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Old 12-27-2020, 01:51 PM   #1
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Winter Halibut

Looking for some guidance on targeting winter halibut... not asking for you to share your hotspot waypoints (unless you really want to, then please shoot me a PM, Haha), just some general guidance on where to launch. I've been fishing LJ weekly since late spring and have hooked up on a couple shorts, but haven't really tried targeting halibut more than a couple times. Last week I watched on the fish finder what I assume was a Hali come up off the bottom and check out my bait. So...

1) Should I stick to LJ all winter long, or try SD bay? I live in North County, so LJ is much closer to me, plus I have a chance at hooking up on a WSB or winter YT.

2) If I do fish the bay (good bad weather backup option), where do you guys like to launch? Do you sabiki for bait, or do you launch close enough to the bait barge to pickup a kayak scoop?

Any info you can share much appreciated!!

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Old 12-27-2020, 09:53 PM   #2
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I would say find sandy bottom area for halibut.

Rocky bottom for lobster and rocky next to sandy for both plus bass.

Kelp for sheephead and bass.


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Old 12-28-2020, 01:01 PM   #3
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Yeah, Iíve got a pretty good idea of what to look for when targeting. Mostly, Iím curious if SD Bay or La Jolla are equally productive in the winter months for legal size Hali.
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Old 12-28-2020, 07:50 PM   #4
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I would say bay for quantity, La Jolla for quality


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Old 12-29-2020, 08:02 AM   #5
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Thanks for the input. Iíll prob stick to LJ (weather permitting)
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Old 12-30-2020, 11:09 AM   #6
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Just remember.......................The bigger the bait, the bigger the fish.
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Old 12-31-2020, 07:47 AM   #7
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Just remember.......................The bigger the bait, the bigger the fish.
Check out this video https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=SpFB_6anwKU

A halibut killer.
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Old 12-31-2020, 08:32 AM   #8
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Check out this video https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=SpFB_6anwKU

A halibut killer.
Man, that's an old rig, haven't used that one in years.
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Old 12-31-2020, 10:49 AM   #9
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Check out this video https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=SpFB_6anwKU

A halibut killer.
Curious, what is your bait of choice for that trap hook rig?
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Old 12-31-2020, 11:57 AM   #10
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My guess, is a nice X Large Greenback Mac.
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Old 01-08-2021, 09:13 AM   #11
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Man, that's an old rig, haven't used that one in years.
Still works for me! Catches Lingcods too!
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Old 01-08-2021, 09:40 AM   #12
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The biggest thing for me and halibut, is sticking to the game plan. If I plan to fish for halibut, then I need to commit to it and not change up the plan when Im on the water.

This means, pounding the sand and spending a lot of time in the right environments and areas.

I've tried the three way swivel, but I personally use dropper or reverse dropper and the carolina rig. Typical bait is greenbacks. I do not use a trap hook, but many do.

That said, when fishing halibut, I will also run a jig or flyline setup to work the water column.

Time on the water.
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Old 01-12-2021, 07:27 PM   #13
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Yea couldnít agree more with Summers in Kuwait, sticking to the game plan and fishing those sandy bottoms in search of halibut and committing to only fishing for halibut. I hate doing it cause Iíve literally spent days on the water in search of them and coming out unsuccessful most of the time but at least youíll still hook up on some nice sand bass and one day will get that monster hali. I never use the trap hook either, never tried it but looks like a good rig. Time on the water and finding the right spots! Tight lines and good luck
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