ORION CHARTERS - HALIBUT FISHING

 If you want to target a big 100 pound plus Halibut, you found the right charter.  Our Halibut Charter departs from Valdez and travels out into the Gulf of Alaska, on a daily basis.  This is a 60 to 120 nm trip to the fishing grounds.   ORION CHARTERS specializes in long range, offshore, Gulf of Alaska fishing trips. We are licensed and insured for fishing offshore in the Gulf of Alaska. We have a fast, seaworthy, and dependable 34' twin diesel charter boat. We are experienced. Captain Dave Wiley has been fishing the North Gulf Coast and Prince William Sound since 1990, and has completed over 2500 trips.

We can do 12-hour day trips or overnight/2-day trips. Also, if you book the full boat we can do a customized trip.

12-Hour Day trips:
These trips depart at 6AM and return by approximately 6PM.  The typical distance to the fishing grounds on this trip is 60 to 100 miles from Valdez.   On average this is a 3 hour boat ride to the fishing, so you get about 6 hours of fishing and 6 hours of cruising.

 

OVERNIGHT/2-Day Trips:
These trips depart at 6AM and return by 6PM of the next day.  This trip allows you to get further offshore to the best fishing locations. The typical distance on this trip is 80 to 120 miles from Valdez. On average this will be a 4 hour boat ride to the fishing, so you may get 24 hours of fishing and 8 hours of cruising.  This trip offers the best chance to catch big halibut. While on a 12-hour trip you will get to fish one tide change, on the 2-day trip you may get to fish 4 tide changes. This allows you to be much more selective in which halibut you keep. 

 We will try to put you on a spot that has the best opportunity to catch big halibut. We will not pressure our clients to keep small fish. You can catch and release until the end of the charter if you like.  Our charters target halibut.  They are not "combo trips".  Your not going to catch the derby winner if you keep the first 50#er that you catch.  Also, if you spend time trying to catch rock fish and ling cod or salmon that is that much less time that you have to catch a big halibut.  You can keep any rockfish, ling cod or salmon that you catch while halibut fishing as long as they are legal.   

The current fishing regulations allow for one halibut any size and one halibut 28" or less in our fishing area (3A).  A reasonable expectation for an any size halibut is 50 to 100#. Catching and releasing halibut of this size usually does not harm the halibut. 

It is our viewpoint that catching the baby halibut (<28") is a poor management practice.  While catching mature halibut does little to no harm to most fish, catching the baby halibut causes a high mortality.  In areas where there are numerous small fish (chickens) you normally have to catch several before you can get one that is small enough to be legal to keep.  With the baby halibut the circle hooks that we use instead of hooking in the lip, can hook through the eye or brain which cause a high mortality.  The live weight of a 28" halibut is only about 7#.  If everybody on the boat tries to catch their "little" halibut we may have to catch and release 10, 20 or 30 before we can get the legal ones.  Six legal <28" halibut only have a live weight of about 40#.  Instead of catching and releasing the babies, if you stay in a big fish spot and catch and release we will almost certainly return with more pounds of halibut at the end of the trip. Also and perhaps more importantly we will not be wasting the future stocks.

Today the halibut stocks are highly valued and we must do everything possible to ensure that we do not waste the resource.`

 

Here are some pictures of nice catches from the last few years. 


Overnight trip July 23/24, 2017. 

 


 July 15, 2017 Nice catch

 


July 13, 2017 Great day fishing

 


Great Day Fishing July 2, 2016

 


 July 17, 2016

 


July 2016

 


Nice multi species catch July 30, 2017

 


August 8,2017 Nice catch. Wish I could see the one that got away.








Bonnie Woods 126.2# and Mathew Wests 152.8# halibuts June 2 , 2014 
   

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ORION CHARTERS
Dave & Frieda Wiley
P.O. Box 3577
Valdez, AK 99686

EMAIL:      dave@orioncharters.com or
                 frieda@orioncharters.com

PHONE:              (907) 835-8610                         

Check out these other pages for pictures and information.

MORE HALIBUT INFO:
Halibut Derby , Derby Winners

200# CLUB1000# Catches, 2005 HALIBUT PICS, 2004 HALIBUT PICS, 2003 HALIBUT PICS,
2002 HALIBUT PICS
, 2001 HALIBUT PICS2000 HALIBUT PICS,
HALIBUT ARTICLES
 

OTHER FISHING INFO:
 Halibut, Lingcod, Salmon Shark, Rockfish, Salmon, Unusual Fish

PRINCE WILLIAM SOUND INFO:        
   Sceenery,
GlaciersWhales, Sea Lions

ORION CHARTERS INFO: 
 
  Terms & Conditions, Boat Info

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This page was last updated on 09/16/17.