huge 7' Halibut was landed by two lucky anglers from Sacramento
CA. While fishing at Langara Island, located at the north western
tip of the famous Queen Charlotte Islands. Doug Lavallee and Frank
Prigley had heard endless stories of trophy King Salmon and giant
halibut from British Columbia's legendary hot spot.
pair of life long friends and fishing partners had been planning
their trip of a life time for 5 years before they decided it was
time to try for a trophy halibut, something not available in their
home waters and the highlight of their dream.
anticipation built as the Union Jack skipper Bob Jordan instructed
them on the proper location, tide, technique and depth before
heading out to the famous Langara Lighthouse. Doug and Frank started
their drift at about 100 feet and drifted twice to about 160 feet
where they retrieved their jigs and moved back to the start of
the drift. On the third drift Doug felt a sudden pull and his
rod doubled over, "Initially I thought I had bottom and tried
to pull it off with all my might when all of a sudden the beast
ripped about 20 yards of line off the reel, almost pulling me
over. I knew now this was a big fish. I sat down, put my feet
against the gunnel and started pumping the rod. I pulled till
my arms shook and when I would get 20 feet of line she would take
it right back."
took about a half hour before we could see the beast below the
boat, the spear was tied off to the skiff and Frank stood poised
knowing he had one chance. He hit perfectly. The 7' halibut immediately
tried to sound and Frank yelled 'I can't hold on.' I said 'it's
tied let go', the fish pulled the boat 180 degrees and about 20
fish was too large to bring into the boat and was so long they
tried for fifteen minutes to get a rope around the tail before
calling over Neil Goodwyn, the Union Jack guide who helped gaff,
tie and secure the tail to the stern while tying the head to the
bow and bleeding the monster to subdue her for the ride back to
fish was too large and heavy for the scales so the two excited,
very tired, anglers anxiously waited while Bob Jordan professionally
filleted the fish and weighed the pieces individually. The scene
was tense as the carcass and head weighed in at 150 lbs. When
the monster's final tally hit 320 lbs. it completely surprised
everybody, setting a new B.C. record for the heaviest halibut
caught on rod & reel.
was using a 8 ounce lead head jig with a white scampi-tail on
130 lb. test line. In the words of Doug Lavallee "This is
a dream come true with one problem, . . .I got to figure out a
way to come back."
Tugboat Adventures has 24 years of customer satisfaction and are
true to their motto "Follow the Fish". They move daily,
fishing the hots spots of B.C., keeping anglers at the right place
at the right time. For more information on this one of a kind
adventure contact: Westwind Tugboat Adventures at (604) 270-3269.
& article courtesy of Westwind