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Halibut Fishing Charter

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Book the Boat 6am - 6pm: 10 anglers & 6 passengers max Exclusive use of the boat for up to 16
Book the Boat 7:30am - 5:30pm: 6 anglers max Exclusive use of the boat for up to 6

Full-Day Halibut Fishing Charter Seward, Alaska

On a Miller’s Landing Full-Day Fishing Charter for halibut you can enjoy the economy of paying for a halibut charter and are also given time to harvest your daily limit of rock fish as well. We spend all day focusing on catching and retaining nice-sized halibut, yellow eye, and black rock fish 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 20, before the silver salmon arrive. Note that Halibut fishing is closed to commercial operators on all Wednesdays, and all Tuesdays as well for the 2020 season. If you’re planning to visit during these dates, know that we have other tours available in our Best of Alaska fishing/sightseeing/kayaking tour or half day salmon/rockfish options.

With departure times at 6 a.m. and 7:30 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.

During the silver salmon run (usually June 20 – the end of the season) we only market/sell Combination Fishing Charters for all species to make the most of the day and this amazing local fishery.

Filet of your fish at a private hanging station back at the landing for photos is included in your adventure. We also include our custom and made in the USA fishing rods from Thrasher Rods and all hand tied gear in house!

Our method of fishing is different from many other halibut charters, and it’s worked well for us for over 35 years. We normally drift over our fishing areas and then pull up, then move back over them and drift again. Although we do drop anchor sometimes, we generally don’t anchor and sit in one spot all day. While this method is popular and productive, an attentive guide is able to locate where the fish are on the structure while drifting, as opposed to sitting, chumming, and hoping the fish come to you before your anchor drags or boat swings in the tide change.

It allows us to use 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 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 and on the way up, which is something you 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. 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 Seward.

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, often the result of this extra effort.

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!


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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.

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