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chris oak wrote:No it's flipping hard. Mainly because they come in depending on weather and food factors, one day they might be everywhere and the next you won't see a single one.
If you are diving at night, make sure you are very very comfortable with your gear. If you shoot a big fish and it wraps you up you are in big trouble. I would start out during the day and learn what to look for, I look for eyes/mouth and tail. My gun is marked off at 22" so I can size up the fish. Normally I'll see them in areas where there is reef next to sand, if there's grass/kelp than it's even better.
It took me a very long time to learn how to hunt halibut, a guy named Mike Bowling taught me years ago. He took me to a spot where the halibut were and it went like this: "there's one right under me". I'd dive down and look and see nothing. "where?". Right where you dove down. I'd do it again. "Where???". You almost hit it with your fin". Finally I went down and saw it and shot my first legal halibut. It usually takes me somewhere around an hour to cover a couple hundred feet, Mike Ploessel said, "look for something in the sand that doesn't look right". That advice has paid off immensely, you will see something that doesn't look exactly right, then as you focus BOOM the halibut will spook. I love seeing those guys, it's like a easter egg hunt and super gratifying when you find them.
John Hughes wrote:Maybe another of the better halibut vids out there is one that Dam made. He spooks just about every one he sees. It's painfully funny because it's so close to my experience, especially at that spot he's diving in the vid. Maybe he'll post it up.
The more time you spend looking for them the better you will get to know the terrain they like, what spots/areas will be more likely to produce given different conditions, and most importantly what works for you and what doesn't....
Even when you come home skunked, I think the time spent hunting and being out there just helps build up your knowledge and skill and increases the chances that the next time you go out you will find an awesome fish.
grometito wrote:I have heard that a lot of the smaller halibut are males, and the bigger ones are usually females. As well as if there are smaller ones around a big female might be near. I have been only seeing really short to 15-16” fish recently, and have tried looking in the vicinity but haven’t been able to locate the big female. Is there any truth to this theory and if so can anyone provide a couple tips?
malibujohn wrote:Lots of good advice! Can't emphasize how important is is to go sloooow! Also, bait is a huge factor. I've shot 4 over 40 and besides the big one that came up on a flasher in 100 feet of water, all the rest were in big runs of bait, no deeper than 10-12 feet of water. Twice with anchovies and once with herring! My girl even sent me a video at work of birds going nuts out front. Literally chasing bait up on the beach. I packed the tools up, jammed home and popped a 42 in shit vis, 5 minutes into the dive! Good luck
grometito wrote:How about fish and light management when hunting at night? Gun in one hand, light in the other, you shoot a hot fish, now what?
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