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    Default Halibut on fly...85 lbs.

    Not my first halibut on fly, but my largest! Came off the side of a pinnacle about 70-80' down.

    13wt fly rod, no supplemental weight on fly, no scent, sinking line only, 100% fly gear and technique. By far the most power I've put into a fly rod before. Unreal feeling those headshakes 60' down. Fishing solo and she wouldn't fit in the net so I had to hand-land her by the gill plate and bring her in live with one hand. It got sporty, but I got it done. I love doing big fish in big water on fly.

    85 lbs/55"
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    That's a good score in recent years, even without the fly rod!

    Gotta ask about your line setup. I've used Leviathans in years past, but last year switched to T-18 heads on Amnesia running line.
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    Same here, but I run T20 on a running line. Then a short class tippet and a wire leader. The class tippet isn't so much for actual class or records, but so that when I snag something, I break it instead of my T20 heads.

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    Wow! Nice fish!!! I think I am more impressed with the one hand landing! That's just nuts. Great job, 10 times so on fly gear!

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    Kodiakfly, did you shoot it or harpoon it ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roland on the River View Post
    Kodiakfly, did you shoot it or harpoon it ?
    Neither! Grabbed under the gill plate and drug it in the boat with one hand, live. Gilled it in the boat as I kneeled on it so it didn't thrash and break all my rods!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kardinal_84 View Post
    Wow! Nice fish!!! I think I am more impressed with the one hand landing! That's just nuts. Great job, 10 times so on fly gear!
    Lol, it was all adrenaline, and I'm a big guy. I had the big Frabil in front of her, but she wasn't going to fit comfortably and she was hanging more vertical than horizontal, so going in head-first wasn't going to happen. Put the net down and landing them live was how I did it back in my younger, stronger, dumber days so I knew I could do it...dusted off the old skills. Lol. She actually came over the gunwale really easily and I figured her for like 60 lbs by how easy she came out. It wasn't until later and I moved her to the bow for pics and I thought, "this is a heavier fish..." Scale said 84.9.

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    Good onya! I was waiting to hear how you pulled the fish in with one hand.

    I, like anybody, can drag a heavy object much easier and farther than dead lifting and carrying it but with your low gunnel, big guns and adrenaline boost I can see the fish sliding right over and on to the deck.

    Still impressive and even thinking about slinging a 13 wt stick very long wears out my skinny arms.

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    great job no matter how you look at it, SID

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kodiakfly View Post
    Then a short class tippet and a wire leader. The class tippet isn't so much for actual class or records, but so that when I snag something, I break it instead of my T20 heads.
    One stunt to try. I got tired of the snags while trying to tend bottom, so I started putting mono weedless loops on all my flies. No increase in missed strikes I can detect, and now hangups are scarce. I've been using 80# or 100# mono shock tippets rather than wire, but that's more habit leftover from bluewater fishing than necessity. I've never lost a fish due to failure of the shock tippet. Not saying you need to change a thing, rather offering thoughts for the back of your mind if you want to mess around.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kodiakfly View Post
    Lol, it was all adrenaline, and I'm a big guy. I had the big Frabil in front of her, but she wasn't going to fit comfortably and she was hanging more vertical than horizontal, so going in head-first wasn't going to happen. Put the net down and landing them live was how I did it back in my younger, stronger, dumber days so I knew I could do it...dusted off the old skills. Lol. She actually came over the gunwale really easily and I figured her for like 60 lbs by how easy she came out. It wasn't until later and I moved her to the bow for pics and I thought, "this is a heavier fish..." Scale said 84.9.
    If you would have fit her in it she would have destroyed it, ask me how I found that one out Nice fish man.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kodiakfly View Post
    ...hanging more vertical than horizontal, so going in head-first wasn't going to happen....
    That's a huge problem with netting halibut. In spring when the kings can run big I keep a Frabil 32" X 41" Power Catch net on the boat, but switch it out for a smaller model once the silvers appear. We've netted halibut to 75-80# with room to spare, but only when you can get them laying flat rather than tail down. Easier with two people.... Dunno how you'd do it with one.

    Back when I was doing more solo fishing I carried my trusty old tarpon lip gaff for halibut. Short shank and wrist strap made it dandy for solo halibut. Trouble is, I used it once without the wrist strap and donated it to Chiniak Bay when a 100+ went nuts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BrownBear View Post
    I've been using 80# or 100# mono shock tippets rather than wire, but that's more habit leftover from bluewater fishing than necessity. I've never lost a fish due to failure of the shock tippet.
    I use wire for the lings. I have confidence in 100# for halibut, but to wrench on a deep ling, I'd like to have wire. I even use FC for muskies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Abel View Post
    If you would have fit her in it she would have destroyed it, ask me how I found that one out Nice fish man.
    Thanks. I've had 80's in the net before going nuts. It's a Frabil Big Game with a great bag. It's had big buts and my Wife's 48 lb ling from last week in it. I like to pull the bag up against the boat so the thrashing goes into the boat instead of directly into the net hoop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kodiakfly View Post
    I use wire for the lings. I have confidence in 100# for halibut, but to wrench on a deep ling, I'd like to have wire. I even use FC for muskies.
    I wouldn't worry about lings biting you off. Teeth are smooth sided like a walleye, yes pointy, but they don't tear up mono like a pike/Muskie/Wahoo/Cuda do.
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