Inlet Charters, Homer
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WARNING: You CANNOT fish for HALIBUT on WEDNESDAYS in Homer. Fishing license for one day was $30. Half day of fishing was $199. You can catch one salmon and then you're benched. Two fishing lines for ... read more »
After reading the many reviews for various charters out of Homer, I decided to book with this company - and I was not disappointed! The captain was clean, friendly, and accommodating, the women in the... read more »
We stayed in the Yukon Room above the Inlet Charters offices on the spot in Homer. This was the ideal location if you wanted to do anything in Homer. Room is basic but clean and comfortable and well s... read more »
Captain Brian was awesome as well as our deck hand Celia (sp?) who was brand new. They made sure we caught our halibut minimum and put us on the fish during our half day trip. Really great people and had an incredible time! We grilled our catch that night and they were tasty as well.
They had good reviews and a buddy referred me to them. After calling a couple times to figure out dates and rates the lady told me to give their Captain a call. Shortly after talking to the Captain I realized he was another company. I set up a day with him for a party of 2 possible 4. He gave me rates. He never said anything about a price increase if it was just 2 of us. At the last minute he hiked the price up another $50 a head because we turned out to be a party of 2. I called back Inlet to double check their prices and see if we were getting took, but they didn't answer. When Inlet called back I had committed to a day with Norm after the last minute rate hike as I wanted to make sure we could get out. Inlet assured me Norm was a great partner captain they use all the time and he'd take care of us, but we have to sort the price with him. I really didn't mind the extra $100. It was just how it was slipped in at the last minute. Comes across as a price gouge. Norm was helpful over the phone but sounded like he'd been hitting the bottle after talking to him a couple time. I justified that as normal for a captain. Upon getting to his boat in the morning he was straight up really rude. Heading out of Homer he started smoking in the little cab of his boat we were all crammed in & I had to tell him to put his cigarette out. He didn't like that. The bathroom aboard the boat was out of order ( or so he said. ) We didn't catch any fish. Norm called it a half day due to rough weather. The biggest problem was Captain Norms bad attitude. Not fun to be around. I don't recommend either of these companies.
Booked a charter with them. Asked them if boat had a bathroom, they said yes. But boat didn't. Long boat ride. If I had know ahead of time could have had less coffee.....
Had a GREAT TIME on our Combo Trip with Captain Phil and deckhand Travis. He put us on the Kings and had some great Halibut fishing. Thank you Phil for a Great Time!!!
This will be long but read it before you go with inlet charters for fishing. This was my first (and now last) charter experience. It was truly awful. We had captain Tom with the halibut hunter. He was not super talkative at first so it was awkward. He did not have the boat ready at departure. When we finally got moving he was rude straight off the bat moving around the cabin getting customers situated. We did not have a deckhand, which nobody bothered to tell us. When we got to our trolling location he yelled at my boyfriend to "grab this, go there" etc. So my boyfriend became the deck hand. The captain continued to yell and cuss at all of us throughout the trip. Another man on the boat caught the first salmon, and shortly after my mother in law and I both caught a salmon each. We eventually moved on to a halibut spot, where the fishing was steady-ish. As I was pulling in my second halibut I saw a dead salmon floating in the water. I told the captain and then all hell broke loose. There was a hole in the basket off the back of the boat that holds the fish. My coho and my mother in law's king were gone. To keep this short(er) there was a string of cussing and yelling from the captain. The sea was getting rough which I understand is not the fault of the charter, but the captain did not want to go anywhere else so we dealt with very rough seas and at least 4 of us were very inexperienced. He was so determined to get our max amoint of fish he was trying to make us "party fish" which is when one person limits out, they continue to fish until everyone's limit is reached (VERY illegal). I refused to participate in illegal activity and quit fishing when I had my limit. We finally headed back 3 hours early, but at that point I was so sick of the whole thing I did not care. We took time to talk to a manager at the office, of course all she said was that she has never heard anything like that and she will talk to the captain. Inlet Charters, you have lost 6 future customers and who knows how many of my friends and family I will tell about this.
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