Santa Monica Bay Solo Halibut

Discussion in 'Southern California Inshore & Islands Fish Reports' started by Cash Money, Jul 6, 2014.

  1. Cash Money

    Cash Money Cash Money

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    With the three day weekend upon us I was looking forward to some fishing. Headed to the boat Thursday night and the plan was to head out and drift for Halibut. With the high tide late in the afternoon I wasn't in a real rush to get out there. I figured it would be a long day of drifting for not much until it got closer to the tide change. Most of my fish have been caught around the tide swing. With no bait to buy in the marina anymore it is all about finding bait. I have been pretty lucky getting bait pretty fast. I decided to skip my normal bait spot and head to the grounds to see if I could find a school closer to the fishing. I metered around and found a little spot. Caught 4 green mackerel. Put two lines out as I usually do and continued to try and catch bait. About ten minutes into my drift one of my lines gets a bite. I had to quickly reel in the Sabiki and grab the rod. The fish was still there and I let it eat and set the hook. That awesome solid feeling was there for about a second then nothing. I couldn't believe I missed the fish. I let it sit there for a few seconds but nothing so I decided to check the bait. Started reeling it in and when it got about 10 feet from the boat I could see the Halibut chasing the bait all the way to the surface. I stopped and watched this fish inhale the bait and take off for the bottom. Just an awesome sight. Definitely hooked up now and the fight was on. I knew it was a pretty good fish so I took my time. Since I was fishing alone the gaffing of the fish is always the fun part. The fish made a couple of pretty good runs then I was making progress. While fighting the fish I had to get the gaff ready. I finally got the fish to the surface and it laid perfectly flat. Rod in one hand in free spool and the gaff in the other hand I was able to get a perfect gaff shot right behind the head. Up and on the deck. The fish was totally calm which was a first. I noticed the gaff shot had opened a pretty good hole and the fish seemed almost dead. After a bunch of unsuccessful trips this year it was awesome to get a good fish finally. A boat buddy of mine that was drifting close by came over to let me use his scale and take some pictures. When I held her up to show him she went ballistic. I guess she wasn't quite dead yet. She went about 35 pounds. Thanks Jeff for the help. Fished a couple of more hours for one more bite that didn't stick. Looking forward to the next one.

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  2. Red Drum

    Red Drum Paradiddle-diddle

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    Steve,

    Thanks for taking me and Jason out fishing on Saturday, we a nice time on the Cach Money, eventhough we didn't get a Halibut...maybe next time. Thanks for the Halibut fillet, had it for dinner tonight...love it!
     
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  3. Cash Money

    Cash Money Cash Money

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    It was great to have you and Jason on the boat finally. I don't think Jacques Cousteau could have found fish in those conditions. We will have to try again in better conditions.
     
  4. jscrib

    jscrib Whale Cock

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    As Vince said, thanks for a nice day on your boat!

    Best thing about a slow trip is it only gets better after that. :hali_olutta:

    j
     
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  5. Vibora

    Vibora Member

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    Nice fish !
    Nice chow on the BBQ .
    Side note : for added awesomeness on the BBQ corn . Mix equal parts , sour cream , butter, ( I prefer " I guess it ain't butter") and Tapatio to taste.
     
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  6. NoLDR

    NoLDR OG BD member

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    Should have fished the makos they are THICK in the Bay right now. Had over 25 between Lou and I over the long weekend. Most are smaller 40 to 60 but bigger fish are around. Took a 72" fish on Friday.

    Let's hook up soon.

    NoLDR

    Brad
     
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  7. flyliner

    flyliner @therealflyliner

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    Congrats again Stephen! Wish I had been there to see that fish eat right at the boat. Great shot of you holding the fish on the water and your awesome Blackfin.
     
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  8. Andrew Kovach

    Andrew Kovach Newbie

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    I like your post!
     
  9. 26grumpy

    26grumpy who hooked who

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    Very nice fish!!! Congrats, I can only imagine looking down and seeing that big mouth open up!!!
     
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  10. GregAndrew

    GregAndrew Well-Known "Member"

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    Had a similar experience a few weeks ago, also in SM Bay. Had a Butt follow my bait up to about 30 feet off the bottom before striking. IDK if it had something to do with the conditions or not, but it was almost lightless at 85 feet (where I was fishing)? Gotta love Halibut Surprise though!
     
  11. dorado50

    dorado50 Well-Known "Member"

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    the fish don't stoke me but the Blackfin rocks.............
     
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  12. docupat

    docupat Just one of the crew!

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    Nice catch. You are becoming pretty "fishy" as of late. Rig looks great.
     
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  13. jbday

    jbday barney kook

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    Nice Steve! Would have love to see it eat next to the boat that sounds amazing!
     
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  14. Sgtsilbaugh

    Sgtsilbaugh "Keep calm and.........FISH ON!!!!"

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    That's awesome, sweet fish. I'm a newbie, and got my first legal butt two weeks ago. I went out for rockies, and after four hours and two little reds, I headed into the harbor. Started throwing around the big hammer 5" on a 1 oz war bait. The water was crystal clear, so I was changing up my retrieve speed to see the action and all of a sudden, within a foot from from kayak, a halibut came up from behind me and inhaled my swim bait. Surprised the hell out of me.

    They're one aggressive predator fish!!!
     
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