Another thread got me thinking....I've never fished the ocean, let alone caught anything as big as some halibut I've seen in pictures. Maybe we won't hook a biggun, but if we do getting them landed and either released or kept is another story. I'll be fishing out of a relatively small boat, 20' or so from what I remember, so I don't have a large area to just lay them in to keep them out of the way.
Here's what I've heard/read...
- take a gun and shoot the ones you want to keep.
- use a rope and stick as a stringer and just rope them off the boat after gaffing them (seems like a way to attract predators to the boat to eat your catch though!).
- gaff them through the head (ok I just read this in the other halibut thread haha) and toss them in the boat?
- don't bring them into the boat alive unless you want a broken leg.
I'm looking for any tips on what to do with a large halibut once she's at the boat. What to do if we want to keep it, bleed it out, etc? What if we want to release it? Is there anything we should be concerned with when releasing these fish, bladders or anything? Is there an easy hook removal method without gaffing?