Newport Deepwater Halibut

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We finally got a weather window for getting offshore for deep water Pacific Halibut last Thursday (6/3) and Friday (6/4) out of Newport, Oregon. Forecast was calling for 3-5’ mixed swells every 11 seconds w/ 10-15 knots of wind gusting to 20 knots in the late afternoon. Took “Black Jack” 35 miles west to “The Chicken Ranch” to fish black label herring and shad on a spreader bar in 600’ to 700’ of water using 3 to 4lbs of weight. Used my 9.9HP kicker to back into the drift and get a .80 to 1.2mph drift and keep the line angle closer to 90 degrees. My Diawa Tanacoms (750 and 1000) make deep dropping a breeze and truly enjoyable and my custom welded rod holders w/ a reel leach keeps the $900 per/rod/reel combination locked in and secure.

After a 2 hour and 20 minute boat ride we got onto the grounds. Had a slight fog so we fished all by ourselves and only heard one boat in our area. Ended up culling lots of 20lb halibut for 2-3 hours looking for something close the 50lb range, but ended up tagging fish in the 25 to 35lb range.

Only burned 44 gallons of non-ethanol premium over the course of 3 days while covering 190.7 nautical miles running out/in and drifting around. I estimate we got 3.88 MPG since we only burned 18 gallons of fuel for a 70 mile run out and back.

Can't wait to get back out soon and the warm water from NorCal looks to be moving closer to Oregon so we may be doing tuna-halibut combination trips sooner rather than later!

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Nice write up and pics! We’re getting our halibut on the north coast but a small grade. Blackcod fishing is insane. We’re averaging about 20 per trip. Lots of reeling up with those bait wrecking delicious butter fish.
 
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Which one? Too many....
After a 2 hour and 20 minute boat ride we got onto the grounds. Had a slight fog so we fished all by ourselves and only heard one boat in our area. Ended up culling lots of 20lb halibut for 2-3 hours looking for something close the 50lb range, but ended up tagging fish in the 25 to 35lb range. Caught my first black cod or sablefish that was 15lbs and also picked up a few longleader rockfish (fish tacos) on the way in.

Great report.

I'm pretty sure (99.9%) that.....when you do the long leader rockfish after halibut, you can not have black cod on the boat; only the listed LL species. Yes, with all the options available to us, it can get kinda confusing.


Se this chart, middle column in green:

 
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Great report.

I'm pretty sure (99.9%) that.....when you do the long leader rockfish after halibut, you can not have black cod on the boat; only the listed LL species. Yes, with all the options available to us, it can get kinda confusing.


Se this chart, middle column in green:


It’s a shame that you need to be a forensic scientist/detective and have to decode a regulation book that can change whenever someone decides.
 
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Which one? Too many....
For what it's worth, the ODFW employees at the dock are part of the sampling team. They are counting fish, looking for tags (i.e. tagged salmon), etc. The samplers are not enforcement, and often are not aware of the detailed regulations.
 
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    Thanks for the great report. I grew up fishing for California Halibut in SoCal but haven't done it here. Been here since 93' but the long run rules out my 18' Ranger bay boat. I've got folks that keep saying they'll take me out but it never seems to come together. Great fuel numbers!
     
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    We slogged out 32 miles today. NW 13-17. Probably a 3’ chop no swell. Ocean actually nice for a decent sized boat.
    caught 14 small butts. Lots of 32”. Biggest 46”.
    Even caught mine. A perfect eater at 32”.
     
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    I’ll be back out July 1st through 3rd (weather permitting) for more halibut and hopefully fin clipped coho and/or chinook salmon. The Stonewall Bank weather forecast this week didn’t look favorable, so the family gets the season’s first lake trip with Big Mabel!
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    Got myself a 36” yesterday. Ocean wasn’t nice in the morning, but as predicted laid down nicely offshore. Then around 12 miles off the beach on the way home it kicked back into high gear. Thankfully on my port quarter. Made record time getting back to the dock. Boated 12. Biggest only 42”.
    Lots of quota left. Have a feeling we’ll be able to catch lings and halibut in September on the same trip.
     
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