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    Default Small boat halibut

    My buddy just picked up a 15 1/2 ft rigid hull zodiak with a 50 horse 4 stroke on it and we want to catch some halibut. We dont care about catching huge fish or taking someones honeyhole but we want to be able to take a few home to eat. We plan on being in the Homer and Anchor point area next week and weather providing would like to put the boat in to fish. Does anyone have any suggestions as to where would be a smart and safe place to drop a line. Mind you we have a fair amount of boating, both fresh and salt water, experience between us but not in this area or for fishing for halibut. Any help would be great. Thanks

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    Off of Anchor about a mile or two off will be good. My friends wife pulled in 116# two miles off of anchor last weekend in a 16 zodiac.
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    Default Anywhere

    Just find 150' of water. Look at a local chart and learn the depth curves.

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    Default If You Go To Anchor Point

    Go south from the beach at Anchor point till you see the green cabin (watch for rocks at low tide). Straight out from the green cabin look for 70'. You will have a blast. If the water is clear you can see the Halibut take your bait.

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    Just below Ninilchik is the little podunk place they call Happy Valley. Fish the edge of the kelp beds 3 to 5 hundreds yards offshore, right in front of Happy Valley. Good halibut spot right there. The halibut seem to go under the kelp beds for shelter I think, but if you fish the edges you will do fine. You can even catch Kings trolling in that location as well.

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    Thanks for the replies. Just need the weather to cooperate now and it should be game on.

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    There are two radio towers between homer and Anchor Point. Any where off of there is good.
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    Default Halibut fishing

    Thanks for the input guys, we launched the boat ourselves in calm seas and had a blast. I will say that I will pay for the tractor launch next time as it seems easier on your vehicle. We motored out a 1-2 miles out and drifted. Landed a couple of 15-20 pound chickens and lost several others at the boat (learning curve). Had alot of fish hit the bait which provided excitment as well. We only fished for a few hours so we could hit the launch again before the tide went out to far (another reason to use the tractor). All in all a fun trip with a couple of 20# anchor river kings thrown in to top things off. Time to fire up the BBQ! Thanks Again!

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    Glad you had a good time.
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