View Full Version : Pot luck report 06/08

06-08-2006, 09:04 PM
Went out on the New Huck Finn this morning with El Jefe Chingon (Gerry). We departed the marina at 6am and went over to SF to get bait. Our first drift was out on the rock wall with alot of short bites and a couple of shakers. The bite was really tough early in the morning up untill about 9am. After nine we started picking up a few stripers and some butt's. In fact the first keeper on the boat was a good size striper, about 10lb. My first one came at about 9:30am,and it was 13lbs. Gerry had a couple of good pull downs but the fish came unbuttoned. We did a couple more drifts at the rockwall with a couple of keeper halibut. After that the captain decided to run over to Treasure Island. We did a couple of drifts with decent-good number of butt's. The second halibut for me was at about 11am, this one was 16lbs. Then we started getting some nice size sharks in the mix as well, with a couple more stripers. Decent bite untill noonish, thats when the winds and swells started picking up. After that there was not many more fish caught, a couple here and there with a tough afternoon bite also. We ended up with 20 halibut, potluck winner was a 24 pounder, 6 stripers and about 6 or 7 sharks. The captain and crew was really helpfull and put us right on the fish when the conditions were right. Gerry ended up with two really nice size halibut and two sharks. I'm pretty sure he will give you a report too.

P.S. Thanks Gerry for the excelent experience.

Gerry took a couple of snaps at the fish on the boat, and I got some taken when I got home.







06-08-2006, 11:11 PM
Excellent report - great pictures!

Just out of interest, what was the bait of choice?

06-09-2006, 10:33 AM
Live chovies

06-09-2006, 01:03 PM
Can someone shed some light on something for me, I always thought Halibut and flounders always developed the same way when it comes to which side the eyes are on, in this pic the two butts are opposites, one is basically a lefty the other a righty, is this common??

06-09-2006, 01:31 PM
Halibut are right eyed but only 50-60% of them, its a trip isn't it?

06-09-2006, 02:57 PM
Sounds like a good day fishing, you got into some fish and that's what matters! Thanks for the report and congrats on the catch! Nice butt's!

06-09-2006, 03:20 PM
Thanks Donzi. You guys have to get a piece of the action.

06-09-2006, 03:20 PM
Ivan already posted the high lights of our trip so I thought I would just add in my two cents worth and the pics.

I learned a valuable lesson today about proper drag settings. As Ivan mentioned I lost my first three hook ups. Each one was on for about 10 seconds or more so I am pretty sure the hook was set, but I managed to pull the hooks. Basically I think I had my drag to tight, and thats what Jay (the deckhand thought as well). After that I loosened the drag down quite a bit, and managed to pull in every hit I took afterwards. I ended up with two 15-16lb halibut and two sharks with no more missed bites after that.

The morning drift by the rock wall was "raked bait city" with pretty much a raked bait every time the line went down. You had to check your baits every 2-4 minutes to make sure they were still going, and very seldom did they come up un touched. There must be a ton of shakers down in that area. I think we pulled out two keepers before we changed over to Angel Island.

There were also two lost fish, one at color. It was tangled in two or three lines, and when it saw the net took one last run and SNAP! The other was on for quite a bit, and was probably 10 feet from the boat before it came unbuttoned. As far as I know those and my 3 were the only missed hits that I saw.

Overal I can't complain. I got 7 hits, and 4 to the boat. I was using the typical 3-way swivel and 5-6 feet of Seaguar Fluorocarbon leader. I don't know if this made a difference, but I got hit quite a bit more than everyon else so who knows.

Here are the pics now:

Ivan's two butts...

And the flip side...

My two butts...

06-09-2006, 03:27 PM
It was good to finally meet a fellow sniffer out on the water. Its kind of difficult when you don't have your own boat.

Ivan was wondering what a halibut bite and head shake felt like, but it didn't take him long to figure it out. By the end of the day he was like a cat ready to pounce any time he saw that dip in his rod.


06-09-2006, 03:29 PM
I think it's gonna be a banner "Hali" year with less of all that banging noise under the bridge.......

06-09-2006, 03:52 PM
Gerry once again thanks for a wonderfull time out on the water and for all the help. You gotta go out there with me on my boat once the winds get calmer so we can catch some more fish. Post up the pics of the sharks too, there is nothing to be ashamed off, they were really nice size too. LOL

06-09-2006, 08:45 PM
Wheres this "rock wall" everyone talks of? :-?

06-09-2006, 08:52 PM
I was going to post the shark pics, but it takes a while to up load them. Any time you want to go out let me know. Be more than happy to share expenses, cleaning, etc.

06-09-2006, 09:11 PM
I'll let you know ahead. I wish I could join you on the salmon trip, but the $$$ is a little short right now.