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Welcome to the port of Rum Runner Charters, where we specialize in premier private and small group charters. We offer superior half day and full day sport fishing trips for Salmon, Halibut, or Rockfish. Our Whale Watching and Photo Safari Charters are second to none. We offer a two and a half hour Whale Watching tour, our Captain's Choice Whales Wildlife excursion and our deluxe all day Fishing and Wildlife Safari. On all our Whale Watching and Wildlife trips we offer our exclusive 100% money back guarantee. Cruise ship passengers are welcome. Come and join us, the water is great and the scenery is magnificent!

Captain's Note (2016): Please Read

On these pages you will find answers to many of your questions and a wealth of other information, so take a moment and browse. Current prices are listed after each trip description. When you are ready to book, head over to our reservation page. Please note that all our trips include your transportation if needed. Cruise ship passengers: we can pick you up at your ship. We If you would like to visit the Mendenhall Glacier, Macaulay Salmon Hatchery, or Alaskan Brewing Company, after your trip, we can drop you off there, time allowing.  A few of our cruise ships are now doing shortened stops in Juneau (~8 hours), for those folks that are interested in our All Day Fishing and Photo Safari, we offer a shortened 6 hour version. Please reserve early, this may be our busiest year yet! For more information please check out our Frequently Asked Questions page.  

Our Charter Vessels

The charter vessels Rum Runner and Buccaneer are both 31ft cabin cruisers designed to comfortably take up to six passengers*, captain and a crew member. Each has large windows and a fly bridge for maximum viewing of our wildlife. Both come equipped with electric downriggers for Salmon fishing. They are gas powered (no diesel fumes) with twin 350's, have heated cabins, self-contained flush toilets,  and state of the art electronics, including HD color depth sounder/fishfinders, GPS mapping systems and Hydrophones (for listening to the whales). Each vessel has been inspected by the USCG and both have earned the top award as a 5-Star vessel for safety.

The Rum Runner

The Buccaneer

*we can handle groups of up to 12 with both vessels or even larger groups with other excellent associated charter boats.

Capt. Chris

Moon, The Admiral

Captains Chris Conder & Derek Oliver

The Charter Vessel Rum Runner is piloted by her Captain and your guide Chris Conder.  Chris has been in or on the water for most of his life.  He came to Alaska straight out of high school back in '75 and earned his way through the University working the commercial fishing and diving boats in the gulf of Alaska.  Captain Chris has worked, dove, and done research from the Arctic Ice Pack to the fjords of Southeast Alaska.  With Chris's education in Marine Biology, he has a unique insight to the fish and wildlife that abounds around the Juneau area.  He settled in Juneau in '85 and started operating the Rum Runner in '93. Since then the Rum Runner Charters has grown into one of the busiest and most requested charter boats in Southeast Alaska.

The Buccaneer is captained by Capt. Derek Oliver. Capt. Derek has been working with Rum Runner Charters and Capt. Chris for the last several years both as First Mate and Naturalist and has now earned his USCG Captain's Master License. Derek's family lives in the Juneau area and as a result he grew up on these waters.  

Captain Derek

Chris and Brandi


We have had several articles published about us recently:
Fishing guru Terry Sheely
Travel Writer Eileen Ogintz