For the fourth week in a row, my son and I have stayed local and fished for halibut out of Dana Point (we gave up burning fuel and chasing fish offshore). Last week we got 5 legals (no size to them), and released all but 2. On Saturday, we were at it again. They seem to be biting pretty well everywhere in about 100-130 feet. We had a little trouble hooking the bigger models last week because the wind made for a fast drift speed, and I needed 16oz to keep the bottom. It is hard to let them chew the bait long enough with that much weight (I don't like to use stinger rigs). So I decided to experiment with a sliding rig (a plastic sleeve with the weight tied on with 1ft of mono) stopped by a carolina keeper. That way, my line was straight 30lb mono, with no knots other than to the hook. I could use the appropriate weight, and still let the fish run and swallow the bait. I picked up a 7lber, and a 15lber (I released the 15). My son fished a reverse dropper, and had many bites that didn't result in a hook set. He was getting frustrated, so he switched to a bass rod with a Lexa 300, a lighter sinker, and grabbed the smallest sardine he could find. On his first drop, we was bit instantly, and landed a 34lber! I got one more barely-legal that was released. We gave the big fish to another angler at the boat ramp and kept the 7lber for dinner.