Last Saturday was spent fishing for Halibut out of Newport Oregon on a buddies home designed and built wood boat. Weather was 99.9% perfect, calm seas, little wind and plenty of sunshine. Four of us on board, three fish in the hold after 12+ hours dragging 32 oz of lead and a variety of bait. Largest was a 55", 80 pounder. Took three of us to muscle it over the gunwales, after a .22 cal "aspirin" to calm him down.
Our ride for the day, 22' wooden Dory with a roomy cabin, all trimmed in Mahogany.
Picture is deceiving, I stand 6' tall, fish is 55" and maybe 8" thick! I did not hook it, but helped get her over the side.
Never had tried smoking Halibut due to how lean it is The bellies are quite fatty and out of this fish, 3/4" thick. Most guys throw the bellies away after filleting. 12" architect measure top of pic to give a better idea as to their size.
Rubbed in a simple fish rub
Gallon ziplock bag for a couple days. Will post updates as things progress.