David Bayes owner of DeepStrike Sportfishing in Homer, Alaska

Since 2003

DeepStrike Sportfishing’s owner is lifelong Alaskan resident David Bayes. Utilizing his degree in Biological Sciences and passion for fishing, David has carved out a strong niche amongst the competitive Homer fishing fleet and is well-known as a top fisherman.


Captain David has served as president of both the Alaska Charter and Homer Charter Associations. He takes great pride in his business and the services he provides while contributing his knowledge to the industry at large.

DIY Rental Boats

In 2010 he also opened the doors to Bayes Boat Rental, which rents self-guided vessels out of the Homer Harbor. This provides a much needed option for custom trips.

Off Season Life

When he’s not on the water, Captain David works with local boat builders constructing custom sport fishers and work boats. In the winter, he heads south to Montana to help his father-in-law as an RV salesman and technician.

Mentoring Captains

Along the way, Captain David has trained and befriended numerous first mates and deckhands. The dynamic he creates both on shore and onboard is always positive, productive, and fun.

Most recently, he has hired a team of trailblazing women to operate the Irish Mist as an all female crew.

Derby Prizes

Awards have been claimed too, including a couple Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby grand prize winners. Clients can expect to take home big fish, bigger stories, and memories to last a lifetime.