Antelope Point Outfitters Fishing Guide ServiceNow guiding the north end of lake Powell and numerous waters across Utah. 801 592 7809, fishing@Antelopepointoutfitters.com Boat: 22’ Triton 220 LTS center console guide boat w/150 HP Mercury outboard motor. Tournament rigged with professional class tackle, lures and terminal tackle. 36V electric trolling motor w/remote control. All USCG safety equipment. State of the art electronics including; Chartplotter, GPS, Sonar, VHF radio, Cell phone. Bait well, Live well, Fresh water washdown, Marine coolers, Downriggers, Side planers. Your captains: Charter captains are experienced USCG licensed captains. Permitted under NPS regulations. Licensed guides in both AZ and UT. Insured and bonded. Captain Steve Henline has 40 years of experience guiding and fishing across North and Central America from Alaska to Zihuatanajo, Mexico. He is an International Gamefish Association world and state record holder. Captain Henline has over 15 years experience on Lake Powell Captain Ryan Thurner’s credentials are incredible despite his young age. Coast Guard Licensed captain since he was 19, Captain Ryan has captained charter boats from the legendary port of Kona, Hawaii across the pacific to New Zealand. His freshwater skills and his knowledge of Lake Powell are just as impressive. We can depart from the dock at Antelope Point Marina or pick you up at your houseboat. Complete lakeside camping packages are also available for your convenience. Providing you with a safe pleasant experience is our only goal! Rates: Full day 7:00am until 3:00 PM $500.00 1 or 2 anglers, each additional angler $50.00. Non-fishing individuals $25.00, per person. Maximum 4 plus captain. Half day 7:00 am until 11:00 or 2:00pm until 6:00pm $350.00 1 or 2 anglers, each additional angler $50.00. Maximum 4 plus captain. . PROVIDED: All Necessary fishing tackle; Tournament quality rods and reels, bait, lures. Before launch; Continental breakfast; coffee, tea, juice, fruit and rolls. (Morning half day trips and full day charters only.) Lunch (full days only) Sandwiches prepared from the famous kitchen at the Antelope Point Restaurant, fruit, juices, snacks. (Served aboard the charter boat.) Ice, bottled water, soft drinks, fruit, snacks. Fish cleaning, filleting and packaging Digital photographs emailed to you. Video posted on myspace and facebook. Not provided: Utah and/or AZ fishing license (required to begin trip) Recommended: Polarized glasses, Sunscreen, Camera/video camera, cap and long sleeve shirt. Payment only by Credit Card or cash at the Antelope Point Marina store. Personal checks with prior approval only. Deposit: a 25% deposit is required to confirm booking. Deposit can be made by check, travelers check, all major credit cards , PayPal or debit card via mail or telephone. Balance: the balance is due immediately prior to departure at the Antelope Point Marian store. Refunds: Weather and other high risk events may cause cancelling the charter by the captain. In which case a full refund will be given or you will have the option of rebooking another date. Please realize that your safety and enjoyable trip is our primary concern. Cancellations: A full refund will be given providing you notify us 14 days in advance of your scheduled trip. No refunds will be given during the 14 days prior to your charter. If we can schedule someone else on your charter date we will refund phone 801 592 7809, fishing@Antelopepointoutfitters.com
After being a fisherman for over 50 years I’m still constantly amazed at the surprises that can develop on the water, especially when one least expects it. I had been at Page, Arizona for 2 weeks studying for my USCG Captains exam under the expert tutelage of Captain J. Janssen of Zenith Maritime Academy. Schooling was completed and I had finished my exams. It was time to celebrate being a licensed Coast Guard Captain and do a little fishing and relax for a day or two..
Saturday evening I went into Page for the balloon regatta and ran across Cary Robarge, his wife Judy and their young son Jonathan. They too were staying at Antelope Point Marina and we talked about fishing the next morning. The decision was made to go the short distance to Antelope Canyon, an area that is not only beautiful but that had produced lots of fish in trips past.
After a few anxious moments at the dock clearing debris from the intake port on the outboard, Dan Ericksen and I departed for Antelope Canyon. When we arrived the Robarges were already fishing the channel half way back in the canyon. Within minutes Jonathan was fast to a striper and his excited voice echoed through the narrow walls. I couldn’t refrain from smiling as the young man was obviously enjoying himself. It wasn’t long before he had a second and a third fish to the boat. While we watched we were fishless, but seeing Jonathan’s excitement was more than enough.
Jonathan explained, excitedly, the techniques he was using to catch the eager striped bass and the two old fishermen rigged according to his instructions and were soon catching fish on our own. To say that we were a bit chagrined is an understatement. The seasoned guide was getting instructions from the kid and enjoying every bit of it.
The schooled bass were holding over a shelf 40 foot down and as the Robarges boat drifted beyond the school the fishing went dead until the fired up their engine and re-positioned themselves over the school. My electric trolling motor has a function called electronic anchor that will hold you in place using the GPS that is built in so Dan and I could stay right on top of the school which gave us a great advantage. I told Cary to pull close to our boat and we moored him off to prevent the drift and soon they were back into fish.
Jonathan was catching a lot of fish and their boat surpassed ours. I invited the young angler aboard telling him that we wanted him to come aboard and to show us how he was doing it. Without hesitation he obliged and soon was adding to our growing number of delicious fish in the live well. For a hour of so the pandemonium continued until the livewell was brimming with fish and Jonathan had caught more than his share of them, each fish fought deftly and with steely determination.
The bite has slowed down and we had to return to Antelope Point. We bid Johnny, as we were now calling him, and his parents farewell and agreeing to meet up with them a little later. We were delayed filleting the 50 or 60 fish we had caught and they were leaving the water to return to Spanish Fork, Utah when we met up again. I thanked the young fisherman for his expert help and guidance and agreed to fish together again soon. That is a promise I intend to keep. Even after being a professional fisherman for so many years there is still a lot to be learned, especially when the professor is a nice young man whose only desire is to catch a few fish with his dad and mom and isn’t encumbered by technique, technology and complacency and fishes for the sheer joy of it. Cap Henline
Balloon photographs courtesy : Page, AZ Tourism