Halibut Charters

Catching a halibut means heavy weight and stinky bait.

Halibut fishing usually happens in deep water with heavy weight and stinky bait. We could head two miles out or as far as thirty miles out depending on whether the weekend is designated for all depth or needs to be near shore. Drop your stinkiest bait to the bottom, or jig, and wait for a bite. Halibut is a sought-after fish because of their delicious flaky white meat!

All depth weekends are specific dates chosen by ODFW and are always select Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Those days we can fish any depth you want for halibut.

Otherwise, all other days are labeled as near-shore halibut days. On those days we cannot fish any deeper than the forty-fathom line. (one fathom = six feet)

Pricing:
Near-Shore - boat cost $1000 for up to 10 hours and 4 people
All-Depth - boat cost $1200 for up to 10 hours and 4 people

Trip Length: 8-10 hours

Limit: 1 per person per day; no size limits

When We Go:

All depth days are usually released by ODFW before spring.

Near-shore usually happens in May or June.

What I Supply:

  • All tackle including rods and reels.
  • Ice to keep the halibut cold while we’re fishing and returning to port.
  • Bait

What To Bring With You:

  • Fishing license
  • Rain gear
  • Bibs to keep your clothes clean.
  • Bring plenty of food, snacks, and drinks for our (up to) 10-hour day.
  • Plenty of storage for taking your halibuts back home with you. (coolers, storage bags, fillet knives)
  • Optional: Bring your favorite music on a Bluetooth accessible device to play on my Bluetooth stereo system.

What To Expect:

  • A long day full of adventure in the blue Pacific Coastal waters.
  • Up to 10-hours of sea time.
  • Prepare to sit back and relax until and between fish hook-ups!
  • Prepare to meet at Garibaldi Marina CH dock, slip #11 for an early morning start, depending on bar conditions or tides.

How To Prepare:

Getting your license:

Be sure to get your one-day fishing license at least one day before meeting at Garibaldi Marina for your charter trip as we often leave earlier than any licensing dealer is open for business. You can get a license on the ODFW mobile app, or at an authorized dealer like most sporting goods stores.

If you are prone to sea-sickness:

  • Be sure to start taking anti-nausea medication at least two days before the trip to prepare your body for being on the ocean.
  • It is highly recommended that you do not drink alcohol the night before an ocean fishing trip.
  • It is also highly recommended that you do not eat greasy foods or dairy products the day of or night before your charter trip.
  • Please note: returning to port for sea-sickness is only done if the case is severe enough to require doing so.

BOOKING A TRIP:

  • A $99 deposit (payable check, Venmo, Paypal, or invoice) is required for all bookings, reserves your date., and will be credited toward a fulfilled trip.
  • If you cancel your trip within 7 days of your booking, your deposit is forfeited.
  • If the captain needs to cancel your trip due to weather, you will receive a full refund of your deposit and any monies received right away, unless your trip can be rebooked.
  • Want to stay in Garibaldi before or after your trip?  One good option near the marina is camping at The Old Mill which has tent sites and full RV hook-up site options available. Find out more about their rates and accommodations here.

A Few Halibut Experiences:

Halibut Fishing Charter Reviews

"Kevin is a master at his craft and made the trip amazing. I've been on trips with guys that have big egos, say very little, have next to no interpersonal skills, etc. But Kevin was a load of fun, super patient with several of us who didn't have the first clue what we were doing and did all the work so all we had to do was cast, and real in the fish. His knowledge of the area was fantastic. I'll be booking a Tuna trip with him next!"

[Josh McCaughey]

"Have been out a few times with Kevin now and it’s always good fun. Whether you’re an experienced fisherman or a novice like myself he’s very accommodating and creates a comfortable environment for everyone. Definitely knows what he’s doing and had us on the fish in no time. I’ll be enjoying my freezer full of fish for some time. It’s not a question of whether I’ll be back but when. Thanks again man! 🤙🏼"

[Scott Wohl]

Let's Go Halibut Fishing!

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Then God said, "Let the waters swarm with fish & other life. Let the skies be filled with birds of every kind." So God created great sea creatures & every living thing that scurries & swarms in the water, & every sort of bird - each producing offspring of the same kind. And God saw that it was good. Then God blessed them, saying, "Be fruitful & multiply. Let the fish fill the seas, & let the birds multiply on the earth." Genesis 1:20-22