Our Tofino Halibut fishing charters begin in May as these migrating bottom hugging Flounders come onto our baitfish rich offshore banks from the deep abyss of the Pacific Ocean and some times wander into our protected inlets, following the same returning spawning Herring that the Salmon follow.
We welcome Spring as the ocean calms and we can comfortably access the offshore banks where the majority of Halibut congregate to gorge themselves on the ever bountiful baitfish that lives there.In our area these Halibut average around 25 lbs with 50 lb fish not uncommon and fish over 200 lbs have come from our waters. While the previous statement is true, the new regulations in place dictate that we must release any fish over 133 cm or 52.5 inches which is approximately 70 lbs. These Flounders continue to roam the offshore banks until Fall when they drop back to their winter grounds on the bottom in 1000 ft + of water, well out of reach until Spring.
To catch these Flounders on our Tofino fishing charters we sometimes troll with downriggers for them but our primary technique is to anchor in Halibut holding areas and use a variety of fresh baits such as Herring, Anchovy, Squid, Octopus and Salmon chunks or use lead jigging lures along the underwater slopes where these fish situate themselves to feed. We also drift fish with the same baits when we are looking to cover more area.
We can also access underwater rock pinnacles closer to shore to jig for Rockfish, Snappers and Lingcod with the occasional surprise Halibut.
After catching your limit of Halibut you can switch over to trolling for Salmon for an excellent all day Combo Trip!