You're sure to pick up some life lessons on summer vacation by halibut fishing in Alaska. See amazing pictures of halibut fishing and take in everything Alaska has to offer.
Alaska is big in more ways than one. It has big glaciers, big bears and a big fishing industry. Everything I need to know I learned halibut fishing off Alaskan waters during a one-day charter, and I came home with 20 pounds of halibut steak that tasted better than any fish I've eaten before or since.
Be prepared: Although the average halibut catch is around 20 pounds, 200-pounders aren't out of the question, so stay stoked and expect a whopper. Hey, you might even need a bigger boat.
Commune with nature: While you're waiting for the fish to bite, contemplate nearby glaciers and other landmarks in the Alaskan landscape. Nothing puts your problems into perspective like a day taking in the grandeur of nature.
You're never too old: Experience is a great teacher at any age, and even octogenarian fishermen are up to a day of halibut fishing.
Patience pays off in the end: Halibut is a flat fish that will give you a well-rounded fishing workout. If the fish aren't biting right away, though, remember that patience is definitely a virtue when you're spending the day with a line in the water.
A pro is worthy of his gear: Invest in some quality salt water fishing gear and primo bait (like salmon, squid, crab and octopus). After all, a master fisherman deserves the best tools.
Expect the unexpected: When you're sport fishing for halibut in Alaska, you'll probably be navigating ocean waters 100 feet deep or more. Be sure to wear a fishing vest and be on the lookout for whale spouts.
Knowledge is power: If you do catch a fish worth bragging about, make sure to tip your savvy skipper -- he's the one who knows all the best halibut fishing spots.
Mom always taught you to share: Don't panic if you have a close call with a killer whale pod while you're out halibut fishing. Orcas love the taste of halibut, too.
All things come to those willing to wait a while: You can use the time and your camera to check out the dramatic Alaskan wildlife, like sea otters, seals, porpoises and puffins.
There are other fish in the sea: Even if you go home empty handed, there's always tomorrow -- and the day after