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Halibut Fishing Charter

Quick Details

Person
$350
Early Season Book the Boat 6am - 6pm: 10 anglers & 6 passengers max Exclusive use of the boat for up to 16 Apr 16 - June 19
$4900
Early Season Book the Boat 6am - 5pm: 6 anglers max Exclusive use of the boat for up to 6 Apr 16 - Jun 19
$2100
Peak Season Halibut Hunt - Book the Boat 6am - 6pm: 10 anglers & 6 passengers max Exclusive use of the boat for up to 16 Jun 20 - Sept 10
$5950
Peak Season Halibut Hunt - Book the Boat 6am - 5pm: 6 anglers max Exclusive use of the boat for up to 6 June 20 through Sept 10
$2550

Full-Day Halibut Fishing Charter Seward, Alaska

On a Miller’s Landing Full-Day Fishing Charter for halibut, can enjoy the economy of paying for a halibut charter plus the opportunity for time to harvest your daily limit of rockfish as well. We focus all day on catching and retaining nice-sized halibut, yellow eye, and black rockfish from our custom-built boats.

Our catch records are among the best in the Seward area! We do these trips daily from April 15 – June 19, before the silver salmon arrive. Afterwards, we only sell per person season on our Combination Fishing Charters for all species. Once the season picks up we only offer this trip as a whole boat booking for anglers who JUST want to target halibut during peak season. Starting this year, from June 20 you can charter the entire boat to focus entirely on large halibut – if we limit out early, we can head home if you’d like or continue fishing for other species!

Non-Halibut Wednesdays

Note that Halibut fishing is closed to commercial operators on all Wednesdays for the 2023, we may learn about more additional closures in March. If you’re planning to visit during these dates, or hoped to go fishing on a Wednesday, the Best of Alaska fishing/sightseeing/kayaking tour or half day salmon/rockfish tours are other great options!

 

Our Methods

Our method of targeting halibut is different from many other halibut charters, and it’s worked well for us for over 35 years. We often drift over our fishing grounds, then move back over them and drift again. Although we do drop anchor when the captain thinks it’s the right thing to do, our angling is generally more dynamic. While anchoring is popular, often easier on the anglers, and can be very productive – our attentive guides (with engaged clients!) are often able to locate where the fish are on the structure while drifting, as opposed to sitting, chumming, and hoping. All of our halibut charters include time to target rock fish as well.

Drifting can permit the use of lighter tackle, which means that instead of 3 lbs. of lead or more to get to and stay on the bottom, we only have to use 1-2 lb. When fishing on a drift, you must constantly be watching your gear, as the depth often changes while the boat moves over the structure. You catch fish all through the water column, on the way down at the start of a drift, along the rising and falling bathymetry, as well as on the way up which is something you can miss when sitting at anchor. This means that you are actively engaged in fishing; your rod is not sitting in a holder all day while you wait for something to happen, and most of our clients find this a highly rewarding experience. You always have the option to feel the fish bite with the rod in your hands, hook the fish yourself, and reel it up! While it sounds obvious, this is not always an industry standard for halibut fishing charters in Alaska.

Our method of fishing can be costly for an operator. Gear can get hooked on the bottom more frequently while drift fishing, mismanaged lines can get tangled, and it’s harder for the captain who has to control the rate of drift, one reason why other operators don’t make this a common practice.  Anchoring can be incredibly fruitful, and it makes a lot of sense – we do anchor and chum. Our clients often comment that they caught fish all day long, which is a direct the result of the extra effort our guides make.

Generally, we fish between 100 and 450 ft. with an average of about 300 ft. It takes about an hour and a half to two hours to get to the best fishing grounds, and we often travel west when most of the charter fleet heads east. This allows for faster travel to the grounds, a more diverse catch, protected fishing areas, and gorgeous scenery. The Kenai Fjords National park is accessed only 30-45 minutes from where we typically fish. We often encounter whales and other sea life while fishing, and we always slow the boat down to take a closer look at wildlife. It’s a stunning environment in which to spend your day, rain or shine. Book your Seward halibut fishing adventure now!

Fuel Surcharge:

Please know that fuel is the largest expense we have as charter operators. Our prices reflect the price of fuel at the time of publishing. In previous years we have not added a fuel surcharge, but it’s clear with the volatility and uncertainty in the market that this not a practice we can continue.

