By: Gary Blasi

When halibut fishing anywhere on the West Coast there’s nothing more important than establishing a strong scent trail. Generally, down 300 feet where we fish it’s dark and the fish can’t see too well, so you want three things: sound, scent and a little bit of sight. For many anglers if you get one of the three you’re pretty happy. The scent is the most important. That’s the only one that travels far and covers the most distance.

It’s no secret that many halibut seekers turn to whole herring or salmon bellies, but oftentimes that’s not enough. To stimulate more bites I prefer to marinate and brine these baits. The reason why I do both is simple. By brining the bait it makes it tougher. It makes it more difficult for the bottom dwellers to chew and more durable. Ad