Fish Tale 2: When a halibut, a big halibut, takes your bait, there is no question whether there is a fish on your line. The rod bends all the way over! And then comes the big tugs and the battle begins.
The big halibuts are found in deep water (150 – 200 ft). And to pull up a fish the size of a piece of plywood takes all of the back and arm muscles one has. I watch my son’s face go from glee and excitement to grimaces of pain, flashes of fear and just the physical strain as he and the fish struggled. After 30 minutes the fish showed color in the emerald green water. My son reeled the fish close enough so that the landing hook could be slipped in the halibut’s gill. And then the three of us heaved the monster over the gun wall. The halibut tail slammed the boat deck hard as high fives went around the boat. My son let out a yell. Fishing for halibut at Doc Warners is a dream come true and not for the faint of heart.