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Halibut fishing in Alaska


Outside Seward, Alaska -- photo by David Young

It was about 4:00 in the morning when I and some Army buddies were preparing for a deep sea fishing trip. We were going halibut fishing in the quaint little town of Seward, Alaska. If an opportunity to visit Alaska ever presents itself, take it. Alaska is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. The mosquitoes are a nightmare, more akin to pterodactyls. However, a trip to the amazing state of Alaska is worth every second. We boarded the fishing charter in the Seward Port and began our excursion. There are many charters available in the area. Click here to check out the available charters.

The boat set off from shore and we were on our way. The trip took about two and half hours to reach good fishing waters, so bring food and beverage along on the trip. It was June when we were fishing in the Alaskan waters and it was still very cold while the boat was moving, so be sure to bring layers of cloths to keep warm.

Resurrection Bay, Seward Bay -- photo by David Young

We arrived at the fishing spot and after a quick lesson from the Captain we cast our lines into the icy waters. Deep sea fishing is very different from fishing on a lake or river. On a lake you continuously cast your line and reel it back in. In deep sea fishing, after the line is cast, you wait. I felt a tug on the line and excitement poured over me. I began to vigorously reel in the line, feeling my arms burn with every turn of the crank. I imagined my fish being the lost cousin of Moby Dick and I would have a might story to tell of how I battled the monsters of the deep. I finally saw the beast break the surface. It turned out the mighty white whale was only the weights on the end of my line. I told myself the beast must have freed itself at the last second. The thought did not help that much. Needless to say, I was a little embarrassed. Much to my delight everyone else on the boat did the same thing.

My bounty -- photo by David Young

After reeling in a few more imaginary sea creatures, we did start catching halibut and many other types of fish. I ended up with two halibut, as that is the limit, and a black sea bass. After a full day of fishing we headed back to port to clean the fish and prepare them for shipment. Many of the charters will clean and fillet the fish for you for an extra tip. It took me three times as long to clean my fish than it did the crew of our boat. After the fish are cleaned, they are vacuum sealed and boxed for shipping. The shipping charge is based on the weight of the package and can add up very quickly. Keep this in mind and bring extra money along on the trip.

I hope your fishing trips will be as exciting as mine. There are many places to stay in the picturesque town of Seward, all of which offer a great view and experience. Click here to read another article on planning a fishing trip if Alaska is too far away.

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  • No One 5 years ago

    Another great adventure spelled out for us. Thank you for your effort and courage to break away from the fun to share this time with us in the lower forty-eight.

  • Jeanette 5 years ago

    Nice write-up--Bet those fish were yummy!

  • Dave 5 years ago

    The fish tasted great. It was the best halibut I have ever had.

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