VIEWS OF KACHEMAK BAYHomer is located on the south coast of the Kenai Peninsula. It is bordered by the Kachemak Bay to the east and the Gulf of Alaska to the south. It has a long history as a fishing village with salmon and halibut plentiful in the waters of the bay and just outside the boundary of the bay and the Gulf. The east side of the bay is the western side of the Kenai Mountain Range which features the Harding Ice Fields--about 600,000 acres of snow and ice and glaciers! We visited the Exit Glacier over on the Seward side, and we can easily see 4 or 5 glaciers coming down to Kachemak Bay across the way. Here are some views of the bay and the mountains from Skyline Drive up on the ridge above Homer.
|Looking southeast to the point at the boundary of Kachemak Bay and the Gulf of Alaska|
|The Homer airport in the foreground with the Homer Spit reaching out into the Bay|
|One of the large glaciers coming down from the Harding Ice Fields|
The Great Halibut Fishing TripSaturday was probably the most perfect weather day we have had since crossing the Alaska/Canadian border! We couldn't have ordered much better weather for our fishing expedition in quest of halibut--Homer is known for its halibut fishing grounds! We were lucky to find a charter--the Dutch Treat--for a full day of fishing.
The two ladies elected to pass in favor of exploring the Farmer's Market, so Ray, Jack, and I rose bright and early to head out onto the Homer Spit to the marina. We stopped at the Boardwalk Bakery for a breakfast sandwich--Ritchie had two gravy biscuits instead!--and cups of coffee: very necessary because we got up at 5:00 a.m.!
|Leaving the marina from Homer Spit.|
|Jack with his coffee and our Australian chap chat at the rear of the boat|
|Ray has hooked up and is pulling up a fish!|
|Tory, the Mate, pulls Ray's catch aboard|
|Looks like a keeper, Ray!|
|This one was on the end of Jack's line--note the chuck of octopus in front of the halibut!|
|Captain Peter helps Jack get his catch aboard|
|Hang on to him, Jack! Don't let him get away now!|
Halibut are bottom feeders and are not really fighting fish, but they don't want to leave the bottom, so once hooked, they have to be pulled up the 100 or so feet to the boat. A 30 pound fish with a 2 lb. weight on the line makes for a lot of pulling and tugging! We took frequent breaks to let our arms recover from the strain!
|Ray, Jack, and Jon take a break from fighting the halibut|
|Ray and Jack rest up for the next fish|
|Ritchie, Jack, and Ray with four of our halibuts!|
|Two of the "big ones"|
Once back in the marina, we loaded all of our paraphernalia and our bags of halibut filets on a cart and headed for the ramp up to the parking lot. Because the tides in Kachemak Bay run an average of 18 feet, and because we landed a little after low tide, the ramp was sure much steeped going up than it had been coming down!
|Jack and Ray with our catch--white bags--and other stuff|
|Tam and Betty cut up and package our catch--Jack observes!|
|Well, some of us celebrated--Jack did his usual "Nap Time"!!|