I'm hopping someone in this forum can point me out in the right direction regarding fishing for chicken Halibuts in protected bays such as Whittier and Seward. You guys have done great helping me out in the past and hope to get more inputs.
Well, here's the thing...I'm planing on purchasing a cheap boat to start fishing out of the bays (Particularly an 80s 16 ft Bayliner Capri with a small cuddy cabin and 85 Hp force outboard at $2k. Don't know if that's a good deal or not but everything seems to be in good condition). I know nothing about boating yet and have heard many bad things and a few good about these older Bayliners, but im am looking to start my boating experience on smaller lakes like Nancy Lake first.
There after getting comfortable, I would like to try to fish for salmon, rockfish and especially halibut in both Whittier and Seward Bays. I'm not looking for anyone's fishing spot, but would like to know if there's even any chicken Halibuts in these closer areas. I don't plan on going out far because the boat is too small in my opinion. Maybe 3-5 miles Max out from the dock. In the past, all we've done is fish for chicken halibut off the shore of Clam Gulch and it's been a hit or miss. Sometimes we'll catch many and sometimes none at all. So I assume, casting out from Clam Gulch shores will land us some small halibut so why not 3 miles out from the bay... in good days that is... and with under 3ft swells. I don't think I'll even dare take this fiberglass boat out in Clam Gulch or Whisky Gulch though. Can it be done with little risk? What do you guys think? Would this cheap Bayliner at $2k be a good boat to start off with and will I be able to catch Halibuts in these bays knowing that I'll be too afraid of going out far? I've also caught plenty of salmon off of theses shores to, but would like to add in the boating experience. Is worth getting this boat for fishing OR would I be better off on the shores for both Salmon and Halibut? Thanks in advance for all of your repsonses.