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    Default Halibut when do you start?

    What is the earliest you have gone for halibut?
    This year I went mid may and did good on 20-30 pounders.
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    Gary Keller
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    Default When

    Middle of March. Nothing big and can be pretty cold. But winter sucks, so the sooner you can start fishing for halibut the better.

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    Default Middle of March

    We will be starting at the middle of March.
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    Talking . . . bbbbrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

    March makes for some cold fishing!

    I usually don't start until sometime in May, but then again, I really can't do anything until after April 15th anyway.

    So maybe I'm just a little jealous ... maybe

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    Default Anxious

    We're just anxious to get back fishing and to do a little black bear hunting.
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    Default I went April 27th Once!

    I went April 27th once back in 2000 or so. I had just got a new boat and was dying to take it out for some halibut. We went out of Homer and fished most of the day. It was freezing, rough and we were only able to catch one fish. (Not Typical)

    Needless to say if wasn't all that fun and I will never go out in April for halibut again. I think Mid to late March is a bit better.

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    Default Ryocheck

    Isn't March before April?? Jan. Feb. MARCH April, sure it is. You must of ment May?

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    Default Good one

    haha good one 4whlr. Yeah May is a more pleasant time weather wise.
    It's never that bad if you have a nice, cozy heated cabin.
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    Default May

    And it was nice, memorial day weekend, mostly because we needed the extra days to get there and back from the interior. Went to Valdez, boated 2 80-90 lb range. From what F & G website claims, May is the first "peak" month for but's.

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    Default Early Halibut

    Mid April is the earliest I have fished. That was along time ago. I now start in early May. I only fish out of Homer if the tides and weather are good. If it is after July 1 and the weather allows I prefer Seward. We have the same boat. One of these days I will try to send you a picture of the top I had made for the back.

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    I went out on a charter in early may this past year (2nd week) out of seward. We did good and we lucked out with good weather. There was 4 of us on the charter and we went home with around 150 lbs of fillets. I think the boat had been running for about 2 weeks before we went out.

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    went out of Valdez last mother day did great got a 90 and a 70 weather wasnt bad at all.

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    I might give it a try late April
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    Default Ooops, My bad!

    I did mean May not March. LOL March would be miserable!!

    Thanks for the correction.
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    Default march halibut

    Last March I went out with a charter I've fished with for winter kings several years in a row. Kings were slow, though we got one nice one at about 30# (a week after the derby). The weather was decent so we went out and caught and released for about two hours till we had 5 limits of chickens from 10-20 lbs. Nothing to brag about size-wise, but a lot of fun and some nice early season prime fillets. Might have to do it again this year. Can't beat the winter rates.

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