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Home > World Record Pacific Halibut - 459 lbs.

World Record Pacific Halibut - 459 lbs.

The world record pacific halibut was caught by Jack Traqis in Unalaska Bay, Alaska in 1996. It weighed 459 pounds.

Halibut Fishing in Alaska
Sport fishing for halibut in Alaska is a very popular activity; it is a strong fighter and one of the world’s largest bony fish with an impressive yield and firm, white flesh. Over 65 percent of the effort and harvest occurs in Kachemak Bay, Southeast Alaska, the Kodiak area, and near the mouth of Deep Creek in the Lower Cook Inlet.
Halibut taken by anglers are generally 15 to 20 pounds in weight; however, fish over 150 pounds are regularly caught. The current Alaska state record for a sport-caught halibut is 459 lb, and a fish must weigh at least 250 lb to qualify for the state’s trophy fish program. Anglers use stout saltwater gear to harvest halibut. Most anglers prefer to fish with bait, especially herring but also squid, octopus, cod pieces, or other small bottom fish. To get the bait down to the halibut, it is usually fished on a wire spreader or a sliding-sinker rig with sinker size 4 ounces to 4 pounds, depending on such factors as depth and current.



World Record - Pacific Halibut

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Jack Tragis - 459 lbs.


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