Today we had the pleasure of taking out ASRC of Alaska. The group was composed of whaling captains from up north and some of the best true hunters of Alaska. We had an ideal tide for targeting some big halibut. We showed up on slack tide and within the first half hour of the incoming tide, we had already had a few big take downs. I could hear the drag screaming on the bow, I ran up the side of the boat to see what all the commotion was. The rod was doubled over and cracked right in half, Rex and the deckhand had to hand line the fish all the way in while the fish ran back and forth tangling lines for 15 minutes. I wasn’t sure as to how big this fish was until it finally appeared about 20′ down. It was bigger than we thought, I ran upstairs to grab the shotgun while Sam was frantically tying the harpoon shaft to the buoy. Sam barley stuck the harpoon all the way through the fish but we were able to get a shot off before her last big dash to the bottom. After pulling her in we were blown away at how big this fish really was. My guess was 235lbs because she was extremely wide and thick for her length. We caught 5 nice fish at our first spot, with another halibut weighing in at 100lbs.
We had a great day fishing with you guys, great job with the big fish Rex, it was the largest halibut of the season for us. FISH ON!!!