Three Halibut Rigs

Sometimes, using artificial lures can be very effective. It’s easier to cover more ground when using lures because they last longer. This is something to consider especially since you may be spending a big part of your fishing trip searching for the halibut. The halibut is a bottom feeder so you need to use a technique that will get the bait on the bottom where they are. Lead sinkers will get the job done but you can also combine a sliding weight system with heavy monifilament fishing line.

The halibut is not a picky eater and will go after just about anything. Still, some of the best live bait to use include herring, sardines, anchovies, mackerel, live squid and Queenfish. Keep your bait fresh and change it about every thirty minutes for the best results.

Presentation is important when fishing for this species. If your presentation is good, you’ll get better results. They were given the name “master of ambush” because they patiently lay on the bottom of the water and wait for the baitfish to swim by so they can strike. They often appear invisible to other species of fish because they bury themselves about halfway into the mud or sand at the bottom. This is why bouncing your bait off the bottom of the water and then allowing it to hover just over the bottom will attract this species.

If you’re going halibut fishing for the first time it’s recommended that you hire a charter service to take you out on the water. This way, you can experience the thrill of catching this species under the supervision of an experienced fisherman. The sea is full of surprises and can be very dangerous.

After going out a few times with a charter service, you gain experience being out on the water. This will give you a chance to learn about fishing in the ocean first hand and you’ll soon be ready to venture out on your own.

However, you should never go out deep into the ocean alone. Therefore, it’s a good idea to take a few friends with you on the charter so all of you can learn about halibut fishing together. This will help to ensure your safety and you’re going to need someone to help you reel in that halibut when hook one. Some of them are just too big to handle by yourself.

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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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