How much do you know about halibut fishing?

Drifting for Halibut

Drift fishing is the second most used method when it comes to fishing for the halibut. This is method is slower than trolling so it gives the halibut plenty of time to respond to your offering. You must keep a close eye on your fishing rods when drifting if using more than one. The halibut may hold the bait for a few seconds before deciding to swallow it and if you’re not paying attention, you’ll miss the strike.

Don’t be in a hurry to set the hook or you may pull it out of his mouth. You need to give him time to actually swallow it before setting the hook. You will know the difference because instead of a nibble it’ll be a hard jerk on the rod.

But when this happens you will need to be quick about setting the hook or he’ll get away. Don’t use too much weight when drift fishing. It should be heavy enough to keep the bait on the bottom where the halibut is located but not so much that it’s weighing the bait down making it look unnatural.

The Halibut feed on just about anything they can get in their mouths. Some of the most common foods include clams, cod, flounder, crabs, squids and octopus. Many anglers use herring, anchovy and shiners when fishing for this species.

Since the halibut can grow to such large sizes you need to have the right equipment in order to reel them in. The rod should be around seven feet long and hold up to thirty pound test line in order to handle the weight. You must have a net to help you pull your catch from the water to the boat or a gaff is an excellent piece of gear that can be very helpful.

Use this information and anything else you can learn about the halibut to come up with your own unique way of fishing. The way new methods and techniques are discovered is through experimenting with things out of the ordinary. Who knows, you may discover a method that the halibut can’t resist under any circumstance.

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Daniel Eggertsen
Dan Eggertsen is a fellow saltwater fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on saltwater fishing since 2004.

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