What is the connection to the ‘Halibut Capital of the World’ and New Zealand? Easy – Alaska Arctic Sun. Confused? Don’t be.
The Beautiful waters of Kachemak Bay in Homer, Alaska, are a long way from idyllic Golden Bay in New Zealand, but that’s where Captain Greg Northover and his wife Sheila found themselves in May of 2013. The couple fell in love with the place and the fishing so much they ‘bought the company!’ The charter company Alaska Arctic Sun, that is!
Growing up in Golden Bay, Greg developed a profound love of fishing and the ocean, so when the urge to broaden the horizons arose, the move to Alaska was opportune and fitted in with the couple’s adventurous lifestyle. And it’s something they want to share with like-minded Kiwis.
Halibut are large flatfish like flounder and can grow to enormous sizes, and provide some of the most thrilling fishing imaginable. The season, which starts mid May and runs until September 5th, keeps Greg busy taking people fishing in his boat Quintessence, a 37′ Tolly Craft made in Washington State equipped and with twin diesel Cummins, while Sheila manages their three fully equipped Alaskan style log cabins.
This year has been an exciting first season for the Northover’s taking out Kiwis who have ventured to Alaska. Paul and Adriane Fraser, Des King-turner and the Everett Brothers, Miles and Don from Marine & General in Nelson were treated to the amazing vistas of the beautiful Cook Inlet, the wonderful hospitality of Greg and Sheila, and of course they caught fish! Always a good feed at the end of the day!
www.alaskaarcticsun.com – call us if you are ever in Homer, the door is always open.
Written By- Daryl Crimp