#8252, "RE: Halibut are biting in Dana Point Harbor..." In response to In response to 4
There are several guys who have/had been catching more than myself, I've been learning from them! Plus I still prefer swimbaits to live/dead bait so that may limit my success.
There is no possible way to be skunked in a float tube in DP harbor. There are a gazillion barracuda, smelt, various croaker, WSB, mackeral, short halibut, bass, yadda-yadda. It IS true that you have to have the right stuff to do well on a "premium" fish, like keeper Halibut. I seem to be one of the first to aggressively troll with three rods, using GPS and a fish-finder and checking/rescenting baits continuously, so I have had more success than some.
However I have seen a couple of guys in Kayaks and skiffs who know where and how to fish the live bait, and they get at least one keeper Halibut every time I've seen em.
For the WSB and the Yellowfin croaker this seems to be a slower time of the year, as a month ago I couldn't keep them off the jigs. However there are a lot more barracuda and mackeral now, and the halibut are really consistent.