Re: NANFA-- Fwd: Anchorage Daily News 420-pounder
Tue, 9 Dec 2003 16:16:35 EST

In a message dated 12/8/03 6:38:22 PM Mountain Standard Time, writes:

> Bruce, did you ever use a .22 pistol as a halibut-controller? I knew some
> guys who were halibut fishers in the early 80s in Alaska and they all swore
> by a single shot to the head with larger halibut,

To be honest, I only hand lined for halibut a couple of times when we were
anchored up during the crab fishing seasons. I caught a few chicken flounder &
a couple of halibut under 10lbs, but only caught that one with any size. I'd
heard that the halibut longliners would shoot the big ones, but can't remember
if there was a favored caliber. We had a few smaller longliners fish out of
Kodiak, but most longliners & all of the bigger schooners came all the way up
from Seattle and down the coast to San Diego, so I didn't know any halibut
fishermen personally. During the incident I related in my story, we were anchored
in Alitak Bay and my skipper had consumed at least a couple of adult
beverages that I know of, so I was slightly nervous - the seas were not absolutely
calm - and I could see me getting 'winged' along with the halibut. Fortunately,
his shot was true.

Bruce Scott
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