This comes a couple weeks late, but since 'Drew was Jones-in' for porn, thought I'd oblige.
Y'all can call 'em 'butts if ya want, but I always thought that was a bit derogatory for such a fine-eating fish.
Ho'd a ride on King Katosan's Parker a couple weeks ago to wrangle up some flatties from the briny deep. We motored for four hours thru rather inclement seas for over 40 miles... only to meet up with the rest of the Westport fleet on a small mound rising up from the coastal canyon. The only catch was that the top of this mound was 700 + feet down. Holy Moses!
Blue skies were a welcome sight, but wind and water conditions were such that a free drift was all but impossible. Katosan had to give full attention to driving the boat to minimize our line scope and optimize our drops to the bottom. Our buddy Ron had the hot rod, and he had brought up 3 chicken halibut (WHEW... what a workout!) before I stuck my first fish.
I pumped and reeled.... and pumped and reeled... ah crap... I just decided to put that dam rod in the holder and just started crankin' slow and steady against lifeless resistance. And for all that effort, I finally pulled in this mutant with arrested development. Nasty old arrowtooth with what appeared to be incomplete eye migration.... left eye got stuck on the dorsal ridge instead of coming all the way over onto the right side of the face.
Snaggly toothed ugly bugger went back! As did most of the bitty little chickens that we kept winching up from the depths. Finally I stuck something really good, doubling the rod over with authority and repeatedly taking line all thru the battle. When the fish finally shows color, we see it's a double hookup with the big boy on the bottom jig. As we go to unhook the top fish, the bottom one gains momentary slack and wiggles off the hook! DAMMMMMMMMMMMM!
Finally settled on three keepers ranging from 20-25# before calling it a day. The ride in was a slam dunk with seas largely to our back. Here's the meathook hero shot once we were safely back at the dock.
"Let every angler who loves to fish think what it would mean to him to find the fish were gone." (Zane Grey)
"If you don't kill them, they will spawn." (Carcassman) The Keen Eye MD
Long Live the Kings!