Pacific Halibut Fishing
These flat, diamond-shaped bottom-dwellers are commonly found within the northern waters. This species of fish is usually close to the ocean floor but will occasionally move back and forth between the different depths of water to pursue bait fish. Halibut have a blotchy olive and brownish color, which helps them to blend in with the sandy colored seafloor. On average, halibut tend to weigh between 10 and 50 pounds, but they can grow up to more than 400 pounds.
Pacific halibut are among the most popularly caught fish by recreational and commercial fishermen, since they have a firm texture with very few bones compared to other species.
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Pacific halibut reside on the ocean bottom, at depths that can reach up to to 1000 meters. They are found across the continental shelf, lying on their blind side with both eyes facing the open water. Adults will swim further out while the younger Halibut will remain close to the shore.
Halibut are unique in that they will take on the color of the bottom of the ocean, moving from grey to brown and even in some cases, black. Their upper side is mottled with numerous spots while their underside is much lighter with a white or off-white tone. Halibut have large mouths with pointed teeth.
Their lateral line becomes curved close to their pectoral fin. The dorsal fin goes all the way from their eyes to the base of their broad yet balanced square tails. This species of fish will eat many different types of medium-sized fishes and invertebrates. By devouring shrimp and crabs, their flavor profile becomes complexified and their muscles become more toned.
Pacific Halibut Growth and Movement
Pacific halibut typically have a compressed and elongated body, which they can extend to up to 9 feet and weigh as much as 500 pounds. Pacific halibut tend to be larger and more active, which helps them to ward off predators. Female halibut tend to grow at quicker speeds and will likely become larger in size and live longer than their male counterparts.
Since they are flattened laterally and both of their eyes are on the same side of their heads, Pacific halibut swim sideways. As a result of the Pacific Halibut’s size, disposition and tendency to be bottom-dwellers, halibut fishing requires certain strategies and tactics, as well as equipment.