Going down to Mission Bay

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  1. Velo

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    I am going to go down to mission bay and launch the new kayaks down in the bay.

    I haven't fished here before and wanted to get some tips on spots, hook sizes to use, and the best bait/ lures that are working in the bay right now.

    I am a pretty newish fisherman and am not targeting any specific fish I kinda just want to catch any fish I can. Although it would be nice to land a legal Hali for dinner

    Any tips would be appreciated
     
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    Drag a crankbaits around the bait barge, the square buoy at the entrance to mariners basin and the SeaWorld basin too... Never know
     
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    Thanks for the help man. I hope to kill em out there
     
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    Reverse dropper loop for halibut. Too much weight is better than not enough weight since the bait’s got to be on the bottom.

    Everything seems to eat ghost shrimp...

    Here’s an excerpt from the link OldFogey suggested: “...I believe in the curltail more than the swimbaits.” (Lots of good tips in that article, such as the experts agreed that orange, green, and brown are the fishiest colors.)
     
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    What size hook would be best for Hali in the bay on the reverse dropper loop setup?
     
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    Any underspin with a 3-4 inch swimbait will work for bay bass. Just find healthy eel grass.
     
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    Whaddya say, Werf, a #6?
     
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    Oh that small of a hook maybe that explains why I haven't been catching anything but spotties I have been using 1/0 circle hooks
     
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    he was making a funny.

    1/0 for all hook types is perfect for the bay. i use #2 up to 3/0 depending on the type of rig and size of lure/bait.
     
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    actually, #6 works for the stuff that hangs around the rocks
     
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    Smaller hooks don't tear up baits either. You can get away with a smaller hook than many anglers think is necessary
     
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    Number 4, 2 or 1 circle unless you're dragging lizards or something, then go as big as you like
     
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    A small hook will fit in a big fish’s mouth.

    If you’re fishing bait and getting nibbles but not hooking fish, the same bait on a smaller hook might do the trick.

    Also, if you catch a little fish on a little hook, you’ll know what’s down there.
     
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    #9.3 Largemouth on #20 treble hook. Flylined Shad on 2lb Ande... small hooks catch big fish.. only had one of the 3 trebles imbedded in it corner of jaw.
     
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    For real??? Daaaaang! I know you can roll like that, but don’t expect the rest of us to keep up with that! LOL!!
    I wouldn’t have bet on that one!
     
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    In the early 80s, In spring, Shad would show up around some of the fishing piers. Small at first, but as weeks went by, they would get 2”-4” long and the bass feasted on them. We would use a #20- #18 or #16 treble ( depending on how big the Shad were ) and put a small split shot 4” above the hook.. then snag a Shad from the school and quickly remove the split shot. Fly line the Shad out past the bait ball, and watch the Shad ripple across the top of the water getting smashed on by bass. Some of the funnest fishing you could ever do, without a doubt.. Lots of fish in the 2lb - 7lb range. I actually hooked the 9.3 in a small cove ( Whisker bay ) and it peeled line out of the cove and into open water. Took me 20-30 mins to bring in. 2lb test was great for fly lining light baits, and it always got bit, so that’s what I liked to use. I caught a 12.4 up there as well, on 6lb line with a small worm hook and live green crawdad. Fun times up there..
     
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    ( Dixon Lake , by the way.. forgot to mention that )
     
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    All these other suggestions are great but if the bite gets really tough I always put a gulp sand worm on a drop shot and that always guarantees me at least one fish in MB. It's probably my favorite way to fish MB since the bite is usually a lot more tough than SD bay. You can catch almost everything in MB on it too, i've caught sting rays, croaker, every species of bass, halibut, and much more.
     
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