About Us


Owner/Captain Ernie Kirby

Bottom Line Charters is a business owned and operated by three generations of year round Alaskan residents.  Ernie was introduced to halibut fishing on Cook Inlet in 1983 and was immediately hooked on it.  He became so passionate about halibut fishing, that when he finished his Air Force career, he wanted to start guiding to show others the excitement and fun of catching halibut.  In 1993, E & K Alaskan Charters was started, which has now evolved into Bottom Line Charters.   At Bottom Line Charters we have a very simple philosophy, "Halibut charters are not cheap, you need to get your moneys worth".   We will use all of our years of experience while working hard for you to give you our very best trip every day.


Captain Bryan Kirby

Bryan has been fishing for his entire life and grew up fishing on Cook Inlet and landed his first 100 lb. halibut at the age of 10.  Bryan started his guiding career at Bottom Line Charters in 1996 as a deckhand aboard the FV Just Fish. Bryan achieved his Coast Guard License in 2000. Then went on to work for a couple of other fishing charters in the Ninilchik area before returning back to Bottom Line Charters in 2010 and as captain of FV Just Fish.  Bryan can be very intense on the boat as he holds himself up to high standards for getting everyone the quality fish that they deserve, and is willing to put in the time needed to get everyone a shot at the fish of their lifetime. 


Dionne Kirby

Dionne, wife of Captain Bryan, spends the fishing season on the customer service end.  Answering the phone,  vacuum packing fish and helping to keep things clean are some of the services she works to provide.  She has spent and worked the last 13 summers in Ninilchik and considers herself blessed to be a part of the family business.    

Hunter Kirby showing how to use a Clam Gun

Hunter Kirby

Hunter spends the fishing season helping vacuum pack fish and works as the grounds keeper for the property. He is working toward becoming the third generation in the Bottom Line Charters business.