Another monster halibut caught....

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

Why keep it?

Piscatorial Viagra......
 

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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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"The fish yielded about 200 pounds of boneless, skinless fillets".

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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!
A flying gaff is the secret... Big hook on a rope with a buoy. Tire it out and cut the gills.
 

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I think it's ironic that folks get upset when the occasional monster halibut near the end of it's spawning life is harvested, but ignore the fact that every day hundreds, of halibut in the 50-80 lb class are taken that would have had many more years of reproductive contribution. Better to kill dinks and monsters than all the mid size females. Sort of like the spike-fork/50" rule.
think about it.
 

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A big shark hook and a tail rope would get the job done

I'd sure have a good sized buoy on the bitter end of the rope, rather than tying it off to the boat. A shark hook sounds big, but really doesn't take all that big of a bite. No comparison to a flying gaff. The one I've used most has a hook with a 10" gape, enough to completely penetrate a big fish rather than simply grabbing a hunko skin.

On keeping big fish and meat quality I had a hand in breaking one of our visitors from the impulse. He hooked and fought a big one and insisted on keeping it rather than letting it go. Did the deed, and a few hours later it dipped the scale to 311#. We keep a separate freezer for visitor fish, and I made darned sure every single scrap of that fish went into it, rather than our own freezer.

The guy kept bugging us about why we didn't keep big fish, so I pulled out a pack of his and a pack of ours from about a 20# fish and cooked them side by side. You should have seen the look on his face!!!!!:lol:

Next thing you know, he's trying to give us a bunch of his fish, saying it was too much for their family. I really pizzed him off when I put my foot down and made him fly home with every scrap of it.

Gotta give him creative credit though. He pondered his dilemma for a while, then stepped up and volunteered all the fish to his church for a giant fish fry. He got to be the hero and everyone admired all the pictures while enjoying the meal.

The end story came a year later when he was back. He refused to keep even a 50# fish! :lol:
 

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I think it's ironic that folks get upset when the occasional monster halibut near the end of it's spawning life is harvested, but ignore the fact that every day hundreds, of halibut in the 50-80 lb class are taken that would have had many more years of reproductive contribution. Better to kill dinks and monsters than all the mid size females. Sort of like the spike-fork/50" rule.
think about it.

With the possibility of living over 40 years and weighing over 700 pounds, I hardly think this one was at the end of her life cycle. With one this size laying 1-2 million eggs a reproductive cycle and given several more years to live, you do the math on her value to multiply her species. Hard to compare that to a bull moose.


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Sorry, but you don't get it. Given the chances of any one of those "millions of eggs" to reach maturity, the loss if one big female pales in comparison to the loss of hundreds of fish daily that have decades of potential reproductive life. You do THAT math.


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