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Old 12-24-2005, 02:20 PM   #1
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I'm looking ahead to next summer, like most of us. It appears to me that the Swiftsure Bank would be a fairly easy run out of Neah Bay on good days. By my GPS it's only 21 miles. No real bar to worry about, either.

Has anyone here fished for halibut there? Or is it mostly lings and rockfish? Tracker mentioned he took his 14' aluminum boat out there. What did you catch?

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I fish swiftsure in the spring. I fish the Canadian side because there is a two hali limit and you can fish any day. We catch Halis ling cod and true and black cod at times. There is what is kind of a bar where the Pacific ocean meets the Straihghts of San Jaun De Fuca. Gets rough there during a hard vtide just like a bar, often smoothing out when you get past it. Much shallower that some of the hali holes in oregon.
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I fish both the US and Canadian. The Canadian side is open 11 months of the year, where as the US side is only open several days (7-10) until the catch quota is reached. Easy run from Neah Bay, but as Tracker mentioned you will need to watch the convergence of heavy tidal movements where the Pacific ocean meets the Straights of San Juan DeFuca. A good strategy is to fish Neah Bay for salmon which typically has been Tuesdays-Saturday, then fish Canadian Swiftsure for Halibut on Sunday. Last year, Washington did allow you to bring back Canadian salmon but there was some restrictions in place to land those Canadian fish in US waters.
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Canadian side is the way to go. If you go out of neah bay and come around Waddah Island stay within a mile or 2 of the main land until you pass Tatoosh Island. It is a calmer run IMO. It is not a straight shot but if it is a little rough it will save you some pounding.

When you get around Tatoosh Island you will notice the increased tidal influence on the waves. This is also when the ocean swell becomes aparent.

The regulations are very confusing just like O.L. said. It is a fun place to fish. If you fish the Canadian side watch out for the Closed Zone that is described in the regs. I have heard stories about people getting a ticket for just drifting into it, but have never seen this happen.

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The closed Zone is a great place to fish! The first trip up there with my new boat we caught the heck out of the lings and halibut. Got back to Neah Bay and was talking to a guy and he pointed out to me that I had been in the closed Zone. I sure have some good numbers to the spot! :blush: Guess I wont get to use them again! :shocked:
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I have heard that it is pretty hot..... If you look at one of those charts with the GPS numbers on them there are some sweet lookin spots in that closed zone.

I have always done the best on the northeast corner of the closure in about 200-250 feet.

When we were fishing out of Garibaldi this past year and saw all the people fishing "Halibut Hill" I think it is called and it was 750 feet, I felt spoiled.
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I agree with the halibut hill thing. When we inadvertantly fished the closed area it was less than 200'. I was culling 25lb lings. I kept catching bigger and bigger ones. Wished I had not wondered in there. I now fondly look in that direction everytime I am out there. Oh well!
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Also, there are a LOT of large ships going through that passage. It can be very dangerous in fog without a radar.

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Old 12-26-2005, 06:37 PM   #10
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We fished out of Renfrew a couple of years ago, and I didn't have the closed zone marked on my new gps. There were five boats fishing in a group, so I pulled in the middle of them and started fishing. The fog rolled in and this big zodiac pulled up and informed me I was in the closed zone. Long story short $250.00 C. fine and they took my fishing pole. They got six boats out there that day including two guides. I don't know how many tickets they handed out. On the way home I blew up two tires and lost the lugs on one hub. It was a trip to remember, or try and forget.
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Here are the coordinates for the Swiftsure Closure for you. Enter these coordinatees in your chartplotter as a course, then turn the course on. This should leave it on your screen. You can then keep from drifting into it.

I fish it a lot myself. One of the hottest areas is north of the SW corner. Enter these and then use this to find your spots on the outside. Start on your chart plotter and run up the border going to the NW from the SW corner. We find the shallowest spots and fish them. These produce well. If BC wants to board you, Make sure and have them follow you away from the closure before you board so they don't write you up while you are drifting into it talking to them. I have heard of this happening. I have also been out there when the BC boys drift into the closure during the fog on purpose. They usually have a watchdog that radios them, If the "grey ghost" is coming out. This is also a major shipping lane as mentioned above. A huge cargo ship cannot stop and throws one hell of a wake.

Canadian Swiftsure closure

NW corner
48 34.000' N
125 06.000' W
SW Corner
48 29.550' N
124 56.200' W
SE Corner
48 29.620' N
124 43.400' W
NE Corner
48 34.000' N
124 54.200' W
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Thanks for the coordinates. I plotted them out and that looks like a narrow rectangle. It also looks like there are large areas open to fishing north and west of the closure.

