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  1. Nick Arevalo

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    Bait was hard to get today, but we managed to get some quality 6-9in smelt. Fished harbor island from 11am-2pm for a spotty and an 18in halibut. We went to Spanish Landing for a bit but the bite died, so we went back to the pier to get reload on smelt while waiting for the tide to rise. It was a little easier than in the morning, but they weren't as big. Went back to harbor island and my dad hooked into something that seemed like a halibut, but the leader snapped. Like 15 minutes later he catches a 17in halibut. We also caught some spotties around this time. As the current picked up and the tide rose, I reeled my bait in to recast and it felt heavy. Instantly knew it was a halibut, got it to shore and measured. 22.5 inches, my first legal of the year. Later I had a 9in halibut pop off at the shore, little guy didn't even have the hook in his mouth. Ended the day with 3 halibut, and 5 or 6 spotties.

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    Very cool.. You and your dad definitely put in your dues, going back and forth to the pier and making the effort to catch your own live bait ( and keeping them alive ). Not easy, and it’s not for everyone. I’ve read your previous posts and it sounds like you guys have a great system. Great job and well deserved..
     
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    Healthy looking slab . well done.
     
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    I need to see it’s twin on the end is my line at the Shore Pounders finale!!
     
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    Nice catch! What did you use for smelt bait, bread or oatmeal or...? I assume you used a square dip net. Thanks in advance and great report.
     
  6. Nick Arevalo

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    I like to soak some bread in water so it's kinda clumpy. It will sink and spread out in the water better. I used a round smelt net made by promar that we got from Angler's Choice. It's similar to the square ones but it has a heavier metal ring so I think they sink in current a little better.
     
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    Thanks for the reply and info.
     
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