Halibut Fishing Alaska

Homer Ocean Charters  (800) 426-6212   hoc@xyz.net

FishingHomer is famous for its Alaska Halibut fishing. Homer Ocean Charters has been fishing halibut out of Homer since 1979 as a legally permitted business. We operate full-day trips and multiple-day long range trips. Our halibut fishing season begins in late April and we fish until mid-September. The daily limit for halibut remains at 2 per person.

Our knowledgeable and helpful office staff can help you with your fishing needs and arrange lodging, flight seeing, kayaking, bear viewing, water taxi service, and many activities for you while you are in Homer. For all of our fishing trips, you will need to purchase a fishing license and bring your drinks, snacks, and meals for the day. You never know what the weather is going to do out on the ocean, so it’s best to be prepared with warm layered clothes and light rain gear.

What does a full day trip consist of?

Halibut Fishing in Homer Alaska - Homer Ocean Fishing ChartersA full day Alaska Halibut Fishing day trip begins with an advance reservation to our office although walk-ins are gladly taken on a space available basis. Check in is at 6:30 a.m. for a 7 a.m. departure daily, except for September, when the sunlight mandates a 7:30 a.m. check in and 8 a.m. departure. At check in we will answer any last questions, provide you with free coffee, sell you licenses and halibut derby tickets if needed, and probably try to sell you a shirt or hat. Your captain will greet you at our office and escort you to his boat. Once on the boat, you will be given a safety briefing, fill out the necessary paperwork, and we'll probably try to sell you a shirt or hat again.

The ride out to the fishing grounds will be anywhere from 45 minutes to a couple of hours. Yes, we travel a long way sometimes; our goal is to provide you with the best halibut fishing experience possible. Because all of our vessels are twin diesel powered, they are fast enough to get you to the fishing grounds quickly. They’re economical enough to go anywhere we want and safe enough to get you home. The trip is more than your basic boat ride, however. We usually travel near the beautiful shore line and regularly see sea otters, whales, puffins, and other sea life. You never know what you’re going to see so be sure to bring your camera! .

Once at the fishing grounds, you will be given instruction on the proper halibut fishing technique. Your hook will be baited and the halibut will be handled for you. We are there to help at all times and you won’t even have to touch your fish unless you want to. As every day of fishing is different, we may stay in one spot all day or move to several locations. When fishing is complete, we will return to Homer. Your fish will be filleted for you, free of charge on every fishing trip. On our larger boats, fish are most often filleted on board while on the ride back to the harbor. Sometimes we will bring them in and hang them in front of the office for pictures and weights. On the smaller 6 pack boats, fish will almost always be hung at the office for filleting. Feel free to browse through our awesome T-shirts and hat collection while you wait for your fish.

What does a half day trip consist of?

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A half day halibut fishing trip begins with check in at 6:30 a.m. for a 7 a.m. departure and 12:30 p.m. for a 1 p.m. departure daily. After August 15th call for 1/2 day departure times. These trips are great for families, those who only have a short time in town, or would like to try their hand at it before committing to a full day of fishing. We don't go as far and the fish aren't usually as big as on a full day trip. If you are a serious fisherman we recommend our full day trips.

In the office we will answer any last questions, provide you with free coffee, and sell you licenses and halibut derby tickets if needed, and probably try to sell you a shirt or hat. Your captain will greet you at our office and escort you to his boat. Once on the boat, you will be given a safety briefing, fill out necessary paperwork, and we'll probably try to sell you a shirt or hat again.

The ride out to the fishing grounds on a half day trip will be anywhere from one to two hours depending upon the fishing conditions. Although we don't travel as far and fish as long as a full day charter, your captain and crew will work hard to get you some good fishing.

Once you’re at the fishing grounds, you will be given instruction on the proper halibut fishing technique. Your hook will be baited, and the halibut will be handled for you. We are there to help at all times. When fishing is complete, we will return to Homer and fillet your fish on the ride home.

We have minimums on our half day charters and on occasion, we will work with other qualified charter companies to insure that you will get out fishing on the schedule you request.

18 seats available

What does a short range trip consist of?

If your time in Homer is limited or you decide you want to try fishing for a little less than a full day this is a great option fpr you. Similar to our half day trips but with more fishing time the short range trip provides you with more time to fish than a half day and lower cost than a full day. The limit is still two halibut. If you are a serious angler we still recommend a full day trip.

The short range fishing trip begins with a 7:30 check in for an 8 a.m. departure. In the office we will answer any last questions, provide you with free coffee, and sell you licenses and halibut derby tickets if needed, and probably try to sell you a shirt or hat. Your captain will greet you at our office and escort you to his boat. Once on the boat, you will be given a safety briefing, fill out necessary paperwork, and we'll probably try to sell you a shirt or hat again.

The ride out to the fishing grounds on a short range trip will be anywhere from one to two hours depending upon the fishing conditions. Although we don't travel as far and fish as long as a full day charter, your captain and crew will work hard to provide you with good fishing.

