How's that possible? It's easy. Just hook a ling, back up to the other side of the boat to give your buddy room to bring the fish on board, and as you're backing up knock your buddy's brand spankin' new Avet $329 reel that's attached to a brand spankin' new halibut rod into PWS. Then you watch it sink, as if in slow motion, into the depths. Earlier this season, my buddy had his line break and he lost his weight and circle hook in about 100 feet of water. As we were making a second drift, I was jigging and brought up his rigging. Figured I'd at least try to snag his new Avet setup. But sometimes lighting doesn't strike twice.
So why the smile on my face in the pic? Maybe has to do with killing the lings (we brought back 3 but released more), getting halibut limits 2 days in a row, 6 reds, and 15 gallons of shrimp over the July 4 weekend. Oh, and knowing that I had a couple of days before I had to tell my wife I'd need to replace my buddy's gear! I offered to pay to replace it all, but he offered to split the cost. That was cool.
And if you snag a Avet setup near Montague, you'll know the story behind it!