Big Butt Charters, Captain Josh

Big Butt Charters (short for Big Halibut Charters), invites you to visit Homer, Alaska – “Halibut Fishing Capital of the World." Captain Josh is ready to take you on the fishing trip of a lifetime. He is an expert at fishing the many species which call these waters home – Halibut, Salmon, Rockfish and Lingcod. You will also view breathtaking scenery and wildlife along the way.

You’ll be fishing aboard the Early Riser, a 2019 North River 31’X108” Seahawk OS 3100SXL. Powered by a pair of 300 HP Yamaha engines, the Early Riser is equipped with top of the line safety, navigation, and fishing gear for a safe, comfortable, and productive trip. Amenities include a stand-up flushing toilet, galley with sink, heater, and oversized dinette. There is plenty of space onboard for up to 6 guests.

We offer a variety of fishing trips to choose from, depending on what you want to catch. Take a specialized trip for Salmon, Halibut, and Rockfish, or target all at once on a Combo adventure. If your fishing buddies are not with you, you can always take a shared trip and join other anglers.

The price of each trip will include all the rods, reels, and terminal tackle you need for a great time. You will need to bring a valid Alaska fishing license. Feel free to bring drinks and snacks (no glass please). At the conclusion of your trip the crew will clean and fillet your catch.

Big Butt Charters looks forward to fishing with you soon!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    10 Hour Trip – Combo
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jun 1 - Sep 15 (Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun)
    $2,900
    You have the entire boat for your group, up to 6 people. This combo trip can include Halibut and Salmon and/or Rockfish, depending on your group preferences. Contact the captain for further details and options.
  • Private trip
    Halibut & Salmon Trip
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jun 1 - Sep 15 (Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun)
    $2,585
    Target Halibut and Salmon on this 8-hour adventure. You and your group will have the whole boat for yourselves. Capt. Josh will cover your fishing equipment and clean your catch after the trip. Make sure to purchase your fishing license and bring some food and drinks.
  • Private trip
    Combo Trip
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 15 - May 31 (Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun)
    $2,400
    You have the entire boat for your group, up to 6 people. This combo trip can include Halibut (except for Tuesday and Wednesday prior to June 15th, every day starting on June 15th per Alaska State Regulations) and Salmon and/or Rockfish, depending on your group preferences. Contact the captain for further details and options.
  • Private trip
    Combo Trip
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Sep 16 - Oct 15 (Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun)
    $2,400
    You have the entire boat for your group, up to 6 people. This combo trip can include Halibut (except for Tuesday and Wednesday prior to June 15th, every day starting on June 15th per Alaska State Regulations) and Salmon and/or Rockfish, depending on your group preferences. Contact the captain for further details and options.
  • Private trip
    Halibut Trip
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jun 1 - Sep 15 (Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun)
    $2,250
    Target Halibut on this 8-hour adventure. You and your group will have the whole boat for yourselves. Capt. Josh will cover your fishing equipment and clean your catch after the trip. Make sure to purchase your fishing license and bring some food and drinks.
  • Private trip
    Halibut & Rockfish Trip
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 15 - May 31 (Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun)
    $2,150
    Target Halibut and Rockfish on this 8-hour adventure. You and your group will have the whole boat for yourselves. Capt. Josh will cover your fishing equipment and clean your catch after the trip. Make sure to purchase your fishing license and bring some food and drinks.
  • Private trip
    Halibut & Rockfish Trip
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Sep 16 - Oct 15 (Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun)
    $2,150
    Target Halibut and Rockfish on this 8-hour adventure. You and your group will have the whole boat for yourselves. Capt. Josh will cover your fishing equipment and clean your catch after the trip. Make sure to purchase your fishing license and bring some food and drinks.
  • Private trip
    Halibut & Salmon Trip
