Landing The Gigantic Alaskan Halibut
The Kenai Peninsula is Alaska's biggest sport fishing attraction. The King Salmon can reach close to 100 pounds and anglers from all over the world come out in droves every summer to land their trophy and take home their bragging rights.
But for those that crave a fish of an even larger variety (and some argue tastier), many Alaskans turn their minds toward Halibut. And when many think Halibut in Alaska, they think of the self proclaimed "Halibut Capital of the World", of Homer, Alaska.
However there's a small town just north of Homer that is making a strong argument for taking over that title, Ninilchik. Ninlchik boasts a shore launch for boats, which combined with their proximity on Cook Inlet, means that the fishing grounds are only about 30 minutes away. Which for anyone that fishes for bottom fish, is a nice luxury. (i.e. insert fewer sea sick dry heaves sounds, here).
On this adventure we head out with Salt Water Adventures for a trip that has less to do with "fishing" and more to do with "catching". Watch the dramatic ending of this video - we land a halibut that is so big that it requires bringing out the BOOM STICK.
Next week we start a two part series that is one of the most special events I ever recorded in Alaska on video. We will get a "real" glimpse into the lives of "real" Alaskans (natives) as they celebrate "Nalukataq". What is "Nalukataq"? Tune in next week!
Until We Rub Noses Again!