Cabin/fishing fever is at its peak. Lets talk fishing!!
I have been thinking a lot about halibut tactics. Got some ideas and wondered if anyone else has had them too or maybe even tried them already.
1. Noise attractors. We sometimes try to "clunk" our lead ball on the bottom to bring 'em in. Sound is known to attract fish in some situations, but what about halibut? Does it work or scare them off? Could we bring in fish that might be upcurrent of our bait by attaching a small bell to the mainline. How about a rattle made of 6" of copper pipe, with marbles or ball bearings inside, caps soldered on, clipped to the mainline. Or instead of a lead weights which are getting really expensive anyway, use short sections of heavy chain which would rattle when jigged or drifted along the bottom. In deeper water or more current, clip on another section. They might be more prone to hang up.
2. Lights. I know some have used lightsticks and there is mixed opinions about their effectiveness. This could be due to water clarity. How far can a halibut see 100,200,300 ft. down if the water is relatively clear? How about those blinky lights on squidjig.com. I used them on one trip in PWS last year and got a few more hookups than my buddy, but he did catch the 80 lb'er. They are more of a strobe than the glow of the lightsticks. Has anyone else used them?
3. Chum. Is it worth it. If so, how do you dispense it and what do you use. Fresh or tainted, salmon guts or herring, pet food, etc? Seems like a guy could have a small bucket with holes punched in it attached to the anchor line filled with whatever. Seems like it could only help.
Anyway it would be fun to hear your ideas, even if its to tell me I'm thinking too much. Its either this or work on my taxes.