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For those interested, My wife and I just got back from a 17 day trip that included 5 days of fishing at the end. We shared a boat with another couple and caught approximately 850-900 pounds of fish. Each couple brought home 150 lbs of halibut and salmon filets. Photos of the trip are in a Powerpoint slideshow and can be downloaded at the link below. It is 56 MB........but well worth the show.
OK, here are the 2 teaser photos. A 90 lb halibut....
And eagles perched on an iceberg.......
I highly recommend Doc Warner's. Doc was in charge of Alaska's Fisheries Division until he retired. When he retired, he picked this spot for his camp over all others in Alaska. First class group. You are the captain of your own boat............the only way to go. His camp is usually booked full.....2 years in advance.
Oh yeah, Kiko already has a place up there in Alaska!
Huge and super-duty circle hooks for the halibut. I could not tell you what the exact size was. ??? Used approx. 500 lb braid leader attached to 150 lb braid on reel. We used salmon heads and salmon bellies for the bigger halibut (stayed on the hook better than 6-8 inch herring). Or boat's biggest fish was 90 pounds and big fish for the week was approx. 140 lbs. The all-time record halibut was caught 2 miles north of our dock several years ago in a herring net............900+ pounds. .
We did have a huuuuuge halibut break off on the 3rd day after battling him for 20 minutes of so.....but he snapped the 150 lb line on a massive run. Never saw him, but he was a freight train up until the line gave.
Halibut feed like flounder do. Mostly feeding on the bottom, but on flats of 150-300 feet that are adjacent to 400-700 feet of water. Reeling up.....even a throw-back from 200 feet is work. Getting a 30 pounder up from that depth (with the 2 pound weight also) is a total workout. They flatten out like a kite when "resting" between runs. My best analogy for the bigger ones is like trying to reel up a car hood from those depths.........sometimes it felt like the hood was attached to a diesel truck in 2nd gear.
Getting the big ones into the boat is another matter. When you get a big one up, you have to "gaff" him with a massive shark hook through the mouth. The hook is attached to a 6 foot rope tied to the boat. Hit them with a baseball bat between the eyes until you think it's over. And then pull them into the boat (if you can). Our 90 pounder came back to life once in the boat and he took over . Had to put him to sleep again quickly. The below photo is of our of the guys in our camp that had a 100 pounder come back to life in his boat and nailed him between the eyes. The photo was taken after he blead as much as the halibut did.
Yeap, caught a loin cod. Caught one that was about 4 feet long in 200 feet of water on the bottom while halibut fishing. Guys at the dock said it was about 80 years old and apparently is very good eats.
It is the 3rd fish from the right. Huge mouth and toothy. ;D