MAY 14, 2019 - GOMaine HALIBUT: IT HAS STARTED THIS SEASON FOR THE CREW OF THE FINLANDER!

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MAY 14, 2019 - GOMaine HALIBUT: IT HAS STARTED THIS SEASON FOR THE CREW OF THE FINLANDER!

Postby EC NEWELLMAN » Tue May 14, 2019 7:33 pm

At least for me, I always have stated that Atlantic Halibut is the most special fish that an angler can land in the New England region, and once again we are see a great start to these big flatfish in the Gulf of Maine in May. The crew of the fv FINLANDER has already hooked into a few, and so far early in the season now have the biggest halibut for their crew in 2019 as seen here.

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(69" and officially weighted in at 74.6 lbs with Alex on left who caught the big 'butt' and Ben on the right)


One of the points I can pass along here that these halibut are being caught on either Norwegian style or dimpled hammered jigs, with this fish caught on a Norwegian jig tipped with a mackerel chunk! Yes go figure, but there is also another point of where it is being in the right place at the right time as the fish was hooked after a few bounces of the jig on the bottom.

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The halibut was caught on an outfit that has already had 4 keepers put into the boat, and the reel is the newer version of the Daiwa Saltiga.

One thing we have noticed even on the VOYAGER Nantucket trips is not to be "under-gunned" with your tackle, especially with the rod.

Interestingly enough, a few others were hooked into and lost on the drift and we have also seen this on the VOYAGER Nantucket Shoals trip where a keeper halibut is caught while another fishermen or two end up getting rocked off the deck and their line being spooled for a few moments and broken, or the halibut lost on the way up.

Anyhow this was a few tips to pass along in this thread, and it is looking once again as another productive season for rod and reel fishermen to possible hook into and land this very special fish.

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Re: MAY 14, 2019 - GOMaine HALIBUT: IT HAS STARTED THIS SEASON FOR THE CREW OF THE FINLANDER!

Postby Jiggy » Thu May 16, 2019 7:48 pm

What a special fish. Thanks for sharing, Steve!
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