Halibut Fishing Alaska
Homer 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 short range halibut fishing, full-day trips and multiple-day long range trips for halibut, salmon, rock fish and ling cod. Our halibut fishing season begins in late April and we fish until mid-September. The limit is two halibut per day, one fish of any size and one fish smaller than 28 inches to an annual bag limit of 4 charter caught fish.
A 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. 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 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 for 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 with a return to the harbor between 2 and 3 p.m. 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.
Alaska 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. The keys to maximizing your fishing experience 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, one fish of any size and one fish smaller than 28 inches to an annual bag limit of 4 charter caught fish. State law requires that each person hook their own two fish. 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.
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 freeze it overnight. They will keep your fish until you are ready to depart. In some cases you can have your fish quick frozen the same day for an additional fee - this usually takes three to four hours depending upon how busy they are. 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 has seafood for sale and smokes fish. For pricing and other questions contact: Homer Fish Processing: 907-235-1997 or visit: www.myalaskafish.com. Or Coal Point Trading Company at: phone 907-235-3877 or go to: www.welovefish.com.
All activities require a minimum number of anglers to launch the trip. At Homer Ocean Charters we make every effort to honor all requests but occasionally circumstances might require us to change boat assignments.
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.
Why yes we do! We have T-shirts along with quality, heavy weight sweatshirts, and an assortment of hats.