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    Default Spreader Bar for Halibut?

    Does a spreader bar really help to catch more halibut?
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    Gary

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    Default No Guarantee...

    ...but they keep the tangles to a minimum if you use a stiff leader or gangion on the bait end. The bait end is less likely to wrap around the main line on the way down to the bottom.

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    I use them sometimes. Agree with JKD. They don't catch more, they just minimize tangling. If a guy tanlges a lot, then a spreader bar might make him catch more.

    I tend to use them when I don't want to play with my pole.... that is my fishing rod. Drop it down and let it be.

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    What other techniques are there to keep your bait from wrapping around your line as it goes to the bottom?

    I am a bit new to bottom fishing and having a heck of a time with that problem. I tried a spreader bar and it seemed to help a lot, just not sure how natural the presentation looks.

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    Default Spreader bar and stuff....

    Check out http://www.halibut.net John Beath's site.

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    Default Natural Presentation?

    Bronco - halibut will eat anything that doesn't eat them first. I don't think they care too much about bait presentations looking "natural". You ARE correct in one respect - a rigged spreader bar lash-up doesn't look "natural" to humans, but locally we catch plenty of demersal fish of all species using them and I've had sealion grab the bait beside the boat when attached to a spreader. Its just a guess, but spreader systems must look like a natural presentation to hungry fish and sealions. Good fishing.

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