View Full Version : SALtwater float tubing

10-02-2005, 11:33 AM
i been reading a alot about floatubing lately for saltwater fish like stripers, or halibut nit looks pretty fun, any body help in good spots for floatubing, in ocean, would be great htnx

10-02-2005, 12:33 PM
You mean shark donuts?

You should have added where you are located to make sure. but I'll assume that you are in the Bay area somewhere.

I've fished the New Brighton area with a boat - 20 yds from shore and 8 ft deep. We've caught halibut and a few rock fish closer to the kelp. The stripers are in there also. Its very calm and protected, but you should still watch out. Make sure you take a PFD out with you just in case.

Guys I know catch halibut using a flyrod in there when they are in there and they are fishing from the shore - wading.

I saw a guy float tubing in that area once, but don't know if he hooked up.

10-03-2005, 12:55 PM
Sounds to me like a recipe for disaster if you ask me, my 2 cents....rent a boat!

10-03-2005, 04:04 PM
I agree, that sounds pretty dangerous in the ocean. Waders full or water from a rogue wave, even with a PFD could be trouble. I've fished from a kayak off the beach and felt pretty safe.

10-07-2005, 02:52 PM
:o Yeah these guys really suck at saltwater tubing

Just think... all those itty bitty halibut out of a belly boat.

Yeah it's a terrible idea. ;D ;)

10-15-2005, 08:48 AM
I used to live in Long Beach, Ocean Blvd, and I tubed that bay and the coast 3 days a week for years before I moved to Sonoma Co.
The warm coastal and bay waters of southern Ca are a bit too warm for whites. It's not like they won't go there, they will, but it's really rare.
From Half Moon Bay to the Sonoma coast it's a different story. Great whites live and breed here. A kayak is sketchy. Some guys do it. Maybe a kickboat would do it. I think a tube is death. Either way, "You're gonna need a bigger boat"

Edit: I am thinking about using my kickboat in San Pablo Bay along the Marin shoreline. The Petaluma and Napa rivers could also be fished. Stripers, salmon, halibut and sturgeon can all be caught within a short distance row. The key will be timing the tides so you can get back to where you launched. Or have two vehicles parking one where you plan to pull out.

White Sea Bass
Calico Bass

10-15-2005, 01:47 PM
thnx yeah that some nice fish

10-21-2005, 11:06 AM
I have a float tube, unless you have a trolling motor, I wouldn't do it. Seems like suicide, maybe take some drugs and/or a bottle of hard stuff if you do it, and go with a friend.

10-21-2005, 11:48 AM
i've been contemplating rigging up my long surfboard for fishing. surfboards may not be as stable/comfy as a tube, but they're infinitely more mobile. then i remember my boat and get over it.

10-21-2005, 07:17 PM
these over tubes are faster and still
high on the fun meter...
and you can troll and cover ground better..
but for localized fishing tubes are fun...

I use an old 12' windsurfer board with a milk crate
screwed to it and net on it and it's awsome....
and it only cost 5.00 at a yard sale.... ;) :D


10-22-2005, 01:03 PM
Looks/sounds like a bobber set up for great whites . I dive in No. Ca but I'm sure not going to climb on my float tube and just let my legs dangle in the water for hours . GET A BOAT !!!


10-22-2005, 03:24 PM

Where was the picture taken with all the kayaks? My wife has been wanting me to take her kayak fishing and I need to know where to go.

10-22-2005, 07:15 PM
that one was southern cal...
but the guy who runs the fishing reports for
the santa cruz sentinal is running fishing trips
out of montery with like 12 going out each weekend..
I'll find out more for you...his name is allen bushnell
and he runs the fishing santa cruz web site....
heres a few...



10-23-2005, 08:11 PM
I can not agree more with Blue Crush on this.

There is boat rental shop on Capitola Pier and they rent out fishing Yaks as well. I think it was about $65 for hole day.

10-23-2005, 08:16 PM
Thanks for the info ;)
My wife and I both have Ocean Kayaks but we are just slow to get out with fishing gear and try more than just paddling for fun

10-23-2005, 08:30 PM
Oh and not trying to make up another fish story but the image of Great White I saw from Pacifica Pier few years back...

Just by looking at it slowly moving in the water chilled me to the bone and made us back off from concrete wall 30 feet above water. The sheer size of it...... :o
Being on a kayak definitly won't protect you from those but it would be much less likely that it will think kayak as food then a pair waiving legs with fins on it, I think.... ;)

10-26-2005, 09:36 AM
Sorry to hijack this thread, but if you're interested in Kayak fishing then you should definitely check out this website/forum. The link is to the forum. And if you need a little bit of help deciding whether or not to get a kayak for fishing then you MUST check out the second link!




PS - all the fish caught in the Big Fish thread were caught from Monterey to Elk (just south of Ft. Bragg), CA.

10-28-2005, 05:42 PM
Kayak is a fun way to go, I have gone everywhere from Big sur to up North. Caught everything up to a 40lb haibut in Big Sur, that was fun to land. BUt you better know how to get thru the surf before you go. Tie everything down