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Located at the southern tip of the Kenai Peninsula, it is the self professed "Halibut Capital of the World." While halibut can certainly be caught here from a kayak, the main draw is KINGS! Homer is home to a year round population of king or chinook salmon. 


When

It is generally understood that the king salmon AND halibut are both available in Homer year round when open by regulations. Kings are best here Sept through December though they are available year round.    A quick check of the local saltwater forums will let you know how the action has been lately.

Where

I typically launch in between the Land's End Hotel and the Condo's at the end of the spit.  I have caught most of my fish right in front of the condos in about 60 ft of water with bait trolled about 30 ft down.

When looking at the marine weather, keep in mind you have protection from the winds from the East and to some extent the North and South.  Southwest and Northwest winds are not as good for fishing this area as the fetch (Distance the wind travels over water) is much longer and therefore can create waves.

Also keep in mind that at the very tip of the spit, at tidal exchanges the water moves quickly and depending on the wind direction can instantly kick up standing waves 5 to 6 ft high.   Se brief 13 second clip video clip here:  http://youtu.be/9eY9jDrwLf8

Finally Homer is NOTORIOUS for late afternoon winds.  Be careful and EXPECT the winds to pick up about 1 pm. This is especially true on days where there is a significant difference between water and air temps.   



HOW

In Homer I often use a downrigger as the depth fished can be as deep as 120ft.  Most of the time I'm down 35 to 50 ft so you could use a diver or lots of weight but the down rigger allows for better control of the bait depth.  But on most days a 12 oz sinker will get you in the zone.  If you need to go deeper, a deep six diver works as well.  

I mainly use herring behind a large flasher.  While I like the fish flash style (the trianglar shaped flashers) for their low drag, I am using more and more the metal dodgers.  I also like the Bechold's flasher but they have an awful lot of drag for kayak use.

Low drag is good for trolling with sinkers and divers but I think low drag also means less water movement and therefore less sonic signals for attraction.  So when I am using downriggers, I am going to opt for the most flash and water movement I can get away with.




Click on the pictures to go to the blog entry with more narrative, pictures and videos.

http://guidesak.blogspot.com/2015/02/february-1-super-bowl-king.html


http://guidesak.blogspot.com/2013/11/homer-winter-feeder-kings-in-november.htmlhttp://guidesak.blogspot.com/2013/11/homer-winter-kings-nov-24-2013.html





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