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  • Another monster halibut caught....

    according to the Anchorage Daily News - 482lb....kinda sad to see these big ol halibut get harvested rather than released. I guess I don't blame the guy, in the end... the catch of a life time (or 3) to be sure.

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    Gross

    ...........

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    • #3
      Higher levels of mercury, killing a breeder, less than optimal meat....

      Why keep it?

      Piscatorial Viagra......
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      • #4
        Awesome fish. Congrats to the angler and the guide. With the limits those guides have to work with, I'm sure they like to get a true monster like that once in awhile. 3 over 76 so far this year is a true accomplishment.
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        • #5
          "The fish yielded about 200 pounds of boneless, skinless fillets".

          200 pounds of garbage halibut meat in the freezer! Yum!

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          • #6
            I can't and won't blame anyone for keeping a fish that's legal. Ease up, folks. If you have a problem with it, get the rules changed (but that's not my point).
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            • #7
              Wow, that is some fish. I can't imagine pulling that thing off the bottom and getting it into the boat without shooting it and using a harpoon. A big fish is nice, but I want to fish again someday......even 100 pounders are very powerful animals. While off the subject, I wish there was a change in the rules that would allow the monsters to live to see another day, but I don't blame him for keeping it either.

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              • #8
                As stated I won't bash the guy for keeping something the law allows him.
                Though I will say I wouldn't advise people to keep these big fish.
                What I would advise people is this.
                If you think you might someday catch a world record fish and if you intend to keep one if you do read up on the IGFA rules for a world record.
                There are even line class world records to catch.
                But at least if you catch one you think might be a record follow the rules so you can at least have the recognition to go with your less than perfect fish fillets.

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                • #9
                  So say you get a monster up to the surface and want to let it go. Will that circle hook rust out eventually if you just cut the line. If I got anything over 150 I would want to let it go. I figured if you just cut the line with a circle hook and left it the lip ring wouldn't bother the fish too much. But since I like using big jigs i don't know what I would do. For all the people who are disgusted by people keeping big fish what would you do to safely release the fish


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                  • #10
                    Big marlin and sailfish, slide the plug up the line and cut the hook off. I don;t think it'll stop them from feeding. I've pulled steelies with hooks in the jaw, lingcod with hooks up here, I even pulled a steelhead once with a small blue stringer in his jaw. They say that the hoos will rust out, how long, don't know.
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                    • #11
                      In the news article they stated the fish would be disqualified as a world record if it was shot or harpooned. Gaff or net only! That would be a real chore to detain a huge fish like that!

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                      • #12
                        If you're using stainless steel hooks I would imagine it would take a very long time for a hook to rust out.

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                        • #13
                          I have released a number of giant halibut and have a way to do it. I took a wooden dowel and drilled and ran a 1/4" machine screw through it. I took some heavy stainless wire and wrapped in around the screw to make a stiff loop. I take the loop and grab the exposed circle hook point and barb. Once I have the loop on the barb, I disconnect the leader and pull the hook out point first and the eye and leader follow. The fish never leaves the water and nobody has to get close to the fish. We have released 34 fish this year over 80 pounds using this method and have lost one leader. here is a photo of a fish well over 350 that Captain Steve Zernia released on the Pursuit 6 years ago and a close up of the release loop in action. If any of you want to stop by my boat in Seward, I or my crew will show you the tool. It works great
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by NORTH2AK View Post
                            In the news article they stated the fish would be disqualified as a world record if it was shot or harpooned. Gaff or net only! That would be a real chore to detain a huge fish like that!
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Anythingalaska View Post
                              "The fish yielded about 200 pounds of boneless, skinless fillets".

                              200 pounds of garbage halibut meat in the freezer! Yum!
                              200 lbs of meat off a 500 lb halibut. Who fillet that thing?

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