About Us

 

J&J Smart Charters is a family-run business.  John and Joan Smart have lived in Alaska since 1989 and started J&J Smart Charters in 1992 with Captain John as the main captain–2017 was their 25th Anniversary of chartering on Cook Inlet in Ninilchik, Alaska.  They purchased Deep Creek View Campground in 1995 and have been providing unique camping experience and enjoyment in Ninilchik for over 20 years.

 

Captain Sarah

Our daughter, Sarah Brooks, has been helping on fishing charters since she was 11 years old and in 2003 received her captains license.  She is one of our full-time boat captain during the summer months and a part-time veterinarian during the winter months.

 

Captain Jabba

Captain Jabba

Captain Jabba Aamodt is one of our full-time captains and current owner of the SOLO and HERS boats.  We are excited to have Jabba staying at our campground for the entire summer as a member of our camp family!

 

Captain Tim
Captain Tim

Captain Tim Wilda is another one of our full-time captains and a newlywed (he and former Deckhand Leanne were married in February 2018).  We couldn’t be happier for them and are very excited for Tim to continue running fishing trips for us!  We look forward to the weekends when Leanne can join us at the campground.

 

Captain Dan

Captain Dan

Captain Dan Retzinger (a teacher from Anchorage) has been our part-time captain for many years, when his summer schedule allows.  Dan operates his own boat, the Seeker, when needed.  We look forward to having a great summer with Dan and hearing all of his great stories.

 

Campground Manager Jenny

Campground Manager Jenny

Campground Manager, Jenny, joined our “camp family” in 2015 and is our full-time Camp Manager.  We are very happy to have her friendly smile, competence, and teaching experience at the campground this summer.  She’s absolutely incredible!

 

The entire crew at J&J Smart Charters loves what they do and look forward to seeing you this summer!

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