Fishing for Fresh Halibut
Halibut fishing is one of the most popular forms of fishing in Alaska, even with their legendary salmon runs, and it’s not hard to see why. Halibut is a well-known flatfish commonly found in the North Atlantic, Off Norway and Greenland & also the Pacific Ocean. It is renowned not only for its impressive fight in addition to a snowy white flesh that is firm like a steak and also delicious.
One of the best places to fish for halibut is Alaska. While the entire Kenai Peninsula is full of towns and cities that have experienced charter captains, the little town of Homer, Alaska, is considered the Halibut Fishing Capital of the World. If you want to maximize your chances of catching a halibut that is several hundred pounds, this is the place to do it!
Halibut are often fished for using a lot of live bait, and also chumming the waters to attract halibut and encourage a feeding frenzy. A good captain will know what’s most likely to work around his or her waters, and they know how to switch up the strategies if one isn’t working to get you into the fish.
Halibut will be easy to recognize. They are long, extremely flat, and large ones are sometimes nicknamed “barn doors” by anglers because of the shape their large flatfish bodies give them. Here at A O Seafood Ltd we recently provided a medium size fresh Halibut to one of the restaurants that we supply, see image. Due to the size of the fish we usually supply Halibut Steak of 200g & 250g portion sizes with the skin on. But on this occasion our customer wanted the whole fish which took 3 men to carry.
While halibut can be caught throughout the Pacific, meaning California residents don’t have to go too far from home to get them, the best fishing for these giant saltwater monsters is off of Alaska. Up in those colder waters the average best fishing season stretches from late May through early September.
Even if you don’t make it all the way to little Homer, Seward, Ketchikan, and several other communities up there will be able to provide the same high quality experience in great waters to help give you the best chance at bringing home a trophy halibut.