Jimmie Jack’s Lodge Staff and Captains

Your staff here at Jimmie Jack’s Lodge has an overwhelming commitment to excellence. The success of your trip is our focus. Our commitment to you starts with your inquiry. We give you what you desire. Experience easy online booking, attention to detail in your lodging, meals, and professionally guided fishing trips. You will fish in the cleanest boats, and some say the best looking boats, on the Kenai River. Most importantly, Jimmie Jack’s guides fish to produce fish. An Alaska fishing vacation at Jimmie Jack’s Lodge will leave you smiling!

Jimmie Jack Drath

Jimmie Jack grew up on the Kenai river. He began running the river on his own when he was just 13 in 1982. “I just love being a river guide. The Kenai River is a special fishery. It is amazing how many fish are in this river!” Jimmie Jack was a world class pole vaulter and competed at the 1996 U.S. Olympic Trials. Lately, Currently, his passions are fishing and Christian missions in Brazil and Mozambique. “I am so blessed. God has allowed me to live life to the full. I get to fish the awesome Kenai River in the summer, and then I get to bless others who are less fortunate in the winter. Praise the Lord!” Jimmie Jack has been featured on Larry Csonka’s North to Alaska, Globo TV in Brazil, IGFA Featured Captains, Travel Channel, Last Frontier Magazine, and many TV and Radio fishing reports in Alaska. Jimmie Jack has also served on the board of directors of the Kenai River Professional Guide Association. Read “The Jimmie Jack Story” here.
Phone: (907)-262-5561
Email: [email protected]

“Big Jim” Drath

Big Jim is Jimmie Jack’s dad. Big Jim has been fishing the Kenai River since 1982. When he retired from his career in security on the Alaska Pipeline, he found out that his son, Jimmie Jack had painted his boat red. Jimmie wanted his dad to join him as a fishing guide on the Kenai River, and they have been having a blast ever since. Big Jim knows the Kenai River well, and how to pull out the big kings. As he puts it, “This is where I live, this is my house.” Jimmie Jack says that his dad has the HOT plugs. “Shoot, he has more awesome plugs than any of us other guides combined. We try and take them, but he sleeps with them under his pillow.”

Dave “Catdaddy” Drake

Jimmie Jack met Catdaddy on the mission field in Bolivia. They were building a church, and laying brick side by side. Then Cataddy showed Jimmie Jack how to enter into a street water balloon fight, and they have been good friends ever since. Catdaddy leads missions trips to build churches around the world. Catdaddy has been guiding the Kenai River and surrounding areas for over 8 years, and brings a cheerful, positive atmosphere to the boat. Ask him to show you his special fish call!

Scott Blahnik

Fishing has been a way of life for me for as long as I can remember. After catching my first steelhead and salmon at the age of 10 I was literally hooked. My first experience fishing the Kenai was in 1994. My dad and I hauled a jet boat up the Alcan Hwy. from the lower 48. We camped along the banks of the Kenai and fished for Kings 48 days straight. My first Kenai King that summer was 65 lbs. Needless to say I had to come back. The next summer after graduating from the University of Montana with a teaching degree, I put everything I owned into my truck and hauled two brand new boats up the Alcan to start my guiding career on the Kenai and Kasilof Rivers. I also started a business in the lower 48 guiding for Kings and Steelhead. I worked hard, paid my dues, and learned from some of the best to become one of the top guides on the Kenai. My teacher training has been very helpful in my guiding career, as a successful guide is also a good teacher. After 20 years as a year around guide on the Kenai, Kasilof and lower 48 rivers I have joined with the team at Jimmie Jack Fishing. I look forward to using my experience to put you into a fish of a life time.

Captain Charlie “Rainman”

Captain Charlie is a veteran saltwater captain in Alaska. He was also trained by one of the leading Captains in Ninilchik, Frank Sanders. He paid his dues as a deckhand for 3 years, and is now at the helm of the “Unforgiven”.  Since 2014, he has been leading the fleet in Ninilchik. In 2016 Charlie lead our guest, John Collis, to catch the largest halibut out of Ninilchik in the last 12 years at a whopping 345 pounds! Captain Charlie is an excellent captain, always putting safety first. He has a reputaion as a big halibut hunter, and his mission is to hunt big halibut out of Ninilchik. He is a joy to fish with, and he runs a back deck with a solid system to catch. Come see why his reviews are high. Fish like a boss aboard the “Unforgiven” with Captain “Rainman!”

Captain Big Dan

Big Dan for big halibut. I met Captain Dan years ago when he fished with me during a silver salmon derby. I remembered him well. He was a pleasant guy to fish with, and runs a local construction company called “Big Dan’s”. Dan will be captaining exclusively for Jimmie Jack Fishing this year aboard his NEW 34 foot “Black Jack”. I am positive you will enjoy fishing with Captain Dan as much as I do. He loves coming home with BIG halibut, and was the Homer derby leader for most of the season last year with his 251 monster!