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 15 - May 31 (Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun)
    $2,150
    Target Halibut and Salmon on this 8-hour adventure. You and your group will have the whole boat for yourselves. Capt. Josh will cover your fishing equipment and clean your catch after the trip. Make sure to purchase your fishing license and bring some food and drinks.
  • Private trip
    Halibut & Salmon Trip
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Sep 16 - Oct 15 (Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun)
    $2,150
    Target Halibut and Salmon on this 8-hour adventure. You and your group will have the whole boat for yourselves. Capt. Josh will cover your fishing equipment and clean your catch after the trip. Make sure to purchase your fishing license and bring some food and drinks.
  • Private trip
    Salmon & Rockfish Trip
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 15 - Oct 15 (Wed)
    $2,100
    Target Chinook Salmon and Rockfish for 8 hours! Trolling is the main technique for Salmon and you'll be bottom fishing for Rockfish. There's no need to be an avid angler, just join!
  • Private trip
    Halibut Trip
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 15 - May 31 (Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun)
    $1,800
    Target Halibut on this 8-hour adventure. You and your group will have the whole boat for yourselves. Capt. Josh will cover your fishing equipment and clean your catch after the trip. Make sure to purchase your fishing license and bring some food and drinks.
  • Private trip
    Salmon Trip
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 15 - Oct 15 (Wed)
    $1,800
    Target Chinook Salmon for 8 hours! Trolling is the main technique, but you can test out some other approach. There's no need to be an avid angler, just join!
  • Private trip
    King Salmon + Tanner Crab
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Oct 1 - Feb 28
    $1,700
    Tanner crab, otherwise known as Snow crab, are available to Alaska residents with a permit. It appears this year's Tanner crab season will run October 1, 2021 - February 28, 2022 with reporting due on March 31st. Currently it appears that the Standard Tanner Fishery will be in place. Daily bag limit is 5 legal-sized male Tanner crabs per person. You will bait and splash the crab pots then troll for King Salmon, returning to the crab pots after a 4-6 hour soak.
  • Private trip
    Salmon Trip
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Mar 1 - Apr 14
    $1,600
    Target Chinook Salmon for 8 hours! Trolling is the main technique, but you can test out some other approach. There's no need to be an avid angler, just join!
  • Shared trip
    Combo Trip (Shared)
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jun 1 - Sep 15 (Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun)
    $950
    This shared adventure will take you after Halibut, Salmon, and Rockfish. The captain will prepare your fishing equipment and show you which technique will work best for the fish you want to catch. Don't forget to purchase your fishing license!
  • Shared trip
    Combo Trip (Shared)
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 15 - May 31 (Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun)
    $850
    This shared adventure will take you after Halibut, Salmon, and Rockfish. The captain will prepare your fishing equipment and show you which technique will work best for the fish you want to catch. Don't forget to purchase your fishing license!
  • Shared trip
    Combo Trip (Shared)
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Sep 16 - Oct 15 (Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun)
    $850
    This shared adventure will take you after Halibut, Salmon, and Rockfish. The captain will prepare your fishing equipment and show you which technique will work best for the fish you want to catch. Don't forget to purchase your fishing license!
  • Shared trip
    Halibut & Rockfish Trip (Shared)
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jun 1 - Sep 15 (Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun)
    $850
    Take a shared adventure and target Halibut and Rockfish! The captain will cover your fishing equipment, so you only need to bring your snacks and drinks. Don't forget your fishing license and get ready for some rod bending action.
  • Shared trip
    Halibut & Salmon Trip (Shared)
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jun 1 - Sep 15 (Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun)
    $850
    Take a shared adventure and target Halibut and Salmon! The captain will cover your fishing equipment, so you only need to bring your snacks and drinks. Don't forget your fishing license and get ready for some rod bending action.
