Halibut Fishing

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Halibut are a flatfish that inhabit both the North Atlantic and North Pacific oceans.  Halibut are a favorite among many anglers because of their enormous size and excellent taste.  In Alaska, thousands of people hire charters for the excellent halibut fishing.  Average halibut are in the 25 to 30 pound range, but they can exceed 600 pounds.  On the Pacific coast, you will find the California halibut.  The California halibut is one of the most popular fish to target on the Pacific coast, especially in the state of California.  These halibut are much smaller than what you will find in Alaska, but they are still very popular because they can grow to well over 20 pounds, they are found inshore and they taste excellent.

How to Catch Halibut

Halibut are a bottom-dweller and for the most part, you’re going to be catching them by fishing on the bottom.  However, halibut will come off the bottom and make their way up the water column to feed.  Some good baits for halibut are salmon or mackerel heads, herring, crab, cod, squid and octopus.  If you get into a big school that is feeding, you will most likely be able to catch plenty by using jigs.

Eating Halibut

Halibut taste delicious.  You can cook them a variety of different ways.  They taste very good fried, baked and grilled.

Halibut Fishing Basics


Fishing Rigs for Halibut

Below are some of the popular fishing rigs for catching halibut with artificial lures or live bait.


Fishing Lures for Halibut

Below are some of the popular lures that are used for catching halibut.

  • Jigs
  • Swimbaits


Live Baits for Halibut

Below are some of the popular live baits that are used for catching halibut.


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