Results 1 to 12 of 12

Thread: best time of day to go out halibut fishing?

  1. #1

    Default best time of day to go out halibut fishing?

    I will be in Homer in a week n half and scheduled a 1/2 day Halibut charter. I have an option to go from 6am to 12pm-ish or 12:30pm to 6pm-ish. Ive tentatively booked the afternoon charter, but want to make sure this is a decent choice.

    Which charter would you all recommend, the AM or PM?

    I heard that halibut fishing is the best about mid tide. is this true?

    thanks much.

    MC

  2. #2
    Member AKDoug's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Talkeetna
    Posts
    5,714

    Default

    In Homer it really depends on the tides. We caught most of hour fish 1hr each side of the hour or so that the tide was relatively slack. In the case of our last trip, this was between 11am and 1 pm..ish... A good captain will get you on fish regardless of the time of day. They have different honey holes that work in different conditions.
    Bunny Boots and Bearcats: Utility Sled Mayhem

  3. #3

    Default

    Hope this come out like i copied and pasted, looks like on the 22nd if thats the day high tides 1;43pm and low at 7pm with only 10 feet on water moving.
    day High high low low sunrise sunset moonset
    17 Sa
    725am 17.0 750pm 19.0 113am 0.3 123pm 0.6 520am 1105pm 255pm

    18 Su
    830am 15.2 842pm 18.0 213am 0.9 217pm 2.7 522am 1103pm 429pm 1202am 1st

    19 Mo
    947am 13.8 942pm 17.1 323am 1.5 321pm 4.6 524am 1101pm 600pm 1214am

    20 Tu
    1116am 13.3 1051pm 16.5 441am 1.6 435pm 5.6 526am 1059pm 724pm 1232am

    21 We
    1240pm 13.8 558am 1.2 552pm 5.9 528am 1057pm 833pm 100am

    22 Th
    1201am 16.5 143pm 14.8 702am 0.4 658pm 5.4 530am 1055pm 922pm 143am

    23 Fr
    103am 17.0 231pm 16.0 752am -0.4 751pm 4.7 532am 1053pm 953pm 245am

    24 Sa
    154am 17.7 309pm 16.9 833am -1.1 834pm 3.8 534am 1051pm 1012pm 400am

    25 Su
    237am 18.3 342pm 17.6 909am -1.5 913pm 3.1 536am 1049pm 1025pm 521am

    26 Mo
    315am 18.8 412pm 18.1 941am -1.6 949pm 2.5 539am 1047pm 1034pm 642am Full

    27 Tu 350am 19.0 441pm 18.5 1012am -1.6 1024pm 2.1 541am 1045pm 1040pm 802am

  4. #4
    Forum Admin Brian M's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Eagle River, AK
    Posts
    13,396

    Default

    If you're at all concerned about sea sickness, go with the early charter. The waters tend to be calmer in the morning.

  5. #5

    Default

    Thanks for the replies. I cant see to get the tide tables at all. they make little sense to me. I see there are two sets of High/Low tides. Is that correct? Also to find slack tide, do you just find the halfway point between the two high/low tides? (simple mathematics I assume)

    Good point BrianM. I'm not worried about sea sickness, not my first trip on a boat, but for the others in our group its a first. And I know being sick on a boat is not the best experience.

  6. #6
    Member hoose35's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Soldotna, Alaska, United States
    Posts
    2,891

    Default

    Slack tide is the same as high tide and low tide, that is the time where the current stops flowing in and gets ready to turn around and flow out. For example, if the tide book says high tide is at 7 am, that means the tide will be slack at 7 am, and the tide will slow down a little bit before high tide and it will stack slack a little after high tide, then it will gradually pick up speed

  7. #7
    Member kodiakrain's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Kodiak, Ak
    Posts
    3,175

    Default

    That's a good point on the Morning Calmer water Brian mentions, it can make a Significant difference on enjoyment.

