Homer Fishing Report - July 2016

  Captain John      Jul 11, 2016

Alaska Halibut Fishing

I started this season aboard Red Ryder on June 30, and of this writing, fishing out of Homer has been the best early-July fishing I've seen in the past few years! Most of our fishing trips have been south to the Gulf of Alaska for multiple species (halibut, yelloweye rockfish, black rockfish and lingcod). We’ve also made a couple halibut-only trips on Cook Inlet with great success.

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Homer Multi-Species Fishing

Halibut Fishing Homer Alaska

Multi-species fishing on the Gulf of Alaska is going quite well. We’ve had to work hard for halibut, but our heaviest fish have been at least 60-140 pounds every day but one. Halibut are somewhat spotty but quality is generally good where we find them. Lingcod numbers are down, but we've managed to find them here and there. Black and yelloweye rockfish are super healthy and catch rates are over the top!

I expect lings will slow as the season progresses. Rockfish should continue to to be awesome. I feel positive but somewhat nervous about how long catching big halibut will last, because things change fast and are tide-dictated in this area.

All said, I feel very good about this season. Fish look great, whale and bird activity is higher than normal, and salmon are abundant in rivers ...showing much promise about good times to come!

Homer Alaska Halibut Charters

Homer Halibut Fishing in Cook Inlet

Cook Inlet halibut fishing has been pretty solid. While most of our fishing trips are to the Gulf of Alaska, we've fished the Inlet twice with good success. Halibut ranged from 26 to 53 pounds on our first day and 38 to 73 pounds on our second. Most fish have weighed about 45-50 pounds, but with a good number of bigger fish, our average works out to be higher. I don't know how long this will maintain, but fish appear to be fat and healthy. While our average on Cook Inlet is currently good, it may get even better as fish fatten themselves on what appears to be good biomass!


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