasn't delivered by 10:00 that we would get our shipping
charges refunded. She said that was correct and that I would have to
contact the original shipper to initiate this. She said she would see what she could do. She said it would be delivered today but she didn't know what time because she didn't know what truck it was on. Would you believe at
9:51 there is a knock on my door and there is a FedEx guy in his personal
van with the second box! I had a meeting at 10:15 this morning and I was
telling those in attendance about the situation and one lady asks me was it
a red van and I said yes. Would you believe that on the way to the meeting,
she passed a FedEx truck pulled over on the side of the road and she saw
them unloading a "big box" into a red van. I guess FedEx was bound and
determined to meet the 10:00 deadline!

So, both boxes made the 10:00 AM deadline. The fish was still frozen! Boy of boy, your fish house guys do a GREAT job of preparing the fish for
shipping....please express our thanks to them!

Again, thank you for all you did! We are so looking forward to eating the
fish, reindeer sausage and shrimp!!

Love you guys!!

In reply ~ Thank you both very much - I am proud of the work they do : all three of them, Luis, Cosmo & Jesus do an exceptional job. Opening your boxes - I liken that to almost Christmas! inside is simply perfect ~

Thank you both so much - Glad FED EX made their deadline!
I'm short winded but was very impressed. Thanks Octobre!

On Tue, 7/12/16. Linda Smith /wrote:

Subject: thank you
Date: Tuesday, July 12, 2016, 8:22 AM

Good Morning Octobre,

Just want to thank you, Pam, Tim and Geoff for making Bruce and Jennifer's fishing experience so awesome.

Despite Jennifer getting seasick she had a great time.

Bruce loved it.

Bruce mentioned that Tim took pictures. Is there any way we can get copies? I could mail you a check.

Also, just so you know. We received 10 pieces of pink salmon. Bruce and Jennifer didn't catch any pink, so I am guessing we received the fish the other guests caught.

I will be sure to recommend your company to other people.
Thank you, Linda Smith


Subject: Re: thank you
To: "Liinda Smith"
Date: Tuesday, July 12, 2016, 8:56 AM

1st, A link to your pic's ~

I have attached them as well in a size the web site requires & the original format - which is suitable for printing - high resolution - 6 photos attached collectively - enjoy & thank you so much - a pleasure to fish them - really sweet people


Yes ma'am, the fish forms for Bruce & Jennifer that they each filled out on the boat, reflected they did harvest & retain 3 pink salmon, so they went to your box. My thought is because they (the pinks) are SO bright, you can grind the meat muse a seasoned breaking, some salmon seasoning, garlicky green onions, and make salmon patties/burgers.


Have someone smoke them for you - A friend perhaps? Split 50/50 with them? - there was no side note on your Fish Transfer forms, that they were unwanted - so we included them for you - Know that puppies & kitties love them too - you could cook up for a pet as a treat....just sayin...

The Eagles will love it as well if Jennifer took some.

So, yes we packaged them along with your other harvested fish.

I am actually posting pic's to the web site right now - yours are coming up next - I will email them to you - for FREE! - I appreciate the offer of a check $$ but no - & you are so sweet to offer -

Your family was a pleasure to fish - and it was nice having the opportunity to meet you - though brief as it was.


On Jul 12, 2016, at 1:05 PM, Linda S. wrote:

Okay Octobre, so now I have to be embarrassed. Apparently Bruce did not remember catching pinks. Good grief. I should have talked to Jennifer.

Thanks again

I like the idea of salmon burgers. Need to look for a recipe.



Subject: Re: thank you

Try this ...

via email

Thanks for the great day of fishing, see on Friday!



You are very welcome!


photo compliments of Aaron T. Chung
-----Original Message-----
From: Glenn Nakagawa
Sent: Wednesday, July 6, 2016 10:09 AM
To: Gilbert Labrie
Subject: 2017 Fishing Trip

Hello Gil,

I had a great time on the fishing trip in Alaska, thank you for inviting me along. I would like to book a fishing trip for 2017 with Octobre. Can you please email to me her contact information? I have Sharon?s contact information for the housing.

Thanks, Glenn


Hi Glen,

I can definitely say that you were a great addition to the Sitka fishing family that I assemble every year. As I indicated I am booked for fishing the week of June 24 to July 1, fishing on the 26th, 28th and 30th. The charter group is Alaskan Reel Affair and Octobre's email is and cc'd her. Reel Affair also has a great web site. If you can snag a boat for the same time my group is there you would be welcome to socialize with us at the Thimbleberry house as well as chow down. Definitely keep in touch and let me know if you need to fill an open slot on your boat, provided it is the same time we are there.

Thanks for joining us and pitching in at the house.



in reply to glen & Gil,

Awwwww, thank you so much! Yes Glen I have saved your dates for 4, thank you sir. I'll be in touch in September!

Again a pleasure fishing you all - good bunch o' guys.

Pictured is Glen Nakagawa

From: "Mike Weiland"

Mike and Michelle Weiland..

thanks again

You are so Welcome - Thank you

what is so cool about this - they flew all day - got home to Montana late at night with two tired boys.

Still thinking about his trip @ 11:17pm ADST -

its later in Montana - they had fun.

I'm glad!
Could you send me the Alaska Airlines information again. I didn't receive it or accidentally deleted it somehow?

Thanks again for the amazing trip!


Hello October and Tim,

Fishing was terrific and the Fish arrived in San Jose very cold and in terrific condition. Still hard as a rock.

I wanted to share a picture with you that you are welcome to use if you wish. These Eagles were on top of the Cross at St. Michael?s Cathedral Friday evening on 6/17/2016 at 7:18 PM.

Also, Thank you for such a terrific experience. Son Jeff is already talking about Crabbing and Shrimp next time.

Jim Burkhart

Also there is a shop on Lincoln Street across from Pioneer Home that has a display of Mariska Dolls in the window.

Do you know the name of the store?

Thank you,

Ah, you are so welcome Jim, and Thank You. The Store is the Russian American Store ~ I sent you the link in another email.

A pleasure fishing you and Jeff ~ stay in touch!
Thank you

Thursday, June 9, 2016 9:08 AM
From: "Dan Graham" To: ""


Thank you so much for the wonderful fishing experience I had this week. Your team is top notch and did everything possible to accommodate me during my trip to Sitka. I really appreciated your super communication which kept me from having to worry about what to expect and the logistics of getting around. Captain Dan did a tremendous job of keeping me on the fish and worked hard. My catch was delivered to the airport ready to go and your team even took care of labeling the boxes with the airline bag tags. It all arrived home in great shape with zero vacuum seals broken (I?ve never had that happen before)

I have been fishing out of Sitka with many different charters over the last 20 years, and now I?ve found my favorite?you will be seeing me again next year!

Thank you,

Dan Graham


In Reply:

Okay. You win. 😍. Best letter ever!!

Thank you !!

Sent from my iPhone so typos don't count!

Octobre Twaddle
907-738-3322 On the Web!

Thank you

Wednesday, June 8, 2016 8:53 AM

From: "linda.dennis.dewitt"

Hi Octobre,

Thank you for providing such a great fishing experience. From start to finish we were well taken care of. We appreciate the time and effort it took make this happen. The Captain and his crew were very helpful and knowledgeable. The fact that we were able to complete our fishing trip in just 4-5 hours was amazing (2 people and 46 lbs. of processed fish)! The Captain even took pictures of us holding our fish and a great picture of the whale we were able to get incredibly close to. It was fun to view these pictures immediately upon our return. Thank you also for taking such good care of our fish while we spent the following week exploring more of Alaska. The fact that we could leave our catch on the boat and have it processed and shipped to arrive upon our return home in perfect condition, still frozen solid, was great. We hope to return for another incredible experience and allow more time to explore Sitka. It is truly a beautiful place.

Linda and Dennis DeWitt

REPLY 6/8/2016
OMG - thank you! - what a wonderful thing to say to kick start my "words from our guests part of the web site - we appreciate you both very much - hope to see you & your friends in the future!

call anytime - stay in touch - and again it was our pleasure!

Take the time to go fishing!
Thank You :

Alaskan Reel Affair Charters LLC
Octobre Twaddle
P.O. Box 1825
Sitka, Alaska

Cell ~ 907-738-3322
Toll free ~ 888-966-2322
E-mail ~
On the web ~
photo provided by Tim Yager

Tim & Pete Yager July 16 17 18 19 2013

From: Tim Yager
To: Alaskan Reel Affair Charters
Sent: Monday, July 22, 2013 7:30 AM

Thank You from the Yager Brothers

Good Morning,

We made it back to California and our Jobs unfortunately??

However, I did want to make sure that I extended our sincere appreciation for our trip to Sitka. Thank you for all of your efforts and attention to detail that made the trip easy to enjoy without the worries of the particulars that can often hinder the enjoyment of fishing trips. Certainly if we plan another trip to Alaska to fish, which I?m sure we will, I will be sure to call.

Also, please extend our thanks and appreciation to Capt. Dan and Deckhand Mitch. Dan?s knowledge and skills of fishing and boating were exemplary and Mitch has got to be the hardest working 18 year old that I?ve ever met. Both of them were extremely pleasant and helpful. Real class all the way around.

Bye for now and I hope to see you again.

I?ve attached the Yager Brothers version of a Deadliest Catch Photo just for fun???

Thanks again, Tim Yager

* * * * * * *

In Reply:

From: Octobre / Alaskan Reel Affair Charters

To: Tim Yager

Sent: Monday, July 22, 2013 7:40 AM

Subject: Re: Thank You from the Yager Brothers

AWWWWWW - thank YOU! I am in the process of posting now - I'll have yours on line by tomorrow noon - i'd love to use that picture if you don't mind! that is priceless! The 6 of you were a pleasure to fish - I'm thrilled that you were pleased w your crew - we think highly of them -

Thanks Tim - SO much - glad you had such a fun & successful trip - did your fish make it in good shape?

Take the time to go fishing!

Thank You :
Alaskan Reel Affair Charters LLC

Octobre Twaddle
P.O.Box 1825
Sitka, Alaska 99835

Cell ~ 907-738-3322
Toll free ~ 888-966-2322
E-mail ~
On the web ~


From: Tim Yager
To: Octobre / Alaskan Reel Affair Charters
Sent: Monday, July 22, 2013 7:56 AM
Subject: RE: Thank You from the Yager Brothers

Our fish made it home just fine. In fact, I grilled up some Coho last night and it was perfect.

Of course you can use the photo and I hope to you see you folks again.

Best wishes,
From: Duane & Diane Wilcox
To: Alaskan Reel Affair Charters LLC
CC: All
Subject: Caught Fish!
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2013 15:31:05 -0700

We finally got to go fishing together in Alaska.

We arrived on Diane?s birthday and fished on Duane?s birthday.

Thanks to Alaskan Reel Affair Charters!!!!
From: "" Deb & Frank Sligh
Sent: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 11:25 AM

Subject: Thanks from the Slighs

Back home, missing you "beary" much!

Tim and Octobre

Year after year, your clients, just like the salmon, are lured to return to Sitka. But its not just a fishing are like family to us!

You attract people from all over the map; to fish, flourish the economy, and fill a beautiful community with life.

You remind us how very important friends and family are to us. Nothing can ever be more valuable than that. Thanks to the ENTIRE staff of Alaska Reel Affair for enriching our lives again this year.

Have a terrific season...see you next year! Hugs to Ms. Molly!

Frank and Deb

Photo from Deb Weiss & Frank Sligh

In Reply

To: Deb & Frank

You know - I have to say thank you for the kind words. You and Frank have done so much for us, by spreading the word about your vacations with us and just being so great to spend time with.

You are both very important to us in lots of ways - thank you again -

Take the time to go fishing!
Thank You :
Alaskan Reel Affair Charters LLC
Octobre Twaddle
P.O.Box 1825
Sitka, Alaska 99835
From: Robert Andrews

To: Octobre / Alaskan Reel Affair Charters
Sent: Monday, July 1, 2013 4:11 PM

Subject: Thank you

Octobre, Tim,

Thank you so much for another wonderful experience with you and your team.

Andy and I arrived safely and with all the little frozen fishies in great frozen shape. Filled the new freezer to the brim.

You two are really such lovely people, the fishing, weather all were great, but how you both manage the process is what makes it so fantastic.

Also want to thank you're whole team, Capt Dan, Mitch, Andrew, Colton and of course Daniel, a tremendous young man.

Take good care
Andrew and Andy

From: Octobre / Alaskan Reel Affair Charters

To: Robert Andrews
Sent: Friday, July 5, 2013 9:12 AM

Subject: Re: Thank you

Awwww - thank you - we enjoy fishing you all - a great family - a BIG family!

So, took a new freezer hmmm? your the second person to tell me that this year - three other parties were able to find the room just barely -

well, get to eating! the way I see it - roughly that's fish 3 times a week - just what the doctor ordered for all the heart healthy stuff - right?

Take the time to go fishing!

Thank You :
Alaskan Reel Affair Charters LLC
Octobre Twaddle
P.O.Box 1825
Sitka, Alaska 99835
Cell ~ 907-738-3322 ~
Toll free ~ 888-966-2322
E-mail ~

From: Dave Messerli


Sent: Thursday, June 27, 2013 8:59 AM


The Messerl's would like to thank everyone at Reel Affairs. This was our third trip with you. Everyone has been a real success.

We have experienced some Nightmares.

We appreciate your clean boats, your friendly staff, the way you clean the fish right away on the boat.

Your packaging of the fish is unsurpassed.

I highly recommend REEL AFFAIRS to anyone looking for a great fishing trip.


From: Octobre / Alaskan Reel Affair Charters
To: Dave Messerli
Sent: Thursday, June 27, 2013 9:38 AM


thank you for the kind words Dave - very much -

I'm going out on a limb here, but given the 'mother load' you went home with, it'll take you a while to munch through that all - We'll still enjoy seeing you all at the sportman show in January though...

My best to the family - when you run out of preparation ideas ...

again thank you for the kind words - i have posted your email to the web site - hope thats okay!

we'll leave you passes at will call for the ISE show - i'll remind you as dates draw nearer ...
From: Orie Mckinney

To: Octobre / Alaskan Reel Affair Charters

Sent: Thursday, June 27, 2013 11:21 AM

Subject: Re: soon Thanks Orie & Cheryl !

Octobre; Thanks to all of you. Cheryl and I had a very good time out there in Sitka, we injoyed the fishing greatly.

Tim & Dan they where a lot of help for us.

Cheryl got the yelloweye that she was wanting for years, every type of fish, Salmon, Halibut, Yellow eye & Sand Shark. The shark was a surprise for Cheryl. That was cool.

Thanks too all of you it was great, we love you all. Most of all Tim & Octobre Thanks you are GREAT!!!!

Love you all, Orie &Cheryl

From: Octobre / Alaskan Reel Affair Charters
To: Orie & Cheryl
Sent: Thursday, June 27, 2013 12:20 PM

Subject: Re Thanks Orie & Cheryl !

Thank you again - and thanks for the nice email - hope this finds you both well & throughly pooped from fishing!

take care & stay in touch. Thank you for the recipe, I'll save it until the fall & when we've finished fishing, & then i'll have time to make it. It will be really yummy when it's warm from the oven!

From: Rand Christenson

To: Octobre / Alaskan Reel Affair Charters

Sent: Sunday, June 30, 2013 5:17 AM
Subject: Fish

Thank you for sending the rest of the fish.

Still one of my top 5 vacations.

Appreciate your honesty.

Sent by Rand Christenson

When you ship the fish, will they defrost ?

Does Alaskan Airlines have freezers at the airport in Denver?

Depending when you send I can pick them up the morning after they arrive. Sooner if necessary.

Please give me schedule.
Thanks Rand

Sent by Rand Christenson

On Jun 27, 2013, at 8:32 AM,
"Alaskan Reel Affair Charters" wrote:

Well I just did a walk thru my freezer they left one whole box of yours.

I will be shipping that Alaska air cargo.

I will pay shipping They will call you later today to apologize for their error & I have already made it more than clear to them the effects of not paying attention

I would like to ship tomorrow can you pick it up sat or sun?

as soon as i ship i'll have the info - they do have freezer for the overnight in seattle that is exactly why i opted for Air cargo, okay? ... I'll be in touch once i have confirmation of It's arrival to your airport - Thanks for understanding

Sent from my iPad so typos don't

Octobre Twaddle
Alaskan Reel Affair Charters LLC P.O.B. 1825, Sitka, Alaska. 99835
907-738-3322 is my cell & preferred in the summer.
888-966-2322 : Toll free
Calling From Canada? 907-966-2322
On the Web:

Back home safe & our referral

From Craig Hartinger
To Octobre / Alaskan Reel Affair Charters

Thanks for a great trip, Octobre ? I smiled when I read your report . . . leave it to Teddy to be crude on his comment form. J

I wanted to mention the person that referred us: it was Mike Konte, who works for our distributor in Alaska, Specialty Imports. Some months ago, I asked them about where to go for an Alaska fishing trip in mid-June ? Mike said Sitka. When I told him I wanted to get both salmon and halibut, he suggested two options: you and Kingfisher. For us, the 3 nights/2 days fishing was perfect.

Thanks again,


From: "Octobre : Alaskan Reel Affair Charters LLC"
Date: June 18, 2013, 1:10:51 PM AKDT

To: Craig Hartinger

Subject: Re: Back home safe & our referral

Hahaha. Teddy's a great young man. It made me smile as well ! Pretty much made my night!

Pleasure fishing you both! Rocks having the boat to yourselves!!

Sent from my iPhone so typos don't count.

Octobre Twaddle
907-738-3322 is my cell - web site

Thanks again!

You have an open invite at the ranch if you ever get down our way!

Check in went like clock work.... No surprise - you all run a tight ship.

Regards, Bob

Robert E. Town
From: "Slater,Stan F"
To: ""
Sent: Thursday, June 6, 2013 7:18 AM
Subject: FW: Nomination of Alaskan Reel Affair Charters in Sitka, Alaska for Business of the Year Torch award

Hi Octobre,

I just sent this to the Better Business Bureau for the Pacific Northwest. I think that you are very deserving of it. Paula and I are counting the days until we get back to Sitka.

From: Slater,Stan F
Sent: Thursday, June 06, 2013 9:13 AM
Subject: Nomination of Alaskan Reel Affair Charters in Sitka, Alaska for Business of the Year Torch award

Dear Committee,

I would like to nominate Alaskan Reel Affair Charters in Sitka, Alaska for recognition at your Business of the Year Torch award luncheon. I have multiple sclerosis and I'm confined to a wheelchair. One of the few outdoor activities that I can still enjoy is fishing. My wife and I have fished with other charters in Alaska, British Columbia, Mexico, and Florida. While we have had good experiences in all of those places, Alaskan Reel Affair is in a class by itself. Not only do they go out of their way to accommodate me, I have observed the same level of service being provided to other clients of theirs with whom my wife and I had shared a boat with. When friends ask me about fishing in Alaska, Alaskan Reel Affair is at the top of my list of recommendations. Without going back to my records, I believe that this will be the fifth summer that we have fished with them. I have been looking forward to it ever since we got on the airplane home last year. Alaskan Reel Affair represents everything good about their business and their community. They are very deserving of recognition. By the way, I am a Professor of Marketing at Colorado State University. When I teach a section on services, I use the RATER model. RATER stands for Reliability, Assurance, Tangibles, Empathy, and Responsiveness. Reliability means that all members of the organization are committed to providing a superior customer experience. Assurance means that all team members are empowered to do what is right for the customer. Tangibles include the physical facilities. Empathy means that everyone treats the customer as if they were family. Finally, Responsiveness means that everyone goes out of their way or their job descriptions to provide the experience. Alaskan Reel Affair does as good a job on each of these criteria as any business with which I am familiar. Alaskan Reel Affair is very deserving of recognition.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact me.

