For 15 years, the Armed Services YMCA has been giving thanks to those who serve our country with courage and honor through the Armed Services YMCA Combat Fishing Tournament. Now in its 16th year, we are so excited to be in-person, on the dock! Due to the ongoing safety precautions, the Combat Fishing Tournament will be operating differently than in prior years. 

The Combat Fishing Tournament is open to active duty junior enlisted service members who are stationed in Alaska. There are specific eligibility requirements that must be met in order to register for this event. Please take a moment to verify you meet these requirements before proceeding. Failure to adhere to the eligibility requirements and event policies could result in the forfeiture of your deposit.


  • Must be E1 - E5
  • Must be a first time participant in the tournament. (Previous attendees, E6-E9 & Officers are not eligible.)
  • Must be active duty.
  • You must be permanently stationed in Alaska. Service members who are TDY to Alaska are not eligible.
  • You must have a valid Alaskan fishing license, and must submit a copy of your license during the registration process. A salmon stamp is not required in most cases, but we encourage you to purchase one prior to the tournament if you intend to salmon fish anytime during the summer.


Registration opens on April 3, 2023!


Before you register:
  • Obtain and have available in a digital photo or pdf, your current Alaska Fishing License and signed participation approval form, along with your $25 registration fee.


A $25 fee is due at the time of registration. Refunds will be issued as follows:

  • Participant may cancel by May 10.  A $5 processing fee will be retained by the ASYMCA, and the remainder registration fee will be processed back to the credit card on file.
  • Cancellation and refund requests made within two weeks of, but at least 72 hours prior to program start, participants can receive a 50% refund, and processed back to the credit card on file.  
  • Cancellations inside of 72 hours prior to event cannot be refunded. This is due to costs we have already incurred for your participation. Please still notify us of cancellation, as we can extend your spot to the next person on the waitlist.
  • NO SHOWS- anyone not calling and not showing up for the day of the event will forfeit their participation in future tournaments, and possibly other ASYMCA events.
  • In the case of an unexpected event (TDY, duty related assignment, emergency) the two week cancellation policy will apply. Documentation or orders from your 1st Sergeant or unit command will need to be provided in writing.

You will forfeit your registration fee if:

  • Mistaken registration due not meeting eligibility requirements
  • Registrations completed without fishing license and leave verification form
  • You cancel within 72 hours your scheduled charter.
  • Do not show up for your scheduled fishing charter.
  • The charter captain denies you boarding due to unsafe behavior or failure to comply with the Charter's policies.
  • You show up but choose not to get on the boat.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Please take a few moments to review the information contained in the FAQs below. If you have a question that is not covered in the FAQs, please email the ASYMCA here, or call 907-552-9622.

What COVID-19 precautions are you taking?

Covid-19 practices will be in place according to local guidance. We are continuing to monitor the recommended policies. Please watch for more information as the event date approaches.

Can I fish with my friends?

When possible, yes. There is on consideration: your friends must meet eligibility requirements. For those who fall within this consideration, we recommend you include the names of everyone in your group in the notes/request section of the registration portal to make our admin team aware of your request to participate as a group.

Can I register on behalf of my friends/coworkers?

No. Each participant must complete their own registration. You may not register on behalf of friends, coworkers, or fellow service members.

Do I get to choose the fishing charter company, or type of fish I want?

No. The ASYMCA will be booking all charters based on the availability of the charter companies who have agreed to participate in this event. The charter captains will determine what species of fish will be included in your charter.

What are my responsibilities as a participant?

The following responsibilities will fall to the participant:

  • Reading and understanding all participant information provided to you by the ASYMCA and the Charter company you are booked through--including ASYMCA's cancellation policy, and state and local COVID-19 health mandates.
  • Communicating your participation in this event with your command, and obtaining travel and/or leave approval as needed. (Note: you may be out of cell range during your trip)
  • Obtaining a fishing license prior to your fishing charter and ensuring you have a physical copy of it on your person when you check-in for your fishing charter.
  • Research, understand and ask questions about proper gear/clothing required. Being prepared for the day is essential to a safe and enjoyable experience! Do not hesitate to call and ask us about proper layering, clothing choices, or if you have any concerns about accessing appropriate gear. Anyone who is not dressed or prepared to be on Alaska’s waters for the day, may be denied boarding.
  • Arrange transportation to ensure safe travel. Whether that be our bus or your POV, please ensure you arrive in Seward and back home safely. Reach out to our events team if you have any concerns.
  • Share your photos from your trip with us by email at, or by social media! Please tag @AKASYMCA on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and use our hashtag #ASYMCACFT

Why do I need to printed copy of my fishing license?

Until recently, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game regulations required you to have a printed, physical copy of your fishing license on your person when fishing. Though this regulation has been updated, there is still a stipulation requiring your signature be on your license. Additionally, charter companies may have internal policies requiring you to show a physical copy of your license prior to boarding. By requiring you to have a printed fishing license, it provides the most effective and safe method for your charter captain to verify your license meets regulations without having to handle your mobile device or break social distancing, and helps to ensure you do not have any surprises when you check in for your charter.