This last weekend my brother and I went out to try fishing out of our canoe close to shore for some halibut. I don’t fish too far out and I have stabilization bars for added stability. Also, I keep the drag light right off the bat. In the past I have been able to take home some smaller halibut with good success. But this time took me by surprise. My brother hooked into a huge halibut that ended up taking 1.5 hours to bring up. When we finally got it to the surface we both were in shock to see that this thing was easily over 200 pounds (I honestly think it could have been way more…. but I don’t want to be that fisherman that exaggerates his catch without proof). Problem was all I had was a net and a bat. So the plan was to hit the thing on the head and try to put a rope through its gills and tow it to shore.
Well, we didn’t get that far. It seemed to happen real fast, but my brother tried to bring the thing to the surface so I could bat it on the head and because the thing was so huge the halibut rod snapped right in half. I yelled, “we still have him on the line”. But by then he was thrashing in the water. The hook quickly got off and the thing just sank out of vision, never to be seen again. I almost wanted to dive in after it! We about cried after that. Finally, I had a story of “the big one that got away”.
SO, here is my question:
How could have I successfully landed a halibut that large in a canoe? Is it even possible? My brother said if you are in a boat that is smaller than the fish you’re catching, you are out of your league. Thought that was funny.