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 36 years boating experience
  • 33 years Alaska fishing experience
  • 29-year licensed Alaska fishing guide
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Nick Edwards (deckhand)

Our new deckhand is doing a great job!

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

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 47 years boating experience
  • 29 years Alaska fishing experience
  • 14-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 ...never a compliant. 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

We are in the process of hiring a new deckhand: 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...

Don & Kitty M. - Thank you John and Kevin for the great fishing trip out of Homer, today. Great people, great weather and lots of fish – perfect day  more

Lynn T. - If anyone wants an awesome fishing experience in Alaska, these are the guys to use. They have amazing talent and knowledge to put you on the best places to fish... a great group of people to spend time with.  more

Mike S. - ...You have a top notch charter. My son-in-law said it was the best trip he's had.  more

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