Well, did our annual charter halibut trip; this time we went out of Homer instead of Deep Creek. Our trip was on August 3rd, and come to find out, the tide was not too good for halibut fishing overall (I did get one approx. 80 lb. fish); no other halibut whatsoever for the entire day; we tried 4 or 5 different spots.
When booking the trip, I spoke to the captain about doing a combo trip (halibut, rockfish, steamer clams); he said no problem, it'd be a long day but doable.
1. Do not try to do a clam trip the same day halibut fishing (clamming tides require minus tides); typically the tide swings pretty radical and not great for fishing; in fact it never really did get "slack".
2. We didn't even try for steamers cause the captain said there had been commercial clammers cleaning out the beaches.
3. Rockfish: we tried for about an hour just outside Port Graham; got 3 or 4 dinks, let them go; no others.
His website was nice and he was pleasant to talk to over the phone, so I didn't bother to try to investigate the trip and/or his operation any further. In his favor, he knocked the price down from 225.00 to 185.00 each for us, plus we helped him pull his Tanner pots and he cooked and gave us 2 legal tanner crabs.
I guess in retrospect, he should've been honest about the tide change and the possibility of tough fishing and asked us what the priorities were. He also had pretty cheap tackle (Storm jigging rods for rockfish; 9.99 specials).
Better luck next year!