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    So a few weeks ago I posted a thread about what I thought was a shark that hit my halibut skate. Well, went out this past weekend, same spot. All of my 15 hooks on this skate have halibut skin on them, as always plus some herring, squid and few chunks of octopus. Go to pull and picked up a couple 20-30 pound halibut and a bunch of Cod. Just like last time, each of the fish have very fresh wounds on them, but unlike before they are not bite marks, looks more like road rash. The strange thing though is that each of the hooks that have no fish on them are missing the halibut skin. Now I've been using skin for a dozen years and have rarely seen it come off the hook. I can use the same piece of skin on multiple soaks. But on this soak I had at least 7 empty hooks, compleatly bare. Its like something was eating right around the hook? Very odd.
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    Maybe its crabs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LuJon View Post
    Maybe its crabs?
    Thats the only thing I can think of
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    sand fleas

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    I would vote for the fleas if they are clean wounds...they do massive damage over a short time. Maybe a shorter soak???


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    Quote Originally Posted by AK2AZ View Post
    I would vote for the fleas if they are clean wounds...they do massive damage over a short time. Maybe a shorter soak???
    My normal soak is 3-5 hours. Did leave one out all night as weather came up and we had to duck back in a cove. Morning pick up and the three halibut were nothing but skeletons. Them fleas give me the creeps.
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    Death by sand fleas must be about the worst thing a fish can go through.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tlingitwarrior View Post
    Them fleas give me the creeps.
    No doubt...I smush `em all when they get on the floor...NO MERCY! Thank god they aren`t over a pound!


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    Quote Originally Posted by tlingitwarrior View Post
    My normal soak is 3-5 hours. Did leave one out all night as weather came up and we had to duck back in a cove. Morning pick up and the three halibut were nothing but skeletons. Them fleas give me the creeps.
    That right there is the risk of setting skates. You get weathered out, you waste everything on your skate. I use a rod and reel, and can do just as good as a skate. No waste.

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