When it comes to sport fishing, halibut fishing is at the top of the list among experienced and novice angler alike. Halibut are fun to catch and provide an unforgettable table fare. They are truly among the most sought after game fish in the world.
Since halibut are bottom feeders, it important to use a bottom-fishing technique and rig that gets your line and bait on the ocean floor where it can be seen and picked up by a hungry halibut. Halibut not only hunt by sight, they hunt by smell. When halibut fishing, you’ll want to create a scent trail using “chum” to attract this fish to your bait.
When bottom-fishing for halibut, you don’t want to let your bait sit directly on the ocean floor. After hitting the ocean floor reel your bait up just slightly to keep it away from unwanted sea creatures such as crabs. The most popular baits for catching halibut include squid, herring, octopus, salmon bellies and artificial squid. Using the correct bait is essential to catch halibut, but your presentation of bait is also important.
You want to present you bait in a fashion that will entice halibut to bite. There are several <b>halibut rigs</b> that will greatly improve your chances of getting a halibut to bite, or landing a prize catch. Any fishing rig you use for fishing halibut, needs to be designed for bottom fishing. The following are few of the fishing rigs successful anglers use for halibut fishing.