Ketchikan Halibut Fishing Charters
Alaska halibut fishing is in a league of it’s own and halibut fishing in Ketchikan, Alaska with Salty Sea Charters is no exception. We have a passion for halibut fishing and we take pride in our experience and knowledge to guide you on an unforgettable Ketchikan halibut fishing charter!
Halibut are world renowned as a premium fish for table fare. However, many fisherman take for granted what it takes to get one of these behemoths into the boat. The average size of a sport caught halibut on an Alaska fishing charter is between 20 to 40 lbs, but these flat fish have the capacity to reach 100’s of lbs. The biggest sport caught halibut in Alaska tipped the scales at 459 lbs! If you are like most anglers planning an Alaska fishing vacation, you have dreamed of catching one of these awesome fish. Salty Sea Charters is dedicated to giving our guests the halibut fishing trip of a lifetime. We have gone out of our way to provide our clients with the best fishing boat, best fishing gear, and best fishing tackle to maximize your chance for a successful Alaska halibut fishing charter.
Ketchikan Halibut Fishing Techniques
Halibut fishing techniques vary from jigging metal or plastic baits to fishing with cut-bait. Each method serves a purpose depending on the location of where we are halibut fishing and the time of year.
Alaska Fishing Tackle
Fishing with cut-bait is the most common method we use on our halibut fishing charters. Herring, salmon bellies, cod, and octopus are some of our favorite baits to use to lure in halibut. When fishing with bait, we generally use circle hooks with heavy duty monofilament leaders or halibut gagnon. Circle hooks are designed in a way so that the halibut will literally hook itself. When you see your fishing rod tip begin to twitch up and down, wait for the halibut to swallow the bait. Begin steadily reeling to determine if the halibut is hooked. If the halibut puts heavy pressure on your fishing rod, keep reeling, retaining a tight line and hold on! This way of fishing can take patience. If you reel too early, before the hook has been set, you might scare off your halibut. Timing can make all the difference between a great day or the one that got away.
Jigging can be a highly effective way to trigger strikes from a halibut. The lures we use are designed to imitate squid or bait fish when worked properly. Jigging is done by lowering the lure to the bottom and then lifting it 2 to 4 feet and lowering it again. Repeat this process until a fish strikes, and when it does, set the hook and hold on tight!
It takes more than brute strength to bring in a halibut on a Ketchikan fishing charter. It also takes perseverance and a strong resolve. Halibut are made of pure fighting muscle and do not come to the surface without a fight. If you think you got what it takes, the reward is one of the tastiest fish in the ocean. Plan your next halibut fishing trip with Salty Sea Charters in Ketchikan, Alaska.