First time fishing Alaska

Rikitiki87

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Getting ready to plan a trip to Alaska this summer, leaning toward Ketchikan. Looking for some information/tips recommendations. Want to fish two days at least. Go for Halibut one day and chase King Salmon the second. Any information would be appreciated. Looking for a charter or guide
 
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BirdDawg!

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Be sure to research timing for kings. I did a SE Lodge trip a few years ago with expectations on catching kings, there were tons of pics of them on their site only find out we were a month late and no kings around.
 
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palgsw

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Getting ready to plan a trip to Alaska this summer, leaning toward Ketchikan. Looking for some information/tips recommendations. Want to fish two days at least. Go for Halibut one day and chase King Salmon the second. Any information would be appreciated. Looking for a charter or guide
 

AKSalmon

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King salmon fishing in all of SE Alaska has been very slow or closed for the last few years. You might consider going to Homer or Seward, or at the very least, call your lodge in Ketchikan and see what they say.
 

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If you're flying into Anchorage, the drive from Anchorage to Kenai is spectacular. For chasing the kings on the Kenai, need to time your trip to the May run or July/August run, be ready for trolling, trolling, trolling and maybe catching. For Halibut, find an operator that launches off the beach in Deep Creek. Even if you don't find a barn door, a beach launch is a unique experience. Alternative to Deep Creek for halibut is a bit further drive up the road to Homer. Many halibut operations out of Homer.
 

Almud

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There are a few good lodges about 45 minutes west of Juneau by float plane in Pelican and Elfin Cove. Kings normally available in May to June.
 

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If you're flying into Anchorage, the drive from Anchorage to Kenai is spectacular. For chasing the kings on the Kenai, need to time your trip to the May run or July/August run, be ready for trolling, trolling, trolling and maybe catching. For Halibut, find an operator that launches off the beach in Deep Creek. Even if you don't find a barn door, a beach launch is a unique experience. Alternative to Deep Creek for halibut is a bit further drive up the road to Homer. Many halibut operations out of Homer.
We will be in Homer at the end of June - any recommendations for halibut charters? We are from so cal and experienced in rock and lings but really want to get a nice hali. Would be for me and my boy and possibly two others, I could possibly fill a six pack if that's how they run up there.

Thanks, Bill
 

nicodemus

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We will be in Homer at the end of June - any recommendations for halibut charters? We are from so cal and experienced in rock and lings but really want to get a nice hali. Would be for me and my boy and possibly two others, I could possibly fill a six pack if that's how they run up there.

Thanks, Bill
First choice for Homer halibut, especially if you're after size over fast action, Josh Brooks http://www.brooksakadventures.com/index.html
Second choice Mike Mann

They are 6-pack boats, but also open party. And also, at least on a "normal" year, they both fill up pretty quickly. If you want halibut only, targetting bigger fish, then it would be good to try to fill the boat if it's available, since there are a lot of king salmon around at that time and king/halibut combos are popular.

Ling in my avatar came with Mike. Add another ling around 40 that day, plus my limit of 2 halibut at 60 and 80, and a mess of rockfish. My freezer overflowed! Granted, that would be my best day on the water of any AK charter, of which I've done a quite a few, but still...
 

AKSalmon

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As of today, if you fly to Alaska this summer, you must stay in quarantine for 14 days. Two weeks in an Anchorage hotel to start a fishing trip doesn't sound like fun. Before you make any plans, you really need to call your lodge or outfitter. In Juneau, at least, charters simply are not running now. Perhaps things will be better by August. Maybe.
 

Pacific Jigger

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Best kept secret in Alaska, but it should be way more popular than it is. Old Harbor, on the south side of Kodiak Island. If you want an honest shot at a 50+lb king in the salt, the south side of Kodiak is ground zero. Lived in AK for a number of years, used to trailer to Homer, ferry across to Kodiak, and then run the 60+ mi down and around. We took the boat across on its own bottom a couple of times, but it can get a tad hairy under some weather conditions and tidal states. Kodiak Combos in Old Harbor is by far the best charter and lodging operation in the area. They run an on point operation and they know how to catch fish. Oh, and the halibut are caught in much shallower water there. You can use much lighter gear and it puts the fun back in the fight.
 
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Randal

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As of today, if you fly to Alaska this summer, you must stay in quarantine for 14 days. Two weeks in an Anchorage hotel to start a fishing trip doesn't sound like fun. Before you make any plans, you really need to call your lodge or outfitter. In Juneau, at least, charters simply are not running now. Perhaps things will be better by August. Maybe.
The 14 day quarantine has been in affect for awhile but I think something will have to change. I heard and Billy L told me that on May 20th the state will be making an announcement about restrictions. I don't think Alaska will keep this restriction, it will destroy the states tourist economy, if the damage has not already been done. I understand because the state does not have the ability to control the virus in rural communities but with Ravn not flying they are isolated. I hope to see the state in later July.
 

AKSalmon

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No one knows what will happen. Of course, everyone hopes the problems, including the 14 day quarantine, will be soon eliminated, but I wouldn't count on it. Make travel plans only if they can be cancelled without serious penalty. There will be no cruise ships coming to SE Alaska until August at he earliest. Many charter outfits make a huge portion of their income from charter customers. This might be good for the fish but it is horrible for people who make their living charter fishing.
 

nicodemus

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Best kept secret in Alaska, but it should be way more popular than it is. Old Harbor, on the south side of Kodiak Island. If you want an honest shot at a 50+lb king in the salt, the south side of Kodiak is ground zero. Lived in AK for a number of years, used to trailer to Homer, ferry across to Kodiak, and then run the 60+ mi down and around. We took the boat across on its own bottom a couple of times, but it can get a tad hairy under some weather conditions and tidal states. Kodiak Combos in Old Harbor is by far the best charter and lodging operation in the area. They run an on point operation and they know how to catch fish. Oh, and the halibut are caught in much shallower water there. You can use much lighter gear and it puts the fun back in the fight.
Josh in Homer fishes shallow, too, for halibut. Big ones. My best with him is a 140 that we got in 50 ft. of water. He got a 300+ a week ago, and though he doesn't mention it, I'd bet it came from one of his shallow rockpiles he fishes. They call it "fishing the kelp," but it's usually a rockpile. Of course, the kings aren't usually as big, but Josh has a couple of pigs on his FB page I think he got with his wife. Look like close to 30lb fish.

