Dana Point Halibut Driftin’ 12-8

Discussion in 'Southern California Inshore & Islands Fish Reports' started by PullOnThis, Dec 10, 2018.

  1. PullOnThis

    PullOnThis Newbie

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    Headed out of Dana Point Saturday morning with three friends around 7am. Picked up a quick scoop of some GREAT looking 6-8 inch sardines and some macks mixed in. Got outside the harbor into some really brown, churned up water from the last weeks weather. We all were a little skeptical at our chances at that point so we headed south looking for a break in the toilet water.

    Passed the SC pier and the water turned a real crystal clear deep blue, much to the delight of all on board! Game time! Made our first drop in about 140’ of water, marked great spots of bait near the bottom and started our first drift. 15 minutes in we had our first bite and brought up a nice legal halibut! Rinsed, repeated a few times and moved a little close into 120’ of water. Had a few more legals on board within the next two hours, one per person.

    Headed back around 12:30 as one of our engines wouldn’t start up due to some lingering electrical issues. Nothing an electrician can’t handle (not my boat, thank god) so we motored slow back to the harbor with a few cold ones to top off the day! Great day with some friends, got a buzz, got some meat and made it home before the wife got pissed. Can’t beat it! 6188BCD3-ABCE-47EF-8398-52F620019CEB.jpeg
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  2. Heartoak

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    Not too shabby! There are definitely some decent fish out there right now. Was on the Clemente yesterday and we got 9 legals. One almost 24# and 4 over 10# I even managed a nice 12# and got on the board. Lot a good eating out there.
    Way to go on an easy productive trip.
    Jeff
     
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  3. nefarious235

    nefarious235 I've posted enough I should edit this section

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  4. longboard85

    longboard85 I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Nice job!
     
  5. clevel

    clevel Captain in Learning

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    Beautiful Trio, they look like siblings!
     
  6. karlow

    karlow Twins 2017

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    Good Job Boys,
    We were out there too.
    I think we took to honors in the shark turny!
    9 Sharks, & zero butts! We will have to wait to the next boat ride to get our.

    See ya on the water!
     
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  7. Dave Hansen

    Dave Hansen Yoursaltwaterguide.com Advertiser

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    Very nice ..Great job..
     
  8. mhanson59hb

    mhanson59hb Fear No Fish

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    Love the flatties! Great job!
     
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  9. Tunaslam

    Tunaslam I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    That's some great Butt fishing!
     
  10. mrkrabs

    mrkrabs I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    :drool::appl::appl:
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  11. Paddyman1

    Paddyman1 I love pangas

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    Nice work gents!
     
  12. doncatfish

    doncatfish Well-Known "Member"

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    Nice job! I was out there as well just south of the SC pier in 100’ - 140’ of water and nothing but sharks for us. Made a move near Barn Kelp drifting mackerel in 80’ of water for a nice big fat BSB, successful release but no butts for us.
     
  13. brian fulton

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    The last 4 trips out on the I SEA my buddy's and I have caught at least 1 or more big butts,all in one general area around salt creek anywhere from 100 to 150 feet of water with zero sharks.We did catch a few lizard fish in the same area which is a good thing,that means u r in the area you might want to be in!?.go get um.Oh by the way the fish we've caught were anywhere from 25 to 42 pounds no small fish not 1 illegal halibut put on the boat.bloodydecks is best.
     
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  14. pacificscout

    pacificscout Hey! You got any frozen ice?

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    You mean wives aren’t pissed all the time?
    There’s hope for me.
    Great catch guys.
     
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  15. karlow

    karlow Twins 2017

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    Next time I will give the salt creek area a shot. It's strage that the Dana b uts are in such deep water. at Long beach we would always fish them inside the harbor. Maybe its a time of year thing
     
  16. PullOnThis

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    The deeper water usually holds the bigger ones. The closer I get to shore, the higher ratio of bycatch and smaller ones I see. Personal preference I’m sure, but I’m sticking with what works
     
  17. lougio

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    Two lefts and a right.. Nice catch boys!
     

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