Alaska Halibut Fishing ~ Saltwater King Salmon Fishing ~ Silver Salmon Fishing ~ Lingcod Fishing ~ Rockfish Fishing ~ Sightseeing Charters ~ Homer Combo Fishing Trips ~ Winter Feeder Kings

Welcome to the Halibut Fishing Capital of Alaska! And fast becoming a YEAR ROUND playground for terrific saltwater king salmon and silver salmon fishing. With ice free seas and mild winter temperatures Homer is an ideal location close to Alaska's largest population area where anglers who just can't get enough fishing now have open water opportunities all year long.

DECEMBER 15: Hey Folks, Captain Shane here. Don't write off your salmon fishing for 2013 yet. Winter king salmon season is going strong in Homer and the fishing is producing lots of feeder kings on every outing. We have some great WARM WEATHER headed this way in the form of a Pineapple Express from Hawaii and forecasts are for temperatures into the lower 40°F. range. And while most Alaskan anglers are thinking ahead to MAY or JUNE 2014 for their next King Salmon fishing opportunities here at DRIFTWOOD CHARTERS in Homer the winter king salmon fishing season is now in FULL SWING!

Homer has some extraordinary saltwater chinook salmon fishing opportunities that develop beginning in September and often run RED HOT all the way through June. Its one of those fisheries that you need to experience first hand to believe it. All winter long schools of hatchery-raised feeder king salmon from British Columbia and the West Coast, some exceeding 30 pounds, search the waters of Kachemak Bay and Cook Inlet for the abundant bait fish concentrations that brought them to this area. And although this tremendous fishery has been known for a half century few charters remain operating during the winter season to offer anglers an opportunity to capitalize on this bonanza. We couldn't be happier with the lack of competition and tens of thousands of fish out there just waiting for our hook.

DRIFTWOOD CHARTERS is an all season, year round fishing charter operation in Homer at the southern end of the Kenai Peninsula. We love fishing, especially WINTER fishing when we may be the only boat on the water at our fishing location. But there are just enough charters operating to provide an "information network" all the captains take advantage of to track down the fish.

A DOZEN Reasons Ya Gotta Try Winter King Fishing

Your 2013 king salmon season was a total bust!
You bought your king stamp and haven't used it yet!
252 Million hatchery kings are released each year.
You can still make your king stamp pay off!
Homer daily temps are in the 20's & 30's!
Winter king salmon are rich in fat & Omega 3!
Chance to catch WHITE Kings in saltwater!
Daily King salmon limit is TWO per Day!
No Annual King salmon limit from Oct. thru March.
Don't need to record King salmon catch on license!
Driftwood Charters Special Weekday Super Rate!
You've never tried this GREAT Winter fishing experience and deserve to treat yourself!

Here are some recent catches taken this Winter right up to the other day. YOU should be in these photos too!
DRIFTWOOD CHARTERS is proud to be one of the rare sponsors on the ALASKA OUTDOOR JOURNAL website which provides real-time fishing information all season long.

SPRING ~ SUMMER ~ FALL Full Day Homer Saltwater Fishing Charters

DRIFTWOOD CHARTERS prides itself in being a one-of-a-kind operation where every trip on the water is "customized" to the varying conditions of the day. This is no cookie cutter experience where day after day anglers are hauled to the same old spots regardless of the conditions or the willingness of the fish to bite. Captain Shane Blakely optimizes each day's success by utilizing not only his personal knowledge and experience on these waters but also a wealth of real-time information derived from his network of other skippers pooling their firsthand daily catch information for the benefit of the entire group. Armed with this information and a willingness to discuss the day's fishing prospects with his clients as they head out results in a trip most suited to the goals of the anglers on board. Captain Shane offers a variety of trips from single species adventures to that "combo of a lifetime" you'll never forget. The combination (combo) charters are always dependent upon the season and availability of certain types of fish as well as weather conditions so its imperative you discuss your fishing goals with Shane before choosing your booking dates to insure the potential for success.

The M/V MISTY is a custom built twenty-six foot all aluminum welded boat designed specifically for the coastal waters and marine environment of Southcentral Alaska. It meets all Coast Guard safety and environmental requirements and was repowered with brand new twin 150 horsepower Honda four stroke outboards in July of 2011. The boat is designed, licensed and permitted to accommodate six anglers for salmon, bottomfish and halibut trips but parties of four people offer the most comfortable experience. High quality salmon and halibut tackle is provided and the boat is capable of running up to four high tech electric downriggers at a time to maximize the potential for salmon hookups. Complimenting this gear is a top-of-the-line Garmin GPS chart plotter/fish finder for tracking down salmon and mid-water halibut, cod, and rockfish as well as the all important baitfish schools so necessary to improve the odds in the anglers' favor.

~ Fishing Charter Rates ~

HALIBUT or SALMON May 1 - May 31 June 1 - June 30 Jul 1 - Aug 31 Sep 1 - Sep 30 Oct 1 - Apr 30
Per Person $225 $245 $265 $225 $200
excluding derbies
$280 $300 $320 $280 $255
excluding derbies
MULTI SPECIES Long Range Trips: $2200 for boat
(This trip covers a lot of water in pursuit of LINGCOD, HALIBUT, ROCKFISH & available SALMON species.)
Weather Permitting July 1st to September
 Prices do not include 7.5% local sales tax, license & stamp fees, or gratuities.
Halibut & Rockfish April 1 - Sept. 30
**Lingcod (seasonal) July 1 - September
Silver Salmon August - Sept. 15
King Salmon Year Round
* Because Combo trips require fishing multiple locations they are always weather permitting.
** Lingcod Season Opens July 1st

Except for the Lingcod opener, dates are approximate. Contact Shane.

Full Day Charters depart the Inn at roughly 6am. Half Day Charter (based on Availability) departure time varies from 5am to 5pm depending on the tide. Check in the night before to confirm. No surprise Fuel Surcharges!

~ Discounts ~

10% for Military Only, no double discounts.
Book all 6 seats and receive 15% discount between October and April (winter season, no double discounts)
Book all 6 seats and receive 10% discount in May & September excluding Derbies & Multi-Species Lingcod trips (no double discounts)
A 50% deposit is required to guarantee your reservation.

~ What to Bring ~

We recommend you bring a sack lunch, beverage, layered clothing, rain gear, and camera. Boots are not necessary but are highly recommended during the late fall, winter and early spring fishing. Be sure to purchase your fishing license plus a KING SALMON STAMP if salmon fishing.

~ Booking and Cancellation Information ~

  • A 50% deposit is required to guarantee your reservation.
  • Should your plans change, you must give 14 days notice to receive a full refund of your deposit.
  • If something unforeseen comes up and you fail to cancel in the allotted time period we will make every attempt to re-book your seat on the boat.   If we are able to re-book your seat, you will receive a refund less a 5% ($5.00 minimum) processing fee.
  • If the captain cancels the trip prior to launching due to weather, you will receive a full refund.
  • If the boat goes out but must return due to weather prior to fishing, you will receive a 90% refund.
  • If the boat goes out but is forced to return once fishing has begun, you may receive up to a 50% refund.

Last update: 12/15/13
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135 West Bunnell Ave.
Homer, Alaska 99603
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