View Full Version : HMB Rockfish & Halibut 9-24-06

09-25-2006, 03:50 PM
Fished the Ritz in about 85-105 feet of water and found a slow but steady rockfish bite. *We decided to explore new water and go deeper. *We went to 140 feet of water, hoping for bigger fish. *Dropped to the bottom and it didn't feel rocky. *Felt like sand. *We both got hits right away and brought up 7-8 inch flatfish. *Caught a bunch of those there. *I think they were sand dabs, but wasn't 100% positive so we let them all go. *We weren't sure if they were baby halibut, since my friend did catch a big halibut in the same area. *Here's the picture:


The battery on my digital scale went dead so I couldn't get a weight on it. *We fished the area for an hour, hoping for another halibut. *But this may have been the closest to a second. *My friend hooked another sanddab, only to find that it was bitten clean by something down there. *Can someone confirm if this is a sand dab?


It was mid afternoon, so we decided to head back and fill the box.

Final count: 2 vermilion to 5lbs, one nice olive, one 25" ling, one big halibut and 1.5-2 lb blues to fill our limits.

09-25-2006, 04:29 PM
Since it has a straight lateral line, it's definitely not a california halibut.


WTG on that big hali.

09-25-2006, 04:58 PM
excellent job
and the poor sand dab
next time use those dabs for bait
a single hook in the lips and a treble near the tail
that short strike would have been number 2 for the box


09-25-2006, 08:08 PM
Thanks guys. I'll try that next time. If the charter boats use them for bait, it's gotta work.

09-26-2006, 09:33 AM

Sounds like you guys had a productive day on the water. A big halibut, and a mess of rockfish for the pan. Can't beat that.

09-26-2006, 05:20 PM
Nice halibut. Sounds like a great time fishing.