Kevin Toliver

Kevin commands the headquarters here in the office at Jimmie Jack’s. He will go out of his way to help you, and will answer your questions when you call. Give him a shout on the phone, email, or fill out the contact form, and he will get back to you soon!
Toll Free: 1 (866) 553-4744
Email: [email protected]

Colleen Shaw

Colleen is the Lodge Manager at the Alaska SeaScape Lodge. Colleen takes care of everyone at the SeaScape from the time you check-in through dinner. She loves being at the SeaScape, as she says, “This view is just gorgeous!” She organizes all of the guest services at the lodge, and does it with excellence. If you need anything, just let Colleen know, and she will take care of you while you are with us.

Brian Kyncy Sr.

Big Brian was raised in Northern California spending every spare moment hunting or fishing the premier creeks and river drainages from Yosemite to Mount Shasta. Although early in his life he excelled in the corporate world, he was still able to use this travel to his advantage making it a personal mission to fish in every major mountain range in the entire U.S, from New York to California. Leaving the corporate world and moving back to North Eastern California in 2000, Big Brian opened an outfitting business which offers fishing trips on the picturesque Trinity and Sacramento river systems. This fueled Big Brian’s desire to explore waterways and the different species of salmonids. Big Brian soon became a successful Alaskan river guide. Big Brian lives in North Eastern California with his wife and high school sweatheart. He says, “Families that Hunt, Fish and Pray together, stay together.”

Debra Kvasnikoff

Hello and welcome to Jimmie Jack’s Seascape Lodge.

My name is Debra and I will be your Breakfast Cook and Server.  I have lived in Alaska 45 years.  I was raised in NW Washington state until the age of 15 close to Olympic National Park then briefly to Seattle. When I was nearly 16 my stepfather, who was a Search and Rescue C1-30 pilot, was transferred to Kodiak Island, Alaska.  I lived there form age 16-23, and married a commercial salmon seiner fisherman at age 21.  My father-in-law, who was 1/2 Russian and 1/2 Aleut Alaska native gave us his 38 ft Salmon Seiner “Point Banks” when my son “Wesley” was born.  Later on we moved to Ninilchik, Alaska on the Kenai Peninsula, 40 miles drive south of Kenai.  Located in the Ninilchik village below the Russian Orthodox church you will see a sign describing the history of my children’s ancestry.  Later on in years I married a Cook Inlet set-net salmon commercial fisherman.  I drove beach trucks, fork lifts, picked fish in our gill nets while out in our skiffs, and cooked for our 20+ crewmembers for 14 salmon.  I have been living in the remote western region of Alaska in Bethel for the past 16 months working as a Massage Therapist for Arctic Chiropractic/Physical Therapy. I will be on the Kenai this summer, in and will be up bright and early in the mornings to cook and serve you hearty breakfasts before you go fishing.

Kathi Bledsoe

I was thrilled to be invited back as chef for my second season on the Jimmie Jack team! I have many years of experience as a personal chef, working at remote high-end lodges and running my food truck/catering business. I am grateful to be a member of this incredible team in the middle of some of the most spectacular scenery on earth. My passion for cooking, the outdoor lifestyle and fishing make this job perfect for me. Be ready to indulge in the best local seafood, caught fresh in Cook Inlet, Kachemak Bay, the Kenai and Kasilof Rivers. I look forward to wowing you with fabulous food and warm, friendly service!

Sarah Joy

Hello, I am Sarah Joy! I grew up on the beaches of Sarasota & Bradenton, Florida. I met my Alaskan husband, Wesley, on December 2008. We were Married in Florida on Anna Maria Island in April of 2009. I have been taking care of lodges seasonally in Alaska since 2011. We moved back to Kenai permanently in December of 2016. I have been caring & catering for private homes & clubs for over 15 years. I will help make sure you have a vacation of a lifetime! I am looking forward to making memories together.

Timothy Farring

Hi! My name is Timothy Farring, and this is my second season working for Jimmie Jack Fishing. I was born in Anchorage and was raised in Palmer, Alaska and have fished the Kenai River my entire life. I am currently enrolled and going to school and playing rugby at Western Oregon University. I am seeking my degree in elementary to middle school education and am looking to get my master’s in special needs education. To me fishing isn’t just my job it’s been a passion of mine ever since I can remember, and now I have been able to turn that into a summer position. There is no where else I’d rather be than on the river, so I hope you’ll enjoy your time with me. If you want a fun story to start the day off right, ask about how I lost my fingers.

What Our Guests

Have To Say

“Professional, friendly and successful captains!”

“I’m glad we chose Jimmie Jack Fishing. The guides and staff made this an unforgettable experience and gave my son and I memories that will last a lifetime.”

“The 3 times we have been at JJF, Jimmie Jack has provided outstanding service, quality fishing, and made us feel more like a friend than a client.”

“I did not expect this year’s trip to be as good as last year’s trip. Last year was great. Boy, was I wrong! It was even better!”

“It was completely hassle free, and we had a fantastic time.”

“We came hungry and left with big fish. Boat was big and extremely comfortable ~ lots of room outside but also a great indoor area with protection from the elements.”

“Spectacular views, great service and gourmet meals all exceeded our expectations!”

“Excellent Lodge with a million-dollar view. If you are going to fish the Kenai stay at Jimmie Jack’s Lodge. Best fishing vacation of my life!”

“The entire experience was great! Well organized fishing trips and fish packaging arrangements. Clean lodge and boats. Excellent staff!”