The halibut fishery in the eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca ended on a high note for three Everett anglers.
Woody Woods, a 71 year-old who retired from Ironworkers Local 86 in Seattle, and his two friends Ted Measor and Pat Vaughn were all trying their luck this morning off Dungeness Spit on the final day of the halibut season.
The three anglers had already hooked two nice halibut, and around 11 a.m. Woods who was fishing in 430 feet of water just west of Sequim near the yellow buoy hooked into something giant.
“We were using salmon and tuna bellies for bait, and I was also using an older buck tail fly with 32 ounces of weight,” Woods said. “I got the fish up to about 100 feet and then it took off, and I tugged and cranked, and tugged and cranked.”
After what took about 30 to 45 minutes, Woods managed to get the monster halibut up to the boat.
“It was a team effort, and I was glad to see the fish and get it inside the boat,” Woods said. “It was a great day, and the biggest halibut I had caught before this was 100 pounds a few years ago near the same spot.”
The 75-inch long halibut had a 12-inch thick belly, and weighed an estimated 225 pounds. Their group had launched out of the Everett 10th Street boat launch.
Woods is a member of the Everett Salmon and Steelhead Club and Sno-King Puget Sound Anglers Chapter. He is also active with the Everett Coho Salmon Derby that is held in late September.
On May 3, Ryley Fee of Woodinville who coincidentally is also a Sno-King Puget Sound Anglers member also landed a huge 180pound halibut in the eastern Strait under similar circumstances with fishing partners Brian Fleming of Yarrow Point and Marv Fleming of Bellevue.
(Photos courtesy of Ron Garner with the Sno-King Puget Sound Anglers Club. Pictured are Woody Woods, Ted Measor and Pat Vaughn all of Everett with their giant halibut caught in the eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca. )