Pacific Halibut Fishing is strong this season
The recreational pacific halibut fisheries are going strong this 2019 season. Since the halibut fisheries opened on May 1, 2019, anglers have enjoyed good catches of pacific halibut.
This guy even caught himself two priced specimens. Lucky angler. Can you beat that?
The recreational pacific halibut season 2019 opened on May 1, 2019. It will stay open until until October 31, 2019, or until the quota set by the agency has been reached. The quota is 39,000 pounds, which is approximately 8,000 pounds greater than last year.
California pacific halibut regulations conform with federal rules that were published in the Federal Register 84 on April 29, 2019.
The first catch data collected by CDFW indicate that despite inclement weather conditions almost 2,500 pounds of halibut were caught in the first opening days of the 2019 season. That’s a lot of halibut for such a short time.
Halibut are very popular with anglers of all stripes. Nevertheless, such high catch data are normally associated with blistering hot months summer and not with the early halibut season.
Be that as it may, halibut anglers are happy with the strong catches. But what do boar hunters get out of it? Well, many big game hunters are also into fishing for big, powerful fish. Wild pigs, on the other hand, are strong swimmers. They come to the shores looking to scavenge or catch edibles. They certainly would not pass up a halibut that washed ashore.
But do not count on it. Halibut doe not just lie around dead on beaches and there are no bear to actively fish for them. That may work with salmon making their way to spawning grounds but not with halibut. So, leave your rifle or bow at home and dedicate an entire weekend to boar hunting when special boar hunts become available or, even better, for a SHARE boar hunt on private land.
Back to pacific halibut. has been maintaining a pacific halibut webpage in previous years. They will continue to do so in 2019 as well. Anglers stay up to date on the halibut season by calling the National Marine Fisheries Service Halibut Hotline at (800) 662-9825. They can also get timely information from the CDFW Recreational Groundfish Regulations Hotline at (831) 649-2801.
Boar cannot. It’s hit or miss for them and, therefore, they will not specifically visit beaches in search of rotting halibut corpses.
Big game hunters, real hunters I mean and not wimps that use a guide to lead them to the nearest concealed feeder to shoot a pig, will have to wear down the shoe leather on their feet to follow the boar to their natural food sources. You can still look for them in young grass and other growing, juicy annual plants. We have at least another one or two months before boar the number of harvested data drop.
The sooner the daytime temperatures rise to at least the average summer heat and beyond, the earlier the drop in harvest data will occur. And sows will suspend their regular reproductive cycles during July. Things will start to revert back to normal when temperatures during the day and at night begin to drop.
Make good use of the late winter and spring hunting and bag some boar hunting done. This is the time of the year when hunters wish they could be in more than one place at a time. Fishing is plentiful and hunting has a busy schedule as well. And we have not even talked about Share special hunts yet.