We went to Homer, AK for a long weekend. The plan was to deep sea fish on Friday, then salmon fish on Saturday in Soldatna, AK on our way back to Anchorage.
Much like Seward, Homer is right on the water and is surrounded by gorgeous mountains. It's about a 4 hour drive.
|View from the Homer Spit on Friday|
|Our back-of-the-truck campsite|
|You can see the Spit out in the bay in this pic|
|Here's Heather, looking very Alaskan|
|Nathan's catch of the day!|
Below is a better picture to get some scale.
Sunday finally came and we boarded our boat. It was a two hour ride out to open water where the fish were. There 16 people fishing on our boat plus 1 captain and 2 crew members.
|Back of the boat where most the action happened|
With so many people fishing all at once, at the beginning things were a little crazy--lines got tangled, people got twisted up, tripping over one another and two people once caught the same fish.
To get to the halibut, we had to let out line out all the way to the ocean floor, which was about 300 feet deep. This took about two minutes, maybe. Then we waited...but not long. On average, the wait time between getting your line to the bottom and feeling a fish nibbling at it was about 30 seconds. Then the hard work began. It took at least 10 minutes, or more to reel the fish back up, and our arms were aching.
|We look just like Deadliest Catch! Sort of...|
|Heather, with one of her catches that she threw back|
|One of my catches|
I was stubborn and fished the entire time we had. The two I kept weighed 23lbs and 21lbs, the 2nd and 3rd biggest on the boat. One lucky guy reeled in a 50 pounder. It was a lot of fun to watch.
On the way back, the sorted and cleaned all the fish. The bigger ones they kept in tact for pictures back at the dock.
Below is a video of one of the deck hands cleaning a fish. Amazingly, he does the entire thing in about 45 seconds.
|Our group and some of the fishies!|
|Our trophy catch|