#8230, "Halibut are biting in Dana Point Harbor..."
My brother and I launched about 7:30 and fished till 11:30. I took the plunge and fished with live bait, Gundy at the bair receiver was cool and gave me quite a scoop of chovies and 'deans for $5.00, and I understand you can come back for more if you run out. I didn't even use half.
My 'bro said yuk and fished swimbaits and rapalas. We both caught four or five halibuts, a couple in the 16-20" range as well as some bass barracudas mackerals and croakers.
Oh and I caught a 27" halibut as well. Had a beautiful halibut steak dinner tonight, and more in the freezer and fridge!
I used a fishfinder for the first time, very interesting! I got a real kick out of "seeing" the bottom structure and fish.
I also used my baytuber laundry basket bait well for the first time. Worked well for the bait, but very draggy to troll. I just finished burning a zillion holes in the bottom with a soldering iron to keep it from acting like a sea-anchor so much, hope it helps...a lot. Well back to work snelling up trap rigs for next time.
BTW...I watched more than a few others getting the flatties as well, they are on the bite, it would seem...
Exactly what does your bait tank look like? Is it really a laundry basket? If so, I had a similar idea. I was thinking about taking a laundry basket, tying some fun noodle pool floats around the rim for buoyancy, and topping it off with some mesh.
#8237, "RE: Halibut are biting in Dana Point Harbor..." In response to Reply # 6
hmmm i dont know if my memory serves me right but i think i talked to you there for a while......about a month and a half ago, or so. i think we talked about tubing strands.....and various lakes in south county. i could be wrong though
#8240, "RE: Halibut are biting in Dana Point Harbor..." In response to Reply # 9
There are lots of keeper halibut in Dana Point Harbor. There are lots more off of doheny beach. Read some of my earlier posts and you'll get the idea of where and how many and what to fish with.
I have caught four obvious keepers in the Harbor since the begining of October, and several more that were about 22" and quite a few smaller ones. I only keep about one fish every 2-3 weeks, don't need anymore than that.