  • Shared trip
    Halibut & Rockfish Trip (Shared)
    In demand! Last booked: 4 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 15 - May 31 (Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun)
    $750
    Take a shared adventure and target Halibut and Rockfish! The captain will cover your fishing equipment, so you only need to bring your snacks and drinks. Don't forget your fishing license and get ready for some rod bending action.
  • Shared trip
    Halibut & Rockfish Trip (Shared)
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Sep 16 - Oct 15 (Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun)
    $750
    Take a shared adventure and target Halibut and Rockfish! The captain will cover your fishing equipment, so you only need to bring your snacks and drinks. Don't forget your fishing license and get ready for some rod bending action.
  • Shared trip
    Halibut & Salmon Trip (Shared)
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 15 - May 31 (Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun)
    $750
    Take a shared adventure and target Halibut and Salmon! The captain will cover your fishing equipment, so you only need to bring your snacks and drinks. Don't forget your fishing license and get ready for some rod bending action.
  • Shared trip
    Halibut & Salmon Trip (Shared)
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Sep 16 - Oct 15 (Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun)
    $750
    Take a shared adventure and target Halibut and Salmon! The captain will cover your fishing equipment, so you only need to bring your snacks and drinks. Don't forget your fishing license and get ready for some rod bending action.
  • Shared trip
    Halibut Trip (Shared)
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jun 1 - Sep 15 (Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun)
    $750
    Take a shared adventure and target Halibut! The captain will cover your fishing equipment, so you only need to bring your snacks and drinks. Don't forget your fishing license and get ready for some rod bending action.
  • Shared trip
    Salmon & Rockfish Trip (Shared)
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 15 - Oct 15 (Wed)
    $750
    Fish for Chinook Salmon and Rockfish, and end the trip with a full bucket. You get to keep the fish you've caught and the captain will clean it after the trip. Bring your license, food, and drinks. The captain will cover your fishing equipment.
  • Shared trip
    Halibut Trip (Shared)
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 15 - May 31 (Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun)
    $650
    Take a shared adventure and target Halibut! The captain will cover your fishing equipment, so you only need to bring your snacks and drinks. Don't forget your fishing license and get ready for some rod bending action.
  • Shared trip
    Halibut Trip (Shared)
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Sep 16 - Oct 15 (Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun)
    $650
    Take a shared adventure and target Halibut! The captain will cover your fishing equipment, so you only need to bring your snacks and drinks. Don't forget your fishing license and get ready for some rod bending action.
  • Shared trip
    King Salmon + Tanner Crab (Shared)
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Oct 1 - Feb 28
    $650
    Tanner crab, otherwise known as Snow crab, are available to Alaska residents with a permit. It appears this year's Tanner crab season will run October 1, 2021 - February 28, 2022 with reporting due on March 31st. Currently it appears that the Standard Tanner Fishery will be in place. Daily bag limit is 5 legal-sized male Tanner crabs per person. You will bait and splash the crab pots then troll for King Salmon, returning to the crab pots after a 4-6 hour soak.
  • Shared trip
    Salmon Trip (Shared)
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 15 - Oct 15 (Wed)
    $650
    Troll for Chinook Salmon and end the trip with a full bucket. You get to keep the fish you've caught and the captain will clean it after the trip. Bring your license, food, and drinks. The captain will cover your fishing equipment.
  • Shared trip
    Salmon Trip (Shared)
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Mar 1 - Apr 14
    $550
    Troll for Chinook Salmon and end the trip with a full bucket. You get to keep the fish you've caught and the captain will clean it after the trip. Bring your license, food, and drinks. The captain will cover your fishing equipment.
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About the Captain

