Fishermen land 252-pound halibut at Digby wharf

Jonathan Riley, Digby Courier jriley@digbycourier.ca
Published on June 3, 2014
Stew Taylor and his halibut

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<p>Stew Taylor and Matt and Hayden Amero pose with the 252-pound halibut caught on the Terminator about six kilometres off Digby Gut on Tuesday, June 3.</p>

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Stew Taylor and his halibut

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<p>Matt Amero and Stew Taylor drag a 252-pound halibut and a 176-pound halibut across the deck of the Terminator at the Digby wharf.</p>

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Stew Taylor and his halibut

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<p>Stew Taylor and Matt and Hayden Amero pose with the 252-pound halibut caught on the Terminator on Tuesday, June 3 while at their feet lies another 176-pound halibut.</p>

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Stew Taylor and his halibut

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<p>Joan and Stew Taylor and Matt Amero with their 176-pound halibut.</p>

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Stew Taylor and his halibut

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<p>The Terminator 08 arriving at the Digby wharf in JUne 2014. FILE</p>

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Stew Taylor and his halibut

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<p>Paul Gidney takes a look at the big halibut as he steams into port Tuesday night.</p>

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Stew Taylor and his halibut

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<p>Halibut.</p>

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Stew Taylor and his halibut

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<p>Cleaning halibut.</p>

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Stew Taylor and his halibut

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<p>Richard Gaudet hauls up the large halibut.</p>

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Stew Taylor and his halibut

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<p>Stew Taylor wanted to know the total weight of his fish before he cleaned it.</p>

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Stew Taylor and his halibut

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<p>Cleaning the 176-pound halibut.</p>

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Stew Taylor and his halibut

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<p>Halibut.</p>

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Stew Taylor caught this week’s quota of halibut in no time at all.

Longlining about six kilometres off Digby Gut he caught a 252-pound halibut at the end of his first tub and starting on the second tub, he caught a 176-pounder.

Add to that one little 70-pounder and he filled his 500-pound weekly quota on three tubs of gear on Tuesday, June 3.

“It wasn’t looking good this week,” he said at the wharf in Digby. “The tides were all wrong and I thought I’d just set three tubs and see.”

Taylor, fishing on the Terminator with his wife Joan and crew Matt Amero, found a little spot between a couple balloons (or large buoys marking lobster trawls) and set his gear this morning.

This evening when he hauled in the hooks, he discovered the biggest fish he had ever caught.

Taylor had caught a 240-pounder before.

He says it took them 45 minutes to get the big fish up over the sides of the Terminator.

Just last week, Beau Gillis of Freeport caught a 219-pound halibut longlining in the Bay of Fundy.

jriley@digbycourier.ca