Halibut Fishing Trip

Betty Kay Charters

Zerve Seller: FishBettyKay
Activity #2270
  • Try this 5 hour fishing trip and enjoy the beautiful Oregon coastline as you fish over kelp pads, reefs, and pinnacles for rock fish!

  • Join us for a two hour whale watching cruise to see Gray Whales, Humpback Whales, "Killer" Whales, and wildlife such as sea lions!

  • On this trip, target King Salmon in deep waters and Coho Salmon (silvers) in shallow water - we'll go wherever the fish are running!

Available Dates & Times Price Duration
All times listed are Pacific time zone


Join us for a 12 hour halibut fishing trip on the beautiful Southern Oregon ocean waters at Coos Bay/Charleston.

Our halibut trips leave on specific dates as granted by Fish & Game in May and August. You will see the beautiful Oregon coastline while fishing in 600 feet of water up to 30 miles offshore! Halibut are big fish that range from 30 to 80 pounds. We have a buddy system so that if you get tired someone else will help you reel in your fish!

Our halibut day trips feature:
  • The most experienced captains & deckhands out of Coos Bay - any experience level is welcome!
  • U.S.C.G. inspected vessels
  • The safest bar crossing on the South Oregon coast
  • Family fun and adventure
  • Beautiful scenery!
Halibut meat is a delicious Pacific Northwest delicacy - catch some of your own and make battered halibut and chips, grill some halibut steaks, or smoke or sautée the fish! Nothing can beat the taste and flavor of fresh Oregon ocean caught fish!

What Is Not Included?

  • A one day fishing license is not included in price of trip and is required for all participants ages 14 and up (available for $16.75 each at the start of the trip).
  • Food is not provided on the vessel, so please bring your own.
  • Complimentary coffee and water will be available, but feel free to bring your own beverages (alcohol must be limited to 6 beers per person).
  • Feel free to bring a small ice chest for your snacks and drinks.
  • Rain gear is not provided.
  • Cost for filleting a halibut is $6

