It’s been a long time since Halibut have been commercially fished off Cape Cod. This old postcard photo must have been taken in the last decade of the 19th century! Halibut supported important commercial fisheries from the early 1800s to the 1880’s but was severely over fished in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Thus you are unlikely to catch any Halibut off Cape Cod or Provincetown and if you do, there is a bycatch limit of one fish per trip and the fish must be at least 36 inches in length.
Halibut is the largest species of flatfish found in the northwest Atlantic Ocean. Maybe one day, if the population is allowed to increase enough to create a thriving population, sports fisherman will once again be holding up a large Halibut they’ve caught for a photo opportunity.
Currently if you go out on a fishing charter boat from Provincetown harbor, depending on the season you will be fishing for Striped bass, Blue fish, Fluke, Codfish, or Blue fin tuna.
The love of fishing is pervasive and remains in Provincetown.
That is an incredibly huge halibut. I would love to go back in time and check out Provincetown in the 1800’s. Must have been (and still is) quite the unique place.