Stanley F. Slater
Charles and Gwen Lillis Professor of Business Administration
Department of Marketing
College of Business
Colorado State University
From Brigitte Tomich


Subject Good Times

Hi Octobre,

This is just a note of thanks for helping us to have the best possible fishing vacation imagined.

Everything from the food and excellent lunches, to the hotel and great weather was enjoyed by both of us.

You have chosen a truly beautiful place to live and work.

As much as I like Tim and would love to fish with him some day, it was nice having someone so thorough and in tune with everything including finding fish.

Roman will make a good ships captain one day if nursing does not work out. We will be back!

Mark and Brigitte

in Reply ~ 6.6.2013
You folks we're a pleasure to fish. Having two folks climb in my van each and every afternoon SOOO stoked was incredible.

You & Mark hit the most ideal weather possible. Like it was all made to order. I know i have nurtured my 'connections' over the years, but Mother Nature is not one of them as she is proving this week ~

The folks we are fishing right now are being reminded daily that Sitka is in fact in a rain forest, and the thrill of an Alaskan style storm ~

Hopefully well see you at the show in 2014 - I'll have tickies if you like, so let me know. Stay in touch!

Take the time to go fishing!
Thank You :

Alaskan Reel Affair Charters LLC
Octobre Twaddle
P.O.Box 1825
Sitka, Alaska 99835

Cell ~ 907-738-3322 ~
Toll free ~ 888-966-2322
E-mail ~
On the web ~

from Tim Goolsby via text

thank you Tim
Re: BOOTS for robin and mike gleason

From: Mike Gleason

Dear Tim and Octobre,

I am writing to express my sincere gratitude to you and your staff for providing my wife and I a lifetime of fishing memories with Alaskan Reel Affair Charters

Your hands on professionalism and personal touch was evident from start to finish. We were confident you would make sure our experience was going to be epic.

We appreciated your easy going manner. It felt like we were family.

Our Captain Roman and deck hands Parker and Mitchell were the best. Roman ran his boat and crew in a firm but kind manner. We felt quite safe with Roman at the helm. We were impressed with the way he keeps his boat clean and, he is the king of multitasking. Roman worked very hard at getting us into fish. We realized our salmon limits every day. We also got into one of his secret spots, and hauled in some massive halibut. My muscles are still pumped up.

Please be sure to thank them for all their hard work.

On our off day, we appreciated your willingness to drive us around town and show us the points of interest. One of my favorite places in Sitka is the Murray Pacific fisherman's supply. I purchased my Sitka Slippers and bought wonderful shiney sharp pointy things (filet knives) to take back home with me.

Enclosed is my down payment for next years trip. As far as I am concerned, there is only one charter company in Sitka, and their name is Alaskan Reel Affair Charters.

Thank you,

Mike and Robin Gleason

From Octobre;

That is so sweet! We genuinely enjoyed you guys as well. When it fits it just fits. Ya know?

'Smuggling' the sharp shiney pointy things into a fish box works well dosen't it?

My best to Robin. I like her! She's nice!

See you in Long Beach?

Sent from my iPhone so typos don't count.

Octobre Twaddle
907-738-3322 is my cell - web site
From Scott Rosenthal To Octobre / Alaskan Reel Affair Charters Octobre,

I hope you noticed the kissing fish photo and that I wore a pastel pink hat for the occasion!

We had a ball, thanks again,

Scott & Sonya

Scott ~ we enjoyed you too!
Hi Octobre,

Yes, all is well, we arrived home (Fresno) about 10:30 last night.
The packaging of our catch was perfect; arrived fully frozen and undamaged, thank you!

I did see the photos posted and they're great, however, on the second picture you have my name as Don Burnett (should be Don Biddlecome).

I'd like to add pics of us holding the kings. They're attached below, if you could post?

Once again, thank you for a most wonderful outing! Captain Roman and First Mate Parker were top notch and were both a pleasure to get to know. They really know their passions!

I will always remember this trip and will tell anyone coming to Alaska to check you guys out for a fantastic adventure!

Warm Regards,
Don Biddlecome

in reply by email:

Octobre / Alaskan Reel Affair Charters

Will do - i just thought perhaps you had a few you prefered - so i would have used those! i'll post them now - thank you for the kind words -

Sincerely - Octobre & Crew

Take the time to go fishing!
From: Jim & Kathy Owens
Sent: Thursday, October 18, 2012 10:34 PM
Subject: OWENS - day charter / freelance 6/1/2012

Dear Octobre,

We wanted you to know that we have now had the time to LEISURELY sample our Salmon, Rockfish and Halibut which you had filleted and sent back to our home, AND THEY WERE ALL THREE WONDERFUL! We are keeping them in the freezer in Myrtle Beach so we won't be tempted to eat them all up quickly OR offer any of them to our friends.

It was a great trip with your guys on June 1, and a great trip onward to Anchorage, Denali and the Kenai Peninsula. We're already talking about when we want to return!

Thanks for your support to get our trip to our 50th State started right.

Kathy & Jim Owens

Isle of Palms, SC


how perfect! thanks you for letting me know you were happy! hope to see you again!

Take the time to go fishing!
Thank You :
Alaskan Reel Affair Charters LLC
Octobre Twaddle
P.O.Box 1825
Sitka, Alaska 99835
Cell ~ 907-738-3322 ~
Toll free ~ 888-966-2322
E-mail ~
On the web ~

Recent Fishing Trip

FROM: Ken Bauer
CC: Scott Bauer
CC: Mike Quiggle
CC : Brian Scheffler

Tuesday, August 28, 2012 10:44 AM

My son Scott, his friend Brian Scheffler, and a friend of mine, Mike Quiggle, completed a four day fishing trip in August. Roman Sorokin was our Captain, and Tyler Young was the deckhand. We had a great time, caught all sorts of fish, and could not have been treated any better. It's evident that the "Reel Affair" folks are professionals and they certainly know how to do an "all inclusive" trip for guests. The food--including boat lunches--was excellent, the accomodations were very good, as was the fishing equipment. Octobre was prompt in the morning at getting us to the dock, as well as in the afternoon picking us up. We spent about 40 hours with Roman & Tyler and had a lot of fun with them while catching fish. Scott said it was the best trip he had ever been on & Brian was sorry we did not book another day of fishing. Even though the travel home took an entire day, all of our fish was excellently vacum packed and all was still frozen solid. We are already contemplating a return trip.

Ken Bauer, Barnesville, MN.

From Octobre : thank Ken : think Pickup truck in 2013 ( i'm in for raffle tickies!

;-) i'll be posting your pic's soon -

(for those of you wondering the MAKAI is not our boat ...) can't falsley portay anything you know ...)
L to R
Brian, David, Anthony & Hayden

Just Fishin

FROM: Fuller, David
TO: Octobre / Alaskan Reel Affair Charters

Tuesday, June 26, 2012 1:36 PM


Back to work today after a long travel day yesterday which included tears as we had to say goodbye to you, Tim, Reel Affair and Southeast Alaska. After a 17 hour travel day we loaded our freezer with perfectly processed salmon, halibut, lingcod and rockfish. This fish looked as if they had never been out of the freezer, rock hard, perfect, great job in the fish house. We are having fish tonight.

Anthony could not stop talking, sharing stories and pictures with his Mom when we got in and unpacked just after 1 am, very unusual for him as most young teenage boys.

I just want to say thanks for all the extras you did for us, Octobre. I?ve fished with your competitors in Sitka and I will never book another trip there with anyone except Alaskan Reel Affair. Outstanding people made our trip special. Tim and Daniel were top notch on the boat, made us all feel like family. Never a foul word, very patient with us and they made quite a good impression on young soon to be men. Good stories, conversation and of course fishing. Please tell them that the boys finally figured out the mystery of the creature they described on the first day out. Brian, Hayden, Anthony and I laughed until it hurt re-telling that one.

There are lots of fishing charters that claim to be ?family run? and ?family friendly? but this isn?t just a sale pitch with you, You are delivering exactly what you say.

As the Trace Adkins song goes ?I guarantee this memory?s a big?in?We ain?t only fishin?

Our memories and photos include, Eagles, Orcas, Humpback Whales, Otters, Sea lions, a 100 plus pound Halibut hauled in on a salmon rod and a White King Salmon. Would we go back? Oh hell yes we?ll be back!

God Bless
Dave Fuller


Re: Just Fishin

FROM: Octobre / Alaskan Reel Affair Charters
TO: Fuller, David

Tuesday, June 26, 2012 4:45 PM

oh wow - that is so sweet - we liked you guys too ... every night we would chatter about the 4 of you ( all good stuff ) -

thank you so much - i have 2 more groups to post - then you guys - it should be live tomorrow - thought i'd have them all done today - but it takes time - editing them - resizing ...

you must be pooped - i had no idea it took so long & and you'd both get home soooo late - the liners were the right thing to do - save those - bring them back & i can use them on your fish next time - no need to buy them 2x right?

again - thank you for everything - my best to your family! Stay in touch!

If you have a special pic or two you'd like me to add to the web site - fire it off to me - and if there is something you'd like written along with it - i can do that too ...

there is NO WAY - that i'll miss adding your email to Tim and I to the site under the "words from our guests"

- going to do that now ...

Enjoy the fish David - & don't be a stranger -

Take the time to go fishing!
Thank You :
Alaskan Reel Affair Charters LLC
Octobre Twaddle
P.O.Box 1825
Sitka, Alaska 99835
Cell ~ 907-738-3322 ~ Toll free ~ 888-966-2322
E-mail ~
On the web ~
Scott headed North to meet up with his wife & extending the Alaskan Vacation of 2012 - We held his fish - and shipped it to him one he arrived home
(& no storage fees)...

From: "Frisch, Scott"
To: Octobre / Alaskan Reel Affair Charters
Sent: Friday, June 22, 2012 7:23 AM
Subject: RE: fish delivery

From : Scott Frish

Subject : FISH

Got the fish and it was PERFECT!!!!!!!!!

hey octobre

FROM: Carlos Ayala

Monday, June 18, 2012 2:34 PM

How are you doing.

We are doing great.

Eating salmon, ling and crabs often.

Had some last night for fathers day dinner.

We had such a great time. I hope that your season is going well.

Poor Maya still has her boot on and will not be able to compete in her international tournament until next year

Still dream of the fishing.


Carlos, you are SO welcome ! my best to your family!

Octobre / Alaskan Reel Affair Charters
Monday, June 18, 2012 10:24 AM


I want to thank you for your efforts to ensure that everything went smoothly and as planned during our recent fishing trip to Sitka.

I think it?s safe to say that everyone in our group had a great time.

Over the course of the four days we fished, Dan took a number of photos of the group and our fish.

When you have a free moment, I would greatly appreciate it if you would forward to me (via e-mail) a copy of the file containing those photos.

Thanks again,
Jeffrey R. Truitt


From: Octobre / Alaskan Reel Affair Charters
Sent: Monday, June 18, 2012 3:24 PM
Subject: resending pic's . truitt . party 2012

here you go! soon to be on the web site - no later than tomorrow - most likely tonight - not all - but some ... these are in 14 million pixels - so crisp and clear - available to edit if you choose - again - thank you gentlemen!
Fishing 5, 24, 2012 Letter

FROM: Allan Johnson
TO: 'Octobre / Alaskan Reel Affair Charters'

CC: Dave Johnson
Friday, June 1, 2012 1:22 PM

Dear Octobre, I wanted to let you know how greatly satisfied and happy my brother Dave and I were with fishing King Salmon in Sitka on 5, 24, 2012 with your charter service and your crew.

Your arrangements were easy and complete.

You picked us up at the dock and drove us to the dock your boat went out of.

Your equipment was top notch and all the gear and boat was clean and neat.

Let me give the highest recommendation to boat Captain Roman and Deck Hand Justin. They were a great team. Roman?s attention to every detail showed how dedicated he was to putting us on fish. He just couldn?t have done a better job. Justin, our deck hand was equally hardworking and great. Both had fun personalities and really knew what they were doing.

My brother and I caught four King Salmon that day and never lost a fish.

Roman fished where the fish were, not where everyone else was fishing. He took outstanding pictures and we have already received the emails with the pictures for our memories.

Octobre?s ?Bag Lunch? was considered ?gourmet? by us. Excellent.

Your handling of the cleaning and processing and subsequent shipping to us was seamless. If and when I am ever lucky enough to come back to Sitka, there would be no other charter I would consider.

You guys are simply the best and made it a trip of a lifetime. Thank you.


Allan Johnson, Pace, FL

Dave Johnson, Yelm, WA
Thank you!
Allan Johnson
Sales Partner, Indoff


Dear Allan - Both you & Dave are so very welcome - stay in touch!

L to R

Dave Johnson
Allan Johnson

Thanks again Gentlemen!

From Allan 6.5.2012

Octobre, we just received our FED-EX box of fish @11:50 am Central time. It was frozen but was starting to thaw. Just a little soft around the edges but it is fine.

It is about 90 degrees here right now and the fish was on the FED-EX truck since 8:07 this morning. Pretty hot in those trucks!

I am glad you used two insulating bags. We got a lot of fish. Hope Dave gets the same amount!

Thanks so much again. What a hoot.

The whole experience was excellent.
Sincerely, Allan Johnson.
Allan Johnson
Pace, FL 32571

On Mon, Jun 4, 2012 at 3:25 PM, Octobre / Alaskan Reel Affair Charters wrote:

thank you - it's important to me -
you would think once its gone - but - i want to know that all is well - you'll be opening your freezer & reminded - so it is important to me it's perfect - and actually - if you take the shipping - the charter & the other costs involved - it's pretty expensive fish - ( your fish ) which is very cool - but i want it to be perfect - i am a bit anal that way ...

We're home

FROM: George Will Jr.
TO: Octobre Twaddle

Thursday, August 11, 2011 3:40 PM

Hi Octobre.

I wanted to thank you for a wonderful trip. As my Dad used to say:

?That?s as good as it gets?.

The Will ?Boys? had never hung out together. It was a good time to do that.

All the fish are in the freezer. Hank and Rog put theirs in that evening. Jim and I the next day.

Right now I?m sipping my martini and enjoying some Sitka Coho sashimi. The rest of the tail filet is being pickled in apple cider, allspice, dill and black pepper.

Will fry up the yellow eye tomorrow in butter, salt and pepper as you suggested.

Thanks again for the fishing trip of a lifetime.

You, Dan and Collin are fantastic. I?m sure you get tired of fish pictures so here?s one of Jim?s 2 puppies we?re taking care of. Geo.

Alaskan Reel Affair Charters Site Contact Form

FROM: Brian Ehni
TO: Alaskan Reel Affair Charters

Wednesday, August 10, 2011 9:23 AM

The following information has been submitted from the Alaskan Reel Affair Charters Web Site Contact Form

Name = Brian Ehni
Company =

Comments = Thanks for a marvelous visit fishing in Sitka. ARAC (especially Octobre, Roman, Tyler and Dan) went over and above what I was expecting in terms of caring care of customers and ensuring we had a good time. I know I'll be back, and I'm sure my brother, Scott will too. I'm even trying to convince my brother Bruce to go. Maybe next year or the year after, but soon!
From: Dezi del Valle
To: octobre twaddle
Sent: Friday, August 5, 2011 3:54 PM

Subject: RE: july 21 2011 - halibut fishing info

Just wanted to tell you again how much fun we had on our first ever fish fishing trip to Alaska! We had a blast with Dan and Collin!

Your charter service was TOP NOTCH from start to finish. Captain Dan took us right to the halibut and we landed several keepers.

We also caught several salmon in the very same spot.

Due to our limited amount of time, (we were on a cruise and our ship was leaving at 5:00pm) we were impressed how quickly we were able to catch all the fish we wanted!

Our fish arrived quickly and very much frozen.

Octobre, you really took the worry out of booking our first fishing charter!

We will be sure to tell all our friends what a great time we had!

Thanks Again!!!!!!!

Dezi & Karen ~


- see? you made me smile -

check this out ... click here for 1300 + recipes

& thank you!

Thank You :

Alaskan Reel Affair Charters LLC
Octobre Twaddle
Cell ~ 907-738-3322 ~ Toll free ~ 888-966-2322
E-mail ~
Web site ~

RE: pics from sitka 2011

FROM: Rod Hjelmstad
TO: 'Octobre / Alaskan Reel Affair Charters'

Friday, August 5, 2011 8:18 AM


Like always, you are an excellent host. Again, thanks for all you do to insure we have a great time and see you next year.

5 hours dock to dock - 7 folks -

*********** ***********

Re: Fish Shipments for the Benoists

FROM: Anne Benoist
TO: Josh Horton
CC: Laura Benoist
michael benoist

Thursday, August 4, 2011 12:18 PM

Holy lotsa fish! Thank you soooo much! Love you!!


( wow - that is very cool! octobre ~ )
Re: your pics from 2011


Friday, July 29, 2011 9:18 PM

thank you another great year after 30 trips with Reel Affair I have not had a bad year. Thank you Tim and Octobre (or Fred)

Lenny Ambrose
Re: Again - Thank you
FROM: Dan Marble

Thursday, July 28, 2011 11:01 AM

Hi October!

Yes, I had a great time. I will let you know what pics I may want.

The other thing you can do is set up a gallery on Snapfish (which costs nothing), upload you pics and then share them with who you'd like.

The party(s) can then order pictures and pick them up at Target.

Let me know if that works. Otherwise I'll advise as to what I would like.


Dan Jr.

From: Scott Paulson
Sent: Tuesday, July 26, 2011 7:00 AM
Subject: Great trip


I just wanted to thank you again for a great Sitka fishing experience. We like to fish new locations every year, but we had such a great time with Reel Affair that we will back next year.

The hotel was really nice and the crew did a great job on the boat. They put us on fish all three days, it really wasn't a "fishing trip", it was a "catching trip".

We brought home our fair share of fish and it was frozen solid when we got home.

See you at the Sacramento show,
Scott Paulson

From Octobre:

Dear Scott & Gretchen -

That is about the nicest thing i could hear - I am very proud of our crew - but the 'fish house" is kinda my baby .. ( well Daniel & I - he a solid young man - and has his fair share of good ideas - always thing ...

okay - not ALWAYS ... ;-)

Thank you too! nice folks & easy to be around - thank you for your kind words -
See you all in Sacto.

Take the time to go fishing!

Thank You :

Alaskan Reel Affair Charters LLC
Octobre Twaddle
Cell ~ 907-738-3322 ~ Toll free ~ 888-966-2322
E-mail ~
Web site ~

Thanks Octobre,

Michael and I had a great time yesterday. If you could hold that fish till I get home to NY that would be great.

