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    Default How are the commercial guys getting so many big halibuts?

    So as I was digging through the big bins at the processor looking for carcasses for my crab pot. Every fish I saw in there was pretty big as compared to what I usually catch. I was just wondering what kind of areas work better for them. Outside waters? Depths? Just curious really.

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    My guess is they don't sit on the chicken holes and fish water that the locals and guides can't.

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    Bingo. Why fish in the areas the charter boats hit so often? They go out quite aways.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SemperFi View Post
    So as I was digging through the big bins at the processor looking for carcasses for my crab pot. Every fish I saw in there was pretty big as compared to what I usually catch. I was just wondering what kind of areas work better for them. Outside waters? Depths? Just curious really.

    I mile of hooks is a much longer chum line to attract then 4-6 in a hole...

    but fish don't just lay there they are constantly on the move and hunting.


    one of the most educational fish i have seen is the Halibut in the tank at the Seward sea life center... i have seen them while diving, studied them in the biology courses... fished them off the commercial boat and private charters....... but NEVER KNEW !!!!!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by DRIFTER_016 View Post
    My guess is they don't sit on the chicken holes and fish water that the locals and guides can't.
    Exactly! Can't fault the hole sitters though...at least they get clients fish and if they ran out twice as far they would have to charge even more due to fuel consumption. The occasional big one strays into the "nursery" often enough to make it interesting.

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    It's like drifter said in so many words......the commercial guys fish alot further off-shore, and in most cases, probably deeper water also. They also get more money for the larger halibut per lb., further motivating them to kill off the primary egg layers.

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    I was involved in the comercial fishing industry up here for 10 years,, the fish that are all similar in size and small seem to hang out in places like Homer/ cook inlet, and they all seem to stick together.. The larger fish seem to live arounf formations, and are a bit more spread out. Evan out in the gulf we would get into chicken holes,, and yes it is a bummer because the price is less. However in the summer time we would get into the big fish up in the shallows, but still around formation.. The sandy gravelly flats, always seemed to house the samller fish. Anyway, im no scientist but from experience that is what i know.

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