Halibut Fishing AlaskaAt Crazy Rays Adventures we offer long range combo trips for Alaska halibut fishing, or better known on the Crazy Ray as ,”The PUPU Platter.”
We travel to the outer reaches of Prince William Sound and into the Gulf of Alaska most days, when weather permits, to seek out area’s with less fishing pressure resulting in better catches. We specialize in true combo fishing charters and time is allotted every day to specifically target multiple species of Alaskan fish.
This means that we move the boat to different area’s to target these other species such as Lingcod, Rockfish, Pacific Cod, and various species of Salmon.
Whats the Best Time for Halibut Fishing Alaska?
People often ask when is the best time to come for Alaska Halibut fishing? The short answer is, our season runs from May-September and we have excellent success all through the season while Halibut fishing Alaska waters.
Typically Halibut begin migrating in from the Aleutian trench early in the spring headed for the rich feeding grounds inside Prince William Sound and then begin migrating back out in the fall as the feed begins to disperse.
Pivot seasons or shoulder seasons as they are sometimes called, can be a little slower, but we still have had great success at achieving limits on a regular basis.
Alaska’s halibut is a highly sought after fish by recreational and commercial fishermen. The halibut is a flat fish with a diamond shaped body, a wide broom shaped tail, and they have both eyes on the dark, or top side of their body. The dark coloring of the halibut varies with the coloration of the ocean bottom and sometimes when halibut spend a great deal of time in the shallow rocky area’s they will become almost a black color to blend in with their surroundings.
The mouth of the halibut is actually sideways on their face and it gives them an incredibly odd look. They can be found in waters as shallow as 30’ and our personal deepest catch came from just over 1500’ while targeting the elusive but treasured black cod.
Tactics For Halibut Fishing Alaska
What Kind of Tackle Do We Use?
When fishing for halibut there is several ways you can catch them. Some people use jigs while others use bait. We like to use both. A combination of todays hottest jigs such as Kodiak Custom Bottom Fish Jigs, Savage Cutbait Herring, and Fishcracker Baits all work very well for enticing strikes from Hungry Alaskan halibut. While using bait the, old adage of, Big Bait = Big Fish really comes into play and we don’t hold back on the bait.
The more bait and scent you can get down there the better, as this will draw halibut from long distances to the boat. We use 20/0 Circle hook primary and 16/0 circle hook trailers on our custom developed and designed halibut fishing leaders.
We designed this hook combination through trial and error with the intent of holding large quantities of bait and a massive hook that can penetrate through the rock hard jawline of an Alaskan halibut.
With a slight twist and a razor sharp edge these hooks usually grab the fish in the corner of the mouth ensuring a solid hook set that usually results in a fish being brought to the boat. Don’t forget to add some of Crazy Ray’s secret Halibut fishing sauce to your bait as well. It can definitely increase the odds of catching a nice fish plus get some stinky goo on your hands.
What Kind of Gear Do We Use?
Alaska halibut fishing is sure to be an adventure since they are a strong fighting fish often making several runs for the ocean floor before tiring out. Some people say that fighting a halibut is like dragging up a sheet of plywood. But this is something that we feel is very disputable. Using the proper gear and equipment will help facilitate a better fight for the fishermen.
Crazy Rays Adventures is proudly sponsored by Okuma Fishing USA and we use the finest gear on the market. Our rods are Okuma’s Cedros Speed Jig series which allows for better action and easier detection of bites. The reels we use are Okuma’s Lever Action Makaira 20II Tournament billfish series, which features a 2 speed transmission.
This means our anglers fight the fish with ease. After hooking up on a large halibut you can shift gears and let the professional quality gear do the work as opposed to your back and forearms.
Handling Monster Halibut
Boating a big Alaskan halibut usually requires the use of a harpoon attached to a buoy ball, line, and stainless steel tip. We harpoon all of our larger fish so that if the hook pulls free or the line breaks we are still able to retrieve the fish because it is still attached to the buoy. After the fish is harpooned, we then utilize a bang stick to shoot the halibut before bringing it aboard the vessel. Failure to do so could cause injury to the fishermen, as these fish are extremely powerful.
At Crazy Rays we specialize in halibut fishing Alaska as well as combo charters and, as mentioned before, we take the needed time it takes to travel to the outer reaches of Prince William Sound and beyond into the Gulf of Alaska.
Fishing in the Gulf of Alaska is our preferred choice to target large fish however several fish in excess of 100lbs are caught closer to Whittier inside Prince William Sound.
Our personal biggest halibut ever boated on a Crazy Rays Adventures charter was a whopping 340lb monster and it stretched out at 7’3”. Although these fish aren’t an everyday catch, you never know what you will hook into when halibut fishing Alaska. In the 2015 season our boat F/V Crazy Ray hauled in 3 massive sized halibut that weighed in at 205lb, 250lb, and 311lb. The 311lb fish was actually caught by the captain’s mother on her birthday!!!!
Halibut… The Chicken of the Sea
Not only do Pacific Halibut frequently grow to barn door sizes; these bottom dwellers are also prized for their delicious white meat. Halibut can be prepared in numerous ways and we often describe it as being the other chicken of the sea because it is much like chicken in that it tastes a lot like whatever you’re cooking it with.
It’s mild oil content and rich flaky white meat has a taste and texture that to some is unmatched in the fish category. Check out our recipes page to learn how to prepare your catch.
Come and Join us with your family and friends for a Crazy Rays Adventures Alaska Halibut Fishing trip!!!! BOOYAH!!!!