    On the Tides, if it is the 22nd, with your potential departure times you'll barely make either slack, morning at 7am Low or afternoon 1:43pm Hi, so if I had to choose I would go for the rising tide coming off that morning Low,

    Personally, I feel the Flood is a better tide to fish if you can't get the slack. Low Tide Slack is best and as far as slack tides go, generally the hour before and after slack is when Fish are either moving around or feeding best, they'll be hunkering down during the full rush of current.
    So I would expect a slow down from say 9-12noon, also 3-6pm. That morning Low is also more extreme than the evening one which would catch my attention a bit, drawing me to the morning flood more than that aft ebb. There a lot of variables to this depending on what your guide knows (probably a lot) about how to fish the Full Flood or Ebb, using Rockpiles or terrain, etc.

    Morning is a Nice Time to be out on the water tho, for your relatives, much mellower all around. That's a LOT more important than putting fish on in the Bigger Picture.
    If they're all oohhhing and awwing during the boat ride with a few chickens on the deck for the ride in, it may Far surpass having Fish and Blood everywhere, but your whole gang hunkering in total misery for hours.

    Good Question to Post, Hope you all have a Blast
    Ten Hours in that little raft off the AK peninsula, blowin' NW 60, in November.... "the Power of Life and Death is in the Tongue," and Yes, God is Good !

  8. #8

    Default

    I've always been an early morning guy. It seems to me K-Bay is almost always calmer in the morning than afternoon, assuming you're talking about "day breeze", and not the real McCoy, a full on "blow". On a half day charter you will get to fish a slack on either time frame. Last summer I had some hard core fellas up for a week. We started leaving the harbor at 3:30-4:00 am and were completely done fishing and back in port by noon. It was very enjoyable, and much calmer, as by the afternoons, we probably wouldn't have been able to hang, at least not "around the corner".

  9. #9
    Member pike_palace's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    the 907
    Posts
    2,326

    Default

    You want to fish low slack, and right as the high tide begins to come in.
    "Ya can't stop a bad guy with a middle finger and a bag of quarters!!!!"- Ted Nugent.

  10. #10

    Default

    sounds like I should switch the departure time to the AM.

  11. #11
    Member kodiakrain's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Kodiak, Ak
    Posts
    3,175

    Default

    Yeah, I would, and as Homertime says, if you can go hard core and leave earlier, you really want to Be There by 6am for a 7am Low, not departing at 6 and traveling during that pre slack time.

    I like to imagine myself as a big Predator Fish, hanging behind a rockpile while the current is rushing by and then...it starts to slow down....., I'm paying more attention now, all the little guys are deciding they need to go out to get a bite to eat, shift around to the other side of the rockpile or terrain for the tidal change,.... Everything comes emerging from their hideouts to do a little shifting around.

    That's When I'm going to slowly emerge and go for a cruise, or even just get my eyes up there watching in Ambush. And then, "What's that, a big slimy chunk of Octopus, Salmon Belly, Herring Drifting down through the current, wreaking of blood, "ohhhhh that's just irresistable!!"

    That's the concept of the slack tide and why both sides of it (an hour or so before and after) are better fishing as I see it.
    The numbers put on board definitely back it up for me.
    So get your coffee early that day and Be On The Grounds at 6am,
    Ooohhhh you're gonna have a good time
    Ten Hours in that little raft off the AK peninsula, blowin' NW 60, in November.... "the Power of Life and Death is in the Tongue," and Yes, God is Good !

  12. #12

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by kodiakrain View Post
    That's When I'm going to slowly emerge and go for a cruise, or even just get my eyes up there watching in Ambush. And then, "What's that, a big slimy chunk of Octopus, Salmon Belly, Herring Drifting down through the current, wreaking of blood, "ohhhhh that's just irresistable!!"]
    Oh man, that killed me when I read that. I read it to my step-dad and he immediately called the charter and we are scheduled to go out in the am. Prob wont get to the grounds until about 6:30am, the boat doesn't leave the Spit until 6:00am. But I feel after discussing and getting feedback from you the earlier the better.

    We are very excited... out bags are already packed sitting by the front door and we don't leave for another 5 days. Just the experience alone is going to be worth it. Any fish we catch will be a bonus.

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •