CHARTERS - HALIBUT FISHING
We offer two types of halibut fishing trips: a 12-hour day trips and an overnight/2-day 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. On a typical trip we will anchor the boat at a fishing location and catch and release halibut until we get our limit. After the boat has limited out on halibut we may try to catch additional rockfish, lingcod, or salmon if time permits.
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
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
Dave & Frieda Wiley
P.O. Box 3577
Valdez, AK 99686
PHONE: (907) 835-8610
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MORE HALIBUT INFO:
Halibut Derby , Derby Winners
1000# Catches, 2012 Halibut PICS, 2011 HALIBUT PICS, 2005 HALIBUT PICS, 2004 HALIBUT PICS,
2003 HALIBUT PICS, 2002 HALIBUT PICS, 2001 HALIBUT PICS, 2000 HALIBUT PICS,
Freida Wiley's 374# Halibut - August 2017
Tim Stadtmillers 266# Halibut - June 2017
Darryl Olsen's 128# Halibut on a Salmon rod - Summer 2016
Jim Culley's 325# Halibut - July 2013
Early Season Ha;libut Trip - April 2012
Steve Caverly's 312.9# Halibut- August 2009
OTHER FISHING INFO:
Halibut, Lingcod, Salmon Shark, Rockfish, Salmon, Unusual Fish
PRINCE WILLIAM SOUND INFO:
Scenery, Glaciers, Whales, Sea Lions, Birds,
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This page was last updated on 12/09/17.