Alaska Trip Day 26
We made the trip to the Salty Dawg last night. We each had a couple
of Homer Beers. They were a light beer and tasted great. We sat
by four other fisherman who were out on the town to have a fun night.
They each light up a cigar each and we all got to enjoy a great smoke.
Candy forgot to change here shirt before going in and woke up this morning
with the smoke smell on it. We need to be down stairs to get fishing license
at 6:00AM so I woke Candy up at 5:00 AM to get ready. The hot
water heater is right next to the shower and toilet so the water is hot in a
second when you start the shower. We had a light breakfast of some
pastry that SOO gave us when we left yesterday, that and a pot of coffee
made up breakfast. We were not sure if the trip would go as the winds were
high. The boat left the dock at 6:30 and it took us 2 1/2 hours to get
to the fishing spot. The waves were large and the Captain went back in
a little farther. When he drop anchor every one scrambled to be the
first one to have a pole in the water. Candy and I waited until the
last people were started. With every one on one side of the boat
(sixteen of us) it was only a matter of minutes before the lines stated to
The fish would bite almost as soon as the bait hit the bottom. It a
short time every one had caught a fish. I let the first two go and
keep the third one, Candy done the same. The limit was two fish and I
had mine by 10:45 AM. Candy fished on. The boat rocked so bad
the 1/3 of the people got sea sick. Candy joined the ranks along with
one of the crew members. We fish for salmon after we got our quote of
Halibut which is two. We arrive back at the dock at 4:00 and they cleaned
the fish for us. From there it was across the street to have the fish
frozen and shipped back home. Candy and I had 27 lbs of fish to ship.
At the rate the cost will be around $35 / lbs. I sure hope that they
are good. We had King Crab again tonight. Candy and I split a
three lbs meal. This is the largest crab that I have ever had.
The meat from the leg was one inch in diameter. It was sure filling.
Candy went out to get a rock while I am updating the web page. We will
be leaving early in the morning starting on our way back home. Should
be a 400 mile day, we have a room reserved.
See slide show of
Stay in Homer North Country Charters office on the Cannery
Row Boardwalk over looking the Beach and Kachemak Bay
Heading out Lower Cook Inlet as far
south sometimes as the Barren Islands, 55 miles from Homer fishing for
North Country Charters
Made reservation on 1-15-07
01/26/07 01/26/07 NORTH COUNTRY CHARTE HOMER AK $ 298.21
Pacific halibut is the world's largest bottom fish. Alaska provides
some tremendous opportunities to catch this giant. Homer, Alaska is known as
a halibut center, and Cook Inlet has been one of the most productive fishing
grounds for “Butts”. Fisherman can catch this delicious fish in Southeast,
South-central, and Southwestern Alaska as well. The state and world
record is 469 pounds, and was caught out on the Aleutian Chain in Dutch
Harbor/Unalaska. Halibut are white on the bottom and a mottled-green on top;
this coloration is a perfect camouflage. The eyes of the adult are on the
same side of the body. (The eyes "migrate" to one side when halibut are
small.) These fish are gluttonous and swallow whole salmon. Small to
medium-sized halibut can be caught on flies imitating flesh and injured bait
fish. Ten weight rods (or more, no fly rods here please) and rope-like
leaders are needed to lift this flatfish off the bottom. And after cranking
in over 200 feet of line with a 3-5lb lead weight AND a healthy Halibut
(40-400lbs), in most cases a good night’s sleep is assured after a day of
“Barn Doors” busting. A good charter captain will fish the tides for Halibut
so your departure times vary by the day, and the bag limit is 2 per day
Book on July 25
Guest Room On The Beach
Located above our North Country Charters office on the Cannery
Row Boardwalk over looking the Beach and Kachemak Bay.
Our Guest Room offers cozy accommodations for 2-3 people with a
full size futon and single bed, 1/2 bath and complete
kitchenette. It is located in the center of all Spit activities,
restaurants and has a great view. Non-Smoking
$85/night for 2 - $15 for additional
person - max. 3.
North Country Charters offers
daily halibut charters to various points in Lower Cook Inlet as far south
sometimes as the Barren Islands, 55 miles from Homer. We have four boats running
daily trips. Three vessels carry a maximum of six-passengers…a 28ft. Glasply,
the 35ft "Coastal
Predator" and a 30ft. Chris Craft. Our largest boat the
53ft, IRISH, can carry a mixed party of up to 16 persons or a private party of
up to 22 at one time. Our Coast Guard equipped and inspected vessels are
operated by licensed captains with years of experience. All of our boats have
fast twin engines that get you to the fishing grounds on time.
53ft, IRISH FISHING BOAT
Please see our
Boats Page to get acquainted with our boats
and skippers and our
Maps Page to find the office
and see where we fish. Also see our
Lodgings page for our recommendations on where to stay in
Homer. To find out about vacuum sealing, freezing and shipping your catch home
Coal Point Seafood.
On our full-day charters we fish until
everyone has a chance of his or her limit of halibut, quite often a 8-10 hour
day. The daily limit is two halibut per person; it’s a rare day that you do not
get your limit. We provide all the fishing gear, bait and FREE fish filleting.
You do need to bring your own food and drinks for the day or we can order box
lunches upon request. It’s a good idea to bring warm clothes and rain gear just
in case, as the weather on the water is very changeable. Also you should bring
your camera or video as the scenery is beautiful and the sea life is plentiful.
mid April - June 9
June 10 - Aug 20
Aug 21 thru Sep
Boat rate $2100
Boat rate $2450
Boat rate $2100
Trips for Halibut/Salmon or Halibut/Rock Fish are $40/person
more than season rate
Long Range Overnight Charters
$400/person per day + tax
Min/Max 4 passengers if mixed group. 5 or 6 if all one party.
Ask about our GROUPS RATES (10% OFF groups of 6 or more on the
IRISH) except during July
All sales are subject to 6.5% sales tax
Our prices vary during the different times of the season and different boats.
Make your plans keeping that in mind. A 10% discount is available on the large
boat with groups of 6 or more except during July. A 50% deposit is required on
all confirmed reservation. Reservations should be made as early as possible,
especially for weekends and holidays. We have a seven-day cancellation policy
for a full refund.
In addition to our full day halibut charters, North Country Charters
offers full-day salt water salmon charters. This vessel is equipped with the
best salmon trolling gear available. We will target king salmon as well as
silvers and reds. Kings can be caught virtually year-round; the reds, midsummer;
and the silvers mid to late summer. Most of the trolling is within a ten-mile
radius of the Homer Harbor.
We have owned and operated North Country Charters since 1979. If we
can be of any assistance in making your stay in Homer a little easier, just let
Anyone 16 years of age or older must have a valid license to fish in Alaska.
The cost of a license for nonresidents:
|King Salmon Stamps
1-day Stamp $10
3-day Stamp $20
7-day Stamp $30
14-day Stamp $50
A one-year license for nonresidents costs $145
A one-year license for residents $24, King stamp $10.
On Line Licensing