Saltwater Westport Hali 1st timer

El Grande’

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My partner and I just got our first real experience catching, rather then fishing, for halibut last weekend out of Sekiu. Was great, stayed in the strait and had a great trip.
Westport is the next step in broadening our horizons. It’s a much shorter drive, tons of species to shoot for with the bonus of tuna later in summer.
Have not captained our boat there looking for some advice. Planning on heading out for halibut this month, but am starting from zero. Any direction would be much appreciated, know we’ll be making a major run offshore, but no idea how to tackle such a massive expanse.
Thanks ahead of time!
 
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Give us a little more to start with.

What boat are you in?
What do you know about tides, currents, and swells relative to bar crossings?
How many ocean miles can your boat run?

Have you search Westport bar on here?
 
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El Grande’

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Give us a little more to start with.

What boat are you in?
What do you know about tides, currents, and swells relative to bar crossings?
How many ocean miles can your boat run?

Have you search Westport bar on here?
We’re in a 28’ Thunderjet pilot house with 500 hp, think we are good on that front. Have not crossed a bar this significant or fished off shore before, but have been in some pretty serious water in the strait. We have been on charters there and have been reading up on crossing a good bit.
Once we are on the other side, we are starting from zero and are hoping to have a minimum a general direction and strategy for the area. Thanks
 
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Salmon King

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I second the warning about the Westport bar. Poor decisions at the bar have caused many a lifetime of severe consequences. I think the Westport bar is called the knotty pine.

Also, be careful of the area where the river runs into the ocean. The waves can get big there.
 
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    One big difference between halibut fishing in the straights versus Westport is depth. Be prepared for 6-750'. Read around these threads and you'll see a lot of discussion about electric reels. Cranking 3lbs of lead and a dogfish by hand from 750 is not fun.

    This is horrible advice. Fish taste way better when you hand crank. I personally don’t see any benefit for an electric reel.... I would try it by hand at least once before investing in $500 reels.
     
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    This helped me a lot. Good info on ebb currents and other things to help decide when to go or stay home. Also helps to have some friends to discuss your first few bar crossings. It’s typically not that big of a deal.... until you get bit by it, then you understand what everybody is talking about.
     
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    mrfish11

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    This helped me a lot. Good info on ebb currents and other things to help decide when to go or stay home. Also helps to have some friends to discuss your first few bar crossings. It’s typically not that big of a deal.... until you get bit by it, then you understand what everybody is talking about.

    May 23rd rings a bell.......
     
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    Siv

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    This is horrible advice. Fish taste way better when you hand crank. I personally don’t see any benefit for an electric reel.... I would try it by hand at least once before investing in $500 reels.
    I’m not telling him to buy electric reels, just be prepared for much deeper fishing. I think electric reels are bullshit, why not start setting commercial long line gear for the same sporting experience. We still pull shrimp / crab pots by hand and they taste sweet as hell🤙
     
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    mrfish11

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    I’m not telling him to buy electric reels, just be prepared for much deeper fishing. I think electric reels are bullshit, why not start setting commercial long line gear for the same sporting experience. We still pull shrimp / crab pots by hand and they taste sweet as hell🤙

    Hes just joking Siv. Trying to get the guy to do it a few times with hand crankers vs electrics is all. We used to do all hand crank and hand pull pots as well but have gotten wiser with age. ;)
     
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    sgwill122

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    Hes just joking Siv. Trying to get the guy to do it a few times with hand crankers vs electrics is all. We used to do all hand crank and hand pull pots as well but have gotten wiser with age. ;)
    I don't know if I am any wiser but I know I am a hell of a lot lazier.
     
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    Fish_on!

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    I’m not telling him to buy electric reels, just be prepared for much deeper fishing. I think electric reels are bullshit, why not start setting commercial long line gear for the same sporting experience. We still pull shrimp / crab pots by hand and they taste sweet as hell🤙

    I agree completely about it taking the sport out of it but it is more of a forage operation. 800 ft is a tough ask to cycle through chickens, dogfish, and skate. My favorite is when the captain gets to the hole and doesn’t know the drift yet. By the time you get to the bottom he realizes you never had a chance, “bring em up”.

    To the OP... most the boats are going to a couple spots for halibut.
     
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    critterkiller

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    Does that sunken jetty show up on everyone's navigation devices? What happens if you go too far north on the bar?
     
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    mrfish11

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    I agree completely about it taking the sport out of it but it is more of a forage operation. 800 ft is a tough ask to cycle through chickens, dogfish, and skate. My favorite is when the captain gets to the hole and doesn’t know the drift yet. By the time you get to the bottom he realizes you never had a chance, “bring em up”.

    To the OP... most the boats are going to a couple spots for halibut.

    You must fish with a shitty captain cause that has never happened on my boat.
     
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    mrfish11

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    Does that sunken jetty show up on everyone's navigation devices? What happens if you go too far north on the bar?

    I am confused by what your asking. They must be 2 completely seperate questions that have nothing to do with one another?
    1. It shows up on most I would assume but if it doesnt, draw a straight line from the tip of the exposed rocks to the red can about 1/2 mile? off the tip and this should get you pretty close to the location of the submerged jetty.

    2. There is no considerable submerged jetty on the N side like there is on the S. You can turn N into the ocean as soon as you are a safe distance from the tip of the exposed N tip. Often times the swells roll in way bigger on the N side as they approach the tip so be aware of this factor as well.....and then again sometimes the N side is where you want to cross. Most is based on experience and knowing the bar at certain tidal exchanges, wind directions, swell height, etc.
     
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