Halibut Fishing And The FWC Curse
We aren’t known for catching fish like experts, but we do still like to go fishing. Halibut fishing is something we started doing last year with no success. This year we came back with renewed spirits and all the right gear only to be met by foul ass weather.
First day we had scheduled to fish, we wake up to a small craft advisory. Yeah… That didn’t sound like fun so we screwed off, went to a Russian Spa and ate a huge pile of meat for lunch.
The next day we rolled out in the afternoon and had beautiful weather. Not one bite and everyone we talked to hadn’t seen any halibut caught. Great boat ride though!
Once More Unto the Breach
This last weekend we headed out halibut fishing again. The weather was reasonable leaving Everett and wasn’t horrible when we got to Mutiny bay. We were hopeful. We dropped anchor and started setting up our gear.
It was about this time that I noticed that our boat, while anchored, was holding at a 90 degree angle to our anchor rope. That was our first WTF moment of the day. From there on in, the weather got progressively less fun. The small waves started to build, and since we were sitting odd to our anchor rope, we were side on to the waves and wind. When they all started to get white caps, we decided to go home.
This mean that we had already spent more time driving than fishing and were severely bummed as Thomas had just lost half his bait to a decent bite. But we pulled anchor and bailed.
Rounding the corner into Useless Bay is when things got really fun. I’m not sure exactly what sea or weather God we pissed off, but by the time we were in the middle of the bay, the 1-2′ waves were now 5-7′ waves and we were banging through them, hoping to get home in one piece without swimming. After an hour of slogging our way through shit-ass waves, we made it to the East side of Possession Bar where the water flattened out and all was sunshine and happiness again. I think the Gods don’t want us to catch Halibut…
We have one more Friday scheduled to fish, so with any luck, we can actually spend the fishing and not fighting waves and trying not to drown.
Puget Sound Halibut Fishing Tips
Since we have had plenty of non-fishing time to research what we are doing wrong, I figure we might as well pass along one of the better videos we’ve seen on Halibut fishing in Puget Sound. Hope you enjoy and get to catch a Halibut. I’m not sure we ever will…