Thanks for the brochoures. When I get home I'll talk it up with my retired friends. I'm sure they will be interested! Tom

-----Original Message-----
From: Octobre / Alaskan Reel Affair Charters

To: Tom May

Sent: Sun, Jul 24, 2011 11:43 am

Subject: your pics July 23

these ( some) will be on our web site today - i need to go box some fish first though ... i left brochures at your door -

Again - thank you - nice people - really was a pleasure fishing you & your son & meeting your family - take care -

call me when you get home to arrange for your fish -

Take the time to go fishing!

Hello Octobre,

I was discussing the fish with my wife today and she mentioned a good point.

She mentioned the possibility of having it sent home and it possibly spoiling with the heat wave and power outage.

I'll give you a ring as soon as I get home.

Thanks again.

From Octobre -

Tom - no - we have you covered - but it might be prudent to wait until the "bake" is over -

got your pics on the site today -

your fish is safe - but Anne does make a good point - no worries - i'll keep your stuff safe untill the right time arrives to ship -

all you fresh frozen came in at 62 lbs w the box - 4 lbs less without the box -& today we got your smoked back -
Octobre -

Re: your pics from your fishiing trip -

FROM: Jacob Miller
TO: Octobre / Alaskan Reel Affair Charters

Sunday, July 24, 2011 5:51 PM


Thanks for the pictures! We had a great time and are looking forward to our next trip to Alaska. Our fishing trip was awesome and something we will always remember.

Thank you for everything!

Jake and Erin

On Thu, Jul 21, 2011 at 10:39 AM, Octobre / Alaskan Reel Affair Charters wrote:

i have also posted several to the web site - take a look - they came out great!

note: attachments -

RE: Hans

FROM: max dorflinger
TO: 'Octobre / Alaskan Reel Affair Charters'
CC: Max Jr. hans dorflilnger

Wednesday, July 20, 2011 1:04 PM

Hi Octobre,

We have arrived home pooped but very happy!!

Hans has a new email since he moved two weeks ago. It?s (deleted for privacy)

I have forwarded him the pictures.

Thanks to you and Tim for a wonderful time.



From: Octobre / Alaskan Reel Affair Charters

Sent: Wednesday, July 20, 2011 3:38 PM
To: Max Dorflinger Jr.; max dorflinger

Subject: Hans

Morning! No doubt you're both pooped from the long "drive" home - the pics i sent - i also sent to Hans - but the (2) came back to me as undeliverable -

when your rested - could you please forward them to him? thank you!

Take the time to go fishing!

Thank You :

Alaskan Reel Affair Charters LLC
Octobre Twaddle
Cell ~ 907-738-3322 ~ Toll free ~ 888-966-2322
E-mail ~
Web site ~

Re: #2 pics

FROM: Joel Swartz
TO: Octobre / Alaskan Reel Affair Charters

Wednesday, July 20, 2011 6:18 AM

Message body

Thanks for everything and the photos. We all had a great time. And be
sure to put in the request for great weather again for next year.

The flight back uneventful. Pulled up to the gate at LAX at 9:10PM and
believe it or not was at the curb with my fish at 9:30PM! Of course
traffic was horrible so it took forever to actually get home.

FYI, although it wasn't needed, the area code for my cell was written
wrong on one of the boxes-it had xxx rather than xxx.

Let me know when you get the bill from FEDEX and if possible the tracking number when you ship.

Hope all works out OK & Say "woof woof" to Ginger.

From: Justin Cervinski
To: Octobre Twaddle
Sent: Monday, July 18, 2011 12:52 AM
Subject: Sam's eggs

Hey Octobre-

Hope things are great for everyone there. Thanks again for the great trip! The guys (Capt. Dan and Collin) were awesome! We would like to have a few pictures of them to go with our pictures if they wouldn't mind.

When we were putting our fish in the freezers we discovered the eggs were not included. Did they forget to pack them or did Dad forget to put the info on his paper everyday?

He says its not a big deal but I think he is kinda bummed about it. Let me know when you get a chance.

Thanks again,

From Octobre :

no - he wrote it down & we had remembeed - but given the box weights - it would have put him over - and those eggs woulda been a 50$ bill to your dad ... we had to choose and decited that was really darn expensive for roe ... tell him we are sorry -

Lori - ( attachments ) look through these - Collin is there - and 1 of Dan also - Nice hearing from you - stay in touch!

Take the time to go fishing!

Thank You :
Alaskan Reel Affair Charters LLC
Octobre Twaddle
Cell ~ 907-738-3322 ~ Toll free ~ 888-966-2322
E-mail ~
Web site ~


FROM: Emily Heath
TO: 'Octobre / Alaskan Reel Affair Charters'

Monday, July 11, 2011 2:30 PM

Octobre and Gang,

Just wanted to let you know that we made it back safely to Georgia! We REALLY enjoyed our trip and appreciate all you did to make it memorable.

If you have time, we would love copies of the pictures taken by Tim and Dan during our trips.

I asked Dudley what he wanted for dinner tonight and his reply was ?halibut? ? my response was that he would have to wait until Wednesday. Looking forward to the arrival of our fish, shrimp and crab!

Thanks again for ALL you did ? you all are super!

Dudley & Emily Heath

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FROM: Michael Peters
TO: Octobre / Alaskan Reel Affair Charters

Saturday, July 9, 2011 11:08 AM


Just a short note to say thank you. Had a great time on our trip, enjoyed the fishing and meeting all of you and your help.

The fish, made it home OK and still frozen.

My truck was covered with dirt and dust thanks to the Habood, what a mess.

I have attached several pictures of my ElCamino just for fun. Will be sending the pictures from the trip to Tony on a flash drive sometime next week. I am sure he will send them to you.

Well take care have a safe summer. Keep on fishing.

Mike Peters

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From Octobre :

Mike - It was a pleasure fishing you guys & meeting you and your brother, Tony - Checking email now & see i have a message from him also - so i'll forward the pictures to him - thank you - Nice bunch of folks!

Take care of the 100 + tempratures there -- --

NICE CAR! thats a beauty - i put it on our web site - under the catagory of WORDS FROM OUR GUESTS - i'll send the link to you

Take the time to go fishing!

Alaskan Reel Affair Charters LLC
est: 1995

Octobre Twaddle
Cell ~ 907-738-3322 ~ Toll free ~ 888-966-2322
E-mail ~
Web site ~

FROM: Tony Peters

Saturday, July 9, 2011 1:19 PM


Once again, thanks to you and all the crew for a wonderful time. The fishing may not have been the best, but all you folkes were.

Would you send me copies of the pictures that you have.

I will distribute them to Doug, Clem and my brother.

By the way, who is the chef that came up with all the recipes? They look great. I am going to try the salmon with sour cream tonight.


From Octobre :

Tony here u go ! this will be in several emails -

10 million pixels each - nice - crisp & clear -

It was a pleasure meeting you & Mike -

Hope to see you at the show in 20112

Take the time to go fishing!

Thank You :

Alaskan Reel Affair Charters LLC
Octobre Twaddle
Cell ~ 907-738-3322 ~ Toll free ~ 888-966-2322
E-mail ~
Web site ~

On Jul 7, 2011, at 11:41 AM, "Charles A. McKay" wrote:

Hi, Octobre,

I feel like I was not treated properly on my recent salmon fishing trip last week in Sitka.

If you will remember, I was referred to your company by a client of mine in Ketchikan. I specifically asked you if your guide, Roman, was available for my trip and you assured me that he was? and he would be my guide.

Initially, it was only my wife and I and I was quoted $500 for 5 hours plus the cost of the licenses and salmon stamps. I was ok with this.

I was able to get another couple to go with us which basically added $500.00 of pure profit to your company (minus the cost of a sandwich and drink).

Again, this was ok with me.

What was not ok with me is the fact that we were not put on the boat with Capt. Roman?????..

we were ultimately placed with Dan and a rookie mate. The end result was poor?????not one salmon was caught on our boat.

Another friend of mine was fishing approximately 50 yards from us and the 6 of them caught 6 King salmon and 2 other salmon during the exact same period of time and in the same fishing location.

I am 61 years old?born and raised in Florida??. and have fished my entire lifetime.

I understand that some days just don?t work out, but I firmly believe that our guide did not have the experience or knowledge that Roman would have had.

My reference told me that Roman was a very knowledgeable guide and he definitely made the difference in his successful trip 2 weeks prior to mine.

I feel like I was deceived and I can honestly tell you that my wife and the couple I invited to go with us were very, very, disappointed and angry that the trip was not as I had promised
(nor what you promised to me).

I did not get what I was promised!

I truly believe I am due a partial refund of the monies we paid to Alaskan Reel Affairs Charters LLC. The amount we are entitled to is up to you and your integrity. I do not wish to have ill feelings towards you, your Company or the Alaska experience.

I trust you will be fair and honest with me and do the right thing.

You may send me a check to following address:

Charles A. McKay

(omited by ARAC for privacy)


Charlie McKay


My Reply :

Dear Charlie ~

Again - thank you for your patience -

First and Foremost I want to tell you again how sorry we are that you had a disappointing trip. I vocalized on your arrival back to the dock & after entering my van for your ride back to your ships tender that your catch was indeed disappointing and not what we want for your guests.

Our crew ~ both land & water take & hold a very high standard & I again can assure you that you & your party were not the only disappointed folks.

We all were.

We clearly understand the costs to our folks associated with a charter fishing trip, and we are all aware that it is not an inexpensive proposition. - again - why our crew works so hard to assist you in harvesting fish.

We have not raised our rates in 5 years. Being a business man yourself I am sure your understand the importance of keeping pricing fair & the ever rising costs associated with doing business.

Originally we agreed to fish you & your wife as just a party of 2. Not a proposition we make any money on what so ever -- The truth is we lose money with only 2 anglers - The same thing I had explained to your friend in Ketchikan -

I am fully aware that you had requested a different captain - and I always do my level best to honor those requests - however at times we need to be flexible as other extenuating circumstances had come to light making the change unavoidable - Again - nothing I hid from you -

I can assure you that your Captain has a long and successful history with us - having built a clientele list that has requested him for the 2012 season. He is more than capable at his craft. Your inexperienced deck had had little bearing on your trip -

Roman - your captain of choice - also is running with a new deckhand this year .

As for your catch - Tim & I had spoken with your crew & the other Guide who was fishing about 50 yards away - in the same waters - All agreed that the " bite just turned off " upon your arrival to those fishing grounds. You also expressed in van "thats fishing".

We all prefer "thats Catching".

- Again - for that we are sorry - but it is a fact of nature & something which we have no control at or over -

We will be unable to refund any monies -
Again - Please accept our sincere regrets - we always strive and work & hope for a more fulfilling trip for our charter fishing guests -

I feel our longevity in this business reflects that -

Take the time to go fishing!

Thank You :

Alaskan Reel Affair Charters LLC
est: 1995
Octobre Twaddle
Cell ~ 907-738-3322 ~ Toll free ~ 888-966-2322
E-mail ~
Web site ~

FROM: Joyce Mullen

Monday, July 4, 2011 12:42 PM

Hi Just went to your website and downloaded the pictures.

Thanks and Gary is having salmon
to celebrate the 4th. tonight.

Looking at the other pictures, there is some really big salmon.

Also enjoyed your receipe section.

Thanks again, Joyce Mullen

Picture : Jerry Mullen

From Octobre:
Re: pics

FROM: Alaskan Reel Affair Charters
TO: Joyce Mullen

Monday, July 4, 2011 1:17 PM

You are very welcome. I enjoyed your company & talking to you while waiting on the boats to come back - See you next year!

Take the time to go fishing~
Alaskan Reel Affair Charters LLC
October Twaddle

Sent from my iPad
fishing trip

FROM: Michele Gray

Friday, June 24, 2011 4:34 PM

Hi all,

Just a note to tell ya what a great time we had fishing. Chris & I enjoyed the trip and the weather was perfect-(thanks for that Octobre I know you requested that just for us)

Our best buddy Jason had a great time too. Hopefully we all can make a return trip next year.

Our frozen fish came to Boise without a rip or tear in any box. The colored tape is a great idea!! I could pick out our boxes right away.

If you and Tim are in Boise this year or next for a show email or text me and I will provide a great home cooked meal!

Chris already smoked a pink and I made salmon cakes out of it-yummy!!

Thanks for all the fun, Michele

From Octobre

Hi Michele - You are very welcome - we'll definitely drop you a line if we do the Idaho show - it would be a new one for us - so it is still up in the air - but I'll let you know - thanks so much for the compliments - it was a pleasure fishing you, Chris & Jason -

Stay in touch! Octobre

Take the time to go fishing!

Thank You
Alaskan Reel Affair Charters LLC
Octobre Twaddle
Cell ~ 907-738-3322 ~ Toll free ~ 888-966-2322
E-mail ~
Web site ~
From: Jason Angell
Sent: Thursday, June 23, 2011 5:47 AM

Subject: Great Trip

Octobre- Sure had a great trip and wanted to say thank for all the fun.

When I woke up this morning I was wishing I was on the boat heading out for Kings!!!

Made it home last night and unpacked all the fish ? what a great job they do. I wanted to send you a check for 40 dollars and was wondering if you would give each one if the guys that handled our fish at the airport 20 bucks for me?

Let me know if that would work or not and I will send the check out today.

Thanks again ? had a great time.

Jason (Lucky Undys) Angell


From Octobre :

Jason ~ thank you - we enjoyed you & your friends too - good people - (that works -) thrilled you were so pleased with your processing - My "boys" will be thrilled too! thank you from me for them - they're good boys.

Take the time to go fishing!
Thank You :
Alaskan Reel Affair Charters LLC
Octobre Twaddle
Cell ~ 907-738-3322 ~
Toll free ~ 888-966-2322
E-mail ~
Web site ~

Member of the Better Business Bureau

FROM: Kenneth Hatt
TO: Alaskan Reel Affair Charters

Wednesday, June 22, 2011 5:48 PM

Thanks for your response & kindness we had a great time.

So will the fish arrive in the time frame as stated below on Sat?

Hopefully we will be able to come & visit in the near future for a longer trip you & our crew your great.

I will call tomorrow & confirm.

Thanks Ken

Take the time to go fishing!

Thank You :

Alaskan Reel Affair Charters LLC
Octobre Twaddle
Cell ~ 907-738-3322 ~ Toll free ~ 888-966-2322
E-mail ~
Web site ~

member of the better business bureau BBB

RE: you r confirmed


Saturday, June 18, 2011 11:48 AM

Hi Octobre

We picked up the fish from Alaska Air Cargo, We are snacking on the smoked salmon right now and are loving it!

I had a great time up there, and hope to return soon!

Thanks again, Don and Ellzie

Octobre: Very Welcome! hurry back!

6/18/2011 6:25 pm

From Lee:
Just got home, perfect packaging - thank you - See you on the 29th

from Octobre:
You are very welcome!
Recent Trip

FROM: Jim Varney
TO: 'Octobre / Alaskan Reel Affair Charters'

Saturday, June 11, 2011 8:37 AM


Just a note to say thanks and how much myself and the boys enjoyed our fishing experience with Reel Affair Charters.

Being deer and elk hunting outfitters we understand the amount of time and dedication involved in an operation such as yours. I was especially grateful to Roman and Tyler for their high level of professionalism and consideration of Russ and his special needs.

I will say you do know how to make a sack lunch. The accommodations and restaurants were great.

All of our fish made it home ok with us and was all still completely frozen. The shrink wrapping and labeling is great.

Josh and Dan are already bugging me about making plans for next year.

I have attached a couple of pictures of some of the deer and elk we have harvested on the ranch for your enjoyment.

Thanks again for the life changing experience.

Jim Varney(Boss), Daniel Varney(Bob), Josh Varney(Shooter) and Russ Simons(Muscel)

Long Valley Ranch LLC

Ranch Phone 435-648-2491

reply :

Re: Recent Trip

FROM: Alaskan Reel Affair Charters
TO: Jim Varney

Saturday, June 11, 2011 11:18 AM

You are the nicest man. Thank you. We try....

I gave your lodge a mention and I'll post one of your pics with the "words from our guests spot".

Thank you again. If your business is half as nice as you guys it must be really cool! Great photos.

See you soon I hope. If you want tickets to next years outdoor show let me know

Take the time to go fishing~
Alaskan Reel Affair Charters LLC
October Twaddle
Sent from my iPad

RE: June 9th arrival date

FROM: Janice Mosley
TO: 'Janice Mosley'
'Octobre / Alaskan Reel Affair Charters'

Tuesday, June 14, 2011 4:26 AM


Just wanted you to know that every word I hear from the guys is that they had a WONDERFUL TRIP AND WANT TO GO AGAIN.

Danny is sunburned a little, but that is his fault as he usually does not put enough sunscreen on.

We are looking forward to having some Halibut this Sunday.

Thank you for showing them the time of their life.

Will let you know as soon as possible when they want to return

Janice Mosley

(pictures is Danny Mosley - the sunburned one ...)



Monday, June 13, 2011 8:16 AM




This big boy was on top of our Dungeness Pots - couldn't keep him - but this King Crab sure smiled purty for the camera!
As posted on face book ~

Jeri Talbott
As we head back south to the "Lower 48" today, I'd like to give a shout-out as big as our monster catches to Tim and Octobre Twaddle of A Reel Affair Fishing Charters, for making us feel like we were the most important fisher people that ever came to Sitka! We had the time of our lives! :-D

2 hours ago View Post Remove Tag.

( i'll be posting their pics tonight 6/10/2011 -

Peggy & Allan Isaac -

The following information has been submitted from the Alaskan Reel Affair Charters Web Site Contact Form

Name = Peggy Isaac

Octobre and Tim,

Just wanted to let you know how much we miss all of you already.

I don't know what I'm going to do without my packed lunch either :)

It truly was one of my best vacations ever!!!

Hugs to Justin too!!!

You are all such a wonderful bunch of people.

Love Ya,


We had our first fish for dinner last night. We fixed the halibut. It was the best ever ? oh so good!! Yummy, Yummy!

Thanks again for showing us such a wonderful time, I can hardly wait to come again.

Peggy Pankonin Isaac

L to R

Peggy & Allan Issac

Feedback from the White/Holnback Group

FROM: Winston

Saturday, May 28, 2011 4:00 AM

Dear Octobre,

The return trip to Colorado Springs was uneventful, which is just the way we like it. The fish were into the freezer by 1:30AM mountain time and all were solid! Nice job on processing, packing and labeling.

I enjoyed my time out on the water immensely. Weather and seas were not all what I expected, but in a very positive way. I was fortunate to not have experienced any of the ?mal du mer? that was going around. I appreciate your recommendation to medicate with the meclizine the evening prior to going out. I am certain that this made all the difference.

Also, I enjoyed looking at the photo log on the website last night.

I would like to ask for corrections/changes to what is posted on the site.

Pete?s name is misspelled?it is Holnback.

In short, we had a great time, the fishing was fun, and you run a great business! I thank you for a great vacation.

My best to you, Tim and the rest of the crew, Winston

Re: confirmation

TO: Alaskan Reel Affair Charters LLC

Thursday, May 26, 2011 6:27 AM

We are back in L.A. now, but I just wanted to thank you so much for all the added fish. That was really nice of you.

Someone was asking me how long fish can be frozen before it has to be eaten. Do you know?

Also, I want to tell you that Joe and I thought Dan and Dan were both great! We may not have had luck catching fish, but we were lucky to have them both as our crew.