A fuel surcharge will only be applied in the event of soaring fuel prices based on the price of fuel at the time of your charter. Should the price of marine fuel remain under $4.75 per gallon there will be no additional charge.
We are steadfast in our position that we do not want to limit the range of our vessels due to the cost of fuel – our choice of fishing grounds should not be directed by the cost at the pump. By adding a fee schedule we can mitigate that concern, the expense represents a significant impact over the course of a season.

PRICE OF FUEL FUEL SURCHARGE
UNDER $4.75 PER GALLON NO SURCHARGE
$4.76 – $5.25 PER GALLON $10 PER PERSON PER DAY
$5.26 – $5.75 PER GALLON $20 PER PERSON PER DAY
$5.76 – 6.25 PER GALLON $30 PER PERSON PER DAY

More Information

Get ready for a day full of stunning views, good company, and a true Alaskan fishing experience that will leave you with several great fishing stories. With departure times at 6 a.m. daily, we’re here to take you out for world-class sport fishing – in a gorgeous location to boot! Many of our fishing spots near Seward have views of the fjords, glaciers, rookeries, and feeding/nesting grounds for whales and sea birds. Some halibut fishing charter departures can be booked to include a fully guided kayaking day trip to the glaciers, for those in your party not interested in fishing, but wanting to stay with the group. We also often use this vessel to drop off kayakers in the national park — this is the reason for the later return and does not cut into your fishing time, nor does it affect where we fish.

Below is more information about our itinerary, fishing regulations, and competitions.

What to Catch

Pacific Halibut

Pacific Halibut is the most desired and largest fish of Alaska’s sport fisheries. They are plentiful in our waters throughout the season and can be caught May-September. Sport-caught Halibut usually range from 20-50 lbs, although larger fish are not uncommon. People frequently ask about the size of the halibut we catch, but that question is impossible to answer from day to day. We commonly catch fish over 100 lbs, but we commonly catch average-sized Halibut as well. It’s up to you to listen to your guide, attend your line, and do your best to maximize your catch! We’ve caught 156lb Halibut on Salmon rods while fishing for Rockfish, with a tiny little hook and skimpy piece of herring. We’ve also caught 300lb Halibut on whole Salmon carcases threaded with circle hooks at 400′.  Nobody can forecast a day of fishing, but we work as hard as we can to make it a success.

Ling Cod 

Ling season opens July 1st, and they aren’t actually Cod at all! Lings are members of the Greenling family, and in some cases their flesh is naturally tinted green or blue, turning white when cooked. They eat a great deal of clorophyll, lending the fish its unusual tint. Minimum legal size is 35 inches, but we won’t keep them unless they’re over 36 inches. These fish can grow to over 80 lbs. They look like prehistoric sea monsters, and are apex predators, often shunning bait and going instead for an actively worked jig. Lings can be caught at almost any depth, but we catch most of them at 30-275 feet. Many people prefer the moist, succulent, white meat of Ling Cod to Halibut. Lings are often caught pre-season and must be released prior to July 1st.

Black Sea Bass 

Black Bass are both exciting (usually) and fun (always) to catch. They are the most prolific of the pelagic Rockfish species and are found near shallow rocky areas.  Fishermen are limited to a set number of pelagic and nonpelagic rockfish per day, and we make an effort to catch both to reach the limit. These fish average about 4 to 5 pounds but range up to 12 pounds. We often fish for them with light/medium weight tackle. These fish are great fun for young and big kids alike as they hit fast and furious, are located all throughout the water column near structure, and can liven up a lull in the bite. They are excellent fried, baked, or blackened.

Red Snapper 

Red Snapper or Yellow Eye Rockfish are one of the tastiest fish we catch, and also one of the oldest. They are a non pelagic rockfish, which means they’re one of 32 different species in the same such classification caught in Alaska.  Other non pelagic rockfish we catch are Copper, China, Silvergray, Tiger, et al.  They are generally speaking all of the “colorful” species of rockfish.    Red Snapper and their non pelagic bretheren live to be incredibly old – they grow about an inch per year, dont start breeding until they’re 7, and the eggs have less than a 1% survival rate.  They live where they are born, and as such are limited in most areas to 1 per person per day.  They are incredibly good eating, gorgeous fish which initially hit like a truck.  Red Snapper can get up to 32 lbs, and we’ve had them swallow whole salmon on halibut gear. They are generally caught while fishing for halibut and ling cod.