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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

May 27, 2010 at 9:49 PM

Another big halibut caught in what has been a great fishing season

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Even as the sport halibut fishing season in the eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca, San Juan Islands and northern Puget Sound (Areas, 6, 7 and 9) winds down after this Sunday (May 30) more news of giant barn-door sized fish keeps on hitting boat decks.

This time Kathy Goodsell who landed a huge king salmon that weighed 42 pounds two years ago in Elliott Bay, hooked a monster halibut this past Saturday.

Kathy and husband Nelson Goodsell who are members of the Sno-King Chapter of Puget Sound Anglers were fishing off Marrowstone Island in 210 feet of water when something big latched onto her fishing pole.

More than 80 fine of line started to peel off from Kathy’s reel.

“We have a long way to go,” Kathy exclaimed as the beast would not let up.

After a 20 minute battle they started to see color as the fish neared the surface.

“It looks to be about a hundred,” Nelson said, but the weight size kept growing as the fish got closer to the boat.

Finally after the monster fish is pulled into the transom door and tied up, the stats of the fish are tallied.

The halibut measures in at 5 feet, 9 inches and weighed 171 pounds.

Some claim you have to travel to and spend thousands of dollars in Alaska or northern British Columbia for a chance at a two bagger like Kathy caught, but don’t tell her that.

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All Kathy needs to do is head out fishing about an hours drive from the greater Seattle area for her trophy-sized fish.

It has been a good halibut year for members of the Sno-King Chapter of Puget Sound Anglers.

On May 8, Ryley Fee of Woodinville caught a 200-plus pound halibut on an outing with friends in the Sno-King Puget Sound Anglers Club.

Fee caught his big halibut at McCurdy Point near Dallas Bank in the eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca.

Two other halibut that weighed 149 pounds came out of Port Townsend on May 8, according to Larry Bennett, the head state Fish and Wildlife sampler in the Strait.

The Port Angeles Salmon Club’s Halibut Derby is this weekend and will lure plenty out to try to catch the biggest halibut worth $5,000.

Halibut fishing is also open Friday (May 28) through June 19 in the western Strait of Juan de Fuca at Sekiu. Halibut fishing is allowed Thursdays through Saturdays only.

Halibut fishing off the coast got into some nasty weather this past week and will allow Neah Bay to reopen June 3 and 5, and Ilwaco remains open Thursday to Saturday.

Westport has reached its halibut quota, though the near-shore halibut fishery remains open, and lingcod and black rockfish fishing is excellent.

(Photos by Nelson and Kathy Goodsell)

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