Thanks again for all,
Patty & Joe

Reply to Patty & Joe :

Oooooo. Thank you! Your fish will last as long as the vacuum seal does.
1 - 2 years or more....

Be careful shuffling it in the freezer.... Okay?

Recipes on our web site too

Thank YOU both. You were a pleasure to fish!

(sent from my iPhone, so typos don't count)
Tue, July 27, 2010 9:13:21 2010
From: Dan Vartan
To: Octobre

sitka 2010 197.jpg (55KB) View Image


Good Morning Octobre,

I just wanted to share with you and your team the amazing time we all had while fishing with Tim & Dan.

Your well aware of the fact this was my second trip (Cindy's first) to Sitka and your organization is nothing less than First Class. I can't even compare your crew to my experiences with company b last year.

Although the weather has been off as well as the water temperatures and more important the fish, Tim was very knowledgeable to seek out what other couldn't when it came to finding fish, day after day we set the standards in fishing. Nothings better than coming back to the dock and being the hated group because we're the ones that found the fish.

Leading up to our trip I know some of your posting comments were directed at me and my questions of fear that I chose the right company to fish with. Spending thousands of dollar to take a chance on fishing with someone is quite a tough decision to make.

I know now I made the right decision. It doesn't hurt that more than half of my investment was returned to me for dinner. I don't think I could ever fish anyone else, so tell Tim to put an air seat in his boat because he need to take care of that back.

I'd like to say we'll see you next year but I think it's going to be really hard for Cindy & I to eat the 200lbs of fish we brought back within the next year, but we'll try.

Thanks Again

Tight Lines!

Dan Vartan

PS I had to attach a photo that you sent that we took, the boat was rocking pretty bad when Dan took the shot and your version is missing half the fish.

From Octobre :

Dan, i read your e-mail several times. that was one of the nicest things to say ... Thank you Again & Eat Up!


Photo compliments of Dan & Cindy Vartan
showing the rest of the story ....

L to R
Cindy Vartan
Dan Vartan
Tim Twaddle
Marty Piontowski
Robert Piontowski
From: Robert Piontkowski
To: Octobre / Alaskan Reel Affair Charters
Sent: Mon, July 26, 2010 12:24:17 PM
Subject: Re: Fw:

Hey Octobre
Thanks for taking the time to put this together for us. I had a great time fishing with Reel Affair Charters. Both you and Tim made real easy to have a great time. Dan our deckhand was also great to have with us. You guys are two of the hardest working people I have evre met. Thanks to you and your staff we had an experience of a lifetime. If I ever choose Sitka as a fishing destination, I would dfininetly book with you again.
Thank you...... Robert Piontkowski

--- On Tues, 7/27/10, Octobre / Alaskan Reel Affair Charters wrote:

Subject: Fw:
We try ..... I'm glad you had a good time. it's what it's all about; that & getting some fishing under your belt.
Maybe we'll see you at the sportsman show - if you'd like tickets, just call my cell number, or the toll free number as i forward it thru to my cell, okay? Thanks again!

From: Kirk Milhoan
To: Octobre / Alaskan Reel Affair Charters:>
Sent: Thu, July 22, 2010 4:32:29 PM
Subject: Re: THANK YOU

Got them. They were in great shape.(box's of fish)

Thanks for everything. You run a wonderful operation!!

On 7/22/10 6:41 AM,
Octobre / Alaskan Reel Affair Charters wrote:

WOW! Thank you! it's good to hear that - & Thank you!

I know folks worry about their fish - glad everything was A-OK!

Laurie McFarlane

July 14, 2010 at 4:39pm

Subject: You are a SWEETIE!
Sure missed visiting with you this year, but I had to let my bro and his gal have a chance this time ;-)

Dad came home so excited that Roger remembered him and his "sayings." Thanks so much for taking such good care of him, and for the gifts you sent Mike and I. (You didn't have to do that, you know!) Everyone had a great time, and I am anxiously awaiting the pics. I guess most of them are on Tina's camera, was she planning to send them to you?

I look forward to seeing you someday soon and/or hearing how you're doing. Dad said you had a health scare, but never figured out what caused it? Hope you and yours are now well, strong and happy!

Wed, July 14, 2010 6:40:06 PM

Fishing Report

From: ronald tsunehara


I read your fishing reports and have always enjoyed your honest reporting. You certainly don't have to report your catches and I applaud the information that you provide.

I especially liked your recent explanation for the poorer than normal fishing in Sitka.

I have fished in Sitka in the past and know that the weather can greatly influence the fishing success.

Ronald Tsunehara


From Octobre :

~ No ~ Thank you ~
That is what it is all about - just honest - folks deserve no less -
From: "Duke, Brian"
Sent: Mon, July 12, 2010 4:32:47 PM

Thanks for a GREAT time!!


Brian Duke


From: Octobre / Alaskan Reel Affair Charters
To: Duke, Brian
Sent: Tue Jul 13 11:10:30 2010

Very welcome Brian - nice bunch 'o guys! Have you seen your pic's on our web site yet?

Thank You, Octobre Twaddle
Tue, July 13, 2010 8:53:



What a great time we all had on the water in the Great State of Alaska. It was certainly a pleasure to meet you Tim and young Danny Boy (if only he would hustle a little bit more around the boat...slacker).

Already mentally planning the next trip up to your paradise.

See you in Sacramento.

All the best, Tim Gerlach
AKA: "Fish Getter"


Dear "Fish Getter"

Thank you for the kind words & i'll give your best to that LAZY deck hand for you -

Signed "the van driver"
----- Original Message -----
From: Nekota, Michio
Cc: Tatum, Joe; Duke, Brian; Gerlach, Tim; Nagata, Paul
Sent: Mon Jul 12 19:12:12 2010

Octobre & Captain Tim, thank you for a great time.
I had the halibut and the Alaskan King Crab last night. They were excellent.

Thanks again for a wonderful time.

Look forward to seeing you down here. Give us a call.

My phone numbers are shown below.

Regards, Michio, Joe, Brian & Tim.


from Octobre ~ ARAC
cc: all
you guys are soooo welcome - Tim is still talking about you ! (& saying good stuff too !)

Don't forget about the tickets i can put in will call for you all - (yes Paul - you too!)

I just need a call prior to the start of the 1st day of the show... then you guys can come in at your leisure -

I would put them in all different envelopes & that will give you the flexability for when you want to use them - see you in January!

(a fun bunch 'o guys )
Thanks for a GREAT time!!

Brian Duke
Sun, July 11, 2010 10:16:10 AMRe:

Nekota et al 7/8-11

From: Nagata, Paul

This was on their "bucket" list. I think they had a well deserved and fun time.
I'm glad I ran into you at the Sacramento ISE. If it wasn't for you and your husband taking the timen during that crazy Saturday, to help me understand what the trip would be about; I don't think that trip would ha ve happened for them.

From: Octobre / Alaskan Reel Affair Charters
To: Nagata, Paul
Sent: Sat Jul 10 11:18:20 2010
Subject: Re: Nekota et al 7/8-11


Thank You, Octobre Twaddle
From: Deb Weiss (pictured)

Sent: Thu, July 8, 2010 5:04:26 PM

Subject: A note of thanks to Octobre and Tim

Our fifth year with you guys - hard to believe that you continue to tolerate us!!!

We really appreciate the DVD, the email photos, and of course, your wonderful hospitality again this year.

Helen had a spectacular birthday and loved sharing it with all of you too.

I have sent along a thank you note, as this trip was very special for all of us and you made it possible with your generous spirit. I will put together some of our photos to send to you.

Love the Boots!

Hope the season is very good to you all. Take care - we'll be in touch.

Love, Deb



see u in SACTO? hope so -

Wed, June 16, 2010 2:16:40 PM

Hello Octobre! (or whoever is covering while you're sick):


Hi there from the Keck family!

October we just wanted to thank you for the wonderful trip we had and remark that it was truly a memorable 4 days of fishing. We hope you are recovering from your illness and that Roger and Dan are doing well and to thank Pam and Tim for covering for you.

At this time we are also wondering if we could have the fishing pictures (JPEGs) sent to us via email? That would be great if we could get those. Thanks again.

You're welcome - they are on the way via e-mail!
Sat, June 12, 2010 11:21:34 AM

the best trip ever

From: Robert Loveless
To:; reelaffair


Hay, Just want to thank you all for the time of our life's.

It will be a trip we will always talk about. You run a A+ operation and treat everyone with class. All the 200+ lb of fish made the all day trip home still frozen.

Just can't thank you enough for the great time you showed us on out trip.

Here are a couple of Pic's.

Thanks a million The Loveless's


U guys are so welcome! Tim & Octobre

Picture compliments of the Loveless Clan -
L to R

Tue, June 22, 2010 4:05:35


From: phyllis breese

To: Octobre / Alaskan Reel Affair Charters

We had some rock fish last night it just was GREAT.

I got the recipes on Yellow Eye and as soon as we stay home long enough we are have some.

We have had lots of rain in the last week over 8 inches

We never get rain in June.

We have even had some flooding around us.

On Mon, Jun 21, 2010 at 2:36 PM, Octobre / Alaskan Reel Affair Charters wrote:

Yes Maam fishing has been very good - it changes throughout the season - to diffrent - but just as good -

i love rock fish - that & Yellow Eye -have you seen the recipes on the web site? Now that you've had this fish - you are spoiled - no more 'store bought' for you guys!

Thank You, Octobre Twaddle
Cell ph ~ 907-738-3322
Toll free ~ 888-966-2322
Web site ~

From: phyllis breese

To: Octobre / Alaskan Reel Affair Charters
Sent: Mon, June 21, 2010 9:32:30 AM

Subject: Re: Fwd: fish

Is the fishing still good?

We had some rock fish deep fat fried the other night, man it just melted in our mouth.

We have been having RAIN. 4 inches in the last to nights.

Take care and thanks again for make our anniversay special. .

On Sun, Jun 20, 2010 at 10:32 PM, Octobre / Alaskan Reel Affair Charters wrote:

very nice hearing from you - 30 hours! holy Cow! Glad you had a great time. It's what it's all about. & going home with a nice amount of fish too! Thank you for sharing your anniversary with us ~

Thank You, Octobre Twaddle
Cell ph ~ 907-738-3322
Toll free ~ 888-966-2322
Web site ~

From: phyllis breese

Sent: Sun, June 20, 2010 7:05:03 PM
Subject: Fwd: fish

October and Tim

Sorry I'm so late getting back top you.
Jet lag 26 hour in diffent airports Is really more than I can take.

The fish was still froze when we got home & 30 hours after we last saw you.

We have had over 4 inches of rain in the last 5 days. We usally get zero this time of year.

We had a great time fishing and your CD was GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRReat

Thank you so much.

When it gets closer to your show in Denver we will let you know if we are going

Thanks Again
Phil and Phyllis

Tell Mike hi for us. We really like him and he did a great job.
From: Rich & Julie Blissard

To: Alaskan Reel Affair Charters LLC>
Sent: Wed, July 14, 2010 4:30:47 AM

Subject: thanks for for our wonderful fishing trip on July 10th


My wife and I would like to thank your wonderful kindness of the airport pick-up, hats, additional fish and tee shirts in our fish box.

We would also like to thank you for your hospitality and customer service.

It has been become very rare to find someone who cares so much about their customers.

Our fishing day was not best fish wise but we had a wonderful time and knew we made the right decision using the best guide services in Sitka.

We would also like to pass along the highest comments for our wonderful guide, Roger. He is an excellent fisherman who cares about his customers satisfaction and enjoyment. Roger gave us his best efforts to allow me to catch my first keeper King salmon, I appreciate his effort and determination.

In the future if we are in Sitka again, we will definitely will book another fishing adventure.

Currently we will highly recommend your services to our friends and family.

Best Wishes
Rich and Julie Blissard

Re: From: Octobre / Alaskan Reel Affair Charters
To: Rich & Julie

Dear Julie & Rich

Wow - Thank you for the kind words - I'll pass them on to Roger & Dan too -

You are both very very welcome - glad you & your fish made it home in good shap - you both spent some decent travel time to get there -

From: "John Smith"
To:, Graham, Rauh, Hartman

Subject: Your PhotoShow Graham, Hartman, Smith & Rauh, 2009 is now available online

Date: Tuesday, December 1, 2009

This brings back phenomenal memories!!!!! There is nothing that can compare with the combination of the company of great friends (past and present) and the beauty of Alaska. Thank all of you for the privilege of participation in this wonderful fellowship!! ( The pictures are outstanding)

John Smith - Front Left -

Thank you John!
What the Thank you card says -


We want to thank you for a wonderful trip to Sitka. You did all that you promised and much more.

The boats and equipment were first rate.

The crews worked hard to make our fishing trip a good experience.

We had so much fun that we hope to plan another trip in the near future.

Best Wishes,
John & June VanDerBeek
From: "Danny Layne"

Subject: Emailing: Motley Crew & Recipe

Date: Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Hi, Octobre (Tim, too)

We just wanted to tell you (AGAIN) what a wonderful time we had. We wish we could afford to come every year.

We had a blast.

Danny was telling you about this killer recipe he has for salmon. Here it is . . . . .

Marinate your salmon steaks or filets in a shallow dish filled with a 1/4 to 1/2 inch of Kahlua.

Add powdered ginger and white pepper to taste. Marinate 20 minutes per side. Grill or broil.

Danny & Joanne Layne

Hi Octobre,

What a nice suprise. Thanks!
Paula & Stan

Date: Friday, August 14, 2009

Tim, Octobre, and Crew,

Just wanted to thank you again for a wonderful trip. It was our first to Alaska, and definitely not our last. The efforts you made to make our experience perfect were greatly appreciated. We made it home to Wyoming with all the fish, and it was still frozen solid the next day. Before we left home, I didn't clean out the freezer for fear of jinxing the trip, so when I got home, I had a major job.

We are definitely looking forward to seeing you again, and will highly recommend your total operation.

Thanks again,

From: Kyle Brock

Subject: 110 in Phoenix!

Date: Saturday, August 8, 2009

Hey Octobre!

This is Kyle from the Barnett group that visited you this week. We all made it home without a glitch (and more importantly, our fish did, too) and our freezers are stocked full! As a matter of fact, Brad was going out to buy a full-sized freezer for his garage!

I just wanted to thank you for the wonderful job you did for us. We never had a concern whatsoever the entire time and everything seemed to click like clockwork. Looking back on the experience, the fact that everything went so well is even more amazing. I can't believe all the logistics involved with reservations, van rides, processing, shipping that you guys handled for us to make sure we had a great experience. Also, I want to thank you for throwing in a little extra fish for John and I to make up for the poor day we had. My God! I could use those crab legs as a walking stick!! I've never seen anything like those things! I realize you are not responsible for ensuring we come home with "X" amount of fish, nor would I expect you to guarantee it, so your gesture was very kind and generous.

For me, the whole trip wasn't about stocking my freezer but having the experience of an Alaskan fishing trip and I really enjoyed myself.

My only regret is that we couldn't stay a few more days.

I definitely hope to visit Sitka again someday and I will definitely call Reel Affair before I do.

Thanks for everything. It was real pleasure meeting you.

Take care, Kyle Brock
From: brad burnett
Subject: Thanks!
Date: Friday, August 7, 2009

Hi Octobre.

Just wanted to drop you all a quick thank you note. All of our fish was in Phoenix 6 hrs after we left Sitka. Thanks very much for all of the hard work.

Everybody had a fantastic time ... It was an AWESOME trip.

Also, Roger and Dan were the two hardest working guys we've seen in a long time...a really great crew, even with all their verbal abuse!

Please thank them again for us.

Hope to see everybody again next year! We really had a Great time.


From: "Jamie Holland"

Subject: RE: abourd the Holland America Zaandaam

Date: Friday, August 7, 2009 5:55:31

Thank you again for booking the fishing trip. A good time was had by all. Sure enough, I got back on the boat and got scolded by my wife for not shipping the Salmon home. Oh well, not the last bad decision I will make.

Jamie Holland

To Jamie: i am glad you all had a good time - it's what it's all about - and now you have a reason to come back ...
thank you again - my best to everyone!

Thank You, Octobre Twaddle

From: don hartman
To: Octobre Twaddle .

Subject: My Trip

Date: Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Hi Octobre and Tim,

Arrived home safe and sound, and the fish was still frozen solid thank you very much!

Once again, I had a terrific time. After 11 years, I never tire of getting together with everyone from Alaska Reel Affair. You are all just a class act, and fishing with Roman was a total pleasure. Aside from being a good captain and guide, he's a lot of fun. It took some time, but he finally learned to relax and let me fight fish instead of yelling "Get it in!!!" It was a GREAT fishing with him, and if you can set me up with him next year, July 24, 25, and 26, that would be great. As I told you Sunday, he's not just a good guide, he's a good person and one hell of a nice guy. That's all I ever hope people say about me. Please thank him for making my trip so enjoyable.

Thanks so much for the's REALLY nice! Will call in Sept. to discuss the off-season.

Take care, and have a safe and prosperous winter. Book a lot, and if I can help, I will.

From: "Don & Jeanie Thibodeau"

Subject: Fw: D. Thib has sent you a PhotoShow

Date: Wednesday, August 5, 2009 

Good morning Octobre,

Hope fishing has been good for all. Here's something to watch when you have time. Feel free to forward to Roger and Dan.

Don Thibodeau

CLICK ON THIS! -> Alaska 7-12-09
From: "Rally Ralston"

Cc: "'Rich Ralston'"

Subject: RE: rally's invoice & 2010 dates

Date: Monday, August 3, 2009

Hi Octobre:

Thanks for sending and yes we had a great time again. Tim is great and really has a nose for the salmon.

Will see you in Denver and thanks for the dates next year.

Have a great rest of the season.

Rally Ralston
Managing Partner
Salba Smart Natural Products, LLC
From: "john henry"
To: "Octobre / Alaskan Reel Affair Charters"
Subject: Sitka
Date: Wednesday, July 8, 2009 4:50:47 PM

Well, we're back in the grind. It's a wonderful memory we have of you & crew.

Thanks so much as the fish recipes are simply fabulous. I think a trip back is in order.

Thanks again.
John Henry
Watts New Under the Sun, Inc.
(760) 782 9200

Pictured is Gayanne Williams
From: Kevin Clements
To: ""
Subject: Fish Fared FIne
Date: Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Hi Octobre,

Please forgive the delay in letting you know how the fish fared on the trip home. ? been busy since I returned, building and adding some new parts to my daughter?s play set.

The flights home were not much fun, but a definite bright spot was seeing those fish boxes roll onto the baggage return, safe and sound.

We unpacked them as soon as we got home, and -- 14 hours and three flights later -- everything was still frozen solid! Nicely vacuum packed in just the right sizes; I couldn?t have asked for better. Perfect! We have since grilled some of the halibut? Excellent! Thanks to you and your processing crew for a job very well done.

Please pass my thanks again to Tim and Dave. Fishing with them and my Dad and brother was a pure pleasure.

Tim?s a top notch skipper and Dave?s an excellent deck hand; two of the best I?ve ever had the privilege to fish with. It was less like fishing with my Dad and bro and a crew; more like fishing with a bunch of good friends. And that, as much as anything, will have me coming back.



From: John
To: Reel Affair Charters

Subject: Made it home
Date: Saturday, July 25, 2009

Octobre & Tim & crew

Well, we all made it home and everybody was very please with their
great time fishing with you guys.

