Are there california halibut to be caught at the beaches in so cal? Don’t want to try at a crowded beach like Huntington so anyone have advice? Haven’t fished down here in over 20 years, and haven’t wet a line at all since moving down here in 2016...
The different methods that I've seen people do for Halibut in this area are:
Fishing a plastic fluke, grub, or swim bait on a dropshot:
Good for days when the bite is slow. Considered a finesse technique to try to entice a bite from a fish that is less enthusiastic
Fishing a jerk bait like a lucky craft:
Good for shallow water. Lure has it's own action so can be fished with a straight retrieve which makes it easier.
Fishing a swim bait or a micro stick bait like a Jigpara:
Good for deeper water and targeting a range of species including halibut in deeper water. Can be bounced on the bottom for Halibut or fished at different depths for other species.
Fishing live bait like a smelt or sardine:
Productive tactic especially if you have a harder time finding the holes and areas where the fish may be hiding on surf. If you use a carolina rig and send a live smelt out, you often will catch a halibut or other kinds of surf species.
I don't have personal experience with most of these tactics for halibut. I've only caught three halibut total. One was from the HB Pier fishing a live smelt close to the shore off the pier on an old school halibut rig. The other I caught on the Bolsa Chica inlet jetty mentioned earlier in the thread on a salted anchovy fished on a carolina rig. The third I caught on a carolina rig on a live sardine off of a skiff in Newport Harbor.
As far as Youtubers, I would check out:
Japanese Angler Waki in the U.S.
Best of luck!