Friday, March 12, 2010
Are you ready to fish Halibut Alaska style?
Cook Inlet halibut are a delicious choice to fish for. Alaska salmon fishing means salt water fishing the salt water for Pacific halibut and neighboring Cook Inlet which are home to the finest Alaska halibut fishing in all of the world. The season runs season runs strong from May through September. The Kenai salmon fishing trips depart from Ninilchik or Anchor Point, which is a little further south on the Sterling highway. Both launch sites offer much of the same fishing grounds, the beautiful icy blue waters of the Cook Inlet. You will be surrounded by the Alaska range on one side and the Kenai mountains on the other. In addition to Kenai salmon fishing, the volcanoes are perfect during clear days.
Most halibut boats are coast guard regulated which allow up to 6 passengers. The boats provide a comfortable warm cabin equipped with a head. And a large back deck where all the action takes place. Rubber boots and rain gear are a good idea for these trips.
The Cook Inlet halibut average from 20 to 50 pounds. The fishery is a strong one, which of course will produce those 100 pounds + monsters you always hear about. The limit is two halibut per person per day. The trip lasts between 6 to 8 hours, depending on the tides and weather. Most likely there will be high tides, although occasionally those low tides offer some good angling.
Alaska fishing guides are common throughout Alaska. For those who travel to Alaska for sport fishing a guide could really come in handy. Most guides are experienced and great fisherman themselves and know the local area like the back of their hands. They are up on current conditions and know where the fish are right at the moment. Whether you are planning for a first time Alaskan experience with Cook Inlet halibut fishing or for sportfishing, make sure to book lodging soon- May is just around the corner!