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Halibut Fishing at Homer

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There are lots of charter companies in Homer, and most charge about the same (expensive) price for a long day of fishing. My favorite is Homer Ocean Charters, P.O. Box 2543, Homer, AK 99603, (907) 235-6212 or (800) 426-6212, located on the gray boardwalk. Your captain, John, is one of the best on Kachemak Bay. The Sea Witch and Sourdough boats are first class, equipped with the latest fish-plotting computer. Or, go out with skipper Dan Gorham aboard the Char-Dan, P.O. Box 534, Homer, AK 99603, (907) 235-6082. Deep Sea Charters is located on the first brown wooden boardwalk.

Homer is home to several halibut derbies, and some world records have been made here. Sign up for a derby at the boat office and be sure you have your Alaska fishing license, also available at the charter office.

Your fellow anglers aboard these trips could be from Florida or even Australia. People flock from all over the world to try their luck in Kachemak Bay. The rule here is, dress warmly. Bring rain gear and a substantial lunch. Hot water and coffee are available on board. It's always colder out on Kachemak Bay than it is in Homer. Be sure to bring a hat and gloves. The boats provide all necessary tackle and poles.

Upon your return to Homer, they will take a picture of you and your "barn-door" fish, and of everybody with a full day's catch.

Have the crew filet your catch. Then, if you get a lot-100 pounds is not unusual-take your catch over to Katch Canning (907) 235-6421), located just up the Spit by the harbormaster's office. Velma will freeze or smoke your fish, pack it up and ship it where and when you want. Halibut jerky can't be beat. While you're at Velma's pick up some salmon "squaw candy" or halibut jerky for picnics. It also makes a great gift!

Have a quick bite to eat on the Spit and head into town for a warm-up in a hot tub at the Hot Tub Emporium, located right behind the Heritage Hotel on Pioneer Avenue, (800) 380-7787.


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