Homer  calls itself the halibut fishing capital of the world, with commercial fishers often landing more halibut here than at any other port. Sportfishing attracts droves of enthusiasts every day of the summer, not only for halibut but also for king and silver salmon. Wear warm, layered clothing topped by rain gear, and soft-soled shoes. Binoculars are a definite plus, since seabirds and marine mammals are usually viewable.
Half-day fishing charters typically cost $105 per person, with all-day charters for $225–260. Rates are a bit lower on the larger boats that carry up to 18 people (versus 6 on most boats), and during the shoulder seasons. Add $50 or so for a trip that combines halibut and salmon fishing. You can have your catch vacuum-packed, frozen, and shipped home for additional fees, but they add up quickly.
Whatever you do, don’t forget to enter the summerlong Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby (www.homerhalibutderby.com ) if you go fishing. First prize tops $45,000, with additional monthly prizes. Sob stories abound of people who saved $10 by not entering, then caught potential prizewinning sea monsters. Don’t let this happen to you!
Homer  has dozens of fishing charter boats to help you go out and bag a big halibut. An easy way to find one is through one of these chater agencies:
907/235-7847 or 800/478-7847
907/235-6212 or 800/426-6212
907/235-6126 or 800/770-6126
907/235-7620 or 800/770-7620
In addition to charter fishing, all of these can set up sea kayaking, water-taxi service, flightseeing, bear-viewing, and lodging for the area.
Once you do catch a big halibut or salmon, how do you get it back home? Coal Point Seafood (907/235-3877 or 800/325-3877, www.welovefish.com ) offers processing and flash-freezing, and will FedEx the fish to your home. If you’re going to be flying out and can take the fish with you, be sure to get the specially coated cardboard box (sold in grocery stores and at Redden Marine) and pack it with blue ice. Freezers are available at the Anchorage  airport (fee charged).
If you simply want to drive into town and cast a line in the water, head out to the famous Fishing Hole on the Homer Spit , across from Glacier Drive-In and Sportsman’s Supply. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game stocks this little bight with king and silver salmon smolt, and their return draws crowds of anglers all summer long. It’s a classic roadside fishing stop for RVers, kids, lazy locals, and the like. On a busy weekend, you might be able to squeeze in at water’s edge.
Get fishing licenses or rent a pole from Sport Shed (907/235-5562) across from the Hole or Sportsman’s Supply (907/235-2617) near the boat launch.