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duhkevinz
05-06-2019, 08:37 PM
Looking to take my boat out to fish in the bay this weekend. I hear people talk about Berkeley Flats but not sure what general area that is. Any advice where to launch from?

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onelilcrazyazn
05-06-2019, 09:43 PM
Havent been to berkeley flats but arw been producing halibut

NovaCX12
05-07-2019, 08:09 AM
If you launch from the Berkeley boat ramp. The flats are right out front along the old pier left or right side. Look for the private boats and party boats, won't be hard to see what area they are drifting. Watch the weather as it gets bumpy quick.

Good luck!

duhkevinz
05-07-2019, 09:45 AM
If you launch from the Berkeley boat ramp. The flats are right out front along the old pier left or right side. Look for the private boats and party boats, won't be hard to see what area they are drifting. Watch the weather as it gets bumpy quick.

Good luck!

Wow I used to fish off that pier and my google maps just said its permanently closed.


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nayr
05-07-2019, 04:29 PM
Wow I used to fish off that pier and my google maps just said its permanently closed.


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Yeah unfortunately its been closed a few years now.

Theres a few options where u can launch. Your boat or where your driving from might dictate where u launch. U have loch lomond in marin, the richmond marina (probably nicest public ramp we currently have, berkeley, encinal ramp alameda, and san leandro marina.

To answer your question from the other thread, live bait is in San Francisco at J & P bait.

Hookem2004
05-08-2019, 06:37 AM
I really don't care for the launch ramp at Berkeley. Richmond is a much better ramp.

Halibut bite has been good along the Alameda Rock Wall, San Bruno Shoal, and along SFO. If you launch out of San Leandro and it's a low tide, make sure you go all the way out through the channel markers before turning North.

Good luck.

duhkevinz
05-08-2019, 06:43 AM
I really don't care for the launch ramp at Berkeley. Richmond is a much better ramp.

Halibut bite has been good along the Alameda Rock Wall, San Bruno Shoal, and along SFO. If you launch out of San Leandro and it's a low tide, make sure you go all the way out through the channel markers before turning North.

Good luck.

I would guess there would be less big boat traffic to deal with around Alameda rock wall as well right.


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Hookem2004
05-08-2019, 12:48 PM
I would guess there would be less big boat traffic to deal with around Alameda rock wall as well right.


What do you mean by big boat traffic? Oil tankers, cargo ships, tub boats, and ferry boats?

No big boats like that. Just a lot of fishing boats and party boats when the bite is on. Most folks are considerate and don't make any more of a wake then the swells are that are on the bay from the wind. By noon, the Bay can be rough.

duhkevinz
05-08-2019, 01:11 PM
What do you mean by big boat traffic? Oil tankers, cargo ships, tub boats, and ferry boats?

No big boats like that. Just a lot of fishing boats and party boats when the bite is on. Most folks are considerate and don't make any more of a wake then the swells are that are on the bay from the wind. By noon, the Bay can be rough.

Yeah tankers and tug boats. The wake from the tug boats can be scary sometimes.

Im planning to go out and try to troll / ball bounce. I was reading some tutorials and it seems like the only different between regular trolling vs ball bouncing trolling is the weight of the ball and troll speed? Same exact setup with the three way, dodger, hoochie and bait.


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Hookem2004
05-08-2019, 02:24 PM
Yeah tankers and tug boats. The wake from the tug boats can be scary sometimes.

Im planning to go out and try to troll / ball bounce. I was reading some tutorials and it seems like the only different between regular trolling vs ball bouncing trolling is the weight of the ball and troll speed? Same exact setup with the three way, dodger, hoochie and bait.


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Yes the more you troll the heavier the ball you will need. I use 10 ounce for a small dodger and bait. Add a hoochie and you might have to go to 12 ounces. Just make sure your hitting the bottom. Adjust troll speed to the tide and wind conditions.

duhkevinz
05-08-2019, 02:35 PM
Yes the more you troll the heavier the ball you will need. I use 10 ounce for a small dodger and bait. Add a hoochie and you might have to go to 12 ounces. Just make sure your hitting the bottom. Adjust troll speed to the tide and wind conditions.

Thanks sounds good. My boat can troll down to 1-2mph easily so hopefully wont need as crazy of a weight.


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Hookem2004
05-08-2019, 02:55 PM
Saturday morning is a big tide. It's going from a 6.8 to a minus tide. Lot of water moving. You might be moving 3 mph if you are going out with the tide.

Good luck and let us know how you do.

duhkevinz
05-08-2019, 03:30 PM
Saturday morning is a big tide. It's going from a 6.8 to a minus tide. Lot of water moving. You might be moving 3 mph if you are going out with the tide.

Good luck and let us know how you do.

Thanks. May have to speed up or drift with the tide... Looks like it wont change until 11AM.


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BigUnInDaBoat
05-08-2019, 08:14 PM
Saturday morning is a big tide. It's going from a 6.8 to a minus tide. Lot of water moving. You might be moving 3 mph if you are going out with the tide.

