You know the old adage: Big Bait, Big Fish, right? Well, that rang very true for John Schaap of Susanville, CA on July 14 when he landed this monster 88-inch, 380-pound halibut near Glacier Bay, Alaska while fishing with Capt. Andy Martin out of Alaskan Anglers Inn in Gustavus.
The bait? How about a whole pink salmon rigged on a 16/0 circle hook!
“The halibut hit the bait, shook its head a few times and then just took off,” said Martin. “It probably took 40 yards of line before we even got the rod out of the holder.”
The battle lasted 90 minutes — an hour of which was just fighting the beast off the bottom. Then, it took another half an hour to bring her up.
Schaap’s leviathan is the largest Pacific halibut taken in Alaskan waters so far this year.