After code camp Portland last weekend (awesome event btw) i went to Westport with long time diving buddy Jesper to learn how to catch a couple of barn doors (any halibut over 50lbs is referred to as a barn door).
After waking up at 3:30am and spending $235 what did we learn?
- We still don’t know how to catch a barn door …while we did catch our limit of 10 fish for the boat none were barn doors
- They live a LONG ways from the beach! - we ended up fishing ~27 miles offshore
- While you can catch Halibut on 24 oz Jigs (this is what i was using) you work 4X harder for no appreciable return.
- Pulling up 2lbs of lead from 800ft with a fishing rod is A LOT of work
- Halibut size doesn’t really equate to their fight or said another way the bigger fish didn’t tend to always fight harder than smaller fish.
- Deeper doesn’t equate to bigger fish…our biggest fish was caught in the shallowest water (a mere 600’ feet)
- Jesper is 100% better halibut fisherman than me (He caught two fish – i only caught one)
- The best fisherman on the boat was the least attentive…”Lucas” a cook from Port Orchard caught three fish –and the largest! The first fish took the bait while Lucas was getting a donut and the next two while Lucas was in the cabin getting another beer.
Well i can at least add one more “Game Fish” to my fishing Bingo Card
“Catch” ya later