With the three day weekend upon us I was looking forward to some fishing. Headed to the boat Thursday night and the plan was to head out and drift for Halibut. With the high tide late in the afternoon I wasn't in a real rush to get out there. I figured it would be a long day of drifting for not much until it got closer to the tide change. Most of my fish have been caught around the tide swing. With no bait to buy in the marina anymore it is all about finding bait. I have been pretty lucky getting bait pretty fast. I decided to skip my normal bait spot and head to the grounds to see if I could find a school closer to the fishing. I metered around and found a little spot. Caught 4 green mackerel. Put two lines out as I usually do and continued to try and catch bait. About ten minutes into my drift one of my lines gets a bite. I had to quickly reel in the Sabiki and grab the rod. The fish was still there and I let it eat and set the hook. That awesome solid feeling was there for about a second then nothing. I couldn't believe I missed the fish. I let it sit there for a few seconds but nothing so I decided to check the bait. Started reeling it in and when it got about 10 feet from the boat I could see the Halibut chasing the bait all the way to the surface. I stopped and watched this fish inhale the bait and take off for the bottom. Just an awesome sight. Definitely hooked up now and the fight was on. I knew it was a pretty good fish so I took my time. Since I was fishing alone the gaffing of the fish is always the fun part. The fish made a couple of pretty good runs then I was making progress. While fighting the fish I had to get the gaff ready. I finally got the fish to the surface and it laid perfectly flat. Rod in one hand in free spool and the gaff in the other hand I was able to get a perfect gaff shot right behind the head. Up and on the deck. The fish was totally calm which was a first. I noticed the gaff shot had opened a pretty good hole and the fish seemed almost dead. After a bunch of unsuccessful trips this year it was awesome to get a good fish finally. A boat buddy of mine that was drifting close by came over to let me use his scale and take some pictures. When I held her up to show him she went ballistic. I guess she wasn't quite dead yet. She went about 35 pounds. Thanks Jeff for the help. Fished a couple of more hours for one more bite that didn't stick. Looking forward to the next one.