Took out a couple buddies who are new to spearing a few weeks ago on the kaboat. After diving for about 5 hours and getting one his first sand bass, a nice fat 5 pounder and the other guy a couple nice fish we moved spots to get away from the deteriorating vis. After about 30 minutes of not seeing anything I wanted to shoot I spot this guy in a sand patch. It's been a while since I've hunted halibut and this was a total fluke, took me by surprise and I knew it was a nice fish. I got nervous about spooking it seeing as it was now high noon and it was hardly covered up in sand, rushed the shot and it took me for a magic carpet ride.
I had a rodeo getting it to the boat and we had quite the exciting ride back to shore in the wind swell taking on water and continually bailing to keep from swamping. 3 guys is for sure pushing it in such a small boat. Had a great day and a great haul of meat I got to share with lots of friends. Jim's recent post about night diving for halibut brought back a lot of memories of all the skunks I endured before getting this fish, my PB halibut and first one in a while. Taped out at 41", pretty stoked!
This was the 3rd fish I've tried Gyotaku on and I didn't have any papers big enough to handle it so I ended up using 4 panels. Lesson learned from the guy I have mounting it, he said it's much easier to use light cotton cloth rather than rice paper even though that's the "traditional" material. Obviously it's also easier to use one piece of paper rather than 4. Another lesson I learned on my first fish, use water soluble ink, the first stuff I used was oil based and pretty much would not come off the fish short of dousing it in turpentine. The stuff I use now washes off like nothing with a little water and dish soap.