I can't seem to find the BC regulations on line. Anybody have a link?
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Old 12-27-2005, 11:12 AM   #13
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Canadian Fisheries will be at the Sportsman Show again this year, pretty good group to talk to about fishing regs and such, they recognize the value ($$$) of sport fishing as well as the contribution made with catch information.
Regarding coordinates ... when I was a boy, grew up in Montana, flatlanders would come and look on a map thinking a "short" hike would bring them to the mountain top, not looking that there were several ridges and draws between them and the mountain and 1000's of feet elevation change, learning that ocean navigation is similiar, might look like a short run on the map but when you figure in current, tides, dodging shipping channel and battling the wind of Puget Sound, not the simple trip we thought ...
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Also, keep in mind that the new "online" license will allow you to fish for Halibut anywhere but Swiftsure Bank area (where all the US residents go).

You have to go to Canada to buy the license (to be legal anyway).

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This should be diamond shaped. Lip Rip'r is correct, you have to physically go to Canada for the license for Swiftsure. This bank has a total of 7 different currents. That is why you cannot find current info on it. It can go from calm to 12-15' rollers and back to anything at anytime out there. This is a dogfish haven. If you get into them lose the scent and bait. A pearl white B2 9" squid is the hot lure for the halibut there, not glow. We out fish bait with these out there. You can use big crippled herring types of jigs and catch a variety of fish with these.
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Yea, I can not find the BC Tidal Fishery links either. All of my book marks are not functioning. I did notice that they are "refreshing" the site and some of the links may be broken or their site is down.
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I think the site must be down. Nothing works. BTW, the Swiftsure Bank looks like a big shelf. It continues northwesterly and a portion of it is name the Soquel Bank. I don't know if any of the areas up there are subject to closure. Then beyond it is the Barkley Sound. It would be fun to explore the area.

Fishinut, you're right, the area I mapped out with the coordinates you gave is daimond-shaped. Hope I did it right. It looks like there's a big area, especially north, that is open to fishing. Don't know if the area right on the edge is better than the large flat, but I wouldn't be surprised because of upwelling.
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It appears that the Canadian Regs site is down temporarily


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Hey another thing to remember about Canadian Halibut fishing:

If you are used to having a pistol in your boat to shoot halibut it is a HUGE NO-NO in Canadian waters. I don't take a gun period into canadian waters. If they hear shots they WILL start boarding searching boats. Been there done that, guy next to us had a .38 he shot a halibut with it and I swear the Canadians were there with in two minutes asking about gun shots and which boat.

As to Washington State Halibut fishing I don't mess aorund with Neah Bay too much. Areas 5 and 6 in the straits kick out a lot of Halibut and they are a lot bigger than what you catch out of Neah Bay. I have put several over a 100# each year for the last three years in my boat out of the straits. You will not catch as many Halibut but they will be better quality fish. I would say with two guys in the boat we average better than one fish per trip (closer to 1.5) for the last couple years now that I have figured out what I am doing. We are throwing back anything less than 40# (chickens and flyswatters) also to let "grow up". My favorites to eat are in the 50-65# range. I have yet to get a but over 40# out of Neah Bay with what I would guess to be a average of 20-30#. Yes some bigger fish do come in and pretty regularly but not like on the inside.
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Jason,

Have you ever fished any of the Canadian waters "inside"? It is too hard to coordinate my time off with the pathetically short Washington season.

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Old 12-29-2005, 11:23 PM   #21
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Nope to be honest, but a buddy does. He runs out to Coyotee Bank and Race Rock over by Victoria. The WA season inside (Areas 5 and 6) go for months so no need to for me to (late April to early July). By the time it is over Kings and Silvers have arrived. Love the July combined Halibut/King trips in Area 5. When that [petunias!] is complete it is time to hunt.
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Thanks, Jason. I fish out of La Push, but the halibut season there is short and doesn't overlap with salmon. Maybe I'll look at Area 5. I was thinking of the Canadian waters because of the more liberal season.
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The thing for you paddler is to get your license. Easiest would be to take the ferry over from port angeles as a walk on and take a cab to the store for your license. As stated the halibut are bigger inside but when going out of Neah bay you also have lots of other things to fish for if weather is bad outside. Accomadations at Neah Bay leave a bit to be desired, no real restaurant worth anything yet. The pizza place is good and the size of the pizzas are big. The Makah Cafe used to have a nice menu and good service but now since they have built the new place service has been hauled away with the rubble of the old cafe. Anyway I usually sleep in my boat and eat sandwiches till I head home. Great marina and passable launch ramp unless at very low tide.
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JasonS is on to something..I fish the rockpile out of PA, it is slower than the deep drifts of Neah but can pump out some nice fish in the 60-70 range - still good eaters. I have frnds who hang at Sooke and fish race, etc..they got a 180 there last season..
having said that I will stillmake the neah opener trek this year - if you need to load up a bunch of visitors, it is the place to be.

