View Full Version : LATE season halibut

11-14-2009, 01:11 AM
Hi All,

I know the bite is way down, but I'd still like to try to target halibut, any recommendations on targeting them in the SF Bay?* Good areas to try?* Seems the charters are picking a few up in San Pablo Bay.



11-14-2009, 03:09 AM
Halibut are still biting very well at all the usual spots in the bay. The key is finding live bait to drift. I've been out the past two Tuesdays for a half day and landed 5 hali's each time to 14lbs. (most of the action is between 16ft-11ft)

11-14-2009, 01:31 PM

What are you using for live bait? Sardines?

Would live mudsuckers work?
Thinking about trying something different tomorrow and thought about doing a little bit of drifting at the Berkeley Flats....thanks!

11-14-2009, 02:04 PM
Will probably see you out see you out there, going to troll though, I'll keep it on 9 (call No Fish) if you want to exchange reports.



11-15-2009, 09:13 AM
Shiner perch work too, I use those over in Paradise when I am kayak fishing, and buy them at Loch Lomond.

11-15-2009, 09:36 AM

were you out there today? I decided to sleep in & clean the boat. yesterday, we got in late & didn't clean all the blood off the boat...couldn't see it all in the dark.

i'm thinking of going out on tuesday...han

11-15-2009, 10:49 AM
yup, trolled chart 0/1 dodger and double chart hoochie for most of the day on the flats, lost a 15-20lber in the net, trying land a big fish solo with those dodger dropper rigs is a PITA, ended up snagging the front hook in the net as he slid out and he popped off, damn, I have a smoked halibut recipe I want to try!

It was so calm I tried a 0/2 silver dodger, chart hoochie to frozen sardine, had two rakes, no idea how they both missed the trap hook, one of those days!

11-16-2009, 03:18 AM
ps: only marked a couple small bait balls in less than 15ft, a lot right at the 20ft drop off of the flats, seemed to be big bait, a few seals working them, maybe herring? Schoolie stripers?