Halibut Hook by JohnTatum, Jr. This halibut hook is hand carved by John Tatum, Jr. from yellow cedar. It measures 4 inches across and 12 inches long and has a Raven carved in to it. The elders still believe that this is the best hook to catch halibut. Now it is art. John is a Tsimshian native who resides in Ketchikan, Alaska.