This is an unethical company. They tell you upfront that they will fish in poor weather and that if they cannot fish in the Gulf of Alaska they give you the option to fish inside protected areas, and that if you decide to not fish under these conditions, you will forfeit $50.00/person of the charter price conditions.
What they don't tell you is that they will take you out to the Gulf of Alaska, pretending it is fishable and that they don't know the sea conditions until they get out there. This way you are on the hook for the full price of the charter. This is exactly what happened to us in July 2016. Took us 3 hrs to get out, fished for 45 mins in such hi seas that the anchor couldn't hold. Then had to run back which took 4 hrs due to 10 + ft seas, and once in protected areas, only had 1/2 hr to fish. Needless to say my wife and I caught nothing due to not enough fishing time. We also got pounded to death in the boat. I called Mel to complain who would not make any price adjustment, claiming you can't know the conditions until you are out there. If that is true, why write in the agreement that if too rough to go out, you have option to not fish and forfeit 50.00? This company is greedy and out for your money and not in any way looking out for you.