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Anyway I usually sleep in my boat and eat sandwiches till I head home. Great marina and passable launch ramp unless at very low tide.

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Well I would be willing to go but I will fishing the canadian side. That place is a mad house for the opener. Lots of scary stuff going on there then. I have seen way too many people going out in a single boat. But it is beacuse of how short the season can be. People want to strike while the iron is hot. Glad I have a nice gunnel table to clean my fish on. You would not get close to the fish cleaning station during the opener. One of the best and fastests halibut cleaners around though there! Can not remember his name but I owe him a t-shirt. Very fast and precise! and only $2 per hali no matter the cost. Well worth it but he is busy then.
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There are also a couple license vendors in Vancouver that can be "persuaded" to send you a license through the mail.

Just need to call around and speak with them a bit, offer to fax them a copy of your drivers license and an extra $10 or so for each license (helps if you are ordering a few licenses) and you may find someone that will oblige.

They are not allowed to do this, and can get in trouble, so one has to get on thier "good" side before asking.

anyway, just a little more info. Oh yeah, of course I can't/shouldn't tell you how I know this....

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Oh it is not too bad for me. I just run up there. Las6t year we were only in there for less than 15 minutes. Got two licenses and back across the border. The only problem is that that makes you a target coming back across the boredr. They see that you have only been in-country for a few minutes and get to wondering what you might be bringing back. I always have my license in hand to give to the border agent!
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Going across on foot is the way to do it. Last time we tried to take the boat across from PA to Victoria. Nice boat ride, but we were at the "Customs" dock for nearly two hours while they went trough everything we had onboard.

However, we were able to pull up to the dock right near a license vendor (which is only about 5 minute walk from the ferry terminal anyway).

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You got to work a little harder for your fish but the size is much bigger on the inside, I have been fishing the canada side of coyote bank up by victoria for 20 years and we usually get fish from 60 to 150# every trip sometimes limits which is still 2 fish but for three of us that have been doing this a couple times a year since mid 80's it is the only way to go no one around,pic your tides and days when ever but may is money and maybe 40 minute boat ride from the hook is what I love!!!PEACE
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Ok Don maybe I will have to follow you out and GPS all your secrete spots and give the inside a try. Have wanted to but just have not yet.
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Are you talking about the Ediz Hook? Staying in PA would be nice. We fished there on my honeymoon in 1978. The accomodations will be better than Neah Bay, also. I don't need to fish for salmon or rockfish out of Neah, as La Push is good for those. Does anybody ferry over to the island and fish from there? Sounds like a nice trip.
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Isnt La Push a bit harder out to get out of? There is no bar at Neah Bay.
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There is minimal bar effect at La Push, as the river system is small. There is not a significant build up of sediment to cause a true bar accentuation, and downstream flow is low volume. I've been fishing out of there for the past six years in my Alumacraft 165 Magnum tiller (16'5" x 81").

I asked the Coast Guard about it last summer, and they call the bar anything under 10 fathoms. There is a bit more confusion in close, with maybe the shore reflection, and some days it's a little smoother as you get out a bit, but nothing like the Columbia River bar.

The ramp is single lane and primitive, but adequate. You need to walk your boat off the trailer at low tide. But the nice thing is it's very cozy and no crowds. On an average day you'll see 8 boats out fishing.

I talked to a guy last August on the ramp who went out 50 miles SW and caught albacore. Which is what led to this new boat thing, ifish, etc. That conversation cost me a lot of money.
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Tomictime,
I have been to the opener at Neah Bay several times and it can get a bit exciting with all those boats and long lines at the fish cleaning station.

Tracker, Joe is the guy at the Neah Bay fish cleaning station.

Last year Port Angeles (area 6) had a mid April opener for Halibut. Lots of halibut were taken, but the ratio was about 1:6. Halibut seem to run a little larger there. Area 5 tends to produce bigger and bigger halibut each year. It is spotty and you have to do your home work to increase your success.

