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Litespeeds 05-14-2019 6:35 PM

Nice Butts in the Bay
 
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Today was an epic halibut day with lots of party boats getting limits. I went out with 3 friends and we kicked some butt. Thought we limited fishing from 8:30-1pm but my buddy mis-counted and we ended up 1 shy of limits. It was a damn good day. Go get some!!!

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Skip_Dog 05-14-2019 7:01 PM

Good eats there. Nice job...

PoorRichRichard 05-14-2019 7:02 PM

Nice!

Romeo_alpha01 05-14-2019 8:27 PM


hermosabeach 05-14-2019 9:09 PM

Yum

About time to start a grilling thread. How do you cook them?

GW 05-14-2019 9:11 PM

Well done sir!

Litespeeds 05-14-2019 9:41 PM

Halibut is one of the hardest fish to cook properly. I season it with Kinders Buttery Steak Seasoning and pan sear it in some Avocado oil. The trick is to not over cook it.

Forget all the recipes that you read about. While you are searing it, for about a minute on each side, then you use the spatula and see if you can cut through the fish. As soon as you can, the fish is done and take it out ASAP. Then it will be juicy and flaky. If you leave it in 15 seconds too long, the meat will get dry and tough.

beerman 05-15-2019 10:41 AM

Nice haul..Halis are some of the trickiest fish to catch..Bait or Plastics?

deckhandmike 05-15-2019 10:48 AM

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Originally Posted by beerman (Post 23004347)
Nice haul..Halis are some of the trickiest fish to catch..Bait or Plastics?

Bounce ball? Love when the bite goes off! Nicely done!

BillyGoatCrawler 05-15-2019 1:16 PM

Everyone's whacking them drifting live anchovy.

I got out last Thursday and stacked a few up off the California Dawn. That boat has a good captain and crew. Multiple boats in the bay were literally following the Cal Dawn from spot to spot. They got into some WSB last weekend (landed 7) in the mix of hali fishing.

Litespeeds 05-15-2019 6:58 PM

I use swimbaits so all on lures. Throw them out and let it sink to the bottom. Twitch and work the lure like you are fishing for black bass. As you are twitching, you are feeling for the subtle bite or some extra weight. Then just sweep back and fish on. So much more fun than trolling and dragging a 8oz to 16oz ball waiting for the rod to bend over.

deckhandmike 05-15-2019 7:35 PM

Nice! Swimbaits take some skill. 2 or 3oz? What color? What test, fluro?

BillyGoatCrawler 05-15-2019 8:34 PM

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Originally Posted by Litespeeds (Post 23006136)
I use swimbaits so all on lures. Throw them out and let it sink to the bottom. Twitch and work the lure like you are fishing for black bass. As you are twitching, you are feeling for the subtle bite or some extra weight. Then just sweep back and fish on. So much more fun than trolling and dragging a 8oz to 16oz ball waiting for the rod to bend over.

Good to hear. On the party boat last week I didn’t have any room for that. I’ll be back out soon on my kayak with swim baits. I have a whole mess of 2-4oz and 5-7” swim baits. They’re way more fun.

Litespeeds 05-15-2019 10:04 PM

You guys will be shocked but I only use 3/8 to 1/2 oz jig heads with 4" swimbaits. Depends on how deep I am fishing. 3/8 oz is for water up to 15'. 1/2 oz is for 16-25'. I'm not catching the really big butts but have caught a few 29"ers with my setup.

The reason why I feel it's better to go lighter is because of how the bait reacts when twitched. Too heavy of a weight the swimbait doesn't fall back down naturally. The rod I use is 13 Fishing Omen Green 7'7" Medium action with Shimano Chronarch 201E6 with 20 lb braid with 25 lb florocarbon top shot.

The theory of big bait catches big fish could be correct but it also means less action too.

Scottie15 05-16-2019 1:29 PM

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Originally Posted by hermosabeach (Post 23002840)
Yum

About time to start a grilling thread. How do you cook them?

Here's my favorite hali recipe: https://www.geniuskitchen.com/recipe...#activity-feed

Put a rack in the middle of the oven, and preheat the oven to 250 degrees F.

Pat the fish fillets dry, then sprinkle them with salt and pepper. Allow the seasoned fish to stand at room temperature for 10 minutes. Chop half of the capers.

Arrange half of the lemon slices in one layer in an 8-inch square glass baking dish. Arrange the fish fillets in one layer over the lemon slices. Top with all of the capers, the remaining lemon slices, and the 3 tablespoons of parsley, then pour the oil over the composed fish.

Bake, covered, until the fish just flakes and is cooked throughout - 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Serve the fish with some of the lemon slices, capers, and oil spooned over. Sprinkle with parsley leaves.

COOK'S NOTE:
To reuse the leftover olive oil, strain it through a paper towel-lined sieve and allow it to cool to room temperature. It will keep, covered and refrigerated, for up to 1 week. (I've done this... it's okay, but only use it for poaching more fish:D)

beerman 05-16-2019 1:34 PM

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Originally Posted by Litespeeds (Post 23006710)
You guys will be shocked but I only use 3/8 to 1/2 oz jig heads with 4" swimbaits. Depends on how deep I am fishing. 3/8 oz is for water up to 15'. 1/2 oz is for 16-25'. I'm not catching the really big butts but have caught a few 29"ers with my setup.

The reason why I feel it's better to go lighter is because of how the bait reacts when twitched. Too heavy of a weight the swimbait doesn't fall back down naturally. The rod I use is 13 Fishing Omen Green 7'7" Medium action with Shimano Chronarch 201E6 with 20 lb braid with 25 lb florocarbon top shot.

The theory of big bait catches big fish could be correct but it also means less action too.

Just enough weight so you can feel the bottom...no more, no less...you know what your doing my friend. I have been using the keitech swimbaits and run straight 15 LB Yo-Zuri Hybrid line...try it, you'll like it..great report man.

deckhandmike 05-16-2019 1:34 PM

I do an intentionally bad job filleting the fish and then coat the carcass in olive oil, siracha and balsamic and toss it on a super hot bbq and give it a quick sear. Then grab a fork and pick the best bits of meat of the carcass. It’s a great appetizer and makes good use of the fish. I like it better than the fillets.

wpage 05-16-2019 1:40 PM

Big butts are cool too...

Yuki 05-16-2019 8:16 PM

Great thread!
Thanks for sharing!

Litespeeds 05-17-2019 2:34 PM

Butt action slowed down a little because of the rain and murky Bay waters. Surprisingly the Striper's haven't really shown up yet. Hard to find the schools but when you do, it's lights out fishing.

BillyGoatCrawler 05-17-2019 7:53 PM

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Originally Posted by Litespeeds (Post 23012438)
Butt action slowed down a little because of the rain and murky Bay waters. Surprisingly the Striper's haven't really shown up yet. Hard to find the schools but when you do, it's lights out fishing.

It slowed yesterday.....

The cal Dawn pulled 52 halibut in today. If anything it picked up!

Fantastic Captain and Crew.

M76 05-17-2019 8:20 PM

:grilling:

Nice! Now I’m hungry...

CABilly 05-18-2019 8:44 AM

Going out tomorrow, canít wait!

Litespeeds 05-18-2019 9:27 AM

I always follow the reports from California Dawn, New Huck Fin and Lovely Martha. Those guys know their stuff. All I can say is this year has got to be the best halibut action in the Bay.

Litespeeds 05-20-2019 7:03 PM

Damn. Lovely Martha had a private charter of 7 people today and caught halibut limits (21) by 10:45am and also 2 stripers. The butt action is still off the hook.


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