I've been wanting to do Kodiak for a long time. Last time I checked, it seemed most of the boats didn't do solo-angler open party type trips. I'll have to check again. If you're flying from Anchorage, it really isn't much different than flying down to Homer.
 

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First choice for Homer halibut, especially if you're after size over fast action, Josh Brooks http://www.brooksakadventures.com/index.html
Second choice Mike Mann

They are 6-pack boats, but also open party. And also, at least on a "normal" year, they both fill up pretty quickly. If you want halibut only, targetting bigger fish, then it would be good to try to fill the boat if it's available, since there are a lot of king salmon around at that time and king/halibut combos are popular.

Ling in my avatar came with Mike. Add another ling around 40 that day, plus my limit of 2 halibut at 60 and 80, and a mess of rockfish. My freezer overflowed! Granted, that would be my best day on the water of any AK charter, of which I've done a quite a few, but still...
No one knows what will happen. Of course, everyone hopes the problems, including the 14 day quarantine, will be soon eliminated, but I wouldn't count on it. Make travel plans only if they can be cancelled without serious penalty. There will be no cruise ships coming to SE Alaska until August at he earliest. Many charter outfits make a huge portion of their income from charter customers. This might be good for the fish but it is horrible for people who make their living charter fishing.

Thanks guys, we are in close contact with our friends up there and aware of the 14 day quarantine. We are planning as if it will be lifted. We booked way before the virus and have good flexibility in our tickets.

Love the idea of going big but that will be relative for us - a big halibut down here is 30 lbs. The biggest fish I've caught was 60 LB (bft) so size isn't as important. Just want to know what it feels like to get a "barn door" up and over the rail.

We are so excited, can't stop checking it all out. Pent up energy from the last few weeks of deciding if we are going. Can't get shit done for work :)

Thanks for the advise fellas.

Bill
 

waldocod

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Josh in Homer fishes shallow, too, for halibut. Big ones. My best with him is a 140 that we got in 50 ft. of water. He got a 300+ a week ago, and though he doesn't mention it, I'd bet it came from one of his shallow rockpiles he fishes. They call it "fishing the kelp," but it's usually a rockpile. Of course, the kings aren't usually as big, but Josh has a couple of pigs on his FB page I think he got with his wife. Look like close to 30lb fish.

I've been wanting to do Kodiak for a long time. Last time I checked, it seemed most of the boats didn't do solo-angler open party type trips. I'll have to check again. If you're flying from Anchorage, it really isn't much different than flying down to Homer.
Last year, my wife and I got 6 Halibut over 100lbs in our boat. All in under 40’ of water. Sure a lot nicer than that 700’ stuff in Sitka!
 

STANWOOD BOB

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Last year, my wife and I got 6 Halibut over 100lbs in our boat. All in under 40’ of water. Sure a lot nicer than that 700’ stuff in Sitka!
I love fishing the 800' line at the shelf drop off in Sitka! Always felt it was a "character building experience!"
 

Billy L

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Josh in Homer fishes shallow, too, for halibut. Big ones. My best with him is a 140 that we got in 50 ft. of water. He got a 300+ a week ago, and though he doesn't mention it, I'd bet it came from one of his shallow rockpiles he fishes. They call it "fishing the kelp," but it's usually a rockpile. Of course, the kings aren't usually as big, but Josh has a couple of pigs on his FB page I think he got with his wife. Look like close to 30lb fish.

I've been wanting to do Kodiak for a long time. Last time I checked, it seemed most of the boats didn't do solo-angler open party type trips. I'll have to check again. If you're flying from Anchorage, it really isn't much different than flying down to Homer.
Glad to hear that area is producing this year. It’s 40-50’ at high tide. Was so poor last year that the charter didn’t even go there. I did well there the year before with 70, 80. An Anchorage man had a 400 a few years back.
 
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Billy L

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Glad to here that area is producing this year. It’s 40-50’ at high tide. Was so poor last year that the charter didn’t even go there. I did well there the year before with 70, 80. An Anchorage man had a 400 a few years back.
Also for me, 200+ Deserves only photos and videos and will be let go. Of course unless there’s a derby ticket on the boat
 

michael e. bingham

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We will be in Homer at the end of June - any recommendations for halibut charters? We are from so cal and experienced in rock and lings but really want to get a nice hali. Would be for me and my boy and possibly two others, I could possibly fill a six pack if that's how they run up there.

Thanks, Bill
Josh Brooks on the Huntress great guy and awsome fisherman , im going august 17th for 12 days and im doing a 4 day trip to blue fox bay with Josh 907 399 82008 good luck
 

nicodemus

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Josh Brooks on the Huntress great guy and awsome fisherman , im going august 17th for 12 days and im doing a 4 day trip to blue fox bay with Josh 907 399 82008 good luck
Man, that could produce some serious fish. Is Josh staying there with you (on boat or in cabin)? And then you're fishing each day? I always wanted to do an overnight charter to Shuyak when I lived in Anchorage, never could get anyone else to commit.
 

caballo del mar

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Looks like Alaska will be opening Friday. I wonder if Yakutat will open as well? I have a trip planned in September.