Went out of Seward Tuesday & Wednesday, was drifting the three large rockpiles to the east of Cape Clear. The three of us picked up our limit of rockfish with jigs and then I started using a 1 lb weight and 1/2 herring to hopefully catch a legal ling or two and the two kids started doing the same. We did catch and release two border line lings and then a keeper 35lb halibut.
In the next drift my rod went double and I thought ... oh S**T I am on a rock ... the rock shook its head and putting as much into it as I could got it to move. Then it realized all was not well, it ripped off a long run stright north and then came right back at the boat. I think that I got it up off the bottom and mabey to 20 to 30 ft under the boat. I handed the rod off to a visiting friend from Utah who thought a 20" trout was a big deal. The back and forth pull and tug went on for about 10 minutes and then the fish took off towards the east and was heading for deep water and all we could do was hang on. When we hit the dacron backing I strarted to follow it with the boat. Probably covered 1/4 mile before the 80 lb test line broke!
To give a comparison of the power of this fish, we went to Ellerington later and set up on an under water hill and caught this nice 5'3" 120lb fish, it was exciting and she ran strong, but I do not think it had 1/5 the power of the one that got away.
What is the best way to work with a really big fish, let up when they start to run, start following with the boat right away and what about end game, shoot first and then harpoon. This encounter has me rethinking what to do next time.