Halibut /Salmon Fishing

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For most sportsmen and women, Alaska congures up images of floatplanes, rugged offshore boats, rivers full of salmon, and long battles with trophy fish.  The results are full coolers, sore arms, and the best nights sleep in years.  Well.... this is not just a dream.  It happens nearly everyday here at Destination Alaska!  Over the years, our team has recognized and shared the passion built into our DNA for the fast twitch of the Rainbow Trout on a fly rod and the hard pull of the mighty Halibut on the deep sea rod.  

Not for the faint of heart, the Destination Alaska Adventures engineering team put together a 7 day 6 night package that will send you deep into the heart of Alaska by floatplane in search of Arctic Grayling, Rainbow Trout, and Char.  Once you arrive in Homer, you'll settle in to one of our amazing log chalets overlooking Kachemak Bay.  Let's go fishing!  For three full days, you'll have a fly rod in hand while knee deep in multiple lakes and rivers drifting egg patterns, streamers, and other flies, luring these native fish out of their hiding places. 

On day four, you'll board our floatplane and head out to the end of the Kenai Peninsula where the M/V Peregrine and her crew will be waiting to welcome you aboard.  This incredible vessel sleeps 8-10 comfortably and is known as Adventure Headquarters. Each morning you'll wake up to the smell of fresh coffee and a hearty breakfast before heading out on one of our "built for Alaska" offshore vessels.  These custom Bayweld boats have big horsepower, gyro stabilization, and are designed to keep you out there fishing safely when Alaska weather throws us a curve.  During these three days, we'll target a variety of Salmon, several species of Rockfish and our favorite, the mighty Halibut!  We have strategically placed the Peregrine in the heart of some of the best saltwater fishing in Alaska.  Only a short ride out each day and you'll be pulling fish over the rails.  At the end of the day, you'll arrive back at the Peregrine for an evening of relaxing, eating, and soaking in the on deck hot tub.  Yep... you read it correctly..... we have a hot tub onboard that will help soothe those aching muscles.  One last activity to close out the perfect day.  How about a beach campfire and a time of relaxing and telling fish stories.  As the sun settles onto the horizon, you'll climb into a clean comfortable bed knowing that you get to wake up and do it all again tomorrow.  At the end of day three, our de Havilland floatplane will round the corner and land in the bay where it will pick up your group along with your totes of tastey fillets.  The scenic flight back to Homer is the cherry on top for this trip.  You have the potential to see black bears munching on alpine blueberries, mountain goats resting on rocky cliffs, and occassionally pods of whales eating schools of baitfish down below.  If you love a variety of fishing and all things Alaska outdoors, this trip is for you.  Just the right amount of luxury and pampering, and all the rod screaming action you can handle.  

Duration - 7 days 6 nights

Cost - $10,850 per person + tax

Number of guests - up to 8 (call for larger groups)

Included - 3 nights lodging in Homer, all equipment, 3 nights on the Peregrine, meals while on the Peregrine, necessary park permits, transportation by floatplane to various fishing locations

Not included - meals while in Homer, fishing licenses with King Salmon stamps, staff gratuities

Other - V.I.P. flights from Anchorage to Homer, and rental SUVs are available for an added cost


Halibut, Salmon, And Rockfish Fishing

No visit to Alaska is complete without spending a day on the open water catching trophy halibut and salmon.  Our 2019 Bayweld was custom built with 44’ of luxury and 1275 HP to get you and your group out to prime fishing grounds in comfort and record time.  A fast vessel means you’ll have more time to fish!  Meet your captain and crew at 6:30 a.m. at our Spit office before you walk down to the harbor and get settled in for a scenic ride that will take you away from the crowds into pristine Alaska’s coastal wilderness.  Worried about motion sickness?  We have one of the only vessels in Homer that has a Seakeeper gyro stabilization system installed.  This system eliminates 90% of vessel roll, the leading cause of seasickness.  Our seasoned captain and crew will teach you all you need to know to bring the big ones over the rail and into the cooler.   When your arms are tired and the day is done, our deckhand will expertly fillet and prepare your fish to be picked up by the processor at the dock.  You’ll roll back into the harbor around 4:00 p.m. with plenty of time to check out the local shops on the boardwalk and have a fine meal at one of our outstanding restaurants.

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trip length: 8 – 10 hours


Please note: as of june 1, 2023

a fuel surcharge of 7.85%

is applied to all charters

per person cost: $495

Private charter:

Alaska Endeavor $5350

Wilderness Explorer $4950

Legacy $3850

Commonly Asked Fishing Questions!

