Hooked Adventures in Hoonah Alaska this coming 2015 summer season. Just an update on any changes for halibut this year.
Hooked Adventures is operating out of Hoonah Alaska right next to Icy Strait. A great little town with lots to do.
Those folk wondering who decides on what and how we can catch Halibut, here is some info.
Good site to go to:
Sport fishing regulations for Pacific halibut in Alaska are developed on the international, federal and state levels by the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC), the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (NPFMC), NOAA Fisheries (NMFS), and the State of Alaska’s Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G).
Most of the same rules last year apply this year:
One fish daily bag limit: Charter vessel anglers may catch and retain one halibut per day.
• Reverse slot limit: Retained halibut must be under 44 inches or over 76 inches in total length. This reverse slot limit allows anglers to keep halibut less than approximately 30 pounds and greater than 176 pounds, after the head and guts have been removed.
Carcass retention requirement: If halibut are filleted at sea, charter vessel anglers are required to retain the carcass until landing, so enforcement officers can verify compliance with the reverse slot limit.
• Skipper and crew prohibition: Skipper and crew may not harvest halibut during a
charter vessel fishing trip.
• Logbook signature requirement: Charter vessel anglers must sign the logbook at the end
of the charter vessel fishing trip to verify the numbers of halibut caught and kept.
As I’ve told countless clients about these regulations, it’s a formula to preserve the fish for years to come. Everyone wants to catch big fish. I have yet to come across a person that has asked specifically for small fish. That being said, there are factors to consider when catching halibut. The price for shipping is a bit more in Alaska than in the other states, except Hawaii. Most people come out with one or more other people and if everyone catches fish, than there is plenty to ship back home. I have had families donate fish rather than pay to ship all of their catch back home. There is also quality.
Depending on who you ask most locals like a certain size to put in their freezers. I prefer the smaller halibut (20-40) range for my freezer. Just like hunters tell you that the older animals aren’t the best eating, so goes it with halibut. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy pulling up monster halibut. I prefer taking the picture than lettin it go. Let those females have babies!