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Halibut 2013 07 May 2013 11:08 #1

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Well for the 1st time in 5 years we didn’t even manage to boat "one" Halibut, how disappointing. Of course if you don’t catch a fish you talk about the weather. So……the weather was about as good as it gets. A little chilly due to the breeze but flat water, blue skies, with the Olympics and Baker in all their snow covered splendor.

Past that, as we were heading out Friday morning to give it one last try, CVN 74 rounded Wilson Pt. heading I presume for Bremerton. Man that's a big boat. According to others the bite shut down as the Carrier went through and someone spotted a pod of Killer Whales beating feet (fins & tales) out a there to avoid the sonar presumably.

Boat and engine ran flawlessly. It sure was nice to not have any issues. On the way home Saturday we cruised for about 2hours at around 3400 rpm 21-24 mph on the GPS and sipped 15.?? gph on fuel. Flow Scan said about 1.3 mpg.

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Halibut 2013 07 May 2013 11:42 #2

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According to Wiki...

At 1245 on 3 May 2013, the Stennis arrived at its home port of Naval Base Kitsap in Bremerton, Washington, the completion of an eight-month, 66,000-mile deployment to the western Pacific Ocean. During this deployment, squadron aircraft flew more than 1,300 sorties from the carrier's deck in the war in Afghanistan.[24]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_John_C._Stennis_%28CVN-74%29

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JasonS;776013 wrote: According to Wiki...

At 1245 on 3 May 2013, the Stennis arrived at its home port of Naval Base Kitsap in Bremerton, Washington, the completion of an eight-month, 66,000-mile deployment to the western Pacific Ocean. During this deployment, squadron aircraft flew more than 1,300 sorties from the carrier's deck in the war in Afghanistan.[24]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_John_C._Stennis_%28CVN-74%29

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The Stennis arrived pierside about 1430 to PSNS Bremerton- I was on the pier waiting for my son's return.

Sorry to hear that the fishing sucked, but I'm sure glad my son is home!

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Halibut 2013 07 May 2013 14:16 #4

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Pete, Congrats on your son's home coming...

I plan to hit the butts on 16-18 May opening that weekend...

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Halibut 2013 08 May 2013 07:02 #5

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Correct it was the 3rd and I made the correction to my original post.:arr

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Halibut 2013 08 May 2013 22:17 #6

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We'll be in Port Townsend 16-18 May slip 11 at Point Hudson...

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Halibut 2013 09 May 2013 11:25 #7

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Go Aweigh2452;776434 wrote: We'll be in Port Townsend 16-18 May slip 11 at Point Hudson...


Good luck Doug, Morning tides and currents look really good for drifting that weekend! The afternoons look good for anchoring assuming your there for Halibut.:arr

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Halibut 2013 10 May 2013 03:18 #8

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Hit Port Angeles hard Thursday, Friday and Saturday with nothing more to show than more than normal amounts of dog fish and 3 lost halibut.

I was disappointed, however from talking with many it was hit or miss. A good friend landed 6 while at anchor in a single day (busy boat), while others never got a bite.

Also saw the navy ship pass through, what an amazing thing to watch.

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mrhutt30;776756 wrote: Hit Port Angeles hard Thursday, Friday and Saturday with nothing more to show than more than normal amounts of dog fish and 3 lost halibut.

I was disappointed, however from talking with many it was hit or miss. A good friend landed 6 while at anchor in a single day (busy boat), while others never got a bite.

Also saw the navy ship pass through, what an amazing thing to watch.


I've heard of boaters anchoring for butts but never did myself. Drifting is the only way I have fished for them. Your friend must have been on top of a good hole...

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I have actually been anchoring quite a bit more lately, however it is generally when the current is running, or the wind is out and I head for shallow water. With a bigger boat the drift is usually faster and I get turned sideways while drifting and without underhulls the boat just tosses everyone inside.

With the 3 day adventure last week the first two days were nothing but drift with not even a bite (unless you count the dog fish). On Saturday I anchored for most of the day and had 3 on, but unfortunately lost them. I like drifting as I fell like I am covering more ground, but anchoring is quite relaxing - no tangles, no catching your gear in the rocks, etc.

