Member Spotlight: Alaska Northern Outfitters

Q&A With Captain Sean Carlin of Alaska Northern Outfitters

It’s often said that people make the place, and we couldn’t agree more. Our new spotlight series introduces you to Seward Chamber of Commerce members who make our community an incredible place to live, work and play.

This week features Alaska Northern Outfitters, a world-class deep sea sportfishing charter targeting halibut, salmon, lingcod and rockfish out of Seward. Fishing charters explore the Kenai Fjords National Park and soak up the beauty of the giant glaciers and majestic wildlife with owner-operator, Captain Sean Carlin. The 50′ catamaran, Sea Quest, is the only sport vessel with an upper deck allowing companions to view wildlife without disturbing fishermen below.

We recently sat down with Captain Sean to learn more about the journey he has taken as a small business owner in Seward. 

Captain Sean (upper right) and crew reel in the catch of the day. Photo courtesy of Alaska Northern Outfitters.

What makes your business special or unique? In other words, what are you known for?

We have a reputation for being family-friendly. We are the only vessel in the fleet to allow clients to share a rod with a partner for an extremely discounted price: our Companion/Shared Pole deal. This unique set-up allows spouses to come aboard to check out wildlife or help fish, effectively combining fishing and marine wildlife viewing. It is also great for younger children to accompany a parent at a reasonable cost and gives fishing enthusiasts the chance to take home more fish with two permits sharing one pole. Over the years we have built up a following of mostly Alaskan locals looking to fill the freezer for the year with the fact that we always stay out the latest and fish the hardest.

What would people be surprised to learn about your business or your journey as a business owner?

The Sea Quest was the first boat I ever worked on. Back then, I never thought I would be able to buy the business and build it up to what it is today. But at 23, I made my dream a reality.

Tell us about a product or service that you’re particularly proud of.

Our dedication to client satisfaction and our Companion/Shared Pole deal that lets anglers bring a friend for only $149 sets us apart from others.

Everyone gets a piece of the action onboard the M/V Sea Quest. Photo courtesy of Alaska Northern Outfitters.

Describe a risk that you’ve taken in your business that paid off.

A major risk was custom-building the M/V Sea Quest in 2006. However, it has paid off as one of the most sought-after fishing platforms in Seward. Largest and newest goes a long way when looking for a comfortable fishing experience.

How long have you lived in Seward? What first brought you here?

I’ve lived in Seward for 12 years. My passion for fishing and adventure brought me to Alaska when I was 18.

What do you like most about living and working in Seward?

I love the small town community that surrounds the fishing industry. Everyone has a lot in common and seems to have migrated to this magical place for one reason, ADVENTURE!

David vs. Goliath. The little ones love reeling in big fish, too! Photo courtesy of Alaska Northern Outfitters.

Tell us about a community member in Seward who you admire.

Tom Tougas is a great man who has helped many small businesses in Seward get a start. He has played a major part in shaping the community into what it is today.

What is the best compliment your business has ever received?

“That was the best day of my life!” is definitely my favorite compliment.

How do you spend your free time?

Fishing, fishing and on the weekends…fishing!

If your life was a book, what would the title be?

The Pursuit of Elusive Creatures by Capt. Sean.

There are so many great wilderness areas to explore around Seward and Kenai Fjords. If you had a free weekend, where would you go?

Taz Basin or Nuka Bay

Feature Image: Spacious decks offer fishing fun for the whole family! Photo Courtesy of Alaska Northern Outfitters.


For more information about Alaska Northern Outfitters, click here or call 907.224.2665. 

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