Once you're at the fishing grounds, you will be given instruction on the proper halibut fishing technique. Your hook will be baited, and the halibut will be handled for you. We are there to help at all times. When fishing is complete, we will return to Homer and fillet your fish on the ride home. We can arrange for your fish to be processed and shipped or packaged for you to take along.

We have minimums on our short range charters and on occasion, we will work with other qualified charter companies to insure that you will get out fishing on the schedule you request.

18 seats available

What will we catch?

Halibut Fishing AlaskaAlaska Halibut fishing in Homer is probably the most consistent fishery in Alaska and we have one of the best success rates around. Our boats limit out the majority of the time. While larger fish may be caught, the average sport caught fish is 20 to 30 pounds. The keys to improving on this are listening to what we say, fishing hard all day and of course a little luck (and having on a H.O.C. shirt and hat!). The limit is two halibut per day, four in possession. State law requires that each person hook their own two fish. Once the fish are processed they are off of your possession limit. You may catch and release halibut until you get the two you decide to keep. Once a fish is brought into the boat, it goes onto your limit. We encourage you to keep only the halibut you can realistically eat, release the big spawning fish if you are not going to eat them, they'll only get bigger and produce more halibut. Halibut dress out at 60%+. A 30 pound fish will yield 15-20 lbs. of boneless fillets, which is a lot of fish.

What do we do with our fish now?

We give your halibut to you in the filleted form; from here you have several options. You can take the fish and process it yourself, or you can have a processor do it for you. We recommend Homer Fish Processing or Coal Point Trading Company to all of our customers. After the filleting, the processor will pick up your fish right at the boat or at our office. They will further process your fish and vacuum pack it into whatever size package you desire and quick freeze it. They will keep your fish until you are ready to depart. You can take it as is or have them pack it in airline approved insulated boxes. The least expensive method is to take the fish home as luggage. If this is not practical, they can Federal Express it to you overnight after you get home. Coal Point also has a nice retail seafood shop with excellent products. Homer Fish Processing also smokes fish. For pricing and other questions contact: Homer Fish Processing: 907-235-3877 or visit us at:  www.myalaskafish.com. Or Coal Point Trading Company at: phone 907-235-3877 or go to: www.welovefish.com.

We prefer a particular boat. What are our options?

Alaska Fishing in Style!
 You may request to go on a particular vessel depending on its size. Some people prefer the stability and comfort of a larger vessel and others prefer six passenger vessels. At Homer Ocean Charters, we have the best of both. Be sure to ask us about options available for children. A ride along passenger may be accommodated on the Sea Hawk for full day fishing trips for a $150 charge if space is available. Riders are not taken on six pack boats or half day charters. Again, they will not be allowed a limit of fish. Full payment will be required from everyone on all six passenger vessels.

What do we need to bring?

Be sure to bring all your necessary items. Food, warm clothing, hats and gloves and rain gear.  A camera and binoculars could come in handy but are optional. We offer free coffee in our office as well.  For fishing purposes, you will be required to have a fishing license. A salmon tag is required for king salmon. Licenses and stamps can be purchased in our office or you can save time and purchase them online: www.adfg.alaska.gov.

Do you have shirts and hats available?

Why yes we do! We have T-shirts along with quality, heavy weight sweatshirts, and an assortment of hats.

Call us today. Our staff would be happy to assist you!

Our day trip fishing rates for 2014 are:
Halibut or Salmon-full day Mid April-June 14 June 15-Aug 31 Sept 1-15
16 person boat 200 230 200
10 person boat 240 260 240
6 person boat 240 260 240
Halibut/Salmon Combo  
10 person boat 275 290 275
6 person boat 275 290 275
Halibut / Rockfish Combo  
10 person boat 275 290 275
6 person boat 275 290 275
Halibut/Rockfish/Lingcod  
10 person boat Available after July 1- $350
6 person boat Available after July 1- $360
 
1/2 day Halibut Fishing  

Available May-June 14 and Aug 20 - Sept.
18 seats available  Call for reservations

adults $145
senior/active military $135
children 12 and under $125
Short Range Day trip for halibut fishing  

Available: June 15 - September
18 seats available 

$185 adults
$165 seniors (over 62)
$150 children 12 and under
Full Boat - Halibut   
16 person boat $2,800 ** $3,200 ** $2,800 **
10 person boat $2,000 $2,400 $2,000
6 person boat $1,440 $1,560 $1,440
  **  up to 16, $100 for each additional up to 20
Call for other full boat rates
All prices subject to sales tax and fuel charge
There is a 10% cancellation fee once the credit card is charged.
Cancellations in the last two weeks result in loss of the 50% deposit.
Cancellations in the last 48 hours or "no shows" on the day of the charters will be charged
the full amount of the charter, unless seats are sold then the fee would be the 50% deposit.

 

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Homer Ocean Charters

907-235-6212 and 907-235-8251 (fax)
Toll free 1-800-426-6212
Winter hours start Sept 15: 10-4 p.m.

P.O. Box 2543 Homer, AK 99603
(Alaska time - 4 hours earlier than east coast)
Email: hoc@xyz.net


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