Pier Report

#1
Fished three days this week, mainly targeting Halibut and sometimes Stripers.
Fished Paradise pier for about 3 hours and saw nothing landed, but did see one guy lose a Halibut as it was trying to be crab netted.

Fort Point Wharf, fished four 4 hours and saw nothing come out of the water with about 10 people fishing.

Fished Alameda Rock wall for Halibut and 12 guys could not get a hookup at anytime for the 5 hours I was there. Nothing.

I plugged with swim baits mostly, did some live bait for Halibut at Alameda. Just really slow.
I have heard about fish being caught at all these places, that was why I was there... but no go.
Mostly fishing the outgoing tides.

So, just thought I would post here.
Maybe you will do better... or ymmv.
 
#8
The key to crab netting a keeper halibut from a pier is to make sure the halibut is exhausted and to keep it just below the water line. I've seen people so excited, they rush over and have the halibut half-way out of the water while its still green. You do not want the halibut to do a last second run and tangle with the crab line. I guess what I'm saying is BE PATIENT and BREATHE.
 
#9
The key to crab netting a keeper halibut from a pier is to make sure the halibut is exhausted and to keep it just below the water line. I've seen people so excited, they rush over and have the halibut half-way out of the water while its still green. You do not want the halibut to do a last second run and tangle with the crab line. I guess what I'm saying is BE PATIENT and BREATHE.
Thank you.
 

Red Fish

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#10
Fished three days this week, mainly targeting Halibut and sometimes Stripers.
Fished Paradise pier for about 3 hours and saw nothing landed, but did see one guy lose a Halibut as it was trying to be crab netted.

Fort Point Wharf, fished four 4 hours and saw nothing come out of the water with about 10 people fishing.

Fished Alameda Rock wall for Halibut and 12 guys could not get a hookup at anytime for the 5 hours I was there. Nothing.

I plugged with swim baits mostly, did some live bait for Halibut at Alameda. Just really slow.
I have heard about fish being caught at all these places, that was why I was there... but no go.
Mostly fishing the outgoing tides.

So, just thought I would post here.
Maybe you will do better... or ymmv.
Thanks for the report.
  • I've fished all three places with Fort Point the least.
  • Paradise is probably the best bet out of what you mentioned. Alameda RW from kayak is killer
  • I've caught all my halibut on incoming tides this season so far
  • Crabnet - definitely put the net below the surface of the water and Do Not lift the fish's head out of the water when getting it into the net. A net with 3 ropes (instead of 4 is much better) has more space for halibut to enter. Lift quickly, and when you get to the pier railing, throw it over the side to the deck! I have seen way too many fish take a swan dive out of the net by inefficient net jobs.
 
#11
Thanks for the report.
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  • Crabnet - definitely put the net below the surface of the water and Do Not lift the fish's head out of the water when getting it into the net. A net with 3 ropes (instead of 4 is much better) has more space for halibut to enter. Lift quickly, and when you get to the pier railing, throw it over the side to the deck! I have seen way too many fish take a swan dive out of the net by inefficient net jobs.
Thank you
 
#13
Everything is slow this season for the shore angler. I’m 0/14 outings. Anybody want to guess why?
I'd just pick people's brains on how to catch halibut if you see people around you catching. If you have any questions just DM me and I can help you out as I was pretty successful last year with halibut.
 
#14
Finally had some luck over at Paradise Pier for Halibut last week.
Got a limit using swimbaits which was great (23 - 24 - 27). It was a great day with a lot of people catching.
For those who were there, the bite was on, but since then it's slowed down again as I went out yesterday and only a couple shakers landed.
 

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#17
Great report! Glad to see you get rewarded. What swim bait colors and lengths were working for you?
5 inch swimbaits. Different colors... everything was getting hit. Green, yellow, orange. Personally I'm not a big believer that Halibut care that much about the color. I think they hit the movement if it's near to them when the bite is on. There was definitely a big school in there as everyone was catching them....live bait anchovies, live smelt and shiners, and even saw cut up dead bait catching.