All the fish made it home and in
great shape with no problems at the airports.

Jack & I have been talking about 2010, but just a little early to
make any commitment.

Magi and I are having the kids over for a crab/shrimp feed tonight,

Diane and Jack are doing the same in PA...

Again, many thanks for your hospitality and arrangements in Sitka. May the rest of the season bring you health, wealth and happiness.

From All,
Fleisher's * Preiser's * Ottinger's
From: Robert Reid
To: Alaskan Reel Affair Charters

Subject: Great Trip

Date: Saturday, July 25, 2009

Hi Octobre, Tim and Dave:

Arrived home and the fish arrived safe and still frozen hard. I had no way to
get any home with me, so they are all in the freezer at Steve's home. The
grand kids all love salmon, so I am sure that some will go home with them.

We had a great time as usual and after fishing with Reel Affair for ten times, I feel like part of the family. I might add that I get treated that way. Steve
feels the same way.

I am already looking forward to next year after I celebrate my 86th birthday. I really enjoy sitting on my perch on the stern of the boat.

Tell Dave that I want him to set the ball at 78 feet again as the king we caught there was great fun.

Thanks again for everything.
From: "Diane Preiser"
Subject: Hi
Date: Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Everyone arrived home safely with our fish. The fish boxes were frozen solid--in much better shape that ANY other years! The packing was different and definately works well.

Thanks for everything. We all had a grand time. Reel Affair works like a well-oiled machine!!!!!!!!

You guys are all great!!!!!

Hugs to all,
Diane and Jack

Diane Preiser - Rock fisher-woman extraordinaire!

From: "Gary S. Pack"

Subject: Re: your trip info
Date: Thursday, July 9, 2009

Thanks again for a great trip! We enjoyed every minute.

Brad hopes you have some success in finding a picture of his catch.

Thanks for your help.

From: Susan Lavigne

To: Octobre Twaddle

Subject: Our Trip
Date: Wednesday, July 8, 2009 4:26 PM
Hello Octobre,

I want to say thank you from all of us for the fantastic trip you made for us. You and Tim and all your crew have a top of the line operation. The boys have asked to go back again on the way home, wish we could say yes, every year.

I have to tell you we had a much longer than planned trip home. A passenger had a medical emergency causing our baggage to sit in the sun for several hours, for us to miss our connecting flight making more time for our fish to sit outside in the North Carolina sun.

Rich and I were so worried we'd lose all that wonderful seafood. Well, your super method of packing made it all stay frozen and believe me it was a long time. After leaving Sitka on Sunday at 2PM and arriving home Monday at 4PM, we still were in good shape fish wise, and full of happy memories which we will have forever. We'll have to return for more fish.

It was so nice to meet you after hearing Rich and Kevin talk about their first trip. Again, thank you for a wonderful time and feel free to give our name for a reference anytime.
Hope the rest of the season is good for you.

Sue & Rich

L to R
Del Leisenring
Rich Lavigne
Robert Pease
Kevin Muldoon
From: "Gilbert Labrie"

Subject: RE: hi folks -

Date: Sunday, July 5, 2009 3:31:05

Everybody is back and we definitely had a great time. The fishing schedule, and captain list, for next year looks good and once I get final confirmation from group I will get back to you.

I have talked to some of my group about coming a day earlier to get in some more relaxation time.

I should be confirming before the end of next week.

Thanks again for a great experience. It will be great to get a chance to get to know Tim next year.

Gil Labrie

From: "Don & Jeanie Thibodeau"

Cc: "Kathline Mackey"

Subject: Emailing: IMG_0688

Date: Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Good afternoon Octobre,

It was a long day on our return....3 hr delay in Seatle due to plane problems (happened last trip also). Got home at 11 p.m.

I want to thank you again for your great hospitality and professionalism of your staff. Although catching fish was slow, everyone in the group had a great time and really enjoyed everything Reel Affair had to offer.

The pic enclosed is of Kathy Mackey with a nice king.

Once again pass on to our guide and deckhand, Roger and Dan, how much fun we had with them and how much we enjoyed the trip.

Don Thibodeau
Sutter, Ca

From: "King Graham"

To: "Tim and Octobre Twaddle"

Subject: Kyle and his shrimp

Date: Tuesday, June 23, 2009 6:11:42 PM
& from

From: "Cathy Graham"
Subject: Back in TX

Hi Octobre and Tim,

We arrived back in TX around 9:00 PM and the fish arrived as well which is great. We couldn't miss our boxes with "Grumpy Duke" written on the box.

Already we miss being in Sitka, the cooler weather and visiting with you.

Thanks so much for all are great.

Remember we "Lime You".

All our best,
Cathy and King
From: Russ Edwards


Date: Sunday, June 28, 2009









Thank you Russ!

From: Patricia Rush

Subject: great fishing with you!

Date: Thursday, July 2, 2009 4

Octobre.....I'm mailing you three CDs.. On some of them, I have used
an 11 mm lens so the fish look LARGER THAN LIFE. You may not want to put those on your website. I think you
can tell which ones they are.

We had a BLAST,...and thank you for
those, we
ate them for dinner and breakfast.

We loved every minute with Jeremy...great guy.

See you next year!

Patricia Rush !

From: "Daniel Hershey"

Subject: Thanks

Date: Monday, June 22, 2009

Hi Octobre

Enjoyed my outing w/ your group while in Sitka. Attached is a picture of me
with my King. I know Roman took some pictures of me which I would be interested in if you have them.

The fish arrived in great shape and nicely packaged.

Will recommend your charter to my
friends. Thanks Dan
From: "Frank Wolf"
To: "Alaskan Reel Affair Charters"

Subject: Alaskan Reel Affair Charters Site Contact Form

Date: Sunday, June 21, 2009

Dear Tim & Octobre
On behalf of my grandsons:
Andy Cook,
Kyle Cook,
Adam Beier and my son-in-law
Doug Vandas, I want to thank you again for your outstanding care for us on our
recent trip to Sitka.

Your attention to our needs and expertise in finding so many various type of fish we caught made this trip one we will never forget.

I was very impressed with your Charter service compared to several others I have taken in Alaska.

Seeing whatles, other sea creatures and eagles was most exciting.

Hoping to see and fish with you again.

P.S. Being the wife of Frank, I wanted to share my evaluation of their trip.

I really like the processing of the fish. Each package was a single serving and label. The web site with the recipes is great and wonderful. I have used many of them and recommend the use of this web site.

I hope the boys will be able to schedule another trip in the future.

Sinderely yours.
Frank & Char Wolf
Brighton, Colorado

Frank Wolf : Far Right

From: "Octobre / Alaskan Reel Affair Charters"

To: "Frank Wolf"

Date: Sunday, June 21, 2009 PM

Nice hearing from you - I believe we will be in Denver next year for the ISE show again - so remember - if you'd like to come in - we can leave tickets at the door -(yes, even if you are not fishing ....)

thank you again! i will be adding your kind words to the web site - when i have it posted i will send you the link - thanks again!
Thank You, Octobre Twaddle

Cell ph ~ 907-738-3322
Toll free ~ 888-966-2322
Web site ~

From: jeanne garcia

Subject: Thanks!

Date: Sunday, June 21, 2009
Dear October and Tim...

Greg and I want to take this opportunity to say "thank-you".

We are still talking about how successful our fishing was, how the weather played into the success of the trip...

Tim made it enjoyable with all his stories and David being the perfect deck person!

We truly enjoyed our captain and crew! We got to meet new people with the same passion of fishing as us!

We barely had room in our freezer for all the fish. But it all fit!

We picked up Greg's dad yesterday in Modesto, he is now formally living with us, so we will be sharing our daily fish with him.

Thanks for making it a successful and fun time for us!

Jeanne Garcia (aka Hitchcock)

Jeanne, thank you & and you are both very very welcome - we fish nice people! i am very happy to hear "Dad" is doing well - thanks so much to the immediate care he received in the beginning & you guys too - you both know a lot & what to look for - he'll be in good hands - happy eating! I still have your pic's - and am anticipating when i can get them up on the site - but for now .... see attached ...
Thank You, Octobre Twaddle

From: "John Smith"
To: "Tim and Octobre Twaddle"
Subject: The fish has arrived
Date: Tuesday, June 16, 2009


The fish arrived this morning in good shape.

Thank you for the perfect packaging and labeling.

John certainly would recommend you to anyone. A great fishing trip.

Jackie (Mrs. John) Smith

John Smith : Front : Right
The processed fish was (is) great, both in portions & appearance.

When I contacted Brian in Feb I had read on the internet that some fish did not arrive, & some of the product was not included. The name of the business had a color included, so I asked Brian about this & he informed me that his processor did not sell retail. This removed ANY doubt I had.

That was what my comment concerning higrading referred to. There was also past problems in Seattle & PDX
where airport employees has diverted fish.

So, to conclude a lengthy note, I am very happy w/ the trip & all aspects of the people involved in same.
From: carl hering
To: reel affair
Subject: Christopher's and my addresses
Date: Monday, June 8, 2009


Chris and I want to thank you again for all you did for us. You and your crews are the best charter I have ever been with or heard of.

I will charter with you again, maybe next year, I hope.

Here are our addresses, it would be best for mine to go to the building where I work as no one would be at my home for delivery until after 4 PM


Thank you again for everything and letting us know about the other fish! You are the best!!!!

(Thank you both!)
From: russ edwards
Date: Sunday, June 7, 2009 12:23:12









Original message from Kathleen Everest"

Dear Octobre -- In 2008 Capt. Roger Hames took our family of 4 on a half day charter and it was most successful -on Julie's 40th birthday.

Today she emailed and said the fish you processed is like eating FRESH fish every time and they are so happy with their fish. FYI,

thank you. Kathleen Everest, Sitka.

Definitely post our email - we felt so well treated from beginning to end of our charter (and you can add that to the comments about the fish)..... kathleen
Subject: fish arrived and photo
Date: Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Hi Octobre,

Our fish arrived yesterday, and it was two thirds of our catch, so we're good. They were frozen solid.


Here's a picture of me with my fish. July 13th was a lucky day for us.

Christine Powlan

Attachment 1: 12 Sun on the Mountain.JPG (image/jpeg)


Christine ~ Gorgeous Fish! Thank you for letting me know & taking your time to drop me the note ~ It's what we all strive for - check out the recipes on our web site!

Stay in touch and we'd love to fish you in the future - thanks again! (it's a sportsman show quality picture so i am sure we'll be using it in 2009. Thanks again!

From: Stephanie Bliss
To: Octobre Twaddle
Cc: Dave Bliss
Subject: Thank you!
Date: Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Just wanted to drop you a note and let you know that we had a great time.

Alicyn has been talking non-stop about our trip and telling everyone that we have to go back. She is still trying to figure out how she can get her dad a job in Sitka so she can move there. She also keeps talking about Tim and how much fun she had with him. She looked forward to her muffin that he had for her every morning.

Dave didn't get enough fishing time in even though we fished for 4 days. He is still craving it.

I think this last trip we had with the 'lay day' was the best. Little time to walk around and see all the sites and get some good fishing time in also.

We had a really nice time and I thank you for helping us and making our stay and trip so memorable.

When things slow down I would really like to get Rachel's pound cake recipe. Alicyn loved it that day that Roman shared with her.

Hope all is well with you and the crew. Hope Tim is feeling better also!

Thanks again for the great trip.
See you at our Sportsman's Expo.

Stephanie, Dave & Alicyn (aka Midget) which she thought was great by the way.

From: Stephanie Bliss
Cc: Dave Bliss
Subject: Re: Thank you!
Date: Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Thanks much!

Yes, Alicyn saw her picture on the website and was surprised and excited. She liked that a lot. I forgot she asked me to send you a couple of pictures for you to see.

One is of her and Tim, (he let her drive the boat with him). The other is of her with the crabs we caught that she was able to release.

Oh and we saw Jared's message to you...we were glad that we weren't put with a whiner just like he mentioned, so it all worked out great for everyone.

Thanks again!!

Take care - Happy Fishing
ps..glad to hear Tim is well also.

From me: AWWWWWW! i'll add those tonight - one under the "words from our guests - the other to the photo page - tell Alicyn i said thank you for the pic's!
From: "Sapp, Jerod - PISCO"
Subject: Thanks again Octobre
Date: Thursday, July 31, 2008

It was a great time, as usual.

I am glad you got me on board with such good people. I heard some whining at the airport about conditions and slow fishing.

I just am glad I wasn?t on a boat with any of those folks!

The fish arrived here today, thanks again. Let me know when those silvers start schooling up inside (just got to know if they show up ? apparently they are still on vacation down here).

Jerod (self portrait)

"From: "Octobre / Alaskan Reel Affair Charters"
To: "Powlan, Christine B."
Cc: "Powlan, Jim" ,
Subject: FW: Re: Fish Shipment
Date: Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Ok - received all your info - and yes there is no scale on the boat, and unfortunately it is easy for a captain to exaggerate the size & weight of a fish - which makes him look good - and you happier. At any rate, it is not a practice we condone simply because it leads directly to this dilemma. You have spent 5 to 6 hours with this young gentleman, & have had a great time - and take as gospel the weights he has given you -

a couple of things here - a fish that is 38 pounds is not 43 inches in legnth - i am 63 inches - that would be a king in the 40 + pound category - that is the problem with estimating -

The other thing is this ~ i sent Ted to the fish house as soon as i received your email - to double check paper work (the forms you all completed on board - (or someone did) prior to sending it to be prep'd and prepared for shipping -

One form was left blank (as to how the split should be done for shipping) -

The other was circled to be a split, shared equally - - this means that everything which is received will be exactly what the other has received - ( you have shared equally in each others catch - which explains the odd nbr of tail and collar pieces - as you will receive the other half of that days catch. ~

That is all we can go by - if the split was to be different than that - then each form should have said who gets what & your captain should have separated those fish into two totes with the corresponding paperwork - and third - there is no way to discern a male from a female after it is caught - cleaned on board and the eggs removed -

Size does not specify gender - size predicts the age of the fish -

Rock fish is not a 50% yield - it is a 27% yield - salmon is 53% when it has been gutted, & bled - head & tail on (roughly - ) now processing - the skeleton, head, tail, belly & gill plate is removed - so we are most likely at 48% it depends on the fish - Some are fatter than others - but my boys have been filleting with me now for 4 years - they filleted the meat from the back bone - both sides - and you can literally see light through when held up - your retention was at it's max -

if i sound a bit frustrated - it is not you - it is because you were not assisted in preparing your forms properly - the captains guide constantly & they know how to do this, and that they do it every day (even though you did fish on a contract boat) - and the forms while clear to them, are not clear to you - my concern was he did not help you in preparing your paperwork to get what you wanted - which i see now - is that each party wanted to get their own fish - instead you received a 50 - 50 split -

when we ship do you want to be double lined as your brother requested?
Thank You, Octobre Twaddle

Cell ph ~ 907-738-3322
Toll free ~ 888-966-2322
Web site ~

Subject: Re: Fish Shipment
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2008 16:30:50 +0000

Original message from
"Christine B. Powlan"

Hi Octobre,

My brother received his fish yesterday. Shipping was good. It was frozen solid and in good shape.

Unfortunately, he may have received the wrong box. When he laid it all out, it seemed to be one and a half fish, with half of the larger one missing. There were only three collar pieces and three tail pieces. I wondered when you said you sent him less than 25 pounds of fish.

I see some of our pics up at your website, so you know what our fish looked like. We caught a total of four salmon and eleven rock fish. Sadly, our boat didn't have a scale. However, the captain estimated the weights at 20, 24, 30, and 38 lbs - that's 112 lbs of salmon. Barbara's was 42". Mine was a nice, thick male at 45". I know you can lose up to 50% of the weight in processing, but even at that I would have expected 60 lbs of salmon.

I know there were three kings caught on your boats the same day. Maybe Jim received half of the other three fish.

At any rate, before you ship to the bay area, would you please check the box to be sure all of the nice male and all of the smaller female are included. We're expecting six of the rock fish to come here as well.

Thanks again. I have some more pictures I'll send you soon.
From: "Jim Powlan"
Subject: Powlan Family and Friends w/ deckhand

Date:Thursday, July 24, 2008


We had a great time. Hopefully this will encourage a few others to try your
half day charter.

I have another picture of just Barbara with her fish that is really nice but
it is on her camera so I will send over the weekend.

Aloha from Maui

Jim Powlan

Thanks Jim ~ very much ~

From: Dick McClosky
Subject: Re: Alaskan Reel Affair Charters Site Contact Form
Date: Saturday, July 26, 2008

Comments = Hi Octobre Home and tired. Just wanted you to know how much we appreciate the hard work by your company.

It seems like you all work about 24/7 up there.

Do you sleep all winter? You deserve to. Thanks much, Dick McCloskey

From: "Octobre / Alaskan Reel Affair Charters"

Thank you ~ & we also appreciate you as well ~ I posted your photo's today. Have you seen them?


Yes. The pics are great. Again we had a ball with Roger and Chris.

Dick McClosky ~ Far Right

Thanks again Dick. from us all ~
From: "Mark Glimmerveen"
Subject: 2009 Dates
Date: Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Thanks for everything Octobre.

We all had a great time!!

My thanks again to you, Tim, Roger ,Chris and Rachel for making our trip a great success!!

Regards, Mark W. Glimmerveen

You are Welcome - see you next year!
From: John Hall
Subject: Emailing:
Date: Sunday, July 20, 2008

Subject: Re: John & Cheryl Hall
Thank You


Just wanted to send you a quick note. The fish arrived today in great shape.

Thanks again making my Alaska fishing experience a great one.

Gary and Mike were great and put us on the fish. We only had one day to fish but Gary did a great job finding the fish.

Listening to the other boat captains
that day over the radio I know for most boats their day was not a good day.

My wife Cheryl and I were joined by gentlemen also named Gary and his son
Logan. Logan and Cheryl were up first and Logan connected with his King
Salmon within 5 to 10 minutes of us starting to fish.

We fished the area for a while longer but after listening to the other captains who had no or only one King on board, our captain decided to head to an area that he had success with in the past.

I was a little concerned leaving all the boat traffic but our captain Gary was really on the money. Arriving at the new spot, I quickly caught my King along with Gary catching his King. My wife Cheryl closed out the Salmon fishing by catching a nice Coho Salmon.

Again listening to the radio and after our captain Gary reported three Kings on ice along with the Coho the other captains decided he was "The Man". I could not agree more.

Great day fishing, nice company, great captain and first mate and beautiful scenery.

Thanks again for making this a special day in my life. I will be back to fish with in you in Sitka again soon.

John and Cheryl Hall

From: Axel Hertneck
Date:Saturday, July 19, 2008

Dear Octobre,

Thank you for the great time with you and your team.

I arrived save at home but unfortunately only with 1 box the other came later in the evening with another flight.

It was opened by the custom and all fish and crab legs confiscated.

I think it's important for you and your European guests to know that since 2004 it's a law that only one kg is allowed to be imported otherwise you need a health certificate of a veterinarian.

Best regards
Axel Hertneck

(i think i can work with that ~ thank you Axel!

Far Left ~ Peter Ronne

From: Peter Ronne
Subject: Trip
Date: Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Octobre and Tim

I wanted to thank you once again for your accommodations and participation in making a good trip fantastic. The crews were very good at what they do, & the fish made the trip back to good shape.

