Used to surf fish them with a scampi or we surf fished barricuda with a hopskin jig , my best halibut catch was 34# caught on the surface in the shipping lanes drifting for sharks in like 2000’ of water ?? Must have been migrating or somethingThanks for the kind replies. The rod is a Tica HLHB96ML2C and I added 5 inches to the butt end. The reel is a Abu 5500cs pro rocket with custom bearings. The reel is known for a long casting reel and it works awesome. I can cast much farther than what I could when I used spinning gear. Long casts are great but this fish as with most halibut I catch is the surf was no more than 10 yards from shore. I think it is very important not to wade in too much(scares those close fish away) and fish whatever lure your using right up to your feet.
I use a 1/2 oz. drop shot sinker. Its also important to have a sinker that can spin or you can get some bad line twisting when using the drop shot in the surf. Im also a big believer in scent on lures in the surf. A buddy of mine and myself several years back did an experiment with scent in the surf and it was clear to us it made a difference .
What size would you use? 4".....5"? What type of hook?
Thank you for your detailed description of your rigging. It's very much appreciated.I use VMC heavy duty swim bait hooks like these. You can get them weighted or unweighted. If you’re drop-shotting you want unweighted.
For slug or fluke size, between 4” and 7” depending on the location I’m fishing, and the setup I’m using. Match the hook size to the swim bait. You want the end result to look something like this green slug I have here. Deadly in the surf. When you slack the line off the action is unmatchable by any other technique and bait. When you give it a try, wind it up to your feet in clear water, slack off the line and watch it work itself with the waves coming in and sucking back out.
Also, instead of tying the traditional palomar knot with a long tag for your dropshot knot, the in-line hooks are great because you can tie two separate strong knots on the hook. Top knot on the eye of the hook to your mainline, and bottom knot to swivel with weight.
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Thank you for your detailed description of your rigging. It's very much appreciated.
I normally use a spoon like a Krocodile or a jerk bait like a Lucky Craft. They work well for halibut and surf perch. Do you think the Zoom will also do well for the surf perch?
Actually, not plus wave. You use the waves in your favor.
It’s normally not breaking waves like most beaches but there can be a decent shorepound in the outer harbor, especially on south swells. It can actually even get decent surfable waves on hurricane swells with the right angle. I try my best to use it as a tool on light line, but it’s not always a success.Congrats! That's a nice one. Did you happen to measure the length?
Last time I checked - there are no "waves" in long beach. The break wall blocks them all. Fishing long beach from the "surf" is more like fishing the bay.