The Green Halibut E-mail
Wednesday, 30 April 2014 21:36

flat3

Really? A gaff to land that?

We posted up a pic on Facebook last week of a nice halibut caught  in our local waters. Not too big, not too small, maybe 15 pounds, but it was exciting. And it spawned the "End Game" article.  Be ready, and try to do everything right.

The FB photo got some great response, including this comment from a person who likely has never caught a halibut yet. 

John Bradshaw Really? a gaff to land that?
 
Kayak Fishing Magazine John Bradshaw, California halibut are notoriously difficult to land. Ranging from 22 to 40+ inches, they are unpredictable and powerful. Gaffing is the standard method of subduing them. Netting is difficult as they often come up in a vertical position, head towards you and tail slightly away. You can't really drop their head into the net as they will slide backwards and away from you instead of swimming into the net. Lip gripping is even more difficult. At the surface, halibut can and will explode on you. You have a quick shot at it, and a gaff is about the quickest way to get it done. And even then, be prepared for some mayhem. This halibut behaved on the gaff (and good thing because look how thin of a purchase it has), but went crazy right after being put on a game clip.
Like · April 20 at 7:27am  Sansano
 
Kayak Fishing Magazine John Bradshaw, I was only injured slightly. We will find a good video of halibut landing on the kayak. The END GAME is critical. (And often very entertaining.) Bushnell
 
Call it serendipity if you like, but just today we received a great halibut landing vid from Southern Cal affiliate Tony Park, fishing Cabrillo Beach.  Perfect companion to the "End Game" article. Take a gander. Props to Tony, who stays very cool though out the battle.
 

 

 ">

 

You must be registered to post a comment.


Login

Newsletter

Subscribe here to receive FREE email issues of Kayak Fishing Magazine.

Most Popular

Kayak Fishing for White Seabass
Ghost Busting - When Hunting White Seabass, Silence is Only One of a Kayaker’s Weapons.Reprinted courtesy of KayakFishingZone.com: Paddling the U.S. Pacific Coast and Baja Each...
Crabbing From the Kayak
The apron was my design after I caught my first crabs and tried to sort them in the kayak. You should have had pictures of that. I went to a local sail maker and told him what I...
Myrtle Beach Sharkin
I got back last night at about midnight after a great 8 days at Myrtle Beach. I brought my kayak down again and had perfect weather every day with temps in the low 90's with a...

Random

Heroes on the Water: Why It’s Important
It’s very easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle over everyday life.  We’ve got families, facebook, twitter, and anything else you can think of to keep our minds...
Cochrane Bay Alaska
There are still places on this earth free from the wanton tinkerings of man. Places fierce yet fragile. Places that remind a man of both his power and insignificance.  ...
Kayak Fishing Journey Around Australia
  Up until the turn of this year I'd been working in the realm of journalism in a variety of industries, from outdoor recreation to computer technology, politics, pollution and...

Latest Kayak Reviews

Lifetime Sport Fisher
 
5.0
Cobra Kayaks Tandem
 
3.0
Perception Sport Pescador 10.0 Angler
 
4.0
Hobie Mirage Outback
 
4.0
Current Designs Tailfin
 
5.0
Hobie Mirage Outback
 
2.0
NuCanoe Frontier 12
 
5.0
Native Watercraft Mariner 12.5 Propel Anglers
 
4.0
Hobie Mirage Outback
 
5.0
Pelican Castaway 100
 
2.0
Stealth Pro Fisha 575
 
3.0
Field and Stream Eagle Talon
 
5.0

Latest Equipment Reviews

Body Glove 3T Barefoot Max
 
5.0
Body Glove 3T Barefoot Warrior
 
5.0
Body Glove 3T Barefoot Warrior
 
3.0
Columbia Drainmaker
 
5.0
Sperry SON-R Sounder Shandal
 
4.0
Garmin VIRB Elite
 
4.0
Polaroid XS100
 
4.0
Backwater Paddles Assault Hand Paddle
 
5.0
Backwater Paddles Assault Hand Paddle
 
5.0
Stohlquist Piseas
 
4.0
Wheeleez Tuff Tire Kayak Cart
 
5.0
Boga Grip
 
4.0