Pacific Halibut can live for over 50 years and can reach weights in excess of 600 pounds. Although the average sport caught Halibut weighs in around 20- 40 pounds bragging rights really begin at 100 pounds and trophy status is achieved at 200 pounds. The current IGFA world record Halibut weighed in at almost 500 pounds. Another fact about the Pacific Halibut is that all of the really big ones, exceeding 100 pounds, are females and are the breeders.
Catching a Pacific Halibut is quite a thrill and a battle that you won’t soon forget. If you are lucky enough to hook into a fish of 70 pounds or more you can expect quite a fight. This is a fish that likes the bottom and prefers to stay there. You will experience many muscle jarring head shakes on the way up and once the Halibut is shallow enough to see the light from above the fight intensifies. Bring your video cameras if you have them and take turns filming yourselves straining against a fish that is solid muscle.Once you get your Halibut to the surface our highly experienced crew will step in to assist you in getting it into the boat. While you are fighting the fish the crew will be gathering up the necessary tools to assist in landing the fish into the boat. We even shoot the big ones (100 pounds +) with our 410 gauge snake charmer prior to bringing them on-board. This is a safety precaution as 100 + pounds of pure muscle fighting for its life can do damage to us and the boat.