Salty Dogs Find Hali, More In Strait

There have been a few unusual scenes so far in Washington’s inside halibut season, including the catch of a large skate and a rarely seen way to bring a flattie home — but one that I can also appreciate.

DEVIN SCHILDT SHOWS OFF A 35-POUNDER CAUGHT AT EASTERN BANK, CAUGHT ON A HOOCHIE & HERRING RIG. (WRIGHT & McGILL/EAGLE CLAW PHOTO CONTEST)

IT'S FLAT, BUT IT'S NOT THE FLATTIE YOU MAY BE THINKING IT IS. "WHAT FIGHTS 'BIGGER' THAN A 100-POUND HALI?" ASKS DEVIN SCHILDT, WHO HAULED UP THIS SEA BEASTIE. "WHAT MAKES YOU THINK YOU'VE GOT A 100-POUND HALI? WHAT ISN'T A 100-POUND HALI?" A SKATE. "NOT UNCOMMON AT ALL TO CATCH THOSE IN THE STRAIT," SAYS WDFW FISHERY MANAGER RON WARREN. (WRIGHT & McGILL/EAGLE CLAW PHOTO CONTEST)

A PAIR FOR MEMBERS OF THE SALT PATROL CREW, CAUGHT NEAR PROTECTION ISLAND WITH SKIPPER JOHN KEIZER. (SALT PATROL)

KEIZER SAYS THE ABOVE HALIBUT WERE CAUGHT ON HERRING AS WELL AS STOCKER TROUT CAUGHT BY HIS GRANDDAUGHTER AT SPORTCO AND WHICH HE INJECTED WITH PAUTZKE HALIBUT AND ROCKFISH NECTAR. HE ALSO SAYS HE USED A SCENT DISPENSER OFF HIS SPREADER BAR. (SALT PATROL)

WHAT DO YOU DO IF YOUR FISH IS TOO BIG FOR THE COOLER -- OR YOU FORGET IT? WELL ... STRAP IT TO THE BACK OF YOUR CAR, OF COURSE, JUST LIKE DEER IN THE OLD DAYS AND THAT BULL ELK LOADED ON THE DODGE COLT IN MONTANA A COUPLE FALLS AGO. THIS IMAGE IS MAKING THE EMAIL ROUNDS AND COMES FROM JOHN WAYNE MARINA NEAR PORT ANGELES AND WAS TAKEN THIS PAST SATURDAY. (THE INTERNET)

Halibut season continues in Washington, and this weekend is an all-depth fishery in Oregon.

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