Visiting Homer, Alaska, Bear Creek Winery, deep sea fishing with Ninilchik Charters then heading for Soldotna and fishing for red salmon on the Kenai River.
This part of our trip through Alaska was focused primarily on fishing. We have always wanted to take a deep-sea fishing charter so a trip into the Cook Inlet for Halibut, and then fishing for Chinook in the Kenai River made for a fun week of Alaskan fishing. It was as good as everyone said it would be.
Homer is on the shore of Kachemak Bay on the southwest side of the Kenai Peninsula. Its distinguishing feature is the Homer Spit, a narrow 4.5 mi (7.2 km) long gravel bar that extends into the bay, where Homer Harbor is located.
We arrived in Homer and set up the rig for an extended stay. As you can see from the pictures, the view from our front window was spectacular. Homer is described as a little drinking village with a fishing problem. If you’re into fishing, Homer is definitely the place to be. We took in a local play called “Dead Man’s Cell Phone”…..a comedy performed at the Pier One Theatre on the Homer Spit right near where we were parked on the water for the week.
While we were in Homer we visited Bear Creek Winery and Lodging The owners Bill and Dorothy were so hospitable and gave us a tour of their winery and a taste of some excellent wine. Bear Creek is family owned and operated and you definitely want to visit while you are in Homer.
We did some sight seeing in the area, watched the eagles and the seagulls scrapping over dead fish along the shore in front of the rig, and spent some time checking out the gift shops along the ocean at the end of the spit……but most of the time we spent in Homer was focused on fishing.
During our stay in Homer we signed up for a Ninilchik Charter that would take us out into Cooks Inlet to fish for Halibut. As you can see from the pictures, the trip was successful. We both caught our two fish limit…..about 30 lbs of Halibut for the freezer!! I caught a 25 to 30 pound Skate but we threw it back……I don’t think the charter guys wanted to be bothered cleaning it.