So here's a good one for the doldrums of winter. Got a call from a local lodge owner here in town and he went out king fishing yesterday since the water was good. Kings have been decent so folks have been going out when the water is favorable. As he is trolling one of the reefs in a bay he gets a huge takedown on his rod. Buddy yells out he had a whack and to watch it. A second later the rod jumps 2 feet but doesn't release. He trolled for a few more seconds and no more action so he decides to check the bait. He popped the pole and starts to wind up the downrigger (electric scotty) the pole was 30 feet down in 50 feet of water. He noticed the downrigger was struggling a bit and looked over the side just as the ball was coming up. His ENTIRE ball was in the mouth of a huge halibut! Now last week he caught a 148# butt on the troll and he said this one had at least 100# on that one, as a longtime fisherman I tend to believe his weight estimate. As the fish neared the surface it coughed up the ball and did a dive back to the bottom. He said it porpoised like a humpback and shot back to the bottom! Needless to say it was a first for him and they decided to move to a new location since they didn't want to deal with a fish that big on salmon gear. He was pretty excited and claimed "That thing was as big as my ****ing kayak!" Excuse the french. Good stuff.