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Mickey_Thomas
10-31-2007, 05:03 PM
I heard a rumor that the Halibut bite was off the hook in the bay,(heard it from a fellow sniffer) ;) So where's the reports? Berkely flats is where I heard they were. I guess we don't have any "sniffer's" in the Bay Area ::) Heck, even heard it on Sep's radio show :o Why don't we have anything on here about it? :-/

G-whiz
10-31-2007, 05:31 PM
I caught two, on the east side of Angle Island last Sunday. The shaker was 20" the other was 24". My two buddy's, on-board, got scratch... Didn't see many boats out around California City on up to the Bridge. Funny... no other bites at all... no ray's, sharks, stripers... I don't get it...

Imbigdave
11-01-2007, 03:57 PM
Its been good slow rolling popsicles behind a slingblade or naked. I've been using a 2 hook rig with either a stinger treble or small single hook on a 36in leader fished on a three way swivel trolled with enough weight to bounce the bottom in 10-15ft at 2-3mph.

Fishing Berkeley 2 weeks ago we got 4 to 26" and a 27" striper. The week before we only got 1 24"

Heard they were off the bite last week and this week end I will be fishing the Alameda area maybe we will run up to Berkeley or San Pablo.

Big Dave

keelhaulinrob
11-01-2007, 05:56 PM
were at in berkeley do you go is it just right out of the berkeley marina? or is it more towards the city?

Imbigdave
11-02-2007, 03:07 PM
Just head straight outside the marina and start trolling. We have caught them all over the flats. On either side of ther pier. From 7ft to 25ft.

Big Dave

keelhaulinrob
11-02-2007, 04:20 PM
when trolling do you use live bait or wat? i was thinking of useing some rattle traps, or frozen anchovies but i am a noob to this stuff so what is the best?

okie
11-02-2007, 05:41 PM
live anchovies are supposed to be the best, but i heard there is no more live bait for private boats in berkeley or fishermans wharf. i have seen several caught on hoochies, and dead anchovies while trolling.

keelhaulinrob
11-02-2007, 05:47 PM
yea i was thinking the dead anchoives would be a good deal while trolling, is any body having any luck drifting or mooching? ill try and catch some anchoives

Polebrother
11-02-2007, 07:28 PM
Any idea how much longer will the hali's stay in the bay?

krzyfshrmn
11-02-2007, 07:35 PM
Should stick around untill we get some good rain.

CPTN_JACK
11-03-2007, 02:47 AM
Hats Off on the flatty fishin!!! Keep us posted!! CJ [smiley=captjack.gif] PS.... Hey krazy ,, hope to see ya at the derb!!

slick88
11-03-2007, 07:12 AM
On Friday 11/2, the New Huck Finn had 17 halibut to 20 lbs for 8 guys. I think they are still fishing w/ live bait.

vito
11-03-2007, 10:03 AM
My boss went out on the Cal Dawn lat week. Said there was no live bait at the marina in Berk. but the captain had some left over in his live well. They ran the flats for a boat limit. My boss was the last one to hook up that day but caught the big fish and brought home the cash.

jdecker
11-03-2007, 10:17 AM
Live bait is only available for commercial and party boats.

slick88
11-03-2007, 11:35 AM
My boss went out on the Cal Dawn lat week. Said there was no live bait at the marina in Berk. but the captain had some left over in his live well. They ran the flats for a boat limit. My boss was the last one to hook up that day but caught the big fish and brought home the cash.


The captain said he should have enough live bait to last until Nov.12.

keelhaulinrob
11-03-2007, 06:00 PM
hey im going out to the berkeley flats tommorow, i unfortunatly am not a commercial boat so i will not have live bait what do you think the best way to go is?

dimpala95
11-03-2007, 06:20 PM
Troll with a flasher, hoochies and a popsicle.

keelhaulinrob
11-03-2007, 09:00 PM
is the flasher simular to a salmon flasher, sorry im new to all this stuff trying to become a fishman

Sea_Turtle
11-03-2007, 09:48 PM
Use a 3-way swivel. Use about a 1# cannonball weight about 1' down from the swivel.

On the other end of the swivel go straight back about 1.5' and add about a "00" size flasher.

Add about 2 more feet of mono to the end of the flasher and add a hook (about size 2) and hook the frozen anchovie through the eyes. Most people add a treble hook as a "stinger" which trails back about another 4" and hooks (one prong) into the tail.

Drop your line straight down and troll at about 2.5 MPH. The line should hang down almost straight and the weight should bump the bottom occassionally. Don't let out too much line and "drag" it.

Make sure the drag isn't too tight. They hit like a ton of bricks.

The above info should give you a good starting point.

Good Luck!

ST

keelhaulinrob
11-03-2007, 10:10 PM
thank you very much i will keep you updated on my trip tommorow and hopefully get some fish. thank you for the trolling rig i really appreciate it.

sunracer1957
11-05-2007, 02:34 PM
Mickey

Thier still out there but you have to work for them ;)