Meeting Location

Boat Basin Rd. at Charleston Harbor (Coos Bay, OR) (Exact meeting location details will be provided immediately upon purchase of tickets.)
What have you been catching recently?
5/10/13 - We are having great weather here on the southern Oregon coast. Our first off shore halibut trip went real well. Everyone caught their limit of one halibut each with a nice average. Weather is holding and we are looking forward to another great catching day of the pacific halibut on the Betty Kay. We still have openings for halibut fishing!
How many halibut can I catch?
The sport halibut limit is 1 pacific halibut per person.
What kind of fishing trips do you have?
We have a variety of different fishing trips available. Our half day rock fishing trips are near shore ocean bottom fishing trips that are 5 hours in duration. We also feature seasonal ocean salmon trips, spring & summer offshore 12 hour halibut trips, and summer tuna trips! To view our calendar, click on the "Calendar of Other Activities" link on the left of the page.
Do I have to purchase tickets in advance?
Tickets must be purchased in advance, and trips often sell out quickly. To maximize your chances of getting the day and time you prefer, please book well in advance. Tickets can only be purchased with a Visa, Mastercard or American Express.
Which boat will I be on and how many people can go on it at once?
You will either be on the Betty Kay or the Shamrock. The Betty Kay is a 50' delta fiberglass vessel that can accommodate up to 20 fishermen, and the Shamrock is a 47' youngquist wood vessel that can accommodate up to 15 fishermen. Sometimes we will take both boats out fishing (total 35 passengers). Please note that if you have more than 20 people in your group, you will need to be split up onto two different vessels if we are taking both out. Both vessels catch fish real well and are famous on the Southern Oregon coast!
How many hours do we fish?
You fish for approximately 8 hours for halibut or until limits are caught (we will head back to shore early if limits are caught, but this hardly ever happens!).
Is there food served on the trip?
No, as there will be no food served on board, we recommend you bring the food you like with you. Feel free to bring a small ice chest with you!
Can I bring an ice chest for my food?
Yes, you can bring a small ice chest for your food.
Are there drinks served on the trip?
There will be water and coffee served on board, but please bring any additional beverages you'd like with you. Note that alcohol must be limited to 6 beers per person (cans or bottles).
Is there a galley?
No, but we do have a comfortable cabin area and will provide water and coffee. We recommend you bring any additional water, soft drinks and food that you'd like with you.
Is all the fishing equipment provided?
Yes, we provide all the fishing equipment and tackle. If you'd like to bring your own equipment, we recommend a 6 foot stiff pole with an 80 pound tough test line. We'll be fishing in 600 feet of water with 3 pound lead!
Will I get a discount if I bring my own rod & reel?
Are electric reels allowed?
How far is it out to the fishing grounds?
We travel approximately 30 miles to an offshore seamount between Port Orford and Bandon.
How long does it take to get onto the ocean from the dock?
It takes about 10 minutes to cross the bar onto the ocean once you leave the dock.
Is there someone to fillet the fish upon return?
Yes, we have professional filleters to fillet out your fish.
What is the cost to have fish fillet?
The cost you pay the filleter is usually $5 per halibut.
Can I take my dog on the trip?
No, pets are not allowed on our fishing trips.
Will you watch my dog while I'm on the trip?
We will check on your pet now and then if you leave your dog tied up on dry land. Or if you prefer, we can refer a pet sitter for you. If you're interested in a pet sitter, contact us after purchasing tickets.
How should I dress?
Please dress warmly, with comfortable shoes. A warm hat and gloves are also nice to bring along just in case.
Can I smoke on the vessel?
Yes, smoking is allowed on deck, but not in the cabin area. Illegal drugs are forbidden.
Is there a bathroom/head on the vessel?
Yes, there is a bathroom on the vessel.
Do you operate year round?
We operate March through October, but are looking to run year round. Please check back from time to time for new, updated schedules! Note that the halibut trips only run on select dates in the spring and summer.
Can I bring my infant or toddler?
No, children 3 and under are not permitted as the trip requires a good attention span. We also recommend that children ages 7 and under not attend, but if you choose to bring a child of any age, that child must have a regular priced ticket purchased in order to fish on board. Note that children ages 14 and up must have a fishing license in order to fish with us. One day licenses are available at the start of the trip for $12 each.
Can I go along as a rider?
Yes, adult riders can go on any fishing trip at a reduced rate ($45 for halibut trips). Remember that riders will not be allowed to fish during the trip and cannot share a rod with other guests.
Do you have wheelchair access?
Yes, our vessel Betty Kay has a swing gate onto the deck for wheelchair access from our ramp platform. The Shamrock does not have such a ramp - the passenger would have to be lifted onto the deck. Please "Contact FishBettyKay" if you would like to bring a passenger in a wheelchair so we can make the appropriate arrangements for you.
Do you go fishing in the rain?
Do you go fishing if it is blowing gale with big seas?
No. In that case, we will give you a credit or you can reschedule your fishing trip.
Are the captain and crew helpful?
Yes, you will have a safety lecture and get helpful hints on having great catches on your fishing trip. The captain and crew will help you during your trip.
What if I get seasick?
It is best to stay out on deck and keep the fresh air around you. If you are particularly prone to seasickness, we advise taking preventative measures beforehand.
Do I have to be experienced to go fishing?
No. The captain & crew are very helpful and work hard to make sure you catch your limit and have a great time.
Are we guaranteed to catch our limit of fish?
No. We are blessed to have healthy stocks of fish off the South Oregon coast so most of the time you do catch fish!
Will I see other things out on the ocean?
Yes, in the spring you will see California gray whales migrating or orca whales. There are sea birds, dolphins, porpoises, sea lions, jellys, and bait balls. Because we're in a commercial port, you will see big ships, tug boats and other vessels leaving and returning to port.
Do you set out crab pots before leaving out on a fishing trip?
No, not at this time.
Can we catch other types of fish if we limit out on halibut?
No, we only fish for halibut, and will head back to shore early if limits are caught. But don't worry, this hardly ever happens!
Can I keep the fish I catch?
Yes, you can keep the fish you catch. It is marked and put in our fish hold. Our filleters will fillet the fish for a small fee. Halibut make a delicious treat!
How many people go on the halibut trips?
We take up to 20 fishermen on each halibut trip.
How many poles are fished?
We fish 10 poles at a time and use the buddy system to ensure the halibut is always being reeled in and no slack in the line occurs.
Can you freeze the fish while I stay in Charleston?
Yes, we have freezer space for our customers during their stay. Vacuum packing is also available and Chuck's Seafood can UPS your fish to you.
Do I have to sign a liability waiver?
Do you go whale watching?
Yes, we go whale watching in March and April when the California Gray whales are returning on their northward migration to the Gulf of Alaska. To check out our whale watching schedule, click on the "Calendar of Other Activities" link on the left of the page!
Are cameras allowed?
Are GPS's allowed?
Are video cameras allowed?
Are binoculars allowed?
Can I book a private charter?
Yes, you can contact Betty Kay Charters directly to schedule a private charter by clicking on the "Contact FishBettyKay" link - let us know what you have in mind!
Do you offer gift certificates?
Yes, gift certificates are available for all of our trips. To request a gift certificate, please click on the "Contact FishBettyKay" link and let us know what you'd like. Someone will get back to you shortly!


Refund/Rescheduling Policy

Non-refundable, cannot be rescheduled.
Once purchased, tickets cannot be refunded and cannot be rescheduled because your space is being guaranteed at the event.

Weather Policy

Activity may be cancelled due to severe weather.
The activity usually runs in light rain and other moderate weather conditions, but the seller may cancel the activity up to an hour before the start time in the event of severe or unsafe weather conditions. If the seller cancels the event, ticket-holders will be allowed to reschedule tickets (subject to availability) or receive credit for a future event.

Other Policies

Children 3 and under are not permitted and those 7 and under are not recommended.
Due to the length of the trip and the mature attention span required, children ages 3 and under are not permitted to attend. We highly recommend that children not attend unless they are at least 8 years old. If you choose to bring children of any age, they must have a standard priced ticket purchased to fish on board.


Betty Kay Charters

Betty Kay Charters has been operating for over 30 years, and Capt. Bill Whitmer and Margery have owned and operated the business for 20 years now. Capt Bill brings over 35 years of west coast ocean fishing experience and Captain Kathi has 20 years of experience with Betty Kay Charters.
They are eager to see you not only have great catches of ocean fish, but also have a great experience fishing the mighty Pacific Ocean. The crew is very helpful and wants you to have a great time also!
Please call Zerve at
1 (800) 979-3370
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