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Halibut in Washington/BC

onfish

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Is it realistic to freedive for halibut in Southern BC/Washington? As in could an intermediate freediver be able to get a smaller one (10-20lbs) at least every few years?
Assuming you're targeting them when they come in shallower in the spring-summer, what depths would be necessary to dive to? And is it possible from a shore dive or is a boat necessary?
 
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I've not heard of halibut around Washington state (where I once lived) or BC, which I visited several times. But I didn't spearfish back then.

I think the well known Dan Mann youtube videos were shot off Norway(??). All of mainland USA is apparently south of UK/England. And UK is south of Norway. So you may need to go quite a bit further north? :(


Also, are halibut found in Pacific? They are in the Atlantic but much less so than in the past. So you may also need to go much further east too. :(

Not sure though. Locals can probably provide better info. Good luck . ;)
 
Andrew the fish

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I spearfish here in BC since 2012, haven’t shot sizeable halibut yet. One spot where I know there is halibut, is crowded by orcas. I shot a few juvenile there at that spot but close to shore. Mistaken them for flounder, so there must be bigger fish right there where orcas puffing. Other places, where locals (first nation) fish halibut, is not very deep and would be interesting, but you need a boat to get there. Will not be an easy hunt though. They use long lines with god knows how many hooks, but all they are getting is handful, 2-3 fish, maybe 4.

Also, you realize how big BC is? I know of places to check for halibut, but I myself can’t find time, because this would be an expedition, not a trip. Keep in mind, shore is big, but mostly not accessible. Picture long drives on logging roads through mountains, coupled with hiking. If you are on a safari mission to score a halibut, to make it a sure shot mission, better get a boat and a fishing guide. I would get in touch with fishing resorts, they know their business.
 
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