History

A “voyage” down Memory Lane…

A Able Fishing Charters and Tours was started by George “Shorty” Goggins in 1987.  Back then, there were several outfitters on the lake, most of which have come and gone, but A Able Fishing Charters and Tours lives on.

Originally called A-1 Charters, the name changed sometime in the early 90’s.  Back when it was important to be the first “name” in the phone book. When several other local businesses in the area decided to call themselves A-1, Shorty changed the name to A Able and the rest is history.

 The name “Shorty” is synonymous with Flathead Lake.  Thousands of customers, and hundreds of lifelong friends, have been out on the big lake in an “A Able” boat.  Many of the guides and outfitters on the lake today got their start with Shorty.  And everyone has their favorite “Shorty story”!

 In 2008, Shorty sold the business to Pat and Tobi Campanella.  Longtime customers and friends, Pat had previously worked in the charter business on Lake Tahoe and had guided hunters and anglers alike in Alaska for years before coming to Montana.

Shorty and Pat, along with a couple other part time guides, worked the big lake for a couple of years before Shorty permanently retired in 2009.

In early 2011, current owners Mike and Cindy Howe became the new owners of this storied company.  Pat and Tobi needed to return to Alaska for career reasons and Mike and Cindy, already involved in numerous outdoor ventures in the valley, were looking to expand into the outfitter business. It was a perfect fit.

For years, A Able Fishing Charters and Tours was based out of Marina Cay Resort in Bigfork.  In 2011, A Able Fishing Charters and Tours returned and once again calls Marina Cay home.  While there are new names on the masthead, the legacy of Shorty and A Able Fishing Charters lives on.  Mike and Cindy Howe, Clay Anderson and Pat Campanella are ready to serve our valued customers with the finest guided fishing the valley has to offer.  We look forward to you choosing A Able Fishing Charters and Tours to help make your memories happen on Flathead Lake and other surrounding lakes!