Westport Butts, and Giant Lings

Thatsbait

Well-Known "Member"
Dec 5, 2015
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Lake Stevens/Ocean Shores
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Thatsbait
Boat
22' Defiance "Interdictor"
Left the Ocean Shores Marina at 0530 and sailed across the bar. My first # was at 36 miles. Flat water and we hauled ass the entire way. Get to the spot and about 8 charters all working area. Wide open bite in small butts. Most drops we caught two at a time. Water right around 875 ft. Thank good for electric reels. The guys fishing on the charter were grinding them up. We finally settled on three 25-30 lb fish. Ran another 15 miles north to some hard bottom. Unbelievable ling cod, all huge! Plenty of butts there to. Picked out 6 giants and ran south to Sonora Reef and pick-up three limits of seabass. Good water all day! Fried halibut bellys and dranks vodka tonics untill all the fish was packed and sealed. All butts and lings caught on a large pipe jig, and about 24 in above that was a single white grub tied on with a dropper loop.

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robodad

BullShitoligest
Mar 5, 2012
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Port Angeles
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Allen
Boat
26' Olympic XLF
That's a nice haul. Gaffs come in super handy for holding lings up for pics, after they are brought on board with your net or hand.

Ya know, cause it's illegal to gaff them...
Crap !!! And here I thought since they removed the size restriction gaffing became legal like with halibut No ?
 
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Sea Sport

Made in Washington
Sep 8, 2014
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Auburn, WA
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Chuck Masonic
Boat
Excalibur-2700 Sea Sport Pilot-
Out there too, pickin up Butts, but we were sorely lacking when trying to find the lings. Just can't seem to locate em.
Very nice haul. I'm envious of the lings.
Nice pics too. Thanks for sharing.
 

mrfish11

"Just a captain"
Aug 3, 2009
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Olympia,WA
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Brian
Boat
Parker 2320, 17x60 Willies
Crap !!! And here I thought since they removed the size restriction gaffing became legal like with halibut No ?
Halibut, tuna and dogfish only...just looked it up....But I was thinking the same thing Allen.
 

Sea Sport

Made in Washington
Sep 8, 2014
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Auburn, WA
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Chuck Masonic
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Excalibur-2700 Sea Sport Pilot-
laurence, how that Cat tow? Or do you have to run it around the horn?
 

Cohoho

I've posted enough I should edit this section
May 19, 2010
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Lake Tapps, Washington
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Cohoho
Boat
COHOHO - 23 ft Wooldridge Super Sport Offshore - SOLD
You yard them in from 500-800ft without issue, grab the leader or pipe jig and bring them in boat. Use tuna cord to jig to have something besides braid to grab..
 

Sea Sport

Made in Washington
Sep 8, 2014
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Auburn, WA
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Chuck Masonic
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Excalibur-2700 Sea Sport Pilot-
I think the discussion has been tongue in cheek.
No one is going to noodle a ling. However, the gaffing rule sucks. There appears to be no rational reason you can't gaff lings, just like halibut, tuna, or dog fish. IMHO Toothy fish are not meant to be coddled.