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    Default King Derby Halibut

    I think I have it set up to hit Homer on Wednesday night. I want a couple of days of play fishing. This is my 6th Derby and so far I have boated one King during the derby. This year I practice. This is about the only trolling I do all year and am still learning.
    I can catch the wiley Hippoglossus though. I've seen a couple of posts that got a few. How far out are they going to get them? I assume it must be Flat and beyond towards Adams ,but hoping not.
    Any stories?
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    Lots of boats fished the outer boundry last year with some success, but so did some fishing much closer in, as far as large fish its more luck than any one thing. You must have the basics figured out (depth, speed, presentation) if your going to catch on a regular basis. Good Luck...
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    Default My first year

    I have fished homer for halibut for the last 15 years but have never fished it for kings. Is it worth trying the tournament in a 18' bayrunner??
    Can anyone give me a depth to try?? I figured between 40-60' But really have no clue! Thanks and I hope the weather is calm clear and breathless!

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    Thumbs up Go for it Bayrunner

    The first 2 years I went down it was on my 18' Bayrunner. I picked up a couple of Mustang suits and never had a problem.

    Profish, thanks, that's the part I am still working on. The main trolls too fast on this boat I think. (24SeaSport) I picked up an EZ Steer so I can run the kicker without the backache. I wonder if dragging a sea anchor would be better though. That main has a good heater!

    Figuring how deep to run. I really haven't seen bait on my FF. I actually watch other boats and see if I can figure out how much line they are pulling off. Any tips here? I have drug the column.

    I would like to run out for halibut on Thursday. Does anybody know how far out they are picking them up?

    Thanks and see ya at the derby!
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    You got the depths right. It takes skill and experience to catch a lot of fish, but to catch a big fish takes luck. Thats why I keep trying.
    Good Luck

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    Default I know there are some down there

    Quote Originally Posted by tomfishhunter View Post
    You got the depths right.

    Really? It sure doesn't feel like I have anything right. I usually start out at 25' and work my way to the bottom, then back up to 25'.

    What I do have right is the "keep trying" part! First trip out on the boat, whether the Bayrunner or the Sea Sport, it's all good.

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