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Boating and Fishing
Homer is a major commercial fishing port (especially for halibut) and a popular destination for sport anglers in search of giant halibut or feisty king and silver salmon.
Fishing Hole. Near the end of the Spit, Homer's famous Fishing Hole is a small bight stocked with king and silver salmon smolt (baby fish) by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. The salmon then head out to sea, returning several years later to the Fishing Hole, where they are easy targets for wall-to-wall bank-side anglers throughout summer. The Fishing Hole isn't anything like casting for salmon along a remote stream, but your chances are good and you don't need to drop $800 for a flight into the wilderness. Fishing licenses and rental poles are available from fishing-supply stores on the Spit. Homer, AK.
Quite a few companies offer charter fishing in summer, from about $250 to $350 per person per day, including bait and tackle. The pricing is usually based on how many different types of fish you're fishing for.
Central Charters & Tours. Central Charters & Tours can arrange fishing trips in outer Kachemak Bay and Lower Cook Inlet—areas known for excellent halibut fishing. Boat sizes vary considerably; some have a six-person limit, whereas others can take up to 16 passengers. They can also arrange non-fishing tours. 4241 Homer Spit Rd., Homer, AK, 99603. 907/235–7847. www.centralcharter.com.
Homer Ocean Charters. Homer Ocean Charters on the Spit sets up fishing and sightseeing trips, as well as sea-kayaking and water-taxi services and remote-cabin rentals. Some of its most popular cruises go to the famous Otter Cove Resort. Homer, AK. 800/426-6212. www.homerocean.com.
Inlet Charters. Also try Inlet Charters for fishing charters, water-taxi services, sea-kayaking, and wildlife cruises. Homer, AK. 800/770-6126. www.halibutcharters.com.
Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby. Anyone heading out on a halibut charter is advised to buy a $10 ticket for the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby; first prize for the largest halibut is more than $40,000. Homer, AK. 907/235-7740. www.homerhalibutderby.com.
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