The cd was a nice touch as well.

In a few weeks I would like to reserve a spot for next year, I would think within the same week but not as many back to back days.

Thanks again for a great expierance and it was nice to see an organization good at what they do.

Peter Ronne

Thanks Peter!
From: Deb Weiss
Subject: Sligh-Bouche Fishing Bonanza
Date: Sunday, July 13, 2008

Hi Octobre,

I've sent along a few select photos of our third charter with you folks. Each year we ask if it could get any better, and each year we agree it did. Your entire staff are completely awesome with every service you provide. I think Roger is smiling just as much as Frank! Thanks for the wonderful experience.



From: Deb Weiss & Frank Sligh
Subject: Reel Affair Fantasy Island
Date: Sunday, July 13, 2008

Hi to All,

We thought you couldn't outdo yourselves, but you did!

I just played the lovely CD you so graciously provided us with. It was like being there all over again and it was just what I needed after a tough weekend back from an AWESOME time with Reel Affair Charters.

Thanks for the PERFECT weather, King Salmon, Roger and his master deckhand Mike, and excellent accommodations all the way around.

Alaskan Reel Affair Charters are simply THE BEST! We are already talking about next year, but we may need two boats!

Frank is actually out fishing today - can't get enough! We loved being with the Bouche's - aren't they so cute!

We'll be in touch and I'll send more photos. Thanks so much!

Deb Weiss/Frank Sligh

Deb, Thank You! - Did your Fed Ex arrive?
Pam Carlson
Date: Monday, July 14, 2008



What a wonderful gift.

With all our packing and things going on I finally took a few minutes to see what it was. Great work on your part. When do you find the time?

Had a wonderful trip and will highly recommend your charter to everyone we know. Thank everyone involved for us.

Larry & Pam Carlson
Sterling, Colorado

From: "John Hall"
Subject: John & Cheryl Hall Thank You
Date: Thursday, July 10, 2008 6:14:37


Just wanted to send you a quick note.
The fish arrived today in great shape.

Thanks again making my Alaska fishing experience a great one. Gary and Mike were great and put us on the fish. We only had one day to fish but Gary did a great job finding the fish. Listening to the other boat captains that day over the radio I know for most boats their day was not a good day.

My wife Cheryl and I were joined by gentlemen also named Gary and his son Logan. Logan and Cheryl were up first and Logan connected with his King Salmon within 5 to 10 minutes of us starting to fish. We fished the area for a while longer but after listening to the other captains who had no or only one King on board, our captain decided to head to an area that he had success with in the past. I was a little concerned leaving all the boat traffic but our captain Gary was really on the money. Arriving at the new spot, I quickly caught my King along with Gary catching his King. My wife Cheryl closed out the Salmon fishing by catching a nice Coho Salmon.

Again listening to the radio and after our captain Gary reported three Kings on ice along with the Coho the other captains decided he was "The Man". I could not agree more.

Great day fishing, nice company, great captain and first mate and beautiful scenery.

Thanks again for making this a special day in my life. I will be back to fish with in you in Sitka again soon.

John and Cheryl Hall

Your are more than welcome! O.
From: Patricia Rush
Subject: to Octobre
Date: Tuesday, July 01, 2008

We had SUCH a good time with Roman and Dan. I just sent you five images, all of which are on two CDs I will be mailing to you.

Hope you will enjoy them.
Thanks for everything.
From: "Linda Emerson"
Subject: THANKS!
Date: Sunday, June 29, 2008

Dear Octobre and Tim,

Peter would like to THANK YOU (and I do as well) for going above and beyond to make this trip an absolutely fantastic one! His dream is to return for 5 days in June next year with Tim - Oh yes, an evening at Ludwig's too!

I just printed off some great sounding recipes that I will share with Jack's wife - we will definitely enjoy the wonderful seafood.

Nanook is exhausted and resting up! Have a great rest of the summer.

Linda Emerson

recipes: CHECK THEM OUT!
From: Wink Hartman"

Subject: Address

Date: Monday, June 16, 2008


Thanks again for all of the fun and once again the friendship shown me
during my stay in Sitka.

Seldom do opportunities you have given me come in one?s life.


You are so welcome - Thank you! you're a fun bunch ~ O.
From: "Jim Rauh"
Cc: Vic, King & Wink <
Date: Monday, June 16, 2008

Hey Tim and Octobre:

I cracked up with the opening of "Throw the Tea in the Arbor"! What a hoot!

Thanks for another great trip, and am still recovering from my inadvertent swan dive from the top bunk! :>)

The fish made it back to Houston beautifully, and thanks to Wink for his overnight freezer storage at his restaurant, even the shrimp were frozen solid when I got home to 97 temps. Ugghhhh...

thanks for a great packing job.

Thanks again for a most memorable trip for Vic, "Vink" and King with our fabulous Captain Tim at the helm. We will be talking about this for a long time, and that is also our fear, that our reputation in Sitka is now shattered. but we will be back!

Take care, safe travels and great fishing!

All the best, Jim Rauh

Playback URL: The Rest of the Story ... almost.
From: King Graham
Subject: Re: your king - nice!
Date: Sunday, June 15, 2008


We got back to Wichita on time and all tired.
It was a super great trip - thanks to you both for all your efforts.

Thanks also for Tim's picture of my King - nice one.

Were you able to see my pictures on the disc I gave you?

Thanks again for everything. Hope you have a great and successful rest of this year. Tell Tim I will look up some information on trade shows.

See you in August. Love and hugs to you both from us both.

King and Cathy

Photo Compliment of King Graham

From: "Colby Brown"
Subject: RE
Date: Thursday, June 12, 2008


I wanted to thank you and your crew for a wonderful day of fishing. The bite was slow, however the crew worked tremendously hard for our fish. At the end of the day 2/3 of us had Kings. Can't argue with that.

I would personally like to thank Roger and Chris for their hard work, what great guys. And to remind him to put the banana disclaimer on all boats. What a laugh that was.

Anyway we arrived home safely last night and have already talked about another trip, this time fishing only.

Whenever your next shipping day is feel free to send it out. I'll receive it here at work. We are open Monday -Friday 6am - 5pm.

Thanks again, Colby Brown

Thanks Colby - We'll ship Monday!
Original message from Fleming, Charles"

Octobre, some more pics. I have tons of great ones and can forward more if you like. There are a couple good ones of Roman and Dan.

I can't thank you all enough for taking such good care of us and ensuring we had the trip of a lifetime.

Give my best to Roman and Dan. Thanks again, Chuck

From: Octobre / Alaskan Reel Affair Charters
Sent: Friday, June 06, 2008 C. Fleming

Subject: Re: FW: AK Deadliest Catch

Thank you so much - hope you enjoyed the disk - hopefully we'll see you in Denver in 2009? Remember i can leave tickets if you like - just drop an email about the 1st of the year - that is when i'll begin tracking those types of things -
Fish make it home safety?
Thanks for the pictures - i'll post some in a little while

From Chuck ~ thanks for the disk. We enjoyed it while waiting at the airport. Yes, we'll be at the show in 2009 and contact you prior; thanks for the offer.

Fish made it home safely and into my freezer and looks great; I plan to enjoy some for dinner tonight and this weekend.

See you at the show and I look forward to my next trip up as well.

I'm recommending you to everyone here in Denver and at work that I know. Best, Chuck

Photo compliments of chuck fleming - thanks Chuck!
Cc: "Deitsch, Kevin"
Subject: The best
Date: Saturday, May 31, 2008 7:00 PM


Simply said, you and your crew are the best.

I'm back and all is OK, even the ear bones made it.

More to follow when I wake back up.
Love to you all.

Dave Curtis

Thanks Dave!

L to R
Kevin & Connie Deitsch with Dave Curtis
From: Chuck Howlett
Subject: Re: morning
Date: Saturday, May 31, 2008 9:04 AM

Thank you again, we had an outstanding time. I really wish I had stayed in Alaska.

I miss you guys already.
Chuck Howlett.
From: Chad Olson
To: Alaskan Reel Affair Charters
Subject: Another Wonderful Fishing Trip to Sitka
Date: Sunday, June 01,2008 10:31 AM


I just wanted to let you know what fun we had fishing with Alaskan Reel Affair (Roman & Dan).

Although the ocean was rough, the weather and fishing was terrific.

Thanks again for all you do. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Chad Olson

You all are very very welcome Chad - thanks!
Date:Wednesday, May 28, 2008 7:06 AM
Original message from Allan Sheridan

Thank you very much for the great time. Keep looking for something as a solo in
late June or open solo dates in July.

Can we book Flo and I for sure next year with Tim in late June -- Best is arriving about June 23 and fishing
24,25,26 a lay day on 27th and fly home on 28th. The lay day can be any day, we just need 1 day to relax and shop (Murrays). Allan

From: Allan Sheridan
Date: Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Just watched the video -- awesome -- I never saw Roger take most of actual shots while fighting fish -- he
should be a photographer and you belong in Hollywood producing movies -- YES --you are that good!!!!!

Small favor, is it possible to get just the single picture of Flo and I that we can take and use for a X-mas card???

AWESOME deck hand!!!!! Very agile, fast, polite and same for Roger -- he did a good job and worked very hard -- he was so worried about the slow fishing--I told him to relax -- you can not make them bite!!!
Very professional captain.

Thank you Allan for the kind words! The picture has been sent!
From: Celestina Vazquez
Subject: I just called
Date: Saturday, March 08, 2008

Hi Octobre,

I just called.

I don't know if you remember me, I used to work at the Westmark Shee Atika, when it was the Shee Atika.

My name is Celeste & I worked the front desk at Westmark and worked with you a lot and booking your groups into the hotel.

The reason for my call was I'm currently in Salt Lake City and I'll be coming to Sitka on May 9th 2008 for a few days with my boyfriend. it's his first time to Sitka and I just wanted to show him how the charter business is there.

I know that you guys are really good in the charter business and personally I wouldn't want to go with any of the other charter companies in Sitka.

So, just seeing what good deals you have for a half day trip of fishing.

Please e-mail me back. My number is 000-000-0000. I won't have my phone on til later on tonight.

Hope to hear from you soon.


Photo Compliments of Ryan White who visited with us at the Fred Hall 2008 Sportsman Show in Long Beach~ thanks Ryan -

Celeste? We'll see you in SLC!
From: Chuck Howlett
Subject: Re: morning -
Date: Saturday, May 31, 2008

Thank you again, we had an outstanding time. I really wish I had stayed in Alaska. I miss you guys already.

Chuck Howlett.

Chuck - see you in Long Beach at the show. Dinner...

Pictured - Chuck Howlett

From: Zeman, Lisa"
Subject: Thank you
Date: Wed, 12 Sep 2007

As I sit here and reflect, having my son home and all, I just want to say Thank you for treating him so well.

He looks fantastic and has not lost his appetite.

After hearing what a wonderful operation you have up there, it makes me thankful that he was in such good hands.

To you all,
Chuck and Lisa

You're welcome Lisa - We think he's great! Chase has been one of our deckhands for the last 3 years.


September 4 2007:

Jerry & Tina droped us an e-mail, showing us what they have been up to living life in Florida ~ It's a dirty job .. But ...

Angler is Jerry Shonkwiler:
the Shonkwilers fished July 9, 10, 11 2007
Thank you gentlemen!
From Jack & Diane Preiser ~

Thank you for your suggestion ~ it will definetly be incorporated for 2008. It is suggestions such as yours which only add to our guest's experiences. Thanks so much!
Jack & Diane will be returning mid. July 2009.

Thanks again folks & stay in touch ...
From: "Bill Reinsberg"
To: "Alaskan Reel Affair Charters"

Subject: Alaskan Reel Affair Charters Site Contact Form

Date: Mon, 27 Aug 2007

The following information has been submitted from the Alaskan Reel Affair
Charters Web Site Contact Form

Name = Bill Reinsberg

Comments = Once again, thank Roger and Chris for a very nice morning of fishing. This was the first time I had ever gone out to fish for salmon and really enjoyed the experience. We are looking forward to a salmon feast with our family.


To: Bill Reinsberg
Subject: Re: your mail
Date: Thu, 30 Aug 2007

you are very welcome! thank you ~


Thank You,
Alaskan Reel Affair Charters LLC
Octobre Twaddle

*Original message from Bill Reinsberg

We received the FedEx package this am at 9:30. Everyone is ready for a salmon feast this weekend.

Thank you again. Bill

* Bill and Friends fished with us off the M/V Noordam ~ uopn thier arrival home wed Fed-Ex'd their fish.

Photo Compliments of John Teideman

From: "Sheila Jacobson"
Subject: photos for Octobre

Date: Wed, 29 Aug 2007

Hello, I have been very lax in sending these photos. My apologies. We received our Salmon promptly and in excellent condition. We started eating it immediately.

I thought I would send some pics of our most recent "Salmon Party". We all used a different recipe and it was lots of fun. Fred cooked his in a dutch oven over the firepit, using a seasoned mayonnaise marinade and it was Delicious!!!!

Mike used the brine method that Joel gave him and we grilled ours.

We laughed and talked about fishing and about how my fish was bigger than Mikes (It wasn't but it sure looks like it in all the photos).

We all hope that we will be able to do it again in the near future. It was a great trip, Thanks again.

Sheila Jacobson

Your are very welcome!
Hurry Back & Happy Partying!
From: "Milt Robinson"
To: "Alaskan Reel Affair Charters"
Subject: Trip report
Date: Sat, 25 Aug 2007

Hello Octobre and Tim,

I can hardly believe it has already been a week since we were there fishing with you. The trip with my 'boys' was outstanding. I started planning the trip two years ago, thought it would be a fitting way to celebrate my 70th birthday to have my three sons and two sons-in-law all together. My wife, Pat, and I fished with you three years ago, so we knew that it would be a first-class operation, all details handled professionally and that you all would work hard to make the 'Robinson expedition' a great memory-making trip.

The weather was perfect and with two boats every day, we had lots of variety in scenery and fishing; and each of us could spend a day or two on a boat with every other member of the group. We are looking at our pictures and sharing stories already. The shrimp and crabbing was a hoot - everyone pitching in to pull the pots and get them emptied showed us a little bit of how the real crabbers and shrimpers work hard for their pay. The salmon, halibut and rockfish cooperated and everyone got plenty of pulse-pounding excitement, ribbing and laughs for fish that got away (or tangled in the prop), and of course, fish in the boat.

So, again I just wanted to say thank you for making our time together so enjoyable and memorable. I bet you will see us again, together or separately.

Keep well,

Milt Robinson (and Clay, Keith and Scott Robinson; Curt Hilty and D.J. Sovie).

Thank You Milt & you're welcome ~

L to R
Clay & Milt Robinson

From: "Rick Detwiller"
To: "Alaskan Reel Affair Charters"
Subject: Alaskan Reel Affair Charters Site Contact Form
Date: Sat, 25 Aug 2007

The following information has been submitted from the Alaskan Reel Affair
Charters Web Site Contact Form

Name: Rick Detwiller
State: ND

Comments: Mark & I were guests of George W's in August. I just wanted to compliment you on your staff and the great way in which our fish was processed and packaged.

We sincerely appreciated the service while visiting George in Sitka. It was our first Alaskan adventure and it was something that we will forever remember.

Thanks Again !!

Rick D.

You are very welcome ~ We're glad we lived up to your expectations, and that you had such a good time ~ That George is a good man isn't he?

Rick, Again
Thank you

Photo Compliments of George Westphal ~ George comes to Sitka for the Summer months, inviting good friends and associates to join him fishing ~ Genoerous? Very! ~
From: Don Hartman
Subject: Our Trip
Date: Wed, 22 Aug 2007

Hi Octobre and Tim,
Just want to say thank you for another great 3 days of fishing and fun! It wasn't just the fishing, which was great, especially for salmon, but we also had a great time bantering back and forth with Roman and Dan! They're a great team! I can't wait to get back with the gang next year, and every year thereafter until I can no longer fish, at which time ... they may as well just put me away. Please extend ou thanks to everyone at Reel Affair. It's the people that keep us coming back as much as the fishing, and you and Tim have the best!

See you next August,

Don Hartman and Mark Richards

Thanks so much Don ~
Westmark 2pm, 2008 ~ See you there ~ O.

From: Henry J Greiner"
To: "Alaskan Reel Affair Charters"
Subject: Re: Thank you & 2008 dates Response
Date: Mon, 13 Aug 2007
Hi Octobre,

We realy want to come again next year as we thoroughly enjoyed our experience with you and your crew this past week...
... I believe we will be able to pick up a 4th for our party and we would take the best captain and guide available. Of course, if a cancellation would occur during that time for Tim and or Roman, we would like to be considered. We probably would go with a three day trip again just as we did this year thus ruling out a crab and shrimp run.

Thanks again, Octobre for all you did to make our trip so enjoyable and smooth.

Regards, Hank Greiner

You are all so welcome ~

From: Mark & Sue Crabill ~ Florida
Subject: Whales
Date: Sat, 11 Aug 2007

This artical was in Daytona News Journal yesterday, Flagler Beach is about 8 miles from us. I thought it might be interesting to you and the Reel Affair staff.

The Red-Eye out of Seattle to Orlando was a little much - I think they must have put some bad ice in our Scotches.

Yeah that's it!

The fish arrived ok. Ormond Beach Elks let me put 2 boxes in their freezer for a day while we cleaned out our freezers to make room. My first thought was - we are going to have to get another freezer but we threw out enough old stuff to make room. We have already had 2 meals, 1 rock, 1 coho.

Again thank you, Capt. Rick and Darius for a job well done!

Live life with a passion, take big bites!

Mark & Sue Crabill

attachment:Kayaker gets pulled under by whale.
From: "Jack Pasco"
Subject: Your PhotoShow "pasco * wu * kriley * crabill" available online
Date: Fri, 10 Aug 2007

Jack & I had a WONDERFUL time! As other - Anglers (see I remembered!) on
the plane, talked about their trips, Jack bragged on ours, (about the fishing not the HOMEMADE cookies! So you're safe!) Any way, these people asked who we went with. Jack told them & they said they would look you up; they want to go again. Jack handed out all the cards you gave us, 4 I think & told them to tell you we sent them your way. They said they lived in Seattle & come to Colorado in January for the stock show to show cattle.I hope they really do look into your charter.

I LOVED the CD video. It made me laugh and wish I was back! Can I just tell you I want one & send you a check? I am very new at this computer stuff!

Octobre's Note ~ I have already mailed them one (CD) I don't want to charge for those ~

... Mary Wu called me! She also wants to come back, when we go if its not to long of a wait! I told her hopefully in 2009. Mary said she may not be able to wait. I told her to e-mail me & we would see what we could do!

Sooooo, I started saving for another of
the BEST vacations I have ever had.

Jack & I both feel that way.
Until Later,

Thank you folks! ~ Octobre
See you in Denver ~

Their Photo Show? Click & View!

Playback URL: Pasco * Wu * Kriley * Crabill photo show is available right here!
From: "Linda Welch and Al Ivanjack"
To: "Alaskan Reel Affair Charters"
Subject: Alaskan Reel Affair Charters Site Contact Form
Date: Thu, 9 Aug 2007

The following information has been submitted from the Alaskan Reel Affair
Charters Web Site Contact Form

Name = Linda Welch and Al Ivanjack
# Guests = 2
Timeframe = July 22, 24, 26, 28, and 30th 2008
Comments = We would like to book for 5 full days of fishing with Captain Rick. Salmon and Halibut for July 2008. See dates above. We are the couple that went out with Captain Rick on July 27, 2007 when SCB needed an extra boat. You have a picture on the web site of us and Mr. Charles Wallace on the boat with the Kings and Yellow eyes.

