It’s no secret that Gustavus has the largest and most abundant halibut fishing in the state of Alaska (Source – Alaska Department of Fish and Game). The current State of Alaska record weight for sport caught fish is 459 pounds. Gustavus is record size Hali country!! Record size fish have been caught and released over the past few years by various anglers here in the waters near Glacier Bay National Park. Fighting a big fish is a thrill of a lifetime, one you will never forget. However a 40lb. "Dinner Fish" is as good as it gets when it comes to table fare.
The most common and effective techniques used to harvest halibut is anchor fishing. Captain’s drop anchor depending on currents, wind direction and tide change. Reeling in fish as deep as 240 feet is common. Two to five pound lead weights are fixed to your gear so your bait can rest near bottom. Jigging is another common practice, and ideally doing so off anchor, using the current and trolling motor to ensure your lines descend directly under the boat straight to the bottom. This often attracts more action but is more challenging to land fish.
Anglers aboard a guided vessel are allowed (1) halibut a day with a reversed slot limit. You choose between a fish 45” (40lbs.) and under or a fish 68” (150lbs.) and over. Fish between the lengths of 45 and 68 inches will not be harvested.
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