Duncan’s Halibut

Sonia - July 9, 2012

Just got this email from Duncan, our Halibut fisherman with some details and photos about how they fish.  Can’t went to eat our first fillet this week and I know our members are looking forward to the first halibut pick up tomorrow night!

“Our Halibut were caught in management area 5c which is the Hecate Straight’s. More specifically Near the Haida Gwaii National Park south of Skidegate, my father has been fishing in this area since the  1970’s. Now it is a very popular area because the halibut fishing is usualy good from June-August and by-catch can be very low depepnding on how you fish. Our day starts around 4am, we leave the anchorage and cut up up bait on the way to the grounds.  Once we get to where we want to set, Cam and Brook   ( the deck bosses ) start setting gear. Hooks are snapped onto the groundline using octopus and squid as bait, anchors and scotchman are attached to each end. We generally finish setting around 9am, then we take a much needed nap and let the gear soak. After lunch we start hauling gear, I run the hauler while Cam and Brook dress, scrape, wash and ice the halibut as quickly as possible.  After we reach our quota for the trip we left the grounds and headed straight to Port Hardy to deliver the fish as fresh as possible.”

Sonia - July 9, 2012


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Duncan’s Halibut

Sonia - July 9, 2012

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