Went fishing out of Homer on Sunday 9/25. With the weather and marine forecast looking good we ran out towards Flat Island to fish for the morning. We had to work hard, but we caught our halibut. A lot of them were just pecking away at the bait, so I downsized to my old Muskie rod from back home and dropped a small (by halibut standards) hand-tied jig that I normally would use for rockfish down to see what was going on and finished my limit with a decent halibut that way. Was sure a lot more fun fighting the fish than the weight up from the bottom. Didn't see any other boats out fishing at all until we came around Pogi on the way back in.
After catching our Halibut we stopped on the way back for a couple of rockfish and did fine. Just wanted a couple to turn into lunch for today for my wife and me. Saw a big pod of killer whales and some dall porpoises while we were fishing there.
All in all, a great day was had on the water. Fish were there if we worked hard for them. Weather was great. Scenery was excellent. Hopefully this will help somebody out in the future if they are trying to decide whether or not a late-season trip can be productive. Now I just need to learn more about winter kings.