Muni Pier 8/5/19

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Headed out at 01:45 from Reno with a pierfishing newbie friend of mine in tow. Got our live bait from J&P and had rods in the water by 0624 off the Muni Pier. Tide was outgoing and bottoming out at 0930. Fished hard all morning with jigs, swimbaits and live anchovies for only one small ray. No nibbles or any other activity. Decided to pack it up and try our luck across the bridge after tide slacked out. Headed over to Fort Baker and set up shop again. Nothing but crabs and a few other fisherman catching jacksmelt and juvenile lingcod. Something in my gut was telling me to be back over at Muni Pier for the top of the tide, so we packed up again and returned to catch the last two hours of the swift incoming. My gut ended up proving right: at around 17:30 I hit a baby lingcod and then a keeper 23" Halibut right after. My friend hooked into a 24" halibut 10 minutes after mine. While he was still settling his fish in, I hooked into an absolute monster on my jig. Fought it for about 15 minutes, with bulldog runs and headshakes and all. Finally saw it and got excited to see it was a massive Halibut hooked through the tip of its tongue. Wouldn't fit in the crab net so we had to utilize my new flying gaff I just bought online. After 3 tense minutes of having a recovering fish on a short line below the pier, my buddy got a perfect gaff set through the bottom gill plate, and we struggled to lift it on deck. By now there were about 20 tourist gathered around us and everyone cheered as we flipped the fish over the rail. She measured in at 48.5" and my mechanical scale marked her at 40 lbs (although it felt heavier, and size charts would estimate the fish being more towards 46 lbs). Either way, its a fish of a lifetime for me. Casting for 11 hours non-stop and keeping my head in the game with my finesse jigging technique paid off. We fished the slack tide and beginning of the outgoing for nothing after that but it didn't matter because we were both on Cloud 9 still from the previous fish. Packed up and headed back up the hill to Reno, arriving home around 23:30. All in all a great way to end this awesome halibut season.
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Outstanding! Bigger than from a boat...........luck and gut instinct ,time & effort and preparation/readiness and skill all combined.........makes those 2 others look like babies.......all relative. Glad you had that flying gaff.
 
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That long trip from Reno paid off big time! That’s a fantastic fish! What type of gear we’re you using? (Rod, reel, line...) Gonna need a BIG filet knife for that guy. Those are going to be “Flintstone” size slabs!
 
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Wow, congrats on the catch!

Wish I had known about these catches earlier - I also drove an hour to the same area but on 8/6 and opted to work the Torpedo Wharf and Crissy Field areas for no action; would've tried the Muni had I known! But it looks like the tide movements were key (+/- couple hours before top/bottom seem great for halis?), and I wouldn't have been able to stick around for the top of the incoming in the later afternoon anyway.

Hopefully the halibut stick around SF for a few more weeks! Still hoping to catch my first SF bay one for the year.
 
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Tremendous persistence. Bravo, Matt and thanks for the report. That is one monster Cali Hali!

And now for the $40,000 question... where did you park when fishing Muni pier?

Again, this demonstrates really amazing persistence, to be able to stay on it and not become a fishing zombie after such a long day. Not sure I could do it after that 0145 start.
 
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Tremendous persistence. Bravo, Matt and thanks for the report. That is one monster Cali Hali!

And now for the $40,000 question... where did you park when fishing Muni pier?

Again, this demonstrates really amazing persistence, to be able to stay on it and not become a fishing zombie after such a long day. Not sure I could do it after that 0145 start.
You can park there all day at the very beginning of the pier the whole day. I’ve been there for over 12 hours multiple times with no ticket and I’ve seen the meter maids come around.
 
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Thanks all, I'll try to answer some of your questions:
Skyhook - I was using a 7ft Ugly Stik Big Water Medium Heavy action with 65lb braid on an Okuma ABF 50 series reel
BiteArray - Sorry I couldn't get the post up sooner for your trip, that one took it out of me and I had to recover. The best times I've found for the halibut are the beginning of the outgoing tide. However, traditionally, I used to get them at the end of the outgoing, but this season seems to differ.
SunnyvaleMatthew - Like Pinoy said, there is parking all along the road to the pier on Van Ness. If you get there early enough, you can grab a close spot, otherwise you will fight the tourists.
Pinoy - Yeah bro, wouldn't have gone there without your input, thanks again friend :)
 
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