Being that the charter fleet is being charged for the number of halibut released each day, release mortality…. We need to be mindful of not sitting at the chicken patch and releasing 200 fish a day because we will get less fish next year. 'Here is a photo sequence of how I release larger halibut without taking them out of the water.
First I take a long wooden down and thru bolt a piece of heavy stainless wire to form a loop.
then I take the loop and grab the exposed barb of the circle hook.
then disconnect the leader or cut it and pull the hook out backwards