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Yeah that makes sense. I try my best to release the small one as gently as possible but itís not always easy.

Hookups and Fishing Reports (Viewable by Public) / Paradise 7/17/21
« on: July 17, 2021, 05:47:46 PM »
 Met up with Fellow NCKA member ElvinG at paradise beach park. The plan was to bounce ball for halibut with anchovies and herring for a solid 5-6 hours. Showed him some pointers about the unique boat launch and then of we went. First bite came around 8:30. After a shaker I landed  a 25Ē and after that 10 shakers 8 were landed and released and 2 self released. Most were 14-19 inches. Unfortunately I wasnít able to get Elvin on any fish but we did get a chance to discuss halibut rigs and strategies. Still a fun day with decent action and some nice fillets to take home. Wondering if anyone had any theories about why there are so. Many small halibut and so few big ones in the bay right now?

General Talk / Re: Stinger hook recommendations
« on: July 14, 2021, 08:22:21 PM »
  I use either Gamakatsu size 4 trebles, or Owner Zo wire trebles size 4, for my stinger hooks. the owner in my opinion the best quality treble hooks you can buy. They are stronger for the metal diameter and sticky sharp. Thereís a reason you find owner trebles on most high quality Japanese swimbaits/ glidebaits and high end slow pitch jigs. Hop

Hope that helps

Yeah definitely a bit past my comfort level. Probably just stick to the bay for some halibut. Still learning how to read all the various weather forecast sites. Some are relatively accurate but with limited locations others are way off with more options.

Yeah Iím in the north bay so Iím limited to Marin Sonoma coast for the day. What swell prediction did you see for Doran/ Sonoma?

Anyone fishing this Saturday? Iíd be down for salmon and or rockfish. Would be able to fish Doran beach or Further north possibly TC or OC if rockfish are the main plan. Havenít looked a the weather report yet.

For bluegill small red worms cut into little pieces on a small j hook 12-14 size ( trout sized hook). You can also tie fly fishing flys on a bobber with 10-14 between the two. they work great if you donít have bait or run out. Used these lures to get many young anglers on there first panfish. Hopefully that helps.

Donít know about ARW but I hit paradise yesterday and ended up with 5 shakers no keepers. Fished a solid 7 hours too. Guess weíll have to figure out where the grass is greener!

General Fishing Tips / Re: Looking for a fish finder. What's good?
« on: May 12, 2021, 05:11:35 PM »
   Anther option is the garmin striker 4 plus. It was $139.00 plus a two year warranty for around $30  More.  Has GPS/ waypoints, dual beam, sonar and contour mapping. With a mount and 10ah battery around $300. Everything you need nothing too fancy.  So that may be a good budget option.


2020 outback

Awesome catches! Itís crazy how that bite window opens up and itís on.
Most my bites come within the hour before or after low or height tide.

Tight lines!

Kayaks / Re: Outback or PA
« on: May 11, 2021, 04:43:29 PM »
   Another vote for the outback. Lighter easier to launch and transport. And plenty stable. My buddy bought a PA14 360 and it is a beast of a Kayak and takes about twice the effort to move anywhere.

General Fishing Tips / Re: Favorite rock fish lures
« on: May 11, 2021, 04:26:27 PM »
Only been fishing rockfish from the kayak a few months, but what I have most luck with is an 2-4 oz jig head with a 4Ē keitech 4.3Ēor super fluke style bait. I sometimes use a small teaser rig above the jig head but generally end up catching smaller rockfish on it.

 I know itís a pretty standard rig for RC and ling. Still need to catch one on a metal jig I hear the bite fun, so thanks for the info. 

Introductions / Re: New from Benicia
« on: May 06, 2021, 04:00:03 PM »
Welcome Tikka!

Introductions / Re: Newbie introduction
« on: May 06, 2021, 03:59:01 PM »
Thanks everyone!

    Iíll be planning a bunch of trips fishing SF bay for halibut over the next few months. Guess I should check out the hookup post right?

General Fishing Tips / Re: Drop shotting for halibut
« on: May 05, 2021, 06:06:58 AM »
 Iíve caught 4-6 halibut over the past few years on a drop shot rig. My most common rigging is 15-20lb leader/ mainline Palomar knot to a 3/0-4/0 ewg or j hook and a 4-5 inch swim bait or fluke style bait. Usually about 14-16 inches from the weight. 3/4-2 oz drop shot weight.

Cast  make bottom contact and shake the rod tip wait lift and repeat. Fishing slow is key. Bite is very similar to a bass bite in the colder months. Usually barely an little tick and then some dead weight. Until you set the hook😂

Hope that helps anyone looking to give it a shot.

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