It was calm yesterday and it was time to go offshore again.
We decided to drift as it was calm. Our jigs were hit constantly by halibut, ling cod or yelloweye rockfish and huge SKATE.
Scott used Black Hole Cape Cod Special 80g jigging rod and I used Black Hole Cape Cod Special 150g jigging rod this time.
I had the best ever halibut jigging trip on the other day and I thought it would be hard to repeat. But actually we did. We got more varieties of fish this time because we opted to drift. There was no dull moment. We had constant hookups while drifting.
We released many nice ling cod and yelloweye rockfish as well as big halibut upto 150 lb.
We must released a dozen of halibut in 100 lb - 150 lb range.
I was looking for 200 plus lb halibut on jigs and finally I got my wish.
When you are not sure you have bottom or fish, you know you hook up a monster.
Devon asked me whether I got bottom, I replied " bottom is moving."
The monster pulled the line slowly for a while and then it started to run like a tuna.
I was using Black Hole Cape Cod Special 150g jigging rod/JM PE6 reel filled with 60 lb Jerry Brown Hollow with 200g green Super Sardine jig.
After a few run, the monster made violent head shakes. Who said halibut don't fight ?
I had about 18 - 20 lb drag, but I loosened the drag a little bit not to lose this monster as hooking this kind of monster doesn't come often.
The fighting time was not long, but I felt like forever.
The length was 80 inches and the weight was 276.5 lb according to the length/weight table.
Crew Devon and Mike are great guys and work hard to accommodate customers.
we fished 15 hours. When we got to the lodge past 9:00 pm, they worked past mid night to clean boat and put the cleaned fish in vacuum packs. Thanks Devon and Mike for my life time catch.
We released all yelloweye rock fish except one for dinner. The sizes of yelloweye rockfish were impressive.
Big ling cod were plentiful too. We released them all except one for dinner.
If you like to catch big skate, this is the place.
They are just monster.
Black bass hit any jig moving. They are relentless.
Scott fighting halibut with Black Hole Cape Cod Special 80g rod.
Scott fishing a nice halibut using Back Hole Magic Eye 571XXH rod.
my 276.5 lb halibut.
action of Black Hole Cape Cod Special 150 for the monster.
When we arrived at the lodge after 9:00 pm, nice dinner and hot coffee were waiting for us.