View Full Version : Shallow halibut off Santa Cruz?

07-18-2005, 08:44 PM
Anybody have word on halibut off Santa Cruz in reasonably shallow water? I've been out in the kayak in ~40 ft depth off Steamers Lane bouncing a Fish Trap. No halibut, just some rockfish.

07-18-2005, 09:24 PM
without explaining where the spots are I'll give
you the names of some really shallow holes...
starting north...
mitchells cove.. in the bay in 20/30'
cowells beach.. anything from inside to the end of the pier.
the harbor.. in front to sunny cove 20/40'
pleasure pt.. just out side the kelp beds, stay close to kelp..
capitola pier.. anywhere in 20/40' straight out..
seacliff beach...the cove on the inside,next to cliff 10/20'
rio del mar rivermouth.. just off the beach 15'/35'
so many guys go for them outside in 40/65' and there are
fish lurking inside in just 10' of water and never touched.
so look on a map and see the spots given and give them a try.....

07-18-2005, 09:28 PM
off steamer lane area is shale/rock bottom.
halibut only hide in sand....so you need to
find sandy bottoms not the shale.
while its possibal to get rockies on sandy bottoms,
if you are getting them I would think your on shale/rock
so pick up and move a little...that is why in close to the
beach's it is all sand for the most part so try that...
also,, once you catch one stay in the area, halibut like
company and are usally found in groups....

07-19-2005, 01:18 PM
Now there is an interesting scenario....

Fishing for halibut in 10-20' of water through steamers lane in a kayak....wahooo!!

Just don't get too close in....with no beach you might just burn some toast :P

07-19-2005, 01:32 PM
They aren't really in yet. The halibut are late this year. Usually they show up shallow (Santa Cruz/Capitola)in the month following the Seal Rock bite (which just got started). Give them a couple more weeks to cruise in and that fishtrap should do you good.
I agree with south of the mouth of the harbor, and the flats south of Capitola, Both usually real good the last half of the summer.
I want to see some footage of kayak fishing IN steamers!
That would be on Maximium Exposure on T.V. for sure ;D :P

07-19-2005, 08:50 PM
Thanks for all the info, dudes. I'll check out Mitchell's Cove Wednesday AM and let you know how it goes.

I only kayak-fish Steamers when it's flat... like right now. When it's juicy I'm surfin!

07-20-2005, 08:55 PM
well as for the halibut in close, I know the pattern
for this area and sure it has been a slow year so far.
but 2weeks ago I got 2 in 17' of water inside at 3mile..
we had drifted inside the kelp and were on some small
kelp bass with the kids and as I drifted out the other
side wham....12lbr and then picked up another one...
and yet all the guys I know here and follow the boats
to 40/60' of water....there on the inside too....

big duke....
so you know the area, remember the old sewer line they
laid straight out,,, at about 400yds off the beach that
line goes left towards natural bridges at like at 45deg
angle and along that sewer line on either side is good..
on the boat I have the #s and at the 45, it works.....

07-23-2005, 08:38 PM
Hey thanks for all the info Smilin Steve. Drifted through Cowells on Friday morning with a Fish Trap but no action.

Good tip on the old sewer outfall. I'll give it a shot.