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Old 05-22-2015, 09:17 AM   #1
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Thumbs up First 22# Halibut on the Hobie!

Fished San Diego bay yesterday near the Coronado Bridge for rays but got swamped by a school of perfect bait sized mackeral, 7"-9". I decided to drift a 8" mackeral to the next spot. Seven minutes later I heard my clicker scream and knew something attacked my Mac! After letting the fish munch on my bait for three minutes I reeled it up to the surface and then... slack! The halibut spit the head of my Mac out so I raised the rod as high into the air as I could and luckily it came back and nailed it on the surface! I wasn't going to let it spit the hook again so I waited another few minutes and this time got him up to the yak after two very short runs. This was the first time I had landed a sizable fish from my yak and was unaware of these fish's power when I pulled it onto my lap. It flopped around like CRAZY! Once I got it under control and started to bleed it I was disappointed it didn't fight like it did out of water. On my way in it thrashed about a lot and would have flipped my kayak over If I wasn't paying attention. Ironically weigh's as much lucky number 22#.
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Old 05-22-2015, 09:25 AM   #2
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Wow, big flattie!
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Old 05-22-2015, 09:30 AM   #3
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Good job!

You should take some pointers from this guy ....

https://youtu.be/s5pOjMkk6ok?t=168
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Old 05-22-2015, 10:27 AM   #4
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Fished San Diego bay yesterday near the Coronado Bridge for rays but got swamped by a school of perfect bait sized mackeral, 7"-9". I decided to drift a 8" mackeral to the next spot. Seven minutes later I heard my clicker scream and knew something attacked my Mac! After letting the fish munch on my bait for three minutes I reeled it up to the surface and then... slack! The halibut spit the head of my Mac out so I raised the rod as high into the air as I could and luckily it came back and nailed it on the surface! I wasn't going to let it spit the hook again so I waited another few minutes and this time got him up to the yak after two very short runs. This was the first time I had landed a sizable fish from my yak and was unaware of these fish's power when I pulled it onto my lap. It flopped around like CRAZY! Once I got it under control and started to bleed it I was disappointed it didn't fight like it did out of water. On my way in it thrashed about a lot and would have flipped my kayak over If I wasn't paying attention. Ironically weigh's as much lucky number 22#.
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Old 05-22-2015, 11:19 AM   #5
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Great story and recount. Excellent fish
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Old 05-22-2015, 11:49 AM   #6
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Very good job! I have a few comments (as if anyone was wondering):

Dude named Sheephead catches a big butt...maybe I should do the same to change my luck.
You look much younger with your hat on...I'm just saying.
Be very careful with a hot butt on your lap (we're talking fishing perverts!). These fish bite kind of hard and wait for that moment.

Jim
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Old 05-22-2015, 12:32 PM   #7
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Very good job! I have a few comments (as if anyone was wondering):

Dude named Sheephead catches a big butt...maybe I should do the same to change my luck.
You look much younger with your hat on...I'm just saying.
Be very careful with a hot butt on your lap (we're talking fishing perverts!). These fish bite kind of hard and wait for that moment.

Jim
Lol is saw the irony in that too.
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Old 05-22-2015, 08:29 PM   #8
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Nice fish and nice gaff shot
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Old 05-22-2015, 09:57 PM   #9
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Same fish but picture taken in two different locations?

I'm confused.
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Old 05-22-2015, 10:32 PM   #10
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Same fish but picture taken in two different locations?

I'm confused.
Probably took one when he got home...
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Old 05-23-2015, 08:09 AM   #11
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Very nice fish!
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Old 05-23-2015, 10:58 AM   #12
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Nice fish, man!
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Old 05-23-2015, 11:02 AM   #13
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You should take some pointers from this guy ....

https://youtu.be/s5pOjMkk6ok?t=168

Got to love those Sewer Guys...
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Old 05-23-2015, 01:13 PM   #14
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Excellent catch......


Most guys on here will never catch one this size.



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Old 05-23-2015, 01:30 PM   #15
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Sweet dude!!!

Nice work!

Good times.
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Old 05-23-2015, 02:19 PM   #16
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Nice fish.
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Old 05-24-2015, 05:51 AM   #17
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Excellent catch......


Most guys on here will never catch one this size.



Live Mackerel, big halibut are easy to find in the bay, but not necessarily to catch.
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Old 05-24-2015, 05:53 AM   #18
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Same fish but picture taken in two different locations?

I'm confused.
Yeah, there was only one person on the beach but it wasn't a great photo so I took another shot at home.
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Old 05-24-2015, 05:54 AM   #19
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Very good job! I have a few comments (as if anyone was wondering):

Dude named Sheephead catches a big butt...maybe I should do the same to change my luck.
You look much younger with your hat on...I'm just saying.
Be very careful with a hot butt on your lap (we're talking fishing perverts!). These fish bite kind of hard and wait for that moment.

Jim
Are you saying catching sheepheads is easy? I need to go out with you then, I seriously can't catch one for my life and use pristine bait! Im fine looking younger, Im only 18 but everyone says I look 23-24, a change is nice, thank you! No halibut humping going on here
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Old 05-24-2015, 05:56 AM   #20
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You should take some pointers from this guy ....

https://youtu.be/s5pOjMkk6ok?t=168
Haha, yeah your right! I wasn't planing on catching good mac's that day so I left my bat in the car
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