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  • Halibut anglers await start of 2012 season

  • Tuesday is the start of the spring Pacific halibut season, and deep-sea anglers will get more days on the water in 2012 thanks to a nearly 9 percent increase in the halibut quota for Oregon.
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  • Tuesday is the start of the spring Pacific halibut season, and deep-sea anglers will get more days on the water in 2012 thanks to a nearly 9 percent increase in the halibut quota for Oregon.
    The near-shore season opens Tuesday statewide, with anglers fishing inside the 40-fathom line. The near-shore season in Central Oregon has a quota of 23,014 pounds of halibut. The season will close Oct. 1 if anglers don't catch the quota, but that is considered unlikely.
    Waters south of Humbug Mountain, which are not popular fishing grounds for halibut, have a season of May 1 through Oct. 31, with no quota or depth restrictions.
    Halibut anglers are reminded that bottomfish fishing is open only inside the 30-fathom line, so those planning a two-prong fishing day and want to fish near the 40-fathom curve should fish for halibut before heading back to shallower water for bottomfish.
    The real action for halibut will start May 10-12 during the first of a string of all-depth days when anglers can travel past the 40-fathom line off Central Oregon. The next all-depth fishing dates are May 17-19.
    The limit is one Pacific halibut of any length, and the annual quota is six per person.
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