We had a light load today with only 12 anglers for a private charter and we were geared up with enough bait for at least 3 charter boats plus whole pink salmon bait, previously caught the day before. I wanted to try something new, so we drove around Montague scanning the bottom for some some new pinnacles and structure. We found a small shelf in about 130′ of water and dropped the anchor right on the high point. The tide was a large flood starting early this morning and the current was screaming out the back of the boat. After about thirty minutes of fishing we started seeing our first bites. It didn’t seem that the halibut had any preference on the bait, for 2 hours they teared apart anything we sent down. We hooked into 7 fish all over 75lbs with the biggest around 110lbs. It was a spectacular day of fishing and the fisherman definitely got a run for their money.
The tide started to slow down around noon and so did the bite. We moved out and shot across the island to look for the rest of our halibut. We were just about limited with all of our big fish and needed to catch the remainder of under 29″ fish. The first place we stopped at had a ton of bait but we couldn’t keep the bait down long enough before a black bass would take it. By the time we found some halibut the outgoing tide was picking up and the fish were in frenzy mode. It only took about 20 minutes to limit the boat. Great job everyone, you guys killed it! Rest those sore muscles and come back soon. FISH ON!