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Thanks. Really informative report

Posted by gyozadude (Moderator - Posts: 5755)
on May-18-08 12:23am
(In reply to: Berkeley Pier - stripers and halis posted by calrat on May-17-08 11:02pm)

Congrats on the nice bounty.

Are folks getting live anchovies from the bait shop? Or are most catching their own bait?

Your note about night fishing for halibut makes me a believer. About this time last year, we had the MMGT and while packing up, past midnight, and more like 1am, I had been tossing in dried, dead baitfish from someone who had thrown a bait net and left them there on deck. On a whim, I decided to hook one on and just drop it over the side along with the dozens of other fish I'd already tossed back in. While loading my cart, the clicker went off. Never confirmed, but it sure felt like a hali with its tug-of-war style of fight. Also carolina rigging with a 2 oz egg sinker and 4 ft of leader, but drifted just over the rail about 1 ft off the bottom. Farmed it trying to horse it up on a batray stick with braid and 40 lb fl.carb. leader. Just too shocked to believe it could happen and the first one I've had on after dark.

I wonder if the halibut will stick around until middle of June. It seems like the run is a lot hotter this year and a bit later. If the run is still hot, then we might see some halibut at night. The MMGT was May 19th last year and I remember SSC catching one earlier in the day and saving it for later when he fileted and I sauteed it there with some lemon pepper and butter. No other spices like cilantro added. Of course we unofficially plan to keep the MMGT Cilantro-free again for this year.

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Current thread:
Berkeley Pier - stripers and halis   calrat - May-17-08 11:02pm
FISHING REPORT   calrat - May-17-08 11:04pm
That was a great catch!   Red Fish - May-18-08 8:33am
are all those over 25 inches?   tinle - May-17-08 11:17pm
They're "keepers..." along my "standards."   calrat - May-17-08 11:18pm
BTW dude...   calrat - May-17-08 11:19pm
Thanks. Really informative report   gyozadude - May-18-08 12:23am
Both.   calrat - May-18-08 12:27am
Re: Thanks. Really informative report   tinle - May-18-08 6:45am
Strong work!   Northern Boy - May-18-08 7:41am
Re: Berkeley Pier - stripers and halis   kc1668 - May-18-08 8:19am
crowded but....   calrat - May-20-08 11:49am
Blue Screen Striper   songslinger - May-18-08 8:27am
What I don't understand is why ...   pierhead - May-18-08 9:51am
We have discussed this in our Bay-Delta meetings..   Ken Jones - May-18-08 1:30pm
Re: We have discussed this in our Bay-Delta meetin   songslinger - May-18-08 7:04pm
Is it coincidence?   Northern Boy - May-18-08 7:49pm
No halibut reproduction in the north?   fishmom - May-18-08 9:22pm
Good questions and I think the DF&G...   Ken Jones - May-19-08 6:07am
Who needs more than 3 halibut each?   bassmanben - May-18-08 11:23pm
Only 7 halibut? You guys are slipping. :)   toejamb - May-18-08 10:03am
Daaaang...you guys kick butt!   Clayman - May-18-08 12:19pm
Nice stringer there!   Salty Nick - May-18-08 3:07pm
nice catch...ima be out there soon...   GORILLAKEV - May-18-08 6:58pm
Word up!   eelmaster - May-19-08 8:15am
Re: Berkeley Pier - stripers and halis   randysf - May-19-08 10:17am
How do you   eelmaster - May-19-08 10:23am
nice job   Sin_Coast - May-19-08 12:31pm

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