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  1. Mr. NiceGuy

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    Near the mouth of SD Bay I have always fished the shelves and shoulders before the drop, and around weed lines or structure. I'm wondering if older, larger halibut might be lurking in deeper waters at the bottom of the channel or in the depressions along the sides of the channel?

    Same question for the south of the Coronado bridge where everything gets more shallow?
    Same question for Mission Bay, which seems to be more shallow and the channel is less defined as it is in SD Bay.

    A little north of the Coronado bridge I was at the bottom of the channel once and caught a 5' Angel Shark. Poor guy. It felt like I was dragging up a soggy roll of carpet.

    What say Ye? Is there any interesting activity to pursue by drifting the middle of the channel at the bottom?
     
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    The edges are where I seem to get bites. They will be where other fish are, waiting to ambush them.
     
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    All the bigger halibut I have caught have been from the outside corner of Zuniga or by the Whistler. I have never caught a big one though, maybe low to mid 30 lb range.. nothing 40 or more, and I used large live bait for a long time..
     
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    That IS a big California Halibut!
    The California halibut or California flounder is a large-tooth flounder native to the waters of the Pacific Coast of North America from the Quillayute River in Washington to Magdalena Bay in Baja California. It feeds near shore and is free swimming. It typically weