Homer – first you see it, now you don’t

Homer, AK is one of the most Westerly portions of AK accessible by road and is known for excellent Halibut fishing. The tide movement is CRAZY — four times a day and up to 19 feet difference in water level.

Low tide at lagoon - boxes are for retaining the small salmon before releasing

Low tide at lagoon – boxes are for retaining the small salmon before releasing

A four-mile long large gravel sand bar named the “spit” juts out into the Kachemak Bay.  This is where all the charter companies and their boats are kept for the fishing season and there are several campgrounds. The campgrounds are not ‘fancy’ and we stayed at one of two city campgrounds near the lagoon.  It is a big parking lot with a bathroom for $15 per night — but a bargain (thanks city of Homer).

Marina on Homer Spit.  All types of fishing boats heading in and out to fish.

Marina on Homer Spit. All types of fishing boats heading in and out to fish.

If you like fishing, this is a great place.  You can fish with a halibut or ocean salmon charter or fish a small lagoon or surf fish.  We fished in the lagoon for sliver salmon and in the surf for flounder and cod.  The state releases salmon in the lagoon so they will return to spawn, however they return on high tide and don’t have anywhere to go until the next tide change.

There is a nice bike/hike trail along the entire 4 mile Homer Spit.  I was able to capture the elusive Glenn!

There is a nice bike/hike trail along the entire 4 mile Homer Spit. I was able to capture the elusive Glenn!

We biked up and down the spit, enjoying watching the boats load up at the marina and other people catching fish. There are also three large fish cleaning stations provided by the city where you can see what others caught during the day.

We thought we would be there for one day and each morning for four mornings we paid for another day since it was so interesting.  The water is not as salty as we are used to so it was cool to us to be that close to ocean and not feel ‘salty or gritty’ the way you do in coastal Texas.

Earth Roamer camped on beach.  One of only 400 made so far...a 2013 used one is $400,000!

Earth Roamer camped on beach. One of only 400 made so far…a 2013 used one is $400,000!

Some of our beautiful salmon filets from Homer

Some of our beautiful salmon filets from Homer

Special device for making egg sacks

Special device for making egg sacks

Making 'roe sacks' with cured fish eggs -- in laundry:)

Making ‘roe sacks’ with cured fish eggs — in laundry:)

Small lagoon on Homer Spit at low tide

Small lagoon on Homer Spit at low tide

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4 Responses to Homer – first you see it, now you don’t

  1. Richard Lowell Behling says:

    How are you preparing and cooking your catch?

    • gconthemove says:

      Hi Richard – hope the Texas heat is not too unbearable this summer for you. We really do it three ways. The first two we do outside on our campstove so it doesn’t make the camper smell. We poach some and pan sear some, then freeze it in small bags for use in salmon salad, sprinkled on a salad, tossed with pasta, and salmon cakes. The other filets are frozen for outside grilling when we get to a campsite that has a grill. Because we live in a small space, I try to pre-prepare lots of items for quick meals on the go.

  2. Wayne says:

    Sounds like you are having a good time. Wish we were their with you.

    • gconthemove says:

      We are really taking our time and not trying to see it all — just enjoying and relaxing. Miss you guys and talk about how much fun it would be to be fishing here with you two.

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