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Are you guys finding the fish are there and hooking up is difficult, or just not finding many fish?
The reason I ask is the natives get to long line them far before our season opens and I've been hearing they don't leave much in the eastern straight. I've been out 6 days in three seasons with only 1 takedown that I know was a good sized halibut...they don't feel like any other fish.
I had a power grub on a spreader with a single hook in it on a cable leader, and then I had zip tied a big hearing around a lead-head weight with 50# mono below. The fish swallowed that and after a couple minutes of fight the line gave up.:sorrow:

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I fished Partridge Saturday and late in the afternoon probably around four I had the pleasure of watching a native boat setting long lines about 200 yards away from me. It actualy pi$$sed me off that they got to long line while we were still fishing.

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Knock on wood, I have seldom lost a hook up. I only fish with braid so I can feel the suckling of that door mat...Once I set the hook, its game on.

I like using mackerel but use plastic glow squids with scented sponge inside.

When back home on Long Island, I fish for fluke (summer flounder) and they are the same when grabbing the bait. Only back there the depth is less than 15'...

If our halibut season was any longer, I might spring for one of those electric reels... Anyone using them and if so, how do you like them?

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We will also be up Port Townsend Port Hudson Marina 15th - 19th. Stop by for a beer.

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scottlove;776960 wrote: We will also be up Port Townsend Port Hudson Marina 15th - 19th. Stop by for a beer.


twist my arm... OK... you win...

We should be hull wet around 9:30 AM Thursday and will be back to Point Hudson after we quit fishing for the day... See ya Thursday PM... I'll bring some very fresh home brew.

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NWCruiser;776929 wrote: I fished Partridge Saturday and late in the afternoon probably around four I had the pleasure of watching a native boat setting long lines about 200 yards away from me. It actualy pi$$sed me off that they got to long line while we were still fishing.


So how did you do????

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I'm curious to know what you mean when you guys say you lost a Halibut? Do you mean you lost your rig or the fish just came unbuttoned?

I don't want to seem like I know what I'm doing or anything but for what it's worth; you have to let the Halibut swallow the hooks. Basically once you feel the bite lower your rod tip or let out some line and be patient. Halibut don't spit the hooks but they do an initial suck the bait in, and then after a few seconds, swallow. If you try to set the hook before they get a chance to swallow chances are they aren’t hooked very well.

We had not seen much anchoring going on before, but this year but saw it a lot. Makes sense to me and we will give it a try next year when the current is moving too fast for a good drift.

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Well when I say lost, we had three on within a very short period of time. Rods were in holders and obvious takedowns as the rod tips bend to the water. Lift the rod, set the hook and the fight was on. We would reel for a bit and it would even take line back off of the reel and then gone. All rigging except for bait remained.

I'll be honest, I blame the person (last time my cousin is invited :)) at the end of the rod for trying to keep the drag on his reel not too tight. I prefer to bring the slob up and stick it rather than trying to play it like you are on wicked tuna.

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mrhutt30;777148 wrote: Well when I say lost, we had three on within a very short period of time. Rods were in holders and obvious takedowns as the rod tips bend to the water. Lift the rod, set the hook and the fight was on. We would reel for a bit and it would even take line back off of the reel and then gone. All rigging except for bait remained.

I'll be honest, I blame the person (last time my cousin is invited :)) at the end of the rod for trying to keep the drag on his reel not too tight. I prefer to bring the slob up and stick it rather than trying to play it like you are on wicked tuna.


I've never had a door mat 'fight'. I do try to reel in fast enough to get their snout up so I don't kill my arms and back.Keeping the rod tip up and tension all the time is fine. My drag is set pretty tight. Drag is set to not break the braid, not to fight the fish... (if that makes any sense)... ; linesnap

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From our NOP PSA The Reel News recent article, . . .

The spring fisheries are open now. NOP members have been enjoying good water conditions and are putting limits of halibut, ling cod, and shrimp in their boats. Member reports on halibut sizes are ranging between 20# and 60#. While many folks are drifting over halibut areas, a growing number of NOP members are now anchoring for halibut and doing quite well. One chapter member limited his boat (3 fish) the first 2 days of the season. They are dropping a chum sack off their anchor or downrigger and waiting for the halibut to come to them. One chapter member picked up a 50# long nose skate that was released.

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JohnQ;777164 wrote: From our NOP PSA The Reel News recent article, . . .

