The last time we utilized halibut charters out of Homer was 1987, just before we were transfered back to the lower-48. At that time fresh halibut cost about $4.00 per pound, and pacific cod could be had for pocket change. We caught some huge pacific cod while waiting for the halibut bite, but in each case the crew immediately threw the cod back. When I asked why, the deckhand said, "No one keeps those things". At that time I was pleasantly surprised by the excellent service we received from "Halibut King" (I don't know if they're even around anymore), and just accepted their evaluation of pacific cod as the status quo. However, since "transfering" all of the children to college, and permanently returning home to The Great Land, I have a potential problem with throwing back 25-30 pound pacific cod that are now selling for $6.00+ per pound in local stores. Is it still status quo to trash these fish and, if so, why?