About Tall Tale Charters

Operating Alaska fishing charters since 1988, Tall Tale Charters is highly committed to providing the best guided Alaska fishing trips out of Homer and on the Kenai River. We are licensed, insured, and equipped with quality boats, tackle and safety equipment. Our captains, crew and staff are among the most qualified in the business. Most of our business is from repeat clients and referrals, which attests to our high level of quality and success. Please read on for details about our people.

Boo Kandas (owner/captain)

Captain Boo Kandas
  • Owner of Tall Tale Charters
  • Captain of our Homer charter boat "Red Ryder"
  • Captain of our Kenai River fishing boat
  • USCG Licensed 100 Ton Master
  • Over 37 years boating experience
  • 34 years Alaska fishing experience
  • 30-year licensed Alaska fishing guide
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Daniel Hayden (captain)

Homer Alaska charter captain John Tobin
  • Captain of our Homer charter boat "Red Ryder"
  • USCG Licensed 100 Ton Master
  • Over 18 years boating experience
  • 7 years Alaska fishing experience
  • 3-year licensed Alaska fishing guide
  • ALMSEA certified: survival equipment, procedures and onboard drills
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Clay Duda (first mate/deckhand)

Homer Alaska charter deckhand Nick Edwards
  • First mate and deckhand aboard our Homer charter boat "Red Ryder"

Clay has been fishing out of Homer for two years, both with Captain Daniel Hayden at the helm. Originally from Atlanta, GA, Clay has fished freshwater rivers and lakes his entire life — though nothing compares to angling in Alaskan waters. He worked as a journalist for six years before packing the wagon and heading North. He and his wife are year-round residents of Homer, along with their dog, Peaches, and enjoy ice skating and traveling during the off season.

Jen Kandas (staff)

Jen Kandas

Jen is married to Boo and has been working hard for Tall Tale Charters since 2003. She is core to our operation; assisting with scheduling, handling the books and doing all she can to keep things running smoothly.

John Tobin (backup captain)

Homer Alaska charter captain John Tobin
  • Captain of our Homer charter boat "Red Ryder" (semi-retired, current backup captain)
  • USCG Licensed 100 Ton Master
  • Over 48 years boating experience
  • 30 years Alaska fishing experience
  • 15-year licensed Alaska fishing guide
  • Former USFWS fishery biologist
  • Former national-level instructor for "Motorboat Operator" and "Motorboat Operator Instructor" training courses for US Department of the Interior
  • Original author of USFWS Alaska river and swiftwater motorboat operator and paddlecraft training course
  • Invitational speaker, technical adviser and instructor on motorboat operation, swiftwater training and watercraft safety at the International Boating and Water Safety Summit during 2000 (sponsored by the National Water Safety Congress and National Safe Boating Council)
  • US Coast Guard veteran
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Kevin Staib (cameo first mate/deckhand)

Many clients say Kevin is the best first mate/deckhand ever. We agree! He is our rock star ...a true pro: always on, attentive, knowledgeable, very hard working, super positive, interactive, fun and chillin', no mater what. We've heard nothing but the best from clients who've fished with him. There is no doubt you will enjoy spending a day on the water with Kevin!

Homer Alaska charter deckhand Kevin Staib
  • First mate and deckhand aboard our Homer charter boat "Red Ryder"
  • Six years professional fishing experience
  • Five-year first mate/deckhand with Tall Tale Charters

Update: Kevin left us during October 2016 for a full-time position with the oil industry, but he has promised occasional cameo appearances when time allows.



 Our clients say...

Levi W. - Hope to make it back to Alaska again in the future, and hope to get the pleasure of fishing with this charter again!  more

Larry W. - Good fishing!!

Pat N. - ...He told me that you are referred to in Alaska as the "Fish Whisperer!!!"  more

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