Halibut fishing in Alaska is a dream for anglers all over the world. The thrilling experience of hooking a catch of a lifetime and bringing home freshly caught Alaskan Halibut is what it's all about! With Homer Alaska being "The Halibut Capital of the World", there's no better place to be on a boat than in Kachemak Bay! Before heading out on a Homer Halibut Fishing trip, doing some research will help you prepare for this once in a lifetime fishing experience. Below, you'll find tips for local experts and former visitors to help with navigating your way to the best experience.
As experts in the industry, we want to know your fishing dynamic! In other words, are you bringing the family, fishing as one, or bringing the friends along? This helps us to configure the best fishing option, such as booking the boat exclusively or with other anglers with common goals. Getting set up on the right trip, aside from specific specie, will be helpful to make sure you're on a trip that is best suited for your expectations.
Halibut Fishing 101
Did you know that halibut are migratory fish? If you didn't know, this means that these fish are constantly on the move and one factor that affects their migration is tides. So our next piece of advice would be to ask questions about the tides for the days you're looking to book, BEFORE your book your trip! While tides are not 100% accurate in determining the size of fish (there are times we've caught Big Halibut on what would be considered small fish tides!), it will provide an avenue to select a fishing day with the best opportunity for Big Halibut Fishing.
While there are several tactics that go into a successful Big Halibut Fishing day, something to add to the list is to research gear that companies like to use. When starting out, you'll find companies vary in their gear preferences such as brands and rod types, and that's great! What you want to look for are the companies who are diligent in providing gear that is not worn out from years of being used. These companies will take pride in letting guests know they have efficient gear available for the season and you'll see this across websites, photos, and social media accounts. It sounds like a tedious task, but it can be a lifesaver, as the last thing you want is to board a vessel with gear coming to its end!
While the price is always a factor to consider, there is one factor that can help with getting what you pay for, and that's reviews! We can't stress this enough... READ THE REVIEWS! While it's easy to read all the great reviews listed, you'll gain insight from reading the poor ones too! More importantly, the thing to look for is the company's response to the good and the bad! Company's that respond to their reviews actually care. They take the time to read what their guests have to say and recognize them with a response. This helps to give you a rounded viewpoint on the services and experiences that the company has to offer. Additionally, this will tell you if the trip price is worth paying for.
Lastly, you'll want to know your options! Look around, compare pricing, options, and reviews. See what makes the most sense for you and your fishing goals! While you can't always be so sure when going with a charter for the first time, you can give it some consideration and provide yourself with options to choose from. At the end of it all, you'll end up choosing a company on what you thought were the best qualities and show up feeling good about it!