Dared by a friend to follow life’s dreams, Captain Wes drove 6,000 miles from Florida to Alaska to first begin working on a volcano research vessel in the remote Aleutian Islands. He has also crewed on a commercial fishing salmon boat, catching tens-of-thousands of pounds of fish a day. But, his favorite job has been charter fishing out of Homer because of the epic mountains, incredible fishing, and fun-loving locals and visitors that are unique to this last frontier. To him, there’s no better office than the Irish in Homer.
The “Irish” carries a maximum of 16 fishermen (more if all one party) and is also available for groups up to 22 passengers for sightseeing, weddings, school groups, nature tours, oil industry and other transportation services. The Irish can comfortably handle handicapped fisherman.
Capt. Ben Martin, has upgraded his boat for 2019 with the “West Cape” a 33 ft Bounty Motor Yacht. This boat is more spacious and efficient than his previous boat the Fringe Benefit. He will continue to provide his clients with World Class fishing for his 12th season. Halibut is the staple, but when in season he loves to do more of the Ultimate Combo trips targeting all species possible. Ben was 2010’s Homer Jackpot Derby Winning Captain!
Captain Brian is a born-and-bred Homerite. He holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Science focusing on fisheries and halibut biology. He is running his 6th season as a charter captain. The beautiful Beau Soleil is a comfy 35’ Bertram that holds 6 anglers for halibut, salmon, or rockfish fishing. Brian is here to make your Alaskan fishing dreams come true.
Capt. Jay Keller, owner operator of the “Keeper”, is a long-time local commercial fisherman/charter operator born and raised in Homer, Alaska. With his love for fishing and local knowledge, he brings confidence and expertise to your quality fun filled day on the water. Jay offers salmon fishing, halibut/salmon combos or the Ultimate Combo during certain times of the season.
Travis first came to Homer Alaska at the age of 11 with his grandparents all the way from Texas. That vacation profoundly impacted Travis and the course of his life. Coming from Texas, Travis thought he knew what BIG was, but then he came to Alaska. The rest is history. From the moment of that first halibut until today he has spent his professional life working to share that feeling of exhilaration and joy with people that he felt way back when he caught his first big halibut, lunker king, or mondo yellow eye. Travis has been working in the charter industry in one form or another since he was 16 and now he is 34. He is a near coastal 100ton Master Captain, Able Seaman and Holds multiple safety endorsements on his license. When Travis is not chartering, he is spending time with his wife Tessa and daughter Tasmin and probably going fishing with them.
And let’s not forget the tireless ground crew who pick up where the captains leave off, hauling your lunkers up to the office, weighing them, taking pictures, and filleting them as you relax with a hot cup of coffee or a well deserved ice cold beer at the “Salty Dawg” across the street. Gerri Martin, taking your bookings, juggling schedules, and making sure you leave Homer smilin’.
The Storm Petrel specializes in Halibut, Halibut/Salmon Combos, and the Ultimate Combo. Call us for more information on this boat!