Halibut, Salmon Rock Fish & Ling Cod Multi-species Combo Fishing Charter

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$350

Our most popular full-day charter for all species! Offered June 20 - Sept 5

Seward, Alaska Fishing Charter: Salmon, Halibut, Rock Fish & Ling Cod

These are our most popular charters offered during the peak of the fishing season, June 20 – September 5, when the silvers are readily accessible. NOTE: Ling Cod can only be harvested After July 1st

Our combination halibut and salmon fishing charters from Seward, AK target everything that is in season at the time and include fishing for red snapper, black bass, and all manner of rock fish, as well as ling cod and halibut (Ling cod may only be harvested on charters taken after July 1st). Our catch records stand among the best in the Seward area. While other outfitters may market halibut/rock fish combos, salmon/ling cod combos, or halibut/salmon combos as specific species trips, Miller’s Landing has one “combination” charter which targets all of the sport fish caught in our region, all day long.

Departures at 6 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. daily. You can purchase your Alaska fishing license here, and we have free parking. We even pick you up right from the shore in our specially designed boats! Our brand-new catamaran, the Fox Willie, departs at 6AM and fishes 10. We also often use this vessel to drop off kayakers in the national park- this is the reason for the earlier departure and does not cut into your fishing time, nor does it affect where we fish. Our 6-person landing craft, Thomasea, departs at 7:30AM.

Enjoy world-class fishing for all species using custom-built fishing rods from Thrasher Rods!

NEWAdd a Full Day Guided Kayaking trip to Northwestern Fjord for someone in your group for the same rate! Save $150 per person! Depart and return at the same times on the same boat! 
*6 a.m. departure only

How do we fish with the Miller’s Landing charter boats?

We drift fish as well as anchor and chum.

When anchored, we set up near the structure depending on the direction of the current, and then keep the scent trail moving by chumming and maintaining fresh bait on hooks. We work hard and fast to maximize our drift in order to spend as much time catching as possible. During the peak season of June 24 – August 7, all of our Seward fishing charters are Combination Charters. Unless the whole boat agrees to target a single species (if everybody just wants to hunt for a huge ling cod, for example), we target the entire variety of species!

We are happy to find a boat for you to fish from – however large or small your group is, and whatever your fishing interests are, just ask!

We mooch for our salmon on a drift, which is very productive and popular in our area between all operators. Our method of fishing is often different from other charters, and it’s worked well for us for over 35 years; and most of our clients find this to be a highly rewarding and engaging experience. Once we find the fish, salmon can literally pour over the side of the boat – we’ve had days where we’ve limited out in under 30 minutes (that’s eight limits of fish, 1.6 salmon per minute!) and of course we have days when they are jumping everywhere and not touching a hook for hours. With our drifting method, often the result of our extra effort is your ability to catch fish all day long!

All of our species of fish feed around tide changes, and your guide works hard to structure your combo charter around the species most active at the time. Our main targets, unless requested by the clients, are always salmon and halibut, however we also actively target rock fish and ling cod on our combination charters; it is rare that we do not come back with all species.

Where do you catch halibut and salmon? How far do your boats run before fishing?

Generally we fish between 100 and 450 ft. for bottomfish, with an average of 200 to 300 ft. We typically target silver salmon between the surface and 80 ft., however sometimes we find the salmon laying right on the bottom in water deeper than one might expect. It usually takes about an hour and a half to two hours, weather depending, to get to the best fishing grounds, and we often travel west when most of the charter fleet heads east. This allows for fast travel to the grounds, often a more diverse catch, more protected locations to fish if the weather comes up with less competition, 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 if we encounter it while traveling.  It is an absolutely stunning environment in which to spend your day fishing, rain or shine.

New as of 2017:

If someone in your group wants to do a full-day sightseeing and kayaking adventure, we’re able to offer them the Northwestern Fjord Guided Kayaking trip at the same price as the combination fishing charter on a space-available basis. There are only six seats available daily, but you can save $150/person and keep your group together while pursuing your own specific interests!

What to bring:

Bring rain gear, a camera, and a lunch!  Everything else is provided!

What to Catch:

Pacific Halibut

Often the most desired and largest fish of Alaska’s sport fisheries, Pacific Halibut are plentiful in our waters throughout our 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- that question is impossible to answer from day to day. We commonly catch fish over 100 lbs., but we also commonly catch average-sized halibut as well.  Fishing is variable, and it’s up to you to listen to your guide, attend your line, and do your best to maximize your catch!  We’ve caught 156 lb. halibut on salmon rods while fishing for rockfish, with a tiny little hook and skimpy piece of herring. We’ve also caught 300 lb. 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 chlorophyll, 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 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 4-5 pounds, but can 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 because they hit fast and furious, are located all throughout the water column, and can liven up a lull in the bite. They are excellent fried, baked, or (pun incoming) 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 nonpelagic Rockfish, which means they’re one of 32 different species in the same classification caught in Alaska.  Other nonpelagic Rockfish we catch are Copper, China, Silvergray, Tiger, et al.  They are generally the “colorful” species of rockfish.  Red Snapper and their nonpelagic bretheren live to be incredibly old- they grow about an inch per year, don’t 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 to eat, and gorgeous fish that initially hit like a truck.  Red Snapper can grow 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.

Silver Salmon 

Silvers start their annual return to their fresh water streams in mid July and August.

They average 8-20 lbs and are a lot of fun to catch. They put up a good fight and it’s exciting to watch the fish rip around the boat and leap into the air during the fight! People of all ages are capable of catching Silvers, and kids do very well with these fish. Seward has one of the better Silver Salmon sport fisheries on the Kenai Penninsula, and charter operators actually come from other towns to fish here. Silvers are remarkably tasty, and we take extra care with our salmon, keeping them in coolers with ice and salt water so they stay firm and fresh no matter what time of day they were caught.  Miller’s Landing has its own ice maker, and we outfit the charters daily with a stock of ice for the catch. When the bite is on, it’s a complete frenzy. Everyone on the boat can have a fish on at the same time!

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