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    Default Fishing Montague in May

    I'm making a Montague trip this week and would love some tips on what/where to fish. I am pretty green when it comes to saltwater fishing and could definitely use the help!

    My equipment: Garmin 7607xsv w/CHIRP, DownVu, SideVu & underwater charts, several halibut rods/reels, circle hook & leader rigs, several jigs, misc tackle, etc.


    • Besides halibut, what species should I target in May?
    • How to find halibut habitat using sonar/charts
    • Marking halibut using my sonar
    • Best areas around Montague to target 30-70lb fish
    • Any special rig/bait setups to use
    • Do I need a harpoon or will a king net suffice?


    We'll be staying at the Green Island cabin so Hinchinbrook will also be within striking range. Any tips for that area would be appreciated!

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    We often fish the Northwest end of Montague and do really well. Have pulled up plenty of big halibut and about everything else there too and even better imo is plenty of fish in relatively shallow water too. So much nicer to catch halibut or reel up baitless rigs in 100 feet of water instead of 300-400 )

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seafish View Post
    We often fish the Northwest end of Montague and do really well. Have pulled up plenty of big halibut and about everything else there too and even better imo is plenty of fish in relatively shallow water too. So much nicer to catch halibut or reel up baitless rigs in 100 feet of water instead of 300-400 )
    U like the shallow water close to the island or offshore on the humps?


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    Both actually, though the humps often have other boats since they are pretty obvious to anyone with chart plotters and seems like we never see anyone up closer to the island. Like being able to anchor up in Stockdale Harbor just outside the lagoon there for the night too. Pretty well protected from most of the weather.

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    patton bay is flat-out gangbusters
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    weather looks promising for this weekend. I know I shouldn't look yet. I always longlined for halibut on the South end of Montague. Keep hearing that everyone fishes the North end. Hmmmmmm

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    you will find Kings on the out side of the island , don't know about the inside, the Seward end has given up lots of them in the spring
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sid View Post
    you will find Kings on the out side of the island , don't know about the inside, the Seward end has given up lots of them in the spring
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    U like to mooch for them? Troll tide lines, points?


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    First thing that popped out was you said your pretty green in salt water. As others have given you areas to fish, I will throw out that the area is not one to take lightly. That water gets big quick, especially at the entrances on either side of Montague during a tide change. Keep your head on a swivel and I hope you do good.
    Others may chime in but I have heard there is great dolly fishing by the cabin.
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    I would also tell you to buy a good stainless steel gaff. I use mine for most halibut. Harpoons are fun tho.

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    Kings were hot this weekend there...friend boated 24 Kings over two days.


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    There are plenty of Yelloweye around Montague.

    I'd definitely bring a good gaff and maybe invest in a .410 Snake Charmer.... I can tell you from experience there are lots of Halibut in those shallows that you'll want to tame before bringing in the boat.....
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    Default Fishing Montague in May

    Got out to Montague this weekend. Bigger seas than I wanted but still managed to land a few kings and a couple halibut. Thanks for all the info guys


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    What part of Montague were you? Certainly don't need exact spot but NW end or SE end or something please. Headded out next week and Kings are on the agenda.
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    Default Fishing Montague in May

    South end. Cape Clear. 70ft of water


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