Good luck and let us know how you do.

Will that mean crappy halibut fishing, wanted to take my daughter out for her birthday.

duhkevinz
05-08-2019, 11:42 PM
Will that mean crappy halibut fishing, wanted to take my daughter out for her birthday.

I read somewhere that the bite is best during small tidal changes. You can also go out and soak some bait if you have no luck on halibut!


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Hookem2004
05-09-2019, 06:00 AM
Will that mean crappy halibut fishing, wanted to take my daughter out for her birthday.

The bite will be tougher. Best to get out early before the water starts to move a lot and the get's muddy from the tide movement. Troll against the tide so the bait will move slower across the bottom. Use a heavy enough ball to get the bait down to the bottom.

Or drift out with the tide when the water is moving fast.

duhkevinz
05-12-2019, 01:42 PM
Update**

Launched at 5:30AM trolled some areas around Alameda Rock Wall, tons of kayakers. Picked up a ton of weeds and kelp? 10-20 of water. Got super sea sick being on the water until 8-9AM and left.

Might do better next time. Still learning and need to bring some motion sickness medicine. https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190512/8601558655c09397d137128ce8e2c25a.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190512/8601558655c09397d137128ce8e2c25a.jpg


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MoMoney
05-12-2019, 02:24 PM
wow you got the sea sickness stuff bad :( Make sure you take it the night before and the morning of your trip).
Regarding the tides:Fish when you can fish!The big tides and muddy water make for tough conditions but we catch fish anyways.Friday we had big minus tides,afternoon wind,muddy water and poor visibility etc....3 of us had the halibut jumping in the boat all day.Now most were shakers but we landed probably 50 with 7 keepers on a day when many guys say its not worth your time.
Now that being said I would rather fish in clean water and small tides and lighter wind and then we would of probably caught even more...,. but we still had a productive day.
Regarding weights....we use primarily 12 and 16oz weights.Sometimes its not needed but I almost always have a 16oz torpedo on then I don't have to change it out moving from 10-25ft of water.

duhkevinz
05-12-2019, 03:47 PM
wow you got the sea sickness stuff bad :( Make sure you take it the night before and the morning of your trip).
Regarding the tides:Fish when you can fish!The big tides and muddy water make for tough conditions but we catch fish anyways.Friday we had big minus tides,afternoon wind,muddy water and poor visibility etc....3 of us had the halibut jumping in the boat all day.Now most were shakers but we landed probably 50 with 7 keepers on a day when many guys say its not worth your time.
Now that being said I would rather fish in clean water and small tides and lighter wind and then we would of probably caught even more...,. but we still had a productive day.
Regarding weights....we use primarily 12 and 16oz weights.Sometimes its not needed but I almost always have a 16oz torpedo on then I don't have to change it out moving from 10-25ft of water.

Awesome i have cannonballs anywhere from 1oz up to 16oz in my collection. I will go again next weekend. I usually fish delta and rivers and never had an issue with sea sickness but I guess lack of sleep and being in 2-3 swells hitting your boat every few seconds got to me (it got calmer around 9-10am).


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Hookem2004
05-12-2019, 08:19 PM
Sorry you got seasick. Get some transdermal, put it on the night before. Half a patch will suffice for a two day trip.

BigUnInDaBoat
05-13-2019, 09:55 AM
fished it yesterday, kid got three keepers I caught a bunch of shakers. Oakland Airport area.

duhkevinz
05-13-2019, 12:27 PM
fished it yesterday, kid got three keepers I caught a bunch of shakers. Oakland Airport area.

Nice!! Thats good to hear.


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Hookem2004
05-14-2019, 05:52 PM
Headed out Saturday. Maybe the rain will bring in da big ones.

duhkevinz
05-14-2019, 07:08 PM
Headed out Saturday. Maybe the rain will bring in da big ones.

Will be out there too but better prepared!


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duhkevinz
05-18-2019, 10:47 AM
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duhkevinz
05-22-2019, 09:37 AM
Launched around 5AM on the East Bay side and wow we were one of the first boats out there. Started trolling frozen bait around sunrise time and hooked up my first ever halibut measuring about 30 and 10lbs. About 30 minutes later we hook onto a 27 and 8lbs. We tried trolling where all the party boats were at and caught about ten more shakers the remainder of the day. The biggest fish we caught were away from the party boats.

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fishwrong2
05-22-2019, 10:55 AM
The smile of success. Nicely done. Sure is fun when a plan comes together.

Thanks for the report.

duhkevinz
05-24-2019, 05:01 PM
Fished today from 6AM to 9AM and got two halibuts and one striped bass. Rough this morning for my little boat. https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190525/32c2feb074756c3474491b0b66947966.jpg

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nayr
05-25-2019, 06:53 AM
Well done!

fishwrong2
05-25-2019, 08:59 AM
Sweet. Way to get out there and mix it up even with a smaller boat. Keep the quality reports coming.