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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

May 14, 2009 at 2:01 PM

Youth lands a big halibut off Westport

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It’s time to hit the coast for flatties off Ilwaco, Westport and Neah Bay.

“Halibut fishing is good off Westport and the charters limited [May 12], but we didn’t check any private boats,” said Wendy Beeghly, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist. “The average size was larger and they weighed 17 pounds [gutted] so about 19 pounds in the whole.”

Beeghly said anglers off Ilwaco had a much tougher time and averaged under a half-a-fish per person.

Aberdeen residents Bradley Deakin hauled in this 60 pound halibut, and his father David Deakin took home one that topped the scales at 67 pounds.

The Deakins were fishing on the Fury with skipper Mike Harris out of Deep Sea Charters. David won the Westport Charter-boat Association’s daily derby prize of $500, and is also on the board to win the big halibut of the season prize of an additional $1000.

South Coast (Ilwaco): Marine Area 1 is open Thursday through Saturday until 70 percent of the quota is reached, or until July 18. The fishery will then reopen on Aug. 7 and continue three days a week (Friday through Sunday) until the remaining quota is reached, or Sept.30, whichever occurs first.

South-central Coast (Westport/Ocean Shores): Marine Area 2 is open on Sundays only until the quota is reached.

North Coast (La Push/Neah Bay): Marine areas 3 and 4 is open Thursdays and Saturdays only through May 23. If sufficient quota remains, the fishery will reopen June 4 and 6. If sufficient quota remains after that opener, the fishery will reopen starting June 18. The fishery will continue to be open as a priority in the offshore area. However, if there is insufficient quota to open the fishery for one more day in the offshore area, the fishery will be open in the nearshore area only (Area 4B and shoreward of a line approximating 30 fathoms from the Bonilla-Tatoosh line south to the Queets River).

(Photo taken by Deep Sea Charters in Westport)

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