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.

APRIL 23, 2014 Hey Folks, Captain Shane here. My my how the time flies. Here we are already into our red hot Spring fishing period and it seems like yesterday when we were heading out for our first New Year's fishing trip. I pulled the boat in mid January for annual maintenance and some upgrades on the boat and as soon as we were back in the water it was FISH ON! And it hasn't slowed down since. Watch my Slide Show at the right for photos of just some of the action we have had with clients since the first of this year to present.

Its now April and the largest of the feeder King Salmon have moved into Kachemak Bay and Cook Inlet chasing down the massive schools of hooligan and herring that are migrating into the area to spawn. Find the bait and you find those feeder king salmon. During the 3rd week of April we have boated 34 Kings with three of them being White Kings. And we have had FIVE Kings break the 30 pound mark this past week out of those thirty-four fish we have harvested. Can you say HOT FISHING?

We have already been out on an early Spring halibut fishing trip and the prospects are looking very good for some nice size fish showing up ahead of schedule. And that means COMBO TIME when for just a few bucks more you can experience halibut and salmon fishing and maybe even hit some rockfish while we are at it. Its a great way to take home a very tasty variety of Alaska's ocean bounty and there are usually some cod turning up too for some great fish n chips. And remember that our area still has a two halibut limit per person. Our April 22 Combo Trip (see first 3 photos in slide show) was quite successful with rockfish, cod, halibut and King salmon ending up in the fish box for the ride back to the harbor.

The Alaska Dept. of Fish & Game has already issued Emergency Orders in 2014 severely restricting or completely closing down most FRESHWATER King salmon fisheries in the Matsu Valley rivers and in the Kenai Peninsula rivers and streams. So there will be little to fish for in the freshwater streams in the way of King salmon this season.

But our offshore salt waters are filled with an abundance of younger King salmon from hatcheries and healthy wild stocks all along the West Coast from Canada to Oregon that are providing an exceptional fishery as you can see by the photos. These areas are stocking 252 MILLION King salmon in the ocean each year and those fish along with wild sources migrate to Alaskan waters to feed and grow and eventually return to their home waters to spawn. We are the beneficiaries of those programs and our reward is some incredible King salmon fishing 365 days a year. Our motto: We never close! So if you need your 2014 King Salmon FIX, whether you are a traveling visitor or an Alaskan looking for a chance to land a King salmon this summer, look no further.

At this time we are doing salmon trips, halibut trips, and combo trips for salmon and halibut or rockfish and salmon, or rockfish and halibut. In July the lingcod season opens to provide an opportunity to get out on one of our MULTI SPECIES super trips where we target every fish available for one day of fishing that you will never forget. See the photo in the next section for an example of this extraordinary adventure.

Our objective is to satisfy the customer so its important for you to choose the type of fishing trip you are most interested in. Some prefer to engage in a trip for a single species like all halibut or just salmon fishing. The more adventurous types may opt for one of the many Combination (COMBO) trips. Halibut/Salmon, Halibut/Rockfish, or Salmon/Rockfish are all offered for those wanting to experience the thrill and challenge of fishing for multiple species in the same day. These trips cover more water as the fish are in different areas so we will be traveling more miles. We don't have any fuel surcharges like other charters.

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.

The photo at right documents one of those RARE days in Alaska saltwater fishing when all five Pacific Salmon species are within reach on a single trip. Of course you still can't make them bite but when you have so many different possibilities of what is on the line its a lot of fun keeping your fingers crossed that the next fish is one that still needs to be caught. This was our day and all before 10am July 9th. And we ended the 2013 season with THREE GRAND SLAM SALMON days. With so many freshwater king salmon fisheries restricted this year many anglers are heading to the saltwater to catch a King as well as their halibut. Bookings are filling quickly due to this unusual situation so don't hesitate to get your reservation in for the times you want.

Good Luck and Good Fishin' to ya, Captain Shane

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
COMBO
SALMON & HALIBUT
$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.
TIMING FOR SPECIES AVAILABILITY (approx.)
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: 07/15/13
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135 West Bunnell Ave.
Homer, Alaska 99603
E-mail: driftwoodinn@alaska.com
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