(Sea Flounders, Barn Doors)
Halibut are the
largest of all the flatfishes, being found on or near the ocean bottom,
over mud, sand or gravel banks.
While halibut have been recorded at depths of 3,600 feet, most halibut
are caught at depths of 90 to 600 feet.
Although halibut can live to be up to 40 years old, grow to over eight
feet long and weigh over 500 pounds, most halibut caught in the sport
fishery will be 8 to 15 years old and weigh between 10 and 100 pounds.
Although the sizes quoted might seem to stretch the truth a bit, bear
in mind that any halibut below 40 pounds is considered to be a "chicken".
The 206-lb halibut pictured to the right was caught on light salmon
gear off the Sooke Bluffs by a surprised Jay Arsenault and Earl Harrison.
live longer and grow faster and larger than do males. Few males exceed
80 pounds and, generally, all halibut over 100 pounds are females.
fish with incredible power gives the sport angler an exhilarating
tug-of-war battle and puts up a strong fight.
is considered to be one of the most delicious table fish indigenous
to the coastline of British Columbia. Enjoy unique angling for these
"Barn Doors" from Spring to late Fall.
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