Rick said on the way out that we would have a "fun time" and we sure did.

Can't say enough good things about him and Darius.


From: Linda Welch & Al Ivanjack
Subject: Re: Alaskan Reel Affair Charters Site Contact Form
Date: Thu, 9 Aug 2007

Looking forward to meeting all of you. I have to say your customer service is "excellent". I have never had such a prompt response to an e-mail inquiry and a personal phone call at the same time.

All ready looking forward to July 2008.

Linda Welch
From: Zeman, Charles
Subject: Awesome trip !
Date: Tue, 7 Aug 2007

Dear Octobre:

I want to thank you and your wonderful team for an absolutely fantastic experience the last week of July. Everything was handled in a first class manner from the moment we arrived.

Octobre and Tyler were there every morning with smiles on their faces (even our departure at 4:30 AM).

It was fun surprising Chase and meeting all his Reel Affair cohorts. What a great bunch of guys.

The fishing was awesome. Being a flyfisher from Colorado, it was a kick going out and tackling huge fish in such a different setting. We were constantly hooked up and caught fish all day long. Tim and Chase are not only a great crew but a lot of fun (Chase must come from good stock). We spent our entire trip catching fish and listening to hilarious stories from our crew and the Ralston brothers.

We saw eagles, whales, grizzly, and some of the most picturesque shoreline I have ever seen.

Thanks for the great CD of our trip.

We look forward to seeing you next year !!

Chuck Zeman

Note: Thank You and you are both very welcome. Smiles!

Gosdin, Shawn
Subject: What a trip
Date: Wed, 8 Aug 2007


I just wanted to write to tell you how much we enjoyed our trip. From the moment we arrived in Sitka everything was great. Tim, Gary, Chase and Joel were all amazing guys to spend time with. It seemed so important to them for us to be enjoying ourselves and to be busy catching fish. I am already looking forward to bringing my 9 yr. old son next year. Tyler and the rest of the guys in the fish house did a great job accommodating our requests with our fish.

By the way our fish finally got here mid day Tuesday, only a day late and it was fine. I am sure glad Gary and Joel recommended we get the boxes lined.

I look forward to hearing from you about our fishing trip next year.

Thanks again for everything.

Shawn P. Gosdin

You are so welcome Shawn! Thank you!

L to R

George Driskell,
Shawn Gosdin (Red Shirt)
Charlie Jones
John Ditmyer
From: Hohman, Robert
Subject: FED EX the Fish
Date: Tue, 7 Aug 2007


My bother and I had a wonderful
experience with Alaskan Reel Affair
Charters this past July. I want to especially compliment the management
for the hard work you have put into training your staff to provide a
memorable fishing experience for us.

My brother considered it a trip of
a lifetime. Since I knew what to expect, as I have been with you
before, I considered it my yearly fishing experience.

We have now cleared out our Freezer. Can you send our fish via FED EX
to the pre-coordinated addresses on 10 Aug 07.

Thanks again.
Robert L. Hohman (Bob)
Alexandria VA 22314

NOTE: Thanks for the kind words Bob ~ I'll let everyone know what you said - they will appreciate it very much ~
& our best to Maryanne ~

Picture L to R
'Bonber' Bob Hohman and Brother Don.
From: Lenny
Subject: letter
Date: Tue, 7 Aug 2007

Just got back from the best 5 day fishing trip. Aug 1 through the 5th.

I have had this date for many years. I have been fishing with Tim before he started his own Charter in 1995.

I am with Tim, Alaskan Reel Affair Charter twice a year, I think my next trip in 2008 will be my 25th trip with Tim.

Now I said it was my best trip, every trip was my best trip, but this year, 5 days no rain and the sea gods were good to us with the flat seas.

My fishing partners for the last three years are Dave and Cheryl Luttrell. I love to fish but I think they love fishing more then me.

When you have great partners like the Luttrells, what more can you ask for.

14 years ago I was fishing with other charters, and I can tell you from all the years I have been fishing nothing can compare with Alaskan Reel Affair Charters,

Lets not keep talking about Tim I want to bring the whole crew in, the other four boats, the skippers and deck hands they know what their doing, and you know Tim, he's fat and getting old ... (a little fib).

Well he is getting old, I been with him for 13 years, he is well loved by many people.

Now lets not forget Octobre, the boss of this great outfit, Octobre, I want to thank you for what you do and thank you for that great CD.

Keep the Charter going when you quit I quit.

Love you both
Lennie Ambrose

* Octobre's note
Auuuuuuuw ~ Thanks Lennie! You are nice to Old Ladies ~
From: "ted saad"
To: "Alaskan Reel Affair Charters"
Subject: Alaskan Reel Affair Charters Site Contact Form
Date: Sat, 4 Aug 2007

The following information has been submitted from the Alaskan Reel Affair
Charters Web Site Contact Form

Name = ted saad
Comments = The picture of my family that you have posted on your web site
Turned out to be one of the best pictures from our vacation. I was wondering if you could E-mail me a copy of the picture in full resolution (as it came off of the camera) so that we can make a nice print of it. The photo is in your gallery from July 28, 2007. It is titled "S.C.B. folks ~ July 28 2007" The url appears
to be:

Thanks, we had a great day!

Ted Saad

Thank you! Pictures are in your e-mail as i write! Glad you had a really good time! Thanks again!

From: "Frisch, Scott"
Subject: HI
Date: Mon, 30 Jul 2007

Thanks for a really great trip time!

You guys are so impressive with your client care!

Scott Frisch

Thank you Scott ~ & best to Jennifer ~
From: Carl C.
Subject: missing items
Date: Sat, 21 Jul 2007

Re: file locator #TWROAP, baggage tags 417042 and 417043 passengers Carl and Adam Cornils.

We flew from Sitka, Alaska to Burbank via Seattle yesterday, July 20,
flight #58 and #358.

Two boxes of frozen fish from our trip were checked with the above tag
numbers. These did not arrive in Burbank on our flight. The baggage
agents there confirmed that the boxes were in Seattle and would be put in
a freezer, then put on the flight arriving in Burbank at 9:30 a.m. today.

The agents in Burbank called this morning to confirm our address, but we
told them we would pick up the boxes because of the nature of the contents
rather than wait 5-6 hours more for delivery.

We called at approximately 10:15 a.m. and were told the boxes did not arrive. They said maybe they would be on a flight arriving at 11:41 a.m. and to call back at 12:30 p.m. We did so, and now the agents answering the phone say they are too busy to look for us to confirm whether or not the boxes are here. Because of the perishable nature of this checked baggage, we doubt any will survive. 100 pound of fillets won't do anyone any good after they've been sitting around who-knows-where for 24 hours.

We are most curious as to why no one seems to be able to track these items
when there are barcodes on our tags and surely your operation must use scanners and computers at every point.

Could someone let us know exactly what happened? The fishing trip was great, but this certainly gives it a disappointing ending and a bad taste
for Alaska Airlines.

Carl Cornils


From: Carl Cornils
To: "Alaskan Reel Affair Charters"
Subject: Re: missing items
Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2007

Thanks for your help in tracking the fish! We have enjoyed a couple of
great meals already and Adam can go forward with that BBQ for his shift
crew. Adele is looking for 30 days and 30 ways with salmon, halibut, and
rockfish. Hope the weather continues to be good and your clients catch
their limits! Thanks for a great trip.



To: Carl Cornils
Subject: Re: missing items
Date: Sat, 28 Jul 2007

Have Adele go here for 30 days & 30 ways ~

From: Deb & Frank
Subject: Thank you...
Date: Sat, 28 Jul 2007

Hi Tim & Octobre,

We want to thank you and your staff again for the wonderful time we had fishing with you this year. Our vacation will be difficult to top, but we'll give it a try next year. We just sent a package to you in the mail today. You should get it in a few days. We loved the photos on your website. You razzed Bill pretty good. He is doing well. Hope the season is good for you. We'll be in touch.

Frank Sligh and Deb Weiss
From: Amos and Joan Chang"
To: Alaskan Reel Affair Charters
Subject: Sitka fishing trip
Date: Sat, 28 Jul 2007

Dear Octobre and Tim:

Thank you and your crew for a very enjoyable and memorable fishing trip. I did not realize that yours was a totally vertically integrated enterprise where you had your own boats (including a spare for unseen breakdowns), own captains and first mates (deckhands), and fish processing plant, cleaners and packagers.

Also, between you and Tyler picking us up and delivering us to the various locations, you were always on time and helpful. It was great at the airport and the crew was flexible with our plans to send one package each for Matt and me by FedEx.

By the way, would you please FedEx the packages on Monday, July 30?

We especially enjoyed becoming friends with the two crews that we fished with. They were very professional and yet friendly and sincere.

The only two comments or queries involved Victoria's the last evening that we were there and a question on the yellow-eye rockfish. You probably talked with my cousins about Victoria's so I won't bug you about that.

Regarding the yellow-eye, I was surprised that we only had eleven pounds of filet when our total four fish weight caught was probably seventy pounds. I know that my rockfish weighed twenty-three pounds and the others were only slightly smaller. I thought we would have had about twenty to twenty three pounds of filet.

Also, thank you for the wonderful cd with the other sights of Sitka which captured our love for your beautiful town.

You will probably see me again within five years.

With best regards,
Amos Chang


To: "Amos and Joan Chang"
Subject: Re: Sitka fishing trip
Date: Sat, 28 Jul 2007

Amos ~

Thank you for such a nice note - I have indeed spoken with the manager at Victoria's and was told they DO in fact accept reservations - the young man was very attentive when I spoke with him of the seating issues and listened carefully to each and every thing I told him of - he assured me that in the future there will and would be no issues such as that ~

for your Yellow Eye ~ The yield on Yellow Eye is minimal at best ~ 27% ?

The head and belly cavity are huge leaving not much meat ~ so in effect a 27 lb fish will give up no more than apx 7 lbs.

Bearing in mind all Yellow Eye harvested and shared 6 ways ... well, just that much more incentive to return to us a little sooner ~ Please forward this on to your family for me? They, I am sure have the same questions about the Yellow Eye & "Vickie's" / Victoria's!

Thanks again and stay in touch.

Amos ~ on another note - take a look at the 2007 guest photo's and let me know what you think!

Again ~ all our thanks. I have read your e-mail to the entire crew, and they also said thank you ~

Octobre ~

Pictured is Amos Chang
L to R
Gwynn Jobb & Sharlene Loveless

From: Gwynn Jobb
Subject: Hello
Date: Mon, 23 Jul 2007

Tim and Octobre,

It was great to see you and go fishing with Tim and of course Chase. They were wonderful and we all had many laughs with Tim as no one can tell as many stories as he can. For every thing that someone said he had a story to go with it. Great time. Everything was so organized and everyone was very well taken care of. Octobre makes it all look so easy even though we know that she sleeps very little and works into the wee hours of the morning.

Of course I could not go without saying that the women on the boat ruled !!!!!

Sharlene and I decided that it was because we both had our nails done before we got there and you have to have sparkles painted on them because the fish like those the BEST!!!!

HaHa ~ So we decided that the men were just out of luck (unless they want to get their nails done).

Thank-you so much for a GREAT fishing experience and I would gladly recommend "A Reel Affair" to anyone who really wants to enjoy the Alaska Experience with wonderful people.

Gwynn Jobb

** Note
~ Wow! Thanks Gwynnie! Geeeze!

From: "Kevin & Emily Bobst"
Subject: more Bobst fotoos (w/ Robert)
Date: Sat, 21 Jul 2007

Thanks for everything Octobre,

We had a great time. We really enjoyed fishing with Gary and Joel. It was not an easy bite, but we appreciated the diligence to get us on fish. Joel identified the correct size of bait based on what the fish were eating and Gary did a great job keeping us on top of fish, when the bite started.

Thanks again, Kevin Bobst

P.S. I have already smoked a couple flavors of salmon and had cedar plank salmon and poor man?s lobster.

Pictured is Robert Vega
From: Tim Troxel
To: "Twaddle Octobre"
Subject: Pictures
Date: Thu, 19 Jul 2007 02:32:40


We had a wonderful time and enjoyed the fishing & Sitka. Will be in contact with the person who won your trip for next year and impress on him the need to schedule his trip. Here are some pics for you to post. Tell Roger & Chris we enjoyed their boat & humor!! See you in Denver in Feb 08!!

Tim Troxel

L to R
Pat, Tony, & Tim Troxel
From: "Jerry Shonkwiler"
To: "Alaskan Reel Affair Charters"
Subject: First Alaska trip 07/07-07/13
Date: Wed, 18 Jul 2007

We returned to Florida safe and sound. Our fish were still frozen thanks to the great packing (and the liners).

We want to thank you and Tim for a great experience. You made our first trip to Alaska one to remember. Thank your entire staff for great customer service for us please.

A Special thank you goes to Gary & Joel. Those two make a great team and worked hard to put us on the fish. They knew I wanted my fist ever Halibut before I left and on the last day they made it happen. Both Tina and I had a lot of Firsts that week: Salmon, Lingcod, Yellow eye, and Halibut. Not bad for Floridians!

We loved the Sitka area and already we are planning when to come back. We plan to be repeat customers. I have attached some photos (One good one of Gary & Joel).

You may share this letter or any photos if you like to.

Thank you again from, Jerry & Tina Shonkwiler, Davenport-FL

Jerry & Tina ~ You are both very welcome ~ I'll share your note with the crew ~ & Thanks again ~ Octobre

Photo Compliments of Tina & Jerry Shonkwiler

From: Bryan Bird
To: Alaskan Reel Affair Charters
Date: Mon, 16 Jul 2007

Thanks for everything. I will get back with you later about fishing in the fall. I had a great time.


Thank you for the kind words Bryan ~ The camera is still with your captain * I'll have it this evening to post your pictures.

From: "Dan Hoback"
To: "Alaskan Reel Affair Charters" Date: Sun, 15 Jul 2007

The following information has been submitted from the Alaskan Reel Affair
Charters Web Site Contact Form

Tim & Octobre,

I and my fish arrived home safely after a really great week fishing with you

Roman and Dan could not have done a better job for us. Your whole set-up
is top notch.

I look forward to next year. This was my first experience fishing for salmon and halibut from a charter party boat.

Dan Hoback
From: "Marilyn Monahan"
Subject: Hello from the Monahans
Date: Sat, 14 Jul 2007

Hi Octobre -

Did you have any luck finding the book I left in one of Jim's boots?

(Title: The Occupation) If not, let me know and we'll settle with the library.

We're having a King salmon dinner again tonight. Ymmmmmmm!

Hope the season is progressing nicely for you all - thanks for the great

Marilyn Monahan
From: jay rutherford
To: "Alaskan Reel Affair Charters"
Subject: Rutherfords Home and Happy
Date: Sun, 8 Jul 2007


Thanks for sending the photos so quickly, I am bummed I lost mine because I took a lot, but now we have a few photos and we have some video that my Dad took too. What really counts is that we had a great time!

Our fish arrived without any trouble, & we didn't have to pay extra on the plane. We just barley fit all the fish into the freezer too.

Thanks for a great time, you have a top notch operation, we were impressed with everything!

Best, Jay Rutherford


From: Alaskan Reel Affair Charters
To: "jbird"
Subject: Re: Rutherfords Home and Happy

Thank you Jay - glad all is well - i know how impossible it is to replace all those pictures - but hopefully you'll all return and have another opportunity -

Thanks for the compliments ~ take care ~~ my best to your mom ...
From: "Cecilia Everson"
To: "'Alaskan Reel Affair Charters'"
Subject: Our Trip
Date: Sat, 7 Jul 2007

Hello Octobre,

Dave and I wanted to tell you how much fun we had with Roman and Dan as well
as the others with Reel Affair Fishing Charters. I am attaching a few
pictures for you. Better late than never!

Dave and I had some friends over a couple of days ago to share some of the
fish with them. We had planned to put some of everything out for people to
try. We went through every package of fish and found no Yellow Eye (we only
caught one but wanted to try it) and we had no Ling Cod (we had 4 that
should have come home). This was most disappointing to Dave as the reason
we came so early in the season is so he could bring Ling Cod home. I'm not
sure if one of our boxes did not arrive at the airport or what happened. Is
there anything that can be done? Please let me know.

Enjoy the pictures and thanks for the adventure.
Sincerely, Cecilia and Dave Everson

To: "Cecilia Everson"
Subject: Re: Our Trip
Date: Sat, 7 Jul 2007

Cecilia ~ how are you?

i am sure it is in there - most likely it' in a 'rock fish' pouch - so i'll bet the boys got your fish (Ling, Rock & Yellow Eye) bagged together - and did not put the fish (meat) with it's skin to determine what bag it should be in (when filleting - we put a piece of the skin on the fillets, to let the person bagging know if it it yellow eye - ling - or rock fish. if it is not marked it is virtually impossible to tell them apart. i will get some together & fed ex it to you - let me check tonight and see if there is any ling cod in the CREW fish - i know there is yellow eye - i will get back to you -

sorry about that - i know it's there in your freezer however you'll never know which ones they are. i can tell them apart, but if you don't know the subtlties of the look of the meet, then you'd be hard pressed to tell which is which - we'll take care of you ~

can you tell me where you'd like it shipped? Sorry about that - we do our very best, and my "Fish Guys" are great, but once in a great while ~ it is possible to find Halibut in a Chinook Pouch, or Chinook in a Ling Cod Pouch ~ Yellow Eye in a Chinook Bag ~ or in your case White meats in one pouch ... We'll fix you up ~

Note from Octobre: *I'm not even going to squawk at my guys. i will bring it to their attention, but they really do a beautiful job ~ Thanks for letting me know!

From: "Cecilia Everson"
To: "'Alaskan Reel Affair Charters'"
Subject: RE: Our Trip
Date: Sat, 7 Jul 2007

Hi Octobre,

We are doing fine. We looked at every package in the freezer and they are all labeled Chinook and Halibut. Nothing with any patch of skin and the halibut meet shape and size are pretty much identical. We really appreciate you taking care of us. That?s what make you guy stand out over the others.

You can ship that to ----

We got back to Colorado and have been so busy. Every weekend we have had party?s to go to or had people over. Father?s Day, our Anniversary, the Granddaughters birthday. I thought as you got older things would slow down. It has not happened.

Thanks again for taking care of us. Sincerely, Cecilia

You are both so welcome ~ O.

From: Allan Sheridan

To: Octobre and Tim Twaddle
Subject: Thanks for another great trip and experience
Date: Mon, 2 Jul 2007

Thank you very much for a wonderful trip for myself, brother, and our two wives.

We caught a lot of fish but it was Tim and Chase who made a huge difference as captain and crew. We were treated like family.

Our first day of shrimping and crabbing was fantastic. All that wildlife to see including bears, a swimming deer, eagles, dolphin, whales etc. Then we pulled the shrimp pots and were treated to a hands on experience of pulling, removing the big spot prawns, removing the tails in prep for eating, baiting up the traps and just like the "perfect storm" movie running out a string of pots and getting ready for the next

The next experience was pulling the crab pots and culling out the small and female crabs and saving the big dungeness crab for taking home after a small feast on-board.

