Sat.. Seas were alittle choppy going out but flattend as the day went on. Fishing was slow to begin with but no shark!!!!! Gambler showed up and gave him the report. Fished next to each other. Then I decided to move up about a mile and hoped to drift back towards Gambler. That did not happen the tide was not moving all that fast. Gambler came by and he told me he is moving and said the S word Sharks. Well that did it from there on out we lost riggs and if we did we had sharks on the hooks. I moved
and fished next to Gambler. Caught several halibut then the sharks would move in so I would move to the other side of gamblers boat and catch a more halibut then more sharks. IT was a struggle but we did get our limit and did pick up one nice one. Gambler did catch a really nice octopuse. yumm calamari. IT was really good to fish with Gambler.
Sunday, sun was out seas were flat but did not get on to halibut until 3pm. Sharks all day long. I did see for the first time two halibut that swam to the surface next to my boat.
I tried hailing "Alaska Grey" last Sunday and Monday with no luck. I wasn't sure of your boat name. We stopped at the Compass Rose and tried our luck. Once we found a spot that lacked Sharks, we did good. We landed two fish over 70lbs and the rest were 30 or so. It was constant action for sure. Funny thing.....we had the Rose pretty much to ourselves until I shot the one larger fish. Man, that was like a dinner bell to the boats within listening range. When I left there were 9 boats within 1/2 mile. I went from there back up into Mallard bay. Stayed until dusk and bagged a couple of Pintails. I think I might try one more trip and get a bit more serious on the duck action.
On Homer Chart 16645 the Compas Rose is approximately 14 miles SW of the Spit. The Rose is big and thus where you go in the Rose is important. I've fine tuned the GPS location over the years and think my current set is pretty productive. I'd be happy to share..PM me. That wasn't me at the cleaning station, we were done by noon. Tripple Threat....got it..
I hate to see this season slipping away. hmmmm. nice weather this week, might have to slip out.
I looked up the compass rose on the map you listed. If what I think you are refering to is correct, then I have had very productive trips out there. More than once we were back at the harbor well before noon. I haven't had a chance to make it to Homer this year but was concidering Deep Creek this weekend until I just did a search and found that the tractor launch shut down on the 5th. Think fishing for halibut will still be good this weekend outta Homer. I have never fished this late in the year but am seriously considering it.
Reports are that Halibut are still in fairly close. I had a friend that did well in the kelp beds just off the Homer bluffs. Said they were only a couple miles out in 150 ft of water!. I'd say GO !! Nothing like fishing in a nice clean boat! Have you heard of any good duck reports?
It was fun fishing with you out there Labor day weekend. I wonder why we had so many problems communicating on the radio that day . . . Too bad the sharks were so numerous, but hey, thats fishing. Our one real treat was that octopus. Now I can say I have caught 3!
I did manage to make it out of Whittier last weekend (9/9), but it was pretty miserable. Picked up half a dozen big silvers and a few shrimp (one of these days, I'll find a 'good' hole for those little buggers).
Anyway, figured you would want a pic of your boat on the water, so I had my brother-in-law snap one while we were out there. Enjoy!