Monday, May 01, 2006

Halibut Fishing


Fishing is one of the joys that makes Alaskan summer worth spending the long winter waiting for. It has not started yet. This is my catch from deep see fishing trip last summer. Halibut fishing can be exhausting as these fish do not give in without a fight. They swim/live close to the ground in the deep see. We were fishing at 160 Ft depth using 4 lb sinkers! once you catch it, you should allow it to run which adds another 20- 50 ft extra to the line you need to pull. It is a lot of hard work that you will definitly feel its pain for days to come. We were limited to 2 halibut per person, so we maxed out quite early in the trip and started catch and release. IT DOES NOT FEEL GOOD to release tasty and expensive fish (average $12 per lb), but rules are rules, and you don't want the fishing police catch you! beside a fine of $250 you get your name in the local newpaper and may lose your fishing license. The finace of the trip worked out fine; I cought close to $400 worth of halibut and paid $150 for the guide and $20 tip for the deckhand. Actually it was a sweet deal and the fish is tasty.

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4 Comments:

At 3:09 AM, Blogger Mahmood Al-Yousif said...

Damn, Doc, that's a whole lot of fish to be eaten! Certainly a little bit bigger than Safi ;)

 
At 2:33 PM, Blogger Isa_S said...

Halibut is amazing!
I love going down to the market and seeing what fresh fish they have. Catching it is definitely more fun, but the ocean is a drive. Tsk. seeing those fish I want to head out and do some serious fishing. Imagine pulling those in with just a khay6 and no rod =p They're so powerful underwater mashallah.

Bil baraka akhee. What a beautiful thing it is to fish out on the open sea... humbling and peaceful...

 
At 10:03 PM, Blogger Haitham Salman said...

Mahmood,
those are the small ones, halibut can grow to over 300 lb! and there is a weekly derby for biggest halibut.

Isa,
I guess you could do it the old way with line only, but it way more difficult; and could be dangerous to your hands. Those halibut shake the line pretty vigorus and you need the function of the drag to allow it to run otherwise it well certainly cut the line

 
At 1:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Enjoyed a lot! » »

 

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