I will be focusing on the Canadian side again for halibut. They tend to be a bite on the "chicken size" but have seen other boats constantly hauling in the 40-65 lbers.

Canadian Licenses run from 1 April - Mar 31. I have taken the foot ferry out of Port Angeles and made a day of it with friends and family. However, the quickest way is driving to the truck crossing border, drive about .5 miles to the Campbell River Store and Gas station to pick up your license. It takes about 3 hours from the north part of Olympia to the Canadian Border so a 6-7 hour road trip is doable.

As the time nears to purchase next years Canadian license, suggest that we car pool and caravan to the border with some of the Salty Dogs!
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I would be up for that. A quick trip across sharing the gas ezpense. Helps to have your passport1
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Might as well add in Berrys visit and buy some tackle..let me know what saturday you wanna burn..

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Berry's Bait and Tackle is south of Vancouver off of Canadian highway 99, in the vicinity of Richmond about 30 minutes or so north of the truck crossing boarder. A great Canadian "eye candy" Tackle store. I just drool when I open the door. I go up expecting to purchase only a Canadian License and end up buying additional tackle. I'm weak and can't resist!
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Yes I was talking about ediz hook> tracker we can hook up for a butt trip that would be fun, I owe you one and the carpool to the board sound great I would love to get in on that. Whathas amazed me is that where we fish is pretty productive and I hardly ever see Canadians fishing there I have had a few boats come by and stare at us and then just drive away got to love it!!!
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Berry's Bait and Tackle is south of Vancouver off of A great Canadian "eye candy" Tackle store. I just drool when I open the door. I go up expecting to purchase only a Canadian License and end up buying additional tackle. I'm weak and can't resist!
They have a decent website also..if you have Christmas $ you wanna spend..or if like me, you find it hard to wait several weeks between tackle purchases...
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JasonS is on to something..I fish the rockpile out of PA, it is slower than the deep drifts of Neah but can pump out some nice fish in the 60-70 range - still good eaters. I have frnds who hang at Sooke and fish race, etc..they got a 180 there last season..
having said that I will stillmake the neah opener trek this year - if you need to load up a bunch of visitors, it is the place to be.

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Two years ago my father in law on opening day of halibut in area 5 got one halibut they don't know what it wieghed because scale did not go that high but it was 74" long, somewhere in the 200# range, one 110#, and one 75#. This was for three guys in thier sixties. Made the Port Angeles paper.

I think the winning fish for the Port Angeles Halibut derby was 135# this year. Lot of fish caught the first day I had a 49 (first day) and a 51 (second day) fishing by myself. the 51 was around 25 place I think.

Inside is like anthing else you have to do you homework and know the spots. I have not got blanked on a trip in a couple years but I only fish the tides I like. I fish out of a campground near Joyce though. Have to have a smaller boat out of there though which my current boat works for. When I finish figuring what I want Almar to build me I am planning on keeping this boat just for that campground and trout fishig with my son and nephew.
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Looks like we have a good group to do a little carpooling with. Lets say somewhere in march we should head up there. Any later and it is time to start fishing canada! Do you use bait opn the inside? At swiftsure the dog fish are too thick for bait.
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Just need to find out when the new Canadian fishing licenses become available at the retail stores. Then plan a road trip!. I'm in!!
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Old 12-31-2005, 04:44 PM   #45
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I might be up for a May trip. What gear are you using, and how deep are you fishing? I have a couple of Penn 330GTI's for halibut. Are you spooling with Spectra or mono, and what pound test? I've never fished halibut, but the thought of stocking my freezer sounds great.
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I might be up for a May trip. What gear are you using, and how deep are you fishing? I have a couple of Penn 330GTI's for halibut. Are you spooling with Spectra or mono, and what pound test? I've never fished halibut, but the thought of stocking my freezer sounds great.
Perfect "un-Gucci" hali reels, those are what I mostly use. Armed w 80# Tuffline. Neah is a 450' or less (I generalize) fisherie. The straights, like places mentioned before in this thread can be much shallower. I use a 6' Lamiglas rod w the 330's - works fine, nobody complains.