The spring fisheries are open now. NOP members have been enjoying good water conditions and are putting limits of halibut, ling cod, and shrimp in their boats. Member reports on halibut sizes are ranging between 20# and 60#. While many folks are drifting over halibut areas, a growing number of NOP members are now anchoring for halibut and doing quite well. One chapter member limited his boat (3 fish) the first 2 days of the season. They are dropping a chum sack off their anchor or downrigger and waiting for the halibut to come to them. One chapter member picked up a 50# long nose skate that was released.


Thanks John:arr, How are you feeling?

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Fish-a-Palooza;777129 wrote: I'm curious to know what you mean when you guys say you lost a Halibut? Do you mean you lost your rig or the fish just came unbuttoned?

I don't want to seem like I know what I'm doing or anything but for what it's worth; you have to let the Halibut swallow the hooks. Basically once you feel the bite lower your rod tip or let out some line and be patient. Halibut don't spit the hooks but they do an initial suck the bait in, and then after a few seconds, swallow. If you try to set the hook before they get a chance to swallow chances are they aren’t hooked very well.

We had not seen much anchoring going on before, but this year but saw it a lot. Makes sense to me and we will give it a try next year when the current is moving too fast for a good drift.


In my case, I had some tapping or heavy pecking, that lasted 4-5 seconds. I did not set the hook but removed the pole from the holder and let out 5 more pulls of line as I'd been told. We were drifting about 1.5 knts and the pecking stopped, just when I was about ready to give up and do a bait check it swallowed it and when it realized it was hooked, ran into the current. No head shake but just a smooth rhythmic pull, the most powerful I have felt to date. With us drifting and the fish going the opposite direction I was losing line fast, fish sat down for a moment but then ran again, and before my buddy could get gear up and motor started I was into the backing and had to tighten the drag down on her and it broke off.
My drop to the lead head was 4' long 50# mono and I got back about 3' of line, it was obvious it had swallowed it and in the battle it's teeth had nicked the line. Main line was 80# braided.
If we had another person that day to start up the boat and back up with the fish, or if it had ran the other way with the boat, I think it would have been in my freezer.

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Go Aweigh2452;776932 wrote: Knock on wood, I have seldom lost a hook up. I only fish with braid so I can feel the suckling of that door mat...Once I set the hook, its game on.

I like using mackerel but use plastic glow squids with scented sponge inside.

When back home on Long Island, I fish for fluke (summer flounder) and they are the same when grabbing the bait. Only back there the depth is less than 15'...

If our halibut season was any longer, I might spring for one of those electric reels... Anyone using them and if so, how do you like them?


I love my elec reel, it will rip most fish under 12/15 lbs from 150 ft in no time, we have a lot of buts but they are getting smaller in size, so ripping the little ones up with the elec reel makes for a fast release and back down for a bigger one

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rkcarguy;777781 wrote: In my case, I had some tapping or heavy pecking, that lasted 4-5 seconds. I did not set the hook but removed the pole from the holder and let out 5 more pulls of line as I'd been told. We were drifting about 1.5 knts and the pecking stopped, just when I was about ready to give up and do a bait check it swallowed it and when it realized it was hooked, ran into the current. No head shake but just a smooth rhythmic pull, the most powerful I have felt to date. With us drifting and the fish going the opposite direction I was losing line fast, fish sat down for a moment but then ran again, and before my buddy could get gear up and motor started I was into the backing and had to tighten the drag down on her and it broke off.
My drop to the lead head was 4' long 50# mono and I got back about 3' of line, it was obvious it had swallowed it and in the battle it's teeth had nicked the line. Main line was 80# braided.
If we had another person that day to start up the boat and back up with the fish, or if it had ran the other way with the boat, I think it would have been in my freezer.


I know they suggest mono for the leader but I tie off right to the spreader bar with 60 lb braid. I have lost very little gear but then I also don't drag the bottom. I did get hung up once when we shallowed up and eventually I was able to get it free once we backed past the snag but I couldn't tighten the drag enough to break it off.

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ALASKAN ADVENTURER;778005 wrote: I love my elec reel, it will rip most fish under 12/15 lbs from 150 ft in no time, we have a lot of buts but they are getting smaller in size, so ripping the little ones up with the elec reel makes for a fast release and back down for a bigger one


As much as I would like one, I don't fish halibut enough to justify the $600+ expense to get one.:arr

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