Josh Wickboldt
Homer, Alaska, United States
ID & License verified
103 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since April 2020
Captain Josh has been fishing since 2012 in Alaska waters, but he's been fishing for his entire life. At first, this started only as a summer job, when he worked as a deckhand. It didn't take long for him to decide he wanted to do this as a profession and decided to make a career out of it. By running fishing trips for other people, Josh gets to fish every day and enjoy the scenery of Alaska, which is second to none.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Black Rockfish Black Rockfish
Crab Crab
Halibut Halibut
Lingcod Lingcod

Rockfish Rockfish
Salmon (Chinook) Chinook Salmon

Boat Specs

North River (Aluminum fishing) originally built in 2019. Powered by 2 300HP Yamaha engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 30 knots.

Length
31 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Jigging
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Catch cleaning & filleting

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 30 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 30 days before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.

Listing Policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch

Payment

Pay online in full

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No additional fees.
Book with 10% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% deposit to guarantee your reservation.

The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:

Cash
Visa
Mastercard
American Express
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 3% charge will apply.

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Customer Reviews

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Angler Rating
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Friendly captain
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Recommend this charter
98%
Appropriate for children
80%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
98%
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Anthony P.
Fall Creek, WI
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Full Haul Combo Trip

VERIFIED   Combo Trip (Shared) on August 26, 2021
Booked a combo trip for my wife, daughter, and myself as part of our Alaska vacation. Shared the trip with 3 others. Capt....
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Full Day Trip with Captain Josh

VERIFIED   Salmon & Rockfish Trip (Shared) on October 1, 2021
First, Homer Alaska is amazing.  Captain Josh was professional and proficient.  He was communicative before hand and worked...
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Halibut Trip with Big Butt Charters

VERIFIED   Halibut Trip (Shared) on June 20, 2021
This was the best fishing charter that I have ever gone out on.  The boat was comfortable.  The crew was knowledgeable and...
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Anchorage, AK
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Combo trip with Josh

VERIFIED   10 Hour Trip – Combo on August 28, 2021
We had a great trip with Josh! He did an awesome job keeping us comfortable through some rough waves in the morning and found...
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Best day ever!

VERIFIED   Halibut & Salmon Trip on July 26, 2021
We had a wonderful day with Captain Jordan and Cody. Captain Jordan worked tirelessly putting us on halibut and we reached...
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FAQs about Big Butt Charters, Captain Josh

Big Butt Charters, Captain Josh offers the following trips to customers:
  • $275 per person - Salmon Trip (Shared) (8 hours)
  • $325 per person - Salmon Trip (Shared) (8 hours)
  • $325 per person - King Salmon + Tanner Crab (Shared) (8 hours)
  • $325 per person - Halibut Trip (Shared) (8 hours)
  • $325 per person - Halibut Trip (Shared) (8 hours)
  • $375 per person - Salmon & Rockfish Trip (Shared) (8 hours)
  • $375 per person - Halibut Trip (Shared) (8 hours)
  • $375 per person - Halibut & Salmon Trip (Shared) (8 hours)
  • $375 per person - Halibut & Salmon Trip (Shared) (8 hours)
  • $375 per person - Halibut & Rockfish Trip (Shared) (8 hours)
  • $375 per person - Halibut & Rockfish Trip (Shared) (8 hours)
  • $425 per person - Combo Trip (Shared) (8 hours)
  • $425 per person - Halibut & Salmon Trip (Shared) (8 hours)
  • $425 per person - Halibut & Rockfish Trip (Shared) (8 hours)
  • $425 per person - Combo Trip (Shared) (8 hours)
  • $475 per person - Combo Trip (Shared) (8 hours)
  • $1,600 per group - Salmon Trip (8 hours)
  • $1,700 per group - King Salmon + Tanner Crab (8 hours)
  • $1,800 per group - Salmon Trip (8 hours)
  • $1,800 per group - Halibut Trip (8 hours)
  • $2,100 per group - Salmon & Rockfish Trip (8 hours)
  • $2,150 per group - Halibut & Salmon Trip (8 hours)
  • $2,150 per group - Halibut & Salmon Trip (8 hours)
  • $2,150 per group - Halibut & Rockfish Trip (8 hours)
  • $2,150 per group - Halibut & Rockfish Trip (8 hours)
  • $2,250 per group - Halibut Trip (8 hours)
  • $2,400 per group - Combo Trip (10 hours)
  • $2,400 per group - Combo Trip (10 hours)
  • $2,585 per group - Halibut & Salmon Trip (8 hours)
  • $2,900 per group - 10 Hour Trip – Combo (10 hours)

When you book a trip with Big Butt Charters, Captain Josh, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet (Stand up flushing toilet)
  • GPS (Garmin GPS142)
  • Fishfinder (Garmin GT23 Transducer)

Trips booked with Big Butt Charters, Captain Josh include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (Abot reels, Seeker/Shimano rods)
  • Catch cleaning & filleting

Big Butt Charters, Captain Josh offers the following types of fishing:
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing

Big Butt Charters, Captain Josh offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Jigging
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Big Butt Charters, Captain Josh include:
  • Black Rockfish
  • Crab
  • Halibut
  • Lingcod
  • Rockfish
  • Salmon (Chinook)