We finished early, and instead of just going home Tim said lets try for a salmon. What a surprise when my wife caught a large King Salmon and some Silvers!

Tim went the extra mile to make this a great day.

Day two was limits of Kings, a lot of silvers and limits of halibut. We now have all the fish, shrimp, and crab we can eat in a year!!!

Day three was the best. Relaxed, we all were. Tim became an explorer showing us sites of the Volcano, great Islands most never see & incredible scenery.

We caught Salmon and Halibut and took lots of pictures.

This was our 5th year of fishing with Tim and the other super captains -- but, it is the highly trained crew and professionalism shown that makes this such a great experience. This year it was Chase who crewed and was "Johnny on the spot" --very helpful and so careful in netting fish and keeping us comfortable.

The food was super for lunch and we now have to diet.

We got picked up at the Westmark hotel on time for an early departure and you were waiting to take us home after the trip -----

Do you ever sleep?? Picking people up at the airport, handling bags, returning them with fish boxes for the ride home. Octobre you are the greatest!!!

Now, we are home ~ what a fantastic job by the fish processors -- beautiful job of filleting and vacuum packing and packing into boxes. You guys/gals
even carried the boxes on to the scale at Alaska Airlines.

Thanks to all of you from Octobre, Tim and Chase, Romans' sandwich/lunch maker gal, (Rachael Ginn), the other driver: sorry I forgot your name, I'll call you Mr. Friendly. (Tyler Eggen), the young man helping secure the boat to the dock, (Mark Hake or Ted Gibson) all your processors and anyone I forgot.

This is the best operation one could ever experience. I should know, I run charter boats on the West coast and I say YOU ARE TRULY #1!!!!!

Note to Allen & FLo * Thank you from all of us Allen! - I have passed on your kind words to everyone so they'll know they are noticed in every aspect & appreciated. My 'behind the scene's guys' if not typically visible definitely appreciate your thoughts.
~ Again, Thank You ~

Pictured: Allen & Flo Sheridan

From: Sheila Jacobson
Subject: salmon ship dates
Date: Mon, 2 Jul 2007

Hello Octobre,

Per your request, here is the E-mail

We look forward to the fish arriving and know it won't last long. We will have to come back real soon and catch some more.

We had the most wonderful time fishing with Gary and Joel. Sitka was our favorite stop of the week.

Great town, food, fun, people & beer!

Thank you again so much!
Sheila Jacobson

*Thank You Sheila ~ My best to all. I have forwarded you the info you'll need to track your seafood on the 9th. Don't hesitate if there any concerns ~ take care!
----- Original Message -----
From: Sara Church
Sent: Saturday, June 30,
Subject: our trip

Well - we made it home but of course none of our luggage and fish made it and no one, at any airport or through any airline has a clue as to where it could be located!! :)
Just peachy!

The only thing that would hinder a trip back would be having to deal with Alaska Air again. I am shocked they are still in business. Endless delays, they do not scan baggage, geez.

I hope those insulated liners really do work. We should have shipped it all home to ourselves. If they do actually find our bags - how long will the fish be viable? Was there any dry ice packed with it?

If you thought we looked stressed and haggard before - you should see us now!! Sara and Pat Church

Original message from "Sara Church"

All luggage finally arrived with no thanks to the airports! We are so glad we purchased the liners. That is the only thing that saved the fish! A good portion was defrosted but all was still cold. We threw is all in the freezer except for 2 steaks for dinner!

We have told everyone how pleased we were with your service and that you, Tim and your staff are customer service oriented 200% of the time.

Even with all the travel stress - this is the 1st vacation we went on in which we were truly relaxed. We look forward to seeing you again in 2009 for 5 days!
Sara & Pat

To: "Sara Church" Subject:
Re: our trip
Date: Sun, 1 Jul 2007



Thank goodness all is well ~ the fish is so good ...

There won't be any issues with the fish - you did EXACTLY the right thing! Sorry about not getting back to you yesterday - i had no opportunity to even check E-mail yesterday ~ up at 3am in bed by 11pm ~ full day, busy day, but everyone came into Sitka successfully, and exited well also ~ (smiles)

Let me know your thought on your Salmon Steaks ~ did they taste good?

Will we be seeing you & Pat at the shows this spring?

Till then, stay in touch ~ take care!

p.s. Thank You & Glad you both had a great time ~

From: "Sara Church"
To: "Alaskan Reel Affair Charters"
Subject: Re: our trip
Date: Sun, 1 Jul 2007

The salmon was excellent!! If you will be at any shows in the Omaha area - we will likely see you!

Thanks again for everything! I just got done printing a ton of recipes off your site and we are having halibut tonight!!
From: Kevin & Connie Deitsch
Subject: Bon-bon's
Date: Sat, 30 Jun 2007


I suppose you are sitting on your duff eating bon-bon's today while we sit in the A/C inside while the rest of the world suffers through a 100 degree day here in the metro area.

Had a grand time!

On the schedule for May 2008-what is in season?
King Salmon; Crabs? Shrimp? Coho? Ling Cod? etc.

We thought we might even fly to Juneau first and take the fast ferry to Sitka, then go fishing-what so you think of that?


Glad you both had a great time ~ I sent an e-mail with answers to your questions ~ okay?

The ferrry is a really cool trip and can begin in Belingham or Prince Rupert, your leg termination is Sitka)

May Limits historically have been as follows:
2 Kings per person per day - 4 Annually

Ling Cod is Open - 1 per day per person

Coho is around? limited and small 4 to 5 lb.

* 2007 ~ Halibut are 2 per person per day, no annual bag limit ~ and 1 may not exceed 32 inches.
* 2008 ~ A bag limit of 4 (Sorry I have no details as yet)

Rock Fish depending on the specie are 5 or 6 per person per day

Shrimp is 10lbs or 2 gallons of tails per person per day

Dungeness Crab are 5 per person per day with a shell width of 6.5 inches at the widest point.

(boats are coming in ~ gotta go!)

In a message dated 6.25.07 writes:

Your fish is en-route. If you have concerns, call me. Tracking # xxxx let me know how it arrives & if you are pleased. It should arrive prior to 10:30 am tomorrow.

From: Shirley & Dave
Subject: Re: Fish arrived
Date: Tue, 26 Jun 2007

Hi there - just finished unpacking all the fish. WOW - we need to have a party. I actually can't believe I fit all of it in my freezer. Of course, there's no room for much else. Oh well.

Everything looks great except I thought we'd get more of the ling cod. That was a huge one that Dave caught and we only got 2 small fillets? Oh well, not a big deal - we have plenty to keep us fed for a good long time.

One important question. What's your recommendation as far as how long to keep it frozen before it loses quality? Is it 3-6 months on fish? Let me know. I'm going to the website for some recipes - we are having salmon tonight. Yippee!!


From: Alaskan Reel Affair Charters)
To: Shirley
Subject: Re: Fish arrived
Date: Tue, 26 Jun 2007

Glad all was well with your fish. The Ling Cod you caught was apx 15 lbs. in the round. The yield on A Ling Cod is minimal. They have a huge head; gut; & not much else. Giving a very small yield. Maybe 2 to 3 pounds is what you may have there (2 or 3 pouches?) With all rock species like Rock fish & Yellow Eye, actually yielding more than a Ling Cod, & giving maybe a whopping 33 percent.
Salmon is Apx 50% ~
Halibut is Apx 50% if it is 100 or more lbs.

~ The yield on smaller halibut ~ 90 lbs or less; the ratio fluctuates given the size of the fish -

Does that help?

Wait till you taste ~ your gonna love it all ~ nothing fresher ~ you will never by seafood from the market again.

How long will it last? 2 to 3 years!

As long as you are careful moving it in the freezer, and don't bang them together or drop them, or the bag will get a small hole - (nope it won't show) and just count on the fact that air can now get into the pouch. As long as the bags are in good shape - you are good to go ...

*NOTE: We use a 4 mil pouch. Foodsaver bags are 2 mil.

Follow the 10 minute per inch cooking rule ~ unless deep fat frying & most likely it will be a little less than that ... lots of hints in the recipe section! enjoy!

thanks for letting me know it arrived safe & sound ... Octobre
From: J.M. JONES
Subject: FISHING
Date: Mon, 25 Jun 2007









And Thank you very much gentlemen for the kind words ~

John ~ Your fish shipped via Fed-Ex. this morning (Monday the 25th.) You and your friends will have it by 10:30am tomorrow ~ let me know when you receive it. There are some beautiful fillets in there ...
From: "Christoher Jaynes"
Subject: Our trip
Date: Mon, 18 Jun 2007

Hello Octobre,

I just wanted to thank you again for making this the best fishing trip ever!

Nick and I are still amazed at how many fish we caught. We truly got the
adventure we were looking for!

Here are a few pictures from our cameras.

Please thank Roman, Dan, Roger, Chris, Tyler, and Ted for us again too!

Chris Jaynes

from: Christoher Jaynes"
Subject: Re: Our trip
Date: Tue, 19 Jun 2007

You got our trip on the site quick Octobre! The fish packaging was great.

Everyone did a great job! I have so much fish I bought a small freezer.

My family and everyone at work was impressed. Nick and I may have some new
recruits for you...


Chris, Thank You! you're both very welcome! (hurry back!)
From: monky & tm
Subject: Emailing: Pictures
Date: Sun, 17 Jun 2007

Photos from Burghard trip. Disc is being mailed.
Thanks for a life long dream come true.


L to R
Tony Kraft
Dave Munkelwitz
Jim Burghard

Thanks Men. ~ See you in '08!

From: "Rod A. Jones"
Subject: Photo for you
Date: Mon, 11 Jun 2007

Hey Octobre, this is Rod Jones from the June trip of 06. Wasn't able to make it this year but hope to again next. I thought I would send you this photo, it is my favorite and I think it would be a great one for your web site. Might be the ultimate theme picture for ARAC.

Tell Jeremy, and Chris if he is working for you again that we said hi. We are looking forward to another axe throwing contest!

Rod A. Jones
Photo Compliments of Rod Jones - Beautiful!

Yes Rod ~ Chris is back for 2007, & nice having him back too.
From: "Joy Jeffrey"
To: "Alaskan Reel Affair Charters"
Subject: Five photos attached
Date: Thu, 7 Jun 2007

Dear Octobre,

Please tell Roman that I got good photos of him, Rachel and Dan. I will print them out ASAP and mail them to them.

We just got back from Phoenix last night. Our SUV was borrowed (by a family member) while we were in Sitka and the alternator caught on fire and the fuel pump broke. We were stuck in Phoenix until yesterday, as we flew in on Sat.

I took these photos on our way back to port on our last day of fishing, June 1st. It was certainly a gorgeous day .... I have down loaded several hundred photos ... all good, if I am to be the judge. Our trip was perfect (the Alaska part), but we are delighted to be home to our refuge in the wilderness of the White Mountains of AZ. after 4 days in Phoenix! (108 degrees)

We knew you were supposed to get some gale force winds and wondered if it shut down fishing. The wind/dry storm hit us this morning. The winds have been gusting up to 80 MPH! But at least it's cool...a high of 84 today. We are at 7,200 ft. and it is always delightfully cool in the summer here.

Wish we had gotten to meet Tim, but it was delightful seeing you every day. We are raving to everyone as to how exceptional your Reef Affair Charter business is. Rick, having been coming up every year for at least 16 years and my experience last year gives us something on which to compare your "service". We especially appreciated two crew members instead of only one doing all the work.

We enjoyed our lunches and little surprises every morning, smoked fish, salmon spread, crackers and muffins.

Most of all we were crazy about Roman! There is no way you could possibly find a young man who could top him. He is so intelligent, well read, a delightful personality. He may not have been delighted with all my questions, but his story is riveting! We were very impressed with Roman and we liked Dan, too.

On top of everything, you obviously ordered the best ever weather for our last day of fishing. It was awesome.

Rick was talking of coming back next year before we disembarked the fishing boat.

Rick was really impressed with the packing. (He tipped the kids at the airport). Rick said he liked the "individual packaging". The "OTHER" (we shall not name, charter that Rick had used for 16 years!) packaged the fish in double packages sealed together, so if you wanted to thaw fish out to eat, you had TWO you had to thaw out. The packages had only one seal (down the middle) and if you cut it, the other fish was not sealed. Also, he liked your labeling. THEY didn't "label" the fish. No labeling! So, you wouldn't know what kind of fish, nor did they have labels indicating their Charter Companies name. In this day and age, you should be able to make and print out your own labels on a PC and forego that added expense. I make my own labels for jellies and just printed out some more business or "calling" cards for us last night.

I will be sending you more photos as I find time to go through them. I got such cute, happy, FUN ones of the fishing and your super neat "crew" (both Roman and Dan). That is quite a service.

Hugs, Joy

Photo of Rick Molzen

Thanks for the kind words folks! ~ We are very happy you're pleased!
Wed, 6 Jun 2007

I just wanted to drop a little note that once again said we had such a great time.

Our first day with Gary and Chris, they worked their butts off trying to get us each our king salmon. That was until the Orcas' came in. Then we found our kings in another location. I think Gary was relieved!

You made a wise choice with the company you put on our boat the rest of the week. Bill (Matzkiw) & his wife Dori were very nice.

We truly enjoyed it all once again, and we got to see more scenery than last time.

I don't know if the laugh of the day was Ories' salmon taking him around the boat three times or me ripping my
rain pants.

Perhaps in a couple of years we'll do it again. Orie and I wouldn't go with any other.

If you want to use me as a reference
feel free to. I've have had several people ask me for your website and I've
sent it to them. People have come up to me and asked "where's the place to go fishing and I say SITKA with REEL AFFAIR!

Orie and I also would like to Thank you for the colds we came back with. We really do appreciate you guys and thank you for the fun. Orie
especially the one that makes the lunches.

(Lunches are by Rachel Ginn)

Cheryl & Orie McKinney
From: "Jim Wells"
To: "Alaskan Reel Affair Charters"
Subject: Alaskan Reel Affair Charters Site Contact Form
Date: Sun, 3 Jun 2007

Hi Octobre, Tim (and Chase): WHAT A TRIP! You all did a GREAT!!!! job; relaxing, fun, great company, great fishing, shrimping & crabbing, excellent (customer) service!!!!!!!!!!!) I don't know how to put it all.

It was a trip I'll never forget, primarily because of the people we dealt with...honest! You three are the best! What a team! Thank you SOOOOOOOO much for everything. Best to you all, Jim Wells

L to R (back row):
Henry Pearson 111
Peter Emerson
Richard Schmidt

Jim Wells

an E-mail I received from Steve Reid shortly after returning home; May 2007


Got home about 7:30 our time yesterday evening. Fish was still frozen (4 hours from airport to home at 85 degrees) and I am cooking a piece tonight.

I Developed my pictures today & had them put on a disk. I will go through & send you the good ones. I got one incredible shot of the 5 Orcas surfacing right after they passed under our boat, only a few feet away ... 5 of them !!!

I also have a good one of the now infamous sea lion a ways off our bow.

Appreciated the ones you sent to my dad today, he forwarded them to me. I think Salmon look great against a tye-dyed backdrop!!

What an amazing trip this year, seems to get better each year. I so much appreciate the special care all of you take with my dad, especially you handling his questions all year & Tim on the boat.

I value each year up there with him.

When I figure out how to download & edit the discs with pictures I will send them up to you. Until then, take care. Steve Reid.

from octobre ~ Thanks for the kind words, and Thank you Steve!
If you should want to use me as a recommendation, you can use this letter anytime you want. BOB

-------Original Message-------
From: Bob Reid
Date: 10/01/2006
To: J.R.
Cc: Octobre
Subject: Re: When to fish Sitka

Last year was the sixth time I have fished with Reel Affair Charters. That should be recommendation enough, but I will go farther. Would I recommend them for fishing? Absolutely.. They are great people to go with, they treat you wonderfully and have the best equipment and the staff is as good as they come. Each boat has two crew, the captain and the assistant who are very helpful. I am over 80 years old and they are always right at my side when I have a fish on. They supply a lunch that is plentiful and is always more than I can eat. They supply cold drinks and never run out of them. They know all of the good fishing spots and many of the other charters follow them as they always do so well.

Sitka is a very nice town and the accommodations at the hotel they provide is good and has a good bar and restaurant. Reel Affair supplies as part of their package breakfast ($10) and dinner ($25) meal coupons that are redeemable at all the good restaurants in Sitka for the three days that you fish.

You never have to wait for someone to pick you up in the morning or in the evening when you get back from fishing.

As for when is the best time for fishing, that is difficult to say. I have been in Sitka seven times now and have fished in June, July and August. This coming year I am going in May. We have always come home with more fish that the airlines allow without charging extra for overweight. For several years, that was 140 pounds of filets that are vacuum packed and flash frozen and are at the airport waiting for you when you check in.

They always have arrived home still frozen hard and in perfect condition. Reel Affair does their own processing so you can rely on it being done compared to the other charters that use some of the commercial processors. One year, my son and I came back with 325 pounds of fish.

As for the kinds of fish, in the early part of the year, May, the Kings are running better than later, but we have always caught Kings in every part of the year, but late August, they are not as plentiful as earlier in the season. The silver also known as Coho are more plentiful in July and August, but are caught all during the year. As for the Halibut, they are caught all year around, but in that they are caught in deeper water, if the weather turns windy as it can, not many of them are caught then. At that time, you fish for the Cohos and Rock Fish like the Ling Cod.

As for equipment, all you need to bring are clothes that will keep you warm and can be peeled down if the weather gets warm as it does once in awhile. They furnish very good rain gear on the boat that not only keeps you dry, but also warm. It is necessary to have some light waterproof boots as they keep the boat spotless and each fish that is landed requires that the boat be washed down, so you need boots. The lighter the better.

In all the time I have gone, there has never been a day that we did not go fishing because of bad weather, but in that it is a rain forest area, they do have rain. In that Sitka is surrounded by many islands, there always seems to be a place Reel Affair knows that you can go and catch fish.

It is advisable that you pack only Carry on baggage so you can check it going, but carry it on the return so that you can check the fish up to 100 pounds and carry your luggage aboard the plane.

One year, I asked a friend of mine if he would like to go and I seriously told him that if he had ever had better salmon fishing anytime, (and he went to Northern California many times), I would pay for his whole trip. On the first day about an hour after we started to fish, he looked at me and said. "You don't have to pay for MY trip".

This last year, we were a little late for the Kings, but on each of the three days we fished, the three of us on the boat had our limit, six each, of Cohos by eleven o'clock.

I hope that this helps you in making you decision to go to Sitka fishing and I can't say more than I have about how I feel about Reel Affair.

I will also attach a picture of what my son and I brought back on one of our trips several years ago. This will give you an idea of how they are packaged and how much you can get.

If there is any other information I might be able to give you let me know.

Best Regards, and good fishing, BOB REID

-------Original Message-------

From: J. R.
Date: 10/01/2006 4:42:56 PM
To: Bob Reid
Subject: When to fish Sitka

How was the fishing with Reel Affair? Would you recommend then for fishing? If so, when is the best time to go? I have never fished in Sitka. Just what type of equipment would you recommend for me to carry.
Any help would be greatly appreicated.
Thanks J.

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