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Old 07-18-2015, 02:50 PM   #1
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Halibut Help

I'm fairly new to fishing and I'm looking for some advice on halibut fishin in the bay and open ocean. Any and all advice is welcome! Live bait, plastics, squid, rigs, hooks and so on...
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Old 07-18-2015, 02:59 PM   #2
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I'm fairly new to fishing and I'm looking for some advice on halibut fishin in the bay and open ocean. Any and all advice is welcome! Live bait, plastics, squid, rigs, hooks and so on...

Halibut are sooooo last year
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Old 07-18-2015, 03:14 PM   #3
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This is a good video to get you started.

http://youtu.be/SpFB_6anwKU

I'm sure if you have any more question you can ask him. Lol
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Old 07-18-2015, 03:31 PM   #4
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Use a trap hook with live bait.
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Old 07-18-2015, 03:34 PM   #5
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So you wanna catch halibut huh?

Thing about halibut fishing is that it's very boring but rewarding....I suggest you fish the harbors and bay's at first. Try to refine your rigs and techniques, really pay attention to details, where when what time, structure etc...use live bait, buy or make your own, I suggest you make your own. If you can be proficient at making your own bait regularly...it will definitely make you a better fisherman overall.
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Buy a PA14
Regardless of what ANYONE says use traps rigs
Make you own bait
Drop bait in water
Lean the backrest on the vantage seat to a comfy position
Sleep and wait for the halibut to bite


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Old 07-18-2015, 03:53 PM   #7
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How do you make bait in the bays.
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Old 07-18-2015, 04:06 PM   #8
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How do you make bait in the bays.
It can be tough to make it in the bay's sometimes but it also can be really easy. Definitely easier having a decent fish finder and the ability to interpret what bait looks like on the screen helps. Having the right sabiki is really important as well, for example if there is only little smelt around you don't want to use a sabiki with giant hooks....don't over look using lizard fish as bait, those can be easy to catch sometimes and at times will work GREAT!
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Thanks for the info. What's the best live bait?
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Thanks for the info. What's the best live bait?
There is no one sure fire bait to use everytime, just like any other fish out there you will see that at times they do show a preference for one over the other. The best bait is gonna be what you have on hand at the time and if you have a variety of baits don't be afraid to experiment. Once you find out what they prefer, use that to your advantage.
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A sure way to learn how to halibut fish.


1. PM Tony, George, or Greg. (Not Jim)

2. Introduce yourself.

3. Ask if you can join them on the next fishing trip. (Offer to buy lunch)

4. Ask a million questions, listen and copy their rigs.

5. Fish very close to Greg, if you can tangle his line once or twice you are close enough. He does not mind, he is nice.

6. Do not fish too close to Tony, he will try to touch you. (felony type of touching)

Ask them about BusyBee.
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1. PM Tony, George, or Greg. (Not Jim).











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Old 07-19-2015, 04:23 PM   #13
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I'm still working on fat butts.... One tip I can give... It sucks losing $4 cannonballs on snags... I tried using 40lb main line to 3way swicel to 40lb sinker to 30lb flouro on the trap rig....hopijg if I snagged I'd lose the rig not the sinker.... For some reason I'd still lose the sinker lol... I tried a different approach this time. Spectra to cannonball to swivel to 30lb flouro and trap rig.... Worked good... Still got bites and didn't lose any balls.... Only bad part is when bait wraps around that spectra its a bitch to undo the mess... Either way I saved money and caught fish 😀
It helps too minimize knots to maximize your chances of taking that sweet butt home
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I'm still working on fat butts.... One tip I can give... It sucks losing $4 cannonballs on snags... I tried using 40lb main line to 3way swicel to 40lb sinker to 30lb flouro on the trap rig....hopijg if I snagged I'd lose the rig not the sinker.... For some reason I'd still lose the sinker lol... I tried a different approach this time. Spectra to cannonball to swivel to 30lb flouro and trap rig.... Worked good... Still got bites and didn't lose any balls.... Only bad part is when bait wraps around that spectra its a bitch to undo the mess... Either way I saved money and caught fish 😀
It helps too minimize knots to maximize your chances of taking that sweet butt home

Here'swhat I do when I get snagged

Put your reel in free spool and paddle in for about 50' or untIL the line is scoped back. Tighten you drag to the max and paddle in a large circle while keeping maximum pressure on the snag. If that doesn't work turn around and paddle in the the opposite direction. 9 out of 10 times you'll get your entire rig back
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Old 07-19-2015, 05:34 PM   #15
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Thanks Jorge I'll try that next time .... I always just get right above the snag... Put prseeure on it then let it freespool.,.. Put it back in gear after slack has been given ... Then start jerking it like it hasnt been jerked in weeks...hoping it will bounce off... Worked a few times... I'll try your method

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Old 07-20-2015, 06:45 AM   #16
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Awesome advice guys! Thankfully I have a PA14 for those naps. Hopefully this weekend I can put your advice to use.
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Old 07-20-2015, 08:44 AM   #17
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If you are specifically targeting them use live bait. Either buy sardines if available or make your own bait. In the bays the best spots are next to docks and pilings. You will see smelt feeding on the growth. Jig a sabiki in those spots and you should get some attention. If that fails, troll freshwater bass type jerkbaits in deeper sections of the bay and you should pick up a few Macks. I don't use a trap hook but they are useful for smaller fish. Simply get your bait to the bottom and go with the flow until the bait cklicker goes off. And have your club ready if its big.
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