Friday, March 14, 2008

PACIFIC HALIBUT SEASON OPENS

Pacific halibut also called west coast halibut has a season that runs generally from mid March through October. This is the best time to enjoy halibut , because pricing can be 10%-25% less than its east coast cousin. The halibut is the largest of the group of fishes known as flatfish. These are flounders on steroids. Record catches for halibuts are in the hundreds of pounds. The Alaska Record Halibut weighed in at a whopping 459 lbs and was caught off the coast of Unalaska by commercial fishermen.
HALIBUT - (Hippoglossus stenolepis)

The most popular ocean going sport fish in Alaska. The Alaska Halibut has top billing for charter fishing guides and ocean going fisherman. The Alaska Halibut is one of the biggest sport fish available in Alaska.

LARGEST HALIBUT EVER CAUGHT ON SPORT TACKLE IN VALDEZ, ALASKA

Alaska Record Halibut
322.6 Pounds

This beauty was caught August 25, 2001 by Larry Davis Retired Chief
Master Sergeant US Air Force. Congratulations on this remarkable catch.

Most fish that make it to market are between 10 and 100 pounds. Actually these larger fish aren't really desired as the flesh is more likely to be chalky and mealy.

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