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  1. Nick Arevalo

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    Good bite with live smelt. My dad didn't catch any halibut, but he did catch some nice spotties. I ended with 5 halibut. One being about 14" the other 3 were 20", 21", and 22.25". We did keep the 22.25" halibut. Finally at the end of the day, I caught one that was a hair below 22". I was so disappointed, but I knew it was best to let it go even though some might say it's 22 because the tips of the tail are there. Not many pictures because I already have a billion halibut photos on my phone haha.

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    Congrats! Is it true that the fish will somewhat shrink as it starts drying up in the bucket? Not sure if it's true, but I remember someone telling me that you should go home quickly if you catch a legal size before that happens.
     
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  3. Nick Arevalo

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    I've heard that too. I've never tried measuring a fish hours after it died, but it would be interesting to try one day.
     
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    Fish and Game walks by and you have a 19"er in the bucket

    "Sir I swear it was 35" when I caught it"

    Fish and Game: "Aight you good"
     
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    Good job on the butts. Bet that ones gunna taste good
     
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    It's been a while (or a minute) but I seem to remember that the mouth has to be shut and the tail spread. For that reason "legal" for me is 23".

    Doesn't really matter because they keep biting me off!!!
     
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    Might’ve hit the 22” mark on the money side, but the simple fact the the front of the tape is nowhere to be seen would be the uh oh factor. Should you ever decide to keep a hali, and want to continue fishing after catching one I would say make sure that thing is a solid 24”. Cus at the end of your session, it may very well be bouncing off that 22” mark.
    I drove 30 miles, caught a legal from the surf on my second cast, and because I wanted to keep it my session was over. It was 23” until I got home, and exactly the reason why the session was ended. I was still on the safe side only cus I left immediately. 24”……. Make a mental note of it just in case.
     
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    Legal for me is 23” as well. DFG will slide the fish down the measuring trough and the fish’s mouth slams shut. They measure from tip of closed mouth to the middle of the tail. ( not the outside tips ).
     
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