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Ultimate Guide to Alaskan Halibut Fishing

Updated: Feb 8, 2022

It’s hard to beat the rod-bending excitement of battling a nice halibut up from the ocean floor! Alaska’s halibut are called “barndoors” for a reason. With a life span of 50+ years, Alaskan halibut can grow up to 400+ pounds. While we only see a handful this size come from Alaska each season, the state average is approximately 40 pounds. While the scale tipping trophy fish are more of a rarity and great for pictures, locals will tell you the secret to feasting on the sweet, buttery meat is in the 20-50 pound range.

(Insider tip: while Homer is the "Halibut Capital of the World", look for a boat that launches out of Anchor Point or Ninilchik where you are closer to the prized fishing grounds. BONUS- you get to experience the tractor launch!)

The best halibut fishing season is mid-May to mid-September and is one of the most sought-after Alaskan bucket list trips for anglers.

Tip #1 - Hire an experienced Captain

We understand that when it comes to fishing having an experienced and knowledgeable Captain and crew is vital to having a successful trip! We only work with the BEST guides for your fishing experiences that have extensive industry experience. The Captains we work with are residents, have fished Alaska’s waters for years and have a proven track record for success. Each one is eager to make your Alaska fishing trip an exceptional experience! Catching halibut is a true adventure in itself, that is why having an expert guide to help land your catch is key. If you have ever hooked into a big one, you know it takes a bit of skill and a lot of perseverance to close the deal and Alaskan halibut fishing is no different.

Tip #2 - Don’t forget to bring your camera

Along with capturing images of your trophy fish- you might also see whales, eagles, seals, sea otters and other awesome wildlife.

Tip #3 - Dress in layers

The weather changes rapidly throughout the day and be sure to bring a warm hat.

Tip #4 - Be sure to bring along a snack

You will be gone for hours and likely to get hungry and thirsty while out on the water. Be sure to bring along a snack to keep yourself hydrated and well fed.

Tip #5 - Ward off sea sickness

A bout with sea sickness will quickly ruin what could have been a great day on the water. The good news, though, is that most people don’t get seasick. If, however, you’re one of those who do, there are several options for preventing sea sickness.

If you’re ready to enjoy an Alaskan halibut fishing trip call or message to book one today!

When it comes to fishing guides, nothing can beat the spirit of those in Alaska and we’re sure you’ll have the time of your life.

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