I went fishing on my friend’s charter aboard the PacDawn with Pat Cavanaugh and crew, leaving Ventura landing Friday night with 18 other guys. “Dog” gave us the scoop on what the plan was, and then we settled in for the night. We were at the backside of Santa Cruz island in shallow water with a few other boats fishing from 5 am, although some anglers and crew were up earlier jigging squid. Fishing dropper loop rigs with live squid, one lucky angler hooked a bat ray 3 times! At 5:45am, I got bit hard, and the fish immediately peeled drag. I was hoping it was a seabass, but after a short battle it came to gaff— a nice halibut! My personal best! I was happy it wasnt a bat ray! Thanks to Pat, Mike (dog), Hunter and the rest of the crew for a great trip, even though it was dang cold in the morning with wind! Excellent deck service as usual, and galley fare was top notch, as usual, with Richie in the kitchen! He makes bomb fish tacos!! Thanks to Steve for putting it all together. If you can fish with these guys, do it!!