As many of you know, I specialize in trying to catch the absolute smallest halibut anyone has ever caught. But unfortunately I had to sorely disappoint my clients again today. We tried and tried and TRIED to catch the smallest fish we possibly could and we just kept catching bigger and bigger fish ending up with one that was 66" long and according to the chart in the tide book 148 lbs. I think that big one was eating all the "ping pong paddles" in my favorite "paddle patch" which obviously is why we couldn't catch any. We decided to keep it so anyone else that fishes there won't have the same problem we were having. I hate it when big fish like that just ruin a wonderful day out there.
And those other weird and ugly fish my clients told me are actually pretty good to eat, so I threw them into the fish box just to make them happy. The big ling under my arm was 30 lbs. and the other two fortunately weren't any bigger than that. And those yelloweyes were certainly bigger than I'm really comfortable catching.
Hank and Cathy wanted a "group" shot of me with all the fish that I forced them to keep and the smile on my face is definitely forced---I felt absolutely sick with disappointment. I'll just have to try a little harder tomorrow.
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