Cook Inlet halibut are a delicious choice to fish for. The season runs strong from May through September. Our fishing trips depart from Ninilchik or Anchor Point, which is a little further south on the Sterling highway. Both launch sites offer much of the same fishing grounds, the beautiful icy blue waters of the Cook Inlet. You will be surrounded by the Alaska range on one side and the Kenai mountains on the other. Be sure and check out our volcanoes on those clear days. Augustine, Iliamna, Redoubt, and Spur.
Our halibut boats are coast guard regulated which allow up to 6 passengers. You will always fish with a trusty worthy captain and crew. The boats provide a comfortable warm cabin equipped with a head. And a large back deck where all the action takes place. Rubber boots and rain gear are a good idea for these trips.
The Cook Inlet halibut average from 20 to 50 pounds. The fishery is a strong one, which of course will produce those 100 pounds + monsters you always hear about. The limit is two halibut per person per day. The trip lasts between 6 to 8 hours, depending on the tides and weather. No three hour tours here! Most likely you will be fishing the high tides, although occasionally those low tides offer some good angling.
Poor Man's Lobster Recipe
Cut the skin off the halibut if needed. Then cube the halibut into equal sized chunks. Boil 8 cups of water, and add ½ cup sugar and ½ cup of salt. Bring to a rolling boil. Add chunks of halibut and boil for about 75-90 seconds. After about 45 seconds the halibut begins to float, continue to cook for about 30 seconds. Scoop out halibut with a slotted spoon and place on paper towels to dry. At this point you can check to see if the halibut is done, you want the center of the fish to be slightly undone. The fish will continue to cook as it dries on the paper.
Parmesan Halibut Fingers
Cut the skin off the halibut if needed. Then cut the halibut into inch wide by two inch long strips. Keep them around the same size, this will help ensure that all the pieces will be done at the same time. Start with three bowls. One for olive oil, one for parmesan cheese and one for bread crumbs. Once all the halibut is sliced, dip them in the olive oil first then the bread crumbs and parmesan. Arrange them on a foil covered pan.
Preheat oven to 500 degrees. Bake for 10 minutes or until done.