While Homer proclaims itself the halibut capital on signs at city limits, last year Kodiak landed 5.8 million pounds of the whitefish, compared to 5.6 million pounds for Homer.
This year, with 55 percent of the 11.9 million-pound allocation in, Homer has landed 2.39 million pounds to Kodiak’s 2.29 million pounds.
The 11.9 million pounds is the quota for halibut area 3A, which stretches from the southern end of Kodiak Island to the start of the inside passage in Southeast Alaska.
While Homer is beating Kodiak on poundage so far, the Emerald Isle’s largest city is winning in the landings category: 296 registered vessel landings have taken place here, compared with 242 in Homer.
Regardless of who wins the halibut title, landings will be down overall.
This year, 24 million pounds of halibut were split among designated quota holders throughout Alaska. Last year, 30.3 million pounds were up for grabs.
In 2011, halibut fishing peaked in May and surged again in the second, third and fourth weeks of August.