-Where do we depart from? If you are staying in Homer, please check in at our Destination Alaska Adventure Company office headquarters located at 4287 Spit Road building #5 at 6:30 a.m. Our captain will meet you there and walk with you down to our boat.  If you are staying at one of the lodges across the Bay, we will pick you up at their dock at a time of your choosing.

-6:30 a.m. is too early.  Can we leave later? Yes…. For private charters, you have the flexibility to set the departure time and length of the overall trip. 

-How long is the boat ride out versus a regular fishing charter? The average charter requires a minimum boat ride of 2 hours south and/or west to reach the prime fishing ground.  The same distance is covered on the Wilderness Explorer in half the time.  Our guests are able to fish nearly an hour longer each day due to this time savings.

-Can I get picked up in Anchorage and flown directly to the boat? Yes…. We frequently pick up our guests at Lake Hood in Anchorage and fly them out to the boat for the day.  It is your choice to return to a local lodge or fly back to Anchorage at the end of the day.

-Can my whole family go on this trip? Yes…. We can accommodate up to 12 guests on the F/V Wilderness Explorer and up to 14 guests on the F/V Endeavor.  For larger groups, give us a call and we can make it happen.

-If it is not an exclusive charter, how many people will be on the boat? 8 guests per day is our average with a top limit of 10 people for Halibut/Salmon combos during peak season.  We designed the boat to fish 5 people per rail so there is plenty of elbow room.

-Will I need waders or hip boots? No…. However, rubber-soled/waterproof shoes or boots are helpful as the deck of the boat can be slippery and wet throughout the day.

-I have never fished before.  Will the crew show me how? Yes…. Many of our guests each year have no prior fishing experience.  Our Captain and deckhand enjoy teaching folks the art and science behind fishing in Alaska.

-I’m staying at one of the lodges across the bay, can we get picked up and dropped off from there? Yes…. If you have booked a private charter through the lodge or a travel planner, we can pick you up by plane or boat right at the lodge dock.

-I get motion sickness on boats.  What do I do? We recommend taking medicine such as Dramamine the night before your trip.  The Wilderness Explorer is equipped with a SeaKeeper gyro stabilization system that reduces vessel roll by 90%.  This system is unique to our vessel and nearly eliminates seasickness. 

-What are the limits for each fish? The “no charter halibut fishing” days, size, and bag limits for each species change each year.  Call us for the latest information.

-Can we keep the fish we catch? Yes…. We will fillet your catch onboard.  For a separate fee, a local processor will meet you at the dock and pick up your fillets to vacuum seal and prepare your fish for transport back home.  Fish can be shipped via FedEx or boxed for airline transport as excess baggage.

-Do your trips offer lunch and snacks as part of a standard trip? We offer bottled water, coffee, and some snacks as a part of our package.  

-What kind of fish can we catch? There are many diverse species of salmon, halibut, rockfish, and lingcod that inhabit the bay! As well as many others.

-Can we eat some fresh fish we caught out at sea? Yes…. For an additional fee of $750, we offer a Catch & Cook option (private charters only).  Our boat is set up with a commercial grill station and our crew is trained to prepare your fresh caught fish to perfection.

-What do I need to bring?  Fishing license, lunch, favorite snacks, warm clothes, rain gear, and a sense of humor.  We provide everything else for you.

-Can we bring alcohol onboard? For the safety and comfort of all passengers, we do not allow alcohol on our vessel during a Standard Fishing trip.  We do allow beer and wine during private trips or when meals are served onboard, such as our Dinner Cruise and Kachemak Bay Premium package.

-Do you sell fishing licenses? No…. The most efficient way to purchase a license is via the Alaska Fish and Game website.  The Captain and deckhand will need to record information from your license so you must have this license with you when you board the vessel in the morning.

-Will I see whales? Possibly…. The last couple years, we have seen a substantial increase in whale sightings.  Most days we see Orcas and Humpbacks, but it is difficult to guarantee whale sightings in Kachemak Bay.

-How long is the boat ride out in the morning? It generally takes us about an hour to reach prime fishing grounds.  The Wilderness Explorer is equipped with 1275 HP to get you out there fast.

-What precautions have you taken for COVID 19? We specialize in private tours (not mixing groups) and thoroughly clean our planes and boats each day. Our crew will wear masks during your visit upon your request.

-Do we have to fish all day?  Do you offer a 1/2 or 3/4 day? For private charters, our captain and crew are flexible and can change the itinerary to make your day the best possible.  Our costs are fixed so the length of the trip does not change the price.

-Is the tip for the pilot, captain, and crew included in our package?  What is customary? No…. Tips are greatly appreciated by our team. 15% to 20% is standard.



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