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As per the Canadian DFO website being down it's all about the weather-seriously.
In the part of downtown where the Federal building is located an excavation for a new building inadvertently took out part of a city street due to heavy overnight rain.
Some of the broken cable under the now vanished street were being used by different web services and it's all nasty mess.
Some info/pics here http://www.discovervancouver.com/for...TOPIC_ID=56773
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Make sure to have one of the braids on. Better feel of the bottom. No stretch.
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Thanks, JD. I need a couple of halibut rods. Do you have insert guides on those Lami's? Keta was saying that they're better than steel guides for braided lines, and that makes a lot of sense. I may go even more un-gucci than Lami and pick up a couple of Tiger Sticks. They look fine. Although, I hear Calstar makes a good hali rod, and I'm impressed with the 270 I bought.

What is your top shot on the tuff line?
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No topshot for halibut! I have a bunch of tigers and they work great!
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No topshot for halibut! I have a bunch of tigers and they work great!
agree, unless you count the foot or so of Mono as a "fuse" so you do not loose $$$ worth of line on a snag.

I have been using the bonestock guides on the Lamis, 5 or 6 seasons of hali use w no failures..I check them every year w qtips tho..
I use a Seeker black steel roller and also have a roller Fennwick for those Gucci moments. Narrow spool Avet on the Seeker, trying to decide on something for the Fenn.
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I don't follow you, Tomic. I thought the problem with steel guides and braided lines was grooving of the guides. The inserts, being harder, don't groove, as I understand it. Do the Q-tips show grooving? Do you think the roller tips add much?

I was going to ask about leaders, what do you use on the 80# tuff line? Oh, and where can I get some? I imagine the 330's will hold a bunch of it, and thought maybe the 320's would have been a better choice.
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bonestock = factory guides
qtip test is something you should do w all your rods every year - run qtips thru and around eyes, if the fibers snag, you have cracked guides - should be replaced
I use the 80 for Hali, some guys use the 320. Auburn Sports marine carries 80 tuffline, so does Swains, many others do also I suspect.

I make my own braided steel leaders w crimps or buy mono leaders.
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No need for topshot, cause you fish shaaaaallow water for them 'butts up in canada. Us folks down here have to work and work for our butts in deeep water.

I would endorse folks to use a mono topshot, say 5 ft, just so if you do get snagged up and your fishing in 400+ ft of water you dont loose all your braided line.. I think I would rather loose my bait, swivel, leader, and weight, vs 400+ ft of braided line.
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I guess that would be right except when I snag the "bottom" I just claim it was a "big one" that braoke me off. Not much of a fight if it is just mono!
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qtip test is something you should do w all your rods every year - run qtips thru and around eyes, if the fibers snag, you have cracked guides - should be replaced
I use the 80 for Hali, some guys use the 320. Auburn Sports marine carries 80 tuffline, so does Swains, many others do also I suspect.

I make my own braided steel leaders w crimps or buy mono leaders.
I use Lamiglass 5'6" rods w/roller tip and the ceramic guides. Never grooved a guide yet in three seasons on the rods. Reels are 320 GTI's w/ 50# power pro or tuff line no preference to either what ever I find.

I like the 50# better than the 80# because you can use a tad less wieght to get down and stay a little straiter down. Just be sure all the guys on the boat use the same test line and the same wieght. Otherwise tangles if your boat does not drift just dead strait.

High quality gear is not a must for halibut in my opinion for a couple reasons. The halibut runs are not drag shearing/smoking. One or two good runs but not that long and not that fast. The best runs are generally the smaller fish which seem a lot more active when hooked. Otherwise with big fish it is just a contest of wills.

This comes from someone with Penn International 955 reels on G.Loomis Rods for my Salmon gear so I do like good stuff. Feel is not that important except keeping on bottom. The way I fish you know it when a Hali strikes. Leave your drag light enough they can take line. I let them run out with it for a little. All I use is circles because the wonderfull state of Washington makes us use barbless even for Hali's. Close ball and reel into fish and game on.
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The BC Fisheries Tidal Waters web page is back on line!! :smile:
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Old 01-02-2006, 02:09 PM   #58
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Now I wonder why they made it so that you can not buy a license online and fish swiftsure. Why just that one spot. Oh well it sounds like we will have quite a group to ride up and get a license anyway!
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Old 01-02-2006, 02:58 PM   #59
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The annual license for 2006 runs from April 1/05 till
March 31/06.I think you have to buy an annual license or the next option is a 5 day license.Still the cheapest ticket to the greatest sport around!!!
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They want you to bring your wives, stay in hotels, eat, shop..spend money..Might be a pretty good idea to take the little lady to Victoria for "High Tea" at the Empress Hotel...She won't forget it :grin: Great winter rates up there and a feeling of being in England...Well worth the drive....I lived in PA and went to Victoria often..Good luck
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