Fisherman opts to keep massive Halibut

September 25, 2018 12 Comments

Fisherman opts to keep massive Halibut

Fisherman opts to keep massive, 231-pound halibut

 

Given option of a free fishing trip to release fish, angler Dirk Whitsitt decides to take fish home; takes three shots from a .38 special to subdue trophy fish

Dirk Whitsitt, a construction worker from Kansas, caught a fish of a lifetime only an hour into his first fishing trip in Alaska, and he wasn't about to release the monster, not even for a $250 voucher for another day of fishing.

You can't blame him, really. The Pacific Halibut he hooked in 370 feet of water in Cook Inlet out of Homer, Alaska, and fought for 45 minutes wound up weighing a whopping 231 pounds.

Once the decision was made to keep it, the prized fish needed to be subdued, which is no easy task with a halibut this size.

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"Towards the end of the fight, the fish headed back toward the bottom and we had to release the anchor to follow the fish," Capt. David Bayes of DeepStrike Sportfishing explained in an email to GrindTV Outdoor. "We shot it three times with a .38 special and used three gaffs to pull it aboard."

Using a gun to subdue halibut is common practice in Alaska. In fact, it is recommended on any sizable fish over 100 pounds because big halibut are nearly all muscle and can do damage to people and boats if they're not killed before being brought on board.

The other option, of course, is releasing the fish, one that Bayes gives an incentive to his passengers for doing.

"I offer fishermen a free trip if they opt to release a halibut of that size, but the angler was not interested," he said. "That was the third halibut over 200 pounds that we’ve caught in the last month. One was estimated at 225 pounds and released. The other was 236 pounds and is the current Homer Halibut Jackpot Derby leader."

To give an idea about the size of the halibut Whitsitt caught, first-year deckhand and recent graduate Kruiz Siewing, a former wide receiver for Montana State University, posed with the fish in a corner of the boat.

Siewing stands 5-11, 184 pounds and is dwarfed by the fish, which no doubt provided Whitsitt with plenty of fillets to take home.

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12 Responses

Polyakov
Polyakov

April 15, 2019

Halibut is a powerful fish so you need to be careful

Pavlov
Pavlov

April 14, 2019

Do I need a fishing license?

Pavlov
Pavlov

April 14, 2019

Do I need a fishing license?

Ashchepkov
Ashchepkov

April 14, 2019

Halibut fishing in Homer Alaska is like no other fishing in the world.

Markova
Markova

April 14, 2019

Pacific halibut are the less common species.

Ablin
Ablin

April 14, 2019

Circle-hook halibut fishing technique? Any idea?

Rodionov
Rodionov

April 14, 2019

Fishing for an Alaskan halibut is fun.

Shevtsov
Shevtsov

April 14, 2019

Fishing for Salmon, Halibut and Trout on the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska.

Anna
Anna

April 11, 2019

Halibut are available all year, although fishing is best from the first of June through mid-September.

Levin
Levin

April 11, 2019

Halibut Fishing is great all summer in Petersburg.

Ivan
Ivan

April 11, 2019

Experience the Alaska fishing trip of a lifetime.

Igor
Igor

December 28, 2018

Where do i go fishing for fish like this?

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