We got there on Wednesday morning and got the bait from the bait store on the corner by Bob's Trophy Fish Charters. $21 for a large case of large herring.
So then I go to check in with the harbor master to get a transient slip. Which was cool and was my first time doing. While in there a employee with a radio down by the docks called in a suspecious package and needed someone to come check it out. A few seconds later she called it a pipe bomb. They were laughing in the office and such and I thought it sounded pretty funny. Well we make it around to the launch and pull up to the shack where you pay and she said to go on through and wait. They closed the docks for about half an hour. A police man or trooper showed and actually removed A PIPE BOMB from the middle ramp. We were all just wondering what the hell was someone thinking and why the Homer docks. Thier explanation was some kid probably made it and it fell out of his pack or he dumped there afraid to take it out on a boat to set it off. Pretty wierd none the less and it cut into OUR fishing TIME.
Okay now to the report. We headed out to my hole and didn't make it there because one of my passengers had surgery a couple weeks on his neck, getting it fused together. His neck started hurting from the bouncing, fairly calm seas though. So I just dropped anchor where were, just a random spot. Limited out with the 20#ers in 3.5 hours of fishing but we were being selective and having a good time. Pretty constant fishing too. Then the second day we headed for my hole and seas were 4' with some good 6' rollers mixed in. We drifted for a bit with no luck and headed towards Yukon Island area. Just a couple bottom fish and then headed for Halibut Cove. Never been there before so we went to check it out. Caught two in an hour and half. The biggest fish of the weekend was in there at 73#'s. Yes I have a scale and we weighed it at the docks. Plus there was a whale in there just crusing around doing it is thing.
So I think if you have good seas you can probably fish anywhere and just give it some time. Fish were caught in 100 feet of water both days. First day was 10 keepers second only 2 keepers. Usually fish 130 to 150' at my holes which produce good fish all day long. Was dying to get there but just couldn't. I make my own rigs and swivel setups. I am thinking about selling them if people are interested. Can post pics when I have time. System is proven over the last 3 seasons. I have not lost any gear since 2004. Nor have I lost a fish with this stuff. I buy all the pieces at B&J commercial. I am thinking I should get a patent on some of it. Anyways that was my trip and experience. Good luck to all, they are out there. Oh the cool thing was, our fish was bigger than the charters people, looking at the fillets at Coal Point processing, which I also recomend. Good people and good system.