Father and son join us for some halibut and king salmon fishing in August. Dad landed this 75 lber and asked the perfect question.http://youtu.be/wVBJiEeh-tc
Honestly? The first time I get a 200+lb halibut it's coming back to TX with me in 50# boxes. Of course, with my track record I might be lucky to get something over 50# for the first time this year ...
If you think you're free, there's no escape possible.
Absolutely... Release it. Take a quick picture if you like, but send Mama back down to make more kids. People shouldn't be keeping any halibut over about 60# or so.
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The fact that halibut suffer little hooking mortality or barotrauma make them the perfect release fish. Once that big puppy is next to the boat all the fun has been had....and almost like a moose it's all work from there on.
If I had access to fresh halibut all year around, I would toss back anything over about 60lbs. However, if I can only get fresh halibut once every several years (e.g., a trip to Alaska), my standards change. Anything over about 100lbs would go back (not that I've ever caught one that big....).
But the point remains. Smaller halibut are better tasting, but they don't have as much meat (obviously). Larger halibut have more volume, but aren't as good on the plate. Somewhere there is a balance between those endpoints. For me, that balance is in the 70-80lb range. I've caught several in this range, and I'm okay with the results. I've also caught several in the 40lb range, which were better eating but I was disappointed I didn't come home with more fillets.
My clients would throw it back and look for a bigger one........Its my fault tho.. I have created monsters... My self, I would box it and be done halibut fishing for the year, and so would all my family members as every body's freezer would be full from that one fish, and i could get back to trolling and put the halibut gear away.. but thats just me.
What do you do with a 200lber?
Definitely throw him back. Almost all of our fisheries are having problems. Why exacerbate the problem of halibut decline by taking the most fertile egg laying mamas? This is no different than the deliberate mistake of targeting large female spawning kings in the Kenai. It's pretty clear where this foolishness gets us. Please put em back to keep our halibut fishery productive.
Your sarcasm is way, waaaayyyyyyyy more sarcastic than mine!
One's outlook is different when you only have a few fishing days a year in a given place.
Cut her loose, end of story.
2007 Kingfisher 2825 - Stor Fisk
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I would most likely let it go. I haven't run into anything bigger than 100 though.
The 100 pounder was a bit too much. Filletts were too thick.
The 80 pounder a friend caught on my boat was fine though and I would keep another in that size range.
"The closer I get to nature the farther I am from idiots"
"Fishing and Hunting are only an addiction if you're trying to quit"
Mash the barbs down or get a de-hooker. A jig left in a fish is probably going to kill it. A de-hooker works well with most jigs; safe for you and the fish. Get one with a decent sized handle so you can keep the fish's head under water.
The rest of this thread is opinion and choice, but the above was in need of correction.
Cut her loose.
Alaska Board of Game 2015 tour... "Kicking the can down the road"
Step #1 - Fight fish forever to get it up to the boat
Step #2 - Subdue/Stun fish. Shooting thru head with a reduced .357 or .44 revolver load is good medicine.
Step#3 - Lash off to the side of boat
Step #4 - Putt-putt over to nearby Island w/ a nice beach
Step #5 - Take some photos and fillet it.
Step #6 - DON'T KEEP FISH THIS BIG EVER AGAIN. Kept this mostly because it was the first big butt I'd ever caught with my son. I've let quite a few go in the 100-175# range since. 70-80# is about tops now. Smaller fish are MUCH better eating.
Cut her loose!What the hell do you do with a 200 pounder?
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