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Fishing for Alaskan Halibut with a 'skate', in Wrangell, AK with a few locals

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Uploaded on Aug 6, 2010

Local family team, Erin & Bradley , show a fishing technique for halibut fishing with a 'skate'. Hooks are baited and sent down to the bottom with anchors, in hopes to catch some fish. This technique is being used for personal use and consumption of the fish, through the use of a Subsistence Halibut Registration Certificate (SHARC). http://www.fakr.noaa.gov/ram/subsiste...
When commercial fisherman use this technique, the defintion goes something like this: Halibut are caught using the "long-line" method. This fishing gear consists of units of leaded ground lines in lengths of 100 fathoms which are referred to as "skates". Each skate has approximately 100 hooks spread out along its length. A "set" consist of one or more baited skates tied together and laid on the ocean bottom with anchors at each end. Each end has a float line with a buoy reaching the surface. Hooks are baited with frozen herring or other fresh fish. A skate set could cover several miles of ocean floor. Depending on the fishing grounds, time of year, and bait used, a set is fished 2 to 20 hours before being pulled by a hydraulic puller.

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