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Old 10-02-2018, 08:42 PM   #1
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Nice swift downhill current, to go with a downhill wind. Luckily, the wind was much better than forecast. Bait was pretty good at the pier at greylight, but there were a lot of smaller models in the mix. Got 3 nice pieces between 9 - 11" along with 8 or 9 in the 6 - 7" range in about 20 minutes. Decided to take my chances with that and maybe run into some more on the way across the canyon (yeah, right!).

Got over outside the reserve to a depth contour I wanted to work and put down the largest Greenie I had, followed closely by the downrigger camera. Within 15 minutes I am on to something with some weight. I get the camera up and out of the way, and commence to working the fish. Other than a couple of short initial runs, it has not done much of anything. About 30 seconds after I started to work the fish, I feel some headshakes and then nothing.


At this point, I am hoping that it was just a shark or BSB that had just not run because I was not pulling on it yet. But just in case I leave the rig down to see if the fish will come back for it. Then I dig my phone out of the hatch and start to review the downrigger video. After a few minutes of review (and several requests that it only be a BSB) I get a glimpse of a big Halibut inhaling my bait, up to the nose and spitting it back out. Then a second bite inhaling the entire 11" Mack. So, bit at least twice and not one good hookset.


By this time, I am figuring that it either killed the bait and does not want it dead, or it ate it and is heading back to bed. Reel the line up and find no bait, so probably the latter. But I am not going to give up that easily. I put on the next largest bait I had, and sent it down. Get the downrigger camera back down and head back up the drift from where I came. Ten minutes or so later, my bait gets a little nervous and I feel a little tug. Lift the rod, and the tip stays down. I set the hook (twice just to make sure).

Nice weight again, and commence to bringing up the downrigger. Get that up and stowed, and start to work the fish. Lots of headshakes and a couple vertical runs up that I had to catch up to, but not a lot of effort wasted. It did come up a bit green, and made a small run at the surface, but I was still concerned about a good gaff shot (which I missed by mere millimeters). Luckily it only made a couple of shakes before going limp. Fish was just under 43" and just over 32#.
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Old 10-02-2018, 09:34 PM   #2
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Old 10-02-2018, 09:53 PM   #3
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Damn that is slab! Nice work
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Old 10-03-2018, 05:59 AM   #4
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Way to go Greg nice butt congratulations!!!
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Old 10-03-2018, 07:25 AM   #5
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Good report! And nice Hali!!
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Old 10-03-2018, 07:57 AM   #6
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Well Done Greg
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Old 10-03-2018, 10:30 AM   #7
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Awesome! Nice report, would'nt mind seeing the Downrigger footage.
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Old 10-03-2018, 12:53 PM   #8
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Great report and great Hali Greg. Nice work to not give up and go back to the same area, it definitely payed of.
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Old 10-03-2018, 03:21 PM   #9
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I could really use one o those
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(twice just to make sure).

I wish I had done that my last outing.
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Old 10-03-2018, 03:32 PM   #10
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very nice!!!
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Old 10-03-2018, 05:08 PM   #11
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Awesome! Nice report, would'nt mind seeing the Downrigger footage.
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Old 10-03-2018, 09:42 PM   #12
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awesome, always dig your detailed hali reports. Thanks!
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Old 10-03-2018, 10:33 PM   #13
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Good shit can’t wait to see the video
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Old 10-07-2018, 10:19 AM   #14
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Ok, here is the video from the day. Been working the kinks out of my new computer, so it took a while.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-RyHlRtRpk&t=1s
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Old 10-08-2018, 07:22 PM   #15
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Thanks Greg. I always enjoy your videos.
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Old 10-10-2018, 01:01 PM   #16
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As always, a great post Greg.
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Old 10-10-2018, 02:51 PM   #17
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Ok, here is the video from the day. Been working the kinks out of my new computer, so it took a while.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-RyHlRtRpk&t=1s
holding a gaff in hand with a pinky on the stringer. I was waiting for that fish to go ape. You handled like a seasoned pro, as if you and that fished had this planned all along.
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Old 10-10-2018, 03:39 PM   #18
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Amazing underwater video! Very cool.
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Old 10-13-2018, 07:45 AM   #19
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I have viewed a few of your youtube videos - good choice of music. Love your UW footage. Curious as to how you have the camera mounted on the down rigger ? and what distance to the bait has worked best for getting optimal video ?
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Old 10-13-2018, 07:55 AM   #20
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Great post Greg the Hali King
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