The odds are I will never catch bigger one Bruce.
60/65 or 80 pound both will work, here's my thinking on Spectra weight. When fishing "shallow" the water resistance is not as big of issue as it is when fishing deeper. 60/65 has less resistance than 80# and your angle is better when in a medium to fast drift. You can also use slightly less lead to keep on or close to the bottom, I like to be 10' or so off the bottom but dropping down and bouncing my lead on the bottom often to attract fish. I also do not like leaving Spectra in the ocean, either on the bottom or floating where it can get into prop shaft seals, that is why the 50# mono. As far as I know Spectra is forever. In Alaska we seldom fished over 120' unless hitting a submerged terminal moraine west of Metlakatla, it toped out at 250' and was 1200' on the Met side and over 2000' feet on the west side where it dropped off into Lynn Canal. It was a catch and release big fish spot and we used whole cod or a humpy cut in half for bait.
Originally Posted by apelily
This 2 guys on the outside look like Giants. For scale can you share how tall you are? That fish you are holding looks like 80#
My knees are bent so it looks more but they are much taller than my 5'6", or possibly 5'5" now that I am older. Bruce is much taller, about as tall as Eric and George.
I never weigh and seldom even think about the weight of halibut but I would guess 50-60 pound. For me halibut fishing is like "going to the store". My house in SE Alaska was 1/4 mile from saltwater and 1/2 mile from a boat launch and halibut could be caught 1/2 mile from the launch. We could keep 2 a day every day of the year and I harvested 2-4 fish a month and always "small" fish in the 40"-50" range unless our freezer was empty, not too often. I made a one time mistake and killed a 67" fish but once I learned that the big fish were hens I put a limit on the size fish I would let be killed on my boat. I made the "rule" clear before we left the dock but still had to argue a few times....a sharp knife on the line ended the discussion. We should all try to release the big girls but when it is the largest fish some have ever caught it gets complicated.