How can you go wrong with a nice Halibut before even starting hooping, sweet!
After filleting a Halibut years ago, and taking the cheek meat also, I zip-tied the carcass into a hoop net, then smashed 10 sardines on top and drove to my local hooping state, dropped it down and that bad boy produced all-night long, in fact left it asis in the nets to rot in the sun and used it the next night for the same results. Just sharing something that worked for me. If the Halibut are that good in the bay I'd nail'em now/first. Suggestion.
Love your son being involved, good stuff, take care.