Dana point hansolo Halibut... yup they're there

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  1. sushimi

    sushimi Well-Known "Member"

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    20170201_151543.jpg Ok guys... I've been hearing of all these reports of the Hali bite out of Dana so I had to see if the rumors are true for myself...

    Short version:
    Got a hali in 110 feet 20# fluorocarbon... 3/0 just hook on a sardine.

    The long dramatic version:
    Wednesday went out solo for a few hours with the most beautiful looking slimey sardines to give it a shot. Drifted in 110 feet of water north of the harbor for a few hours with only two albino lookin turd rollers for my efforts. There was no wind and no current until around 2pm. I was so frustrated because I had a few halibut pick ups and drops along the way.. It just grinds you down when you feel a pick up and after a few seconds of running with the bait the halibut decides he doesn't want to fully swallow your sardine.. WT?... you bastage! Honestly at this point I was thinking why am I putting myself through this torture of halibut drifting.

    Being aware of the time...I had to start heading in because I need to pick up my kid from daycare... that's when I told myself... No! Not me... not today! I'm having halibut for dinner! So I motored over to a spot that produced halibut last fall for a last ditch effort. If it was going to happen it was going to happen in the next 10 minutes...

    So I'm drifting and about five minutes into it... I get a significant thump... oh...shiznitz
    ....heart beating thump thump....put it in freespool.... the halibut is doing its thing... little nibble here... little nibble there... tossing that bait... making it do cartwheels and whatever they do with it.... then he starts slow taking off with it...then the speed increases... now full speed like a yellow hauling butt...

    1...2...3...4...5...set the hook! Yee haw... we're in for a ride... a pretty significant run! After the initial run and my spool almost dumped on my Torium 14... I start inching away slowly gaining line... without much drama I bring him to my 20# fluoro leader... the whole time I am praying it's not another cloud bass... you know the feeling... as the line inches up, come this nice brown and white flat thing and I'm thinking to myself... I wish I had deck hand assistance right about now. I can't freaking lose this fish! I take out my gaff and I'm immediately thinking about my last misgaff of my buddy croaker.stroker's halibut that has been haunting me til now... I'm not confident and begin to puss out and think other options.. I then proceed to take out my big net from my hatch and...extend the handle... all the while holding a rod with a vertically hanging halibut! What am I doing? I'm a hot mess! Then I slide the net very slowly under the halibut...and he is now about 80 percent in and this thing decides he wants to put it in reverse? I always thought fish only have one gear... forward. Well my friends I learned this day.. halibut can reverse... now he's screaming back down... Bring him back up... ok.. try it again... I slowly bring him to the net and he wants nothing to do with it! Sizzles down again... I bring him up a third time... I'm almost about to have a heart attack... I said screw this... I drop the net... pick up my gaff and swing.. damn.. I suck... miss! The halibut is tired he doesn't make a run... he is at an awkward angle... I feel like I'm gonna lose him... swing again... miss again... oh sheet! I don't deserve this fish... then finally I said I'm gonna get this hali even if I jump in the water! I then swing the gaff hard at it head and bam! I stick it right in its gill plate... he's going ballistics... I drop my Rod and hoist the hali up into the boat... he's in the boat but my boat is really low to the water and the hali is doing kick worms trying to get back in the water... I take the net put it over him to secure him... then I give him a head whack with the heel of my boot...game over, the battle is finally over. Back with a hali on the dock...

    So my friends... with my experience my motivational Motto for 2017 is...
    "Dont... give up... don't give up now"

    Sushimi arigato out!
     
  2. Arima-bob

    Arima-bob pescadore n j├Ąger

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    Fine job Sam! Great write up too!

    Enjoy those butt steaks!
     
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  3. RyanErb

    RyanErb Love to fish!

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    Great story!

    Congrats on the fish!

    The hard work paid off and you have another one under your belt for more experience!!

    How long did he tape out at?
     
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  4. pacificscout

    pacificscout Hey! You got any frozen ice?

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    great read.
    good fish.
     
  5. pacificscout

    pacificscout Hey! You got any frozen ice?

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    great read.
    good fish.
     
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  6. sushimi

    sushimi Well-Known "Member"

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    Sorry Ryan.. didn't think to weigh or measure... pretty heavy and fat though.... alot of steaks came out of it.
     
  7. Paddyman1

    Paddyman1 I love pangas

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    way to stick with it, Sam. White, flakey dividends!
     
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  8. HoxFish

    HoxFish Fam crest-My Lure is True

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    "Well my friends, I learned this day" that sushimi has lackluster gaffing skills, but makes up for it with some killer story telling skills.

    Only things missing were the digits (length and weight), and the GoPro video. :)
     
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  9. cortezpirasea

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    Congrats Sam, I would have loved to see that go pro video of the action! Great write up!
     
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  11. mulegemike

    mulegemike Well-Known "Member"

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    Great story Sam congrats on a nice flattie!
     
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  12. 26grumpy

    26grumpy who hooked who

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    SOLO!! :appl:

    Excellent write-up!!
     
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  13. BornFisher

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    Loved the drama!! CONGRATS!!!!
     
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  14. Crankbaitmaster52387

    Crankbaitmaster52387 Newbie

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    Its always nice to read a modest story gives me that edge to never give up appatently there are other fisherman who miss a gaff shot or even two im not the only one yay! congratulations on the catch!!!
     
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  15. charliecat

    charliecat on a fishin' mission

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    Haha, I laughed out loud on that one. Congrats man. Maybe you can drag around a boogie board and practice some gaffing hahaha...
     
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  16. the SLIDER

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    That's funny Sushimi. I know you have mad skills, however you sounded like the presure was too much for you.

    Great write up and story!

    Now go back to LB and leave the HaliButt I have yet to catch alone, Pastor!
     
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    Congrats on the butt! Great descriptive report as well, took me away from the office for a few minutes!
     
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  18. Tunaslam

    Tunaslam I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Excitement 99! Good job!
     
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  19. duckbutter6a

    duckbutter6a Florida man living in SoCal

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    Get a new boat?
     
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  20. Randy V

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    Good info - thanks!
     
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