Hunting for Halibut

Hunting for Halibut


Location:
Baranof Marina
Ketchikan, Alaska
Duration:
6 hr
Price:
$325 per person
This fishing excursion dedicated to catching the largest flatfish in the world, the Pacific Halibut.

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General Information

This is the experience many anglers dream of when planning an Alaska fishing vacation: fishing for the largest flatfish in the world, the Pacific Halibut. Imagine catching your first wild halibut with your friends or family, and having the bragging rights that will come with sharing this delectable fish back home. Ketchikan’s Alaska Halibut fishing will be an unforgettable experience.

Unlike many other Alaska destinations, Ketchikan fishing is in protected waters a short ride from downtown Ketchikan. No matter your skill level, you'll experience halibut fishing like a local. With a halibut rod and Penn reel in your own two hands, you’ll work the sandy flats, drift with the current, and jig in waters as deep as 300 feet. Spend the day with an experienced Alaska fishing guide in pursuit of the elusive halibut: learn the secrets of fishing circle hooks, work the tides, and battle your leviathan.


Suggested Fishing Itineraries

If you are visiting Ketchikan by Cruise Ship

We suggest beginning the excursion thirty minutes after your ship is scheduled to arrive in Ketchikan. The following time line is for the full six hour fishing adventure. If you choose to do an eight hour trip, simply adjust the amount of time spent jigging for Halibut.

0:00-0:15
Your guide, or one of our crew, will greet you at the pier and escort you to our downtown marina and outfitting room. Look for a sign with your name on it.
0:15-0:30
Upon arrival at our marina your guide will collect the state fee for your fishing license. While we fill out your licensing information, you'll start to look like a local as we outfit you with waterproof boots, bib overalls, hooded jackets, hats, and gloves. Fully prepared, you'll head for the boat.
0:30-1:00
Depending on the area your guide chooses to fish, the ride to your fishing area is 20 to 40 minutes from the marina. During this ride you will experience Alaska as Mother Nature made it: rugged, unspoiled, amazing. Our guides take you past the congested fishing grounds, further and deeper into this beautiful land, customizing the journey depending upon the season, tides, and weather conditions. Navigating narrow passages where larger boats cannot venture, our guides bring you closer to Alaska's abundant wildlife. Guests frequently spy eagles, seals, and whales while Halibut fishing. You may take as many photographs as you wish, or simply sit back and soak it all in.
1:00-5:30
Leave the tourists behind and venture into more secluded locations for authentic bottom fishing. You'll fish the way the locals do, complete with the quiet anticipation of jigging to the exhilaration of landing your Halibut. We won't pack our guests around a few shared poles; instead, we'll outfit each of you with a rod and tackle. And one of the best parts? The majority of our guests catch fish!
5:30-6:00
Make your way back to the marina while enjoying another breathtaking ride. Upon arrival, you will remove your fishing gear, and your guide will ensure that you make it back to your ship in a timely fashion. If you choose to ship your fish home, or have it smoked, a simple form needs filled out. We will happily process your fish for shipping to arrive on the date of your choice.

If you are overnighting in Ketchikan

For those travelers who arrive in Ketchikan by the State ferry or Alaska Airlines, and are staying longer than one day, we can arrange for multiple days of fishing and exploring on the water. We suggest beginning your fishing trip before 10:00 a.m. the ardent fisherman normally leaves between 5:00 and 6:00 a.m. However, fishing is often better at tide change, so we will suggest the most opportune time for you to arrive at the fishing grounds so you can "catch the tide". The itinerary that we have provided is a one day six hour trip. Most trips will differ only in the allotted time of fishing to fit your needs, and all trips can be duplicated for multiple day trips.

0:00-0:05
Guests normally meet their guides at the Alaska Fish House for a hot cup of coffee and a discussion of the day of fishing. The Alaska Fish House is located in the center of the marina where we outfit and depart for the fishing grounds.
0:05-0:20
Upon arrival at our marina your guide will collect the state fee for your fishing license. While we fill out your licensing information, you'll start to look like a local as we outfit you with waterproof boots, bib overalls, hooded jackets, hats, and gloves. Fully prepared, you'll head for the boat.
0:20-1:00
Depending on the Halibut grounds your guide chooses to fish, the ride to your fishing area is 20 to 40 minutes from the marina. During this ride you will experience Alaska as Mother Nature made it: rugged, unspoiled, amazing. Our guides take you past the congested fishing grounds, further and deeper into our wilderness, customizing the journey depending upon the season, tides, and weather conditions. Navigating narrow passages where larger boats cannot venture, our guides bring you closer to Alaska's abundant wildlife. Guests frequently spy eagles, seals, and whales while Halibut fishing. You may take as many photographs as you wish, or simply sit back and soak it all in.
1:00-5:30
Leave the tourists behind and venture into more secluded fishing locations for authentic bottom fishing. You'll fish the way the locals do - from the quiet anticipation of jigging to the exhilaration of landing your Halibut. We won't pack our guests around a few shared poles, we'll outfit each of you with a rod and tackle, and the majority of our guests catch fish.
5:30-6:00
Make your way back to the marina enjoying your success and the camaraderie of new found friends. Upon arrival you will remove your fishing gear and your guide can escort you to the Alaska Fish House where our chefs will gladly prepare a portion of your fresh catch if you wish. If you choose to ship your fish home, or have it smoked a simple form needs filled out, and we will process your fish for shipping on the date of your choice. We can also package your fish to return home with you on Alaska Airlines if you are leaving by jet.

Testimonials

"...I wanted to thank you for the wonderful experience we had fishing with you. The Halibut (we) caught will always be remembered. Thank you for shipping it to us so quickly." - Kristian


"(Our Guide) was wonderful! He was patient and very courteous. We went to several spots and caught three halibut, 1 cod, and 5 rockfish! He pointed out eagles and other points of interest...Thank you for a perfect day!" - Robin


"This was an excellent tour. Our guide went 'above and beyond' to make our experience adventurous and fun. We were treated well from start to finish - we were fully outfitted for fishing, the scenery was beautiful, and our guide spent time to make sure we all caught fish. I highly recommend this tour!!" "I love to fish & this was about the most fun I have ever had fishing. I would recommend this tour to anyone that is a fisherman. We caught several types of fish. We saw seals, orca whales, & several bald eagles." - Don & Wendy


"Our guide did an amazing job making sure our excursion met & exceeded all our needs and expectations. He was very aware of what we all wanted out of our trip. Our guide's knowledge of local waters and wildlife was amazing." - Ray & Amanda



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