Big Butt Charters

33 reviews
In demand!

Big Butt Charters (short for Big Halibut Charters), invites you to visit Homer, Alaska – “Halibut Fishing Capital of the World”. Captain Josh and deckhand Schooner (a lovely Husky) are ready to take you on a fishing trip of a lifetime. They are expert at fishing the many species that call these waters home – Halibut, Salmon, Rockfish and Lingcod. You will also see breathtaking scenery and wildlife along the way.

You will 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, oversized dinette - the list goes on. There is plenty of space onboard for up to 6 guests.

There’s 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 any given trip will include all the rods, reels, and terminal tackle you need for a great time. You will need a valid Alaska fishing license. Feel free to bring drinks and snacks. 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
    Combo Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jun 1 - Sep 30
    $1,975
    price breakdown
    $1,975
    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 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jun 1 - Sep 30
    $1,500
    price breakdown
    $1,500
    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 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $1,250
    price breakdown
    $1,250
    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 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jun 1 - Sep 30
    $790
    price breakdown
    $790
    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 Trip (Shared)
    In demand! Last booked: 13 hours ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jun 1 - Sep 30
    $600
    price breakdown
    $600
    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
    Tanner Crab / King Salmon Combo
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Oct 1 - Mar 31
    $600
    price breakdown
    $600
    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 September 1, 2020 - March 31, 2021 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 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $500
    price breakdown
    $500
    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
33 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

Crab Crab
Halibut Halibut
Lingcod Lingcod
Rockfish Rockfish

Salmon (Chinook) Salmon (Chinook)

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 3 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 3 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

Book with 20% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
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:
Visa
Mastercard
American Express
Cash

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 3% fee.

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.94
out of 5 stars from 33 reviews
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Friendly captain
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100%
Appropriate for children
96%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
96%
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Eric N.
United States
 5.00
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Great Day Despite Choppy Waters

July 21, 2020
The ocean was a bit choppy but Captain Josh navigated the waves without problem and took us to a great spot where we had halibut...
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Joel M.
Smyrna, GA
 5.00
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Full day Halibut fishing with Josh

VERIFIED   July 23, 2020
Great fishing charter out of Homer and Josh is a great captain with an awesome dog.  The boat had 6 people on it and we...
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Jese B.
MEADOW LAKE, AK
 5.00
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6/27/20 Halibut with Captain Josh

VERIFIED   June 27, 2020
As a local Alaskan I have been on many halibut charters out of Homer. The trip with Captain Josh was by far my favorite experience....
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Tracy M.
Homer, Alaska
 5.00
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Awesome Trip

VERIFIED   August 6, 2020
We had a great trip. The weather was mild at first and then rainy but as far as being helpful to first time fishers the captain...
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Joshua L.
Royal Oak, Michigan
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Amazing Day With A Great Captain

July 23, 2020
I took my 13 year old son and his two Grandfathers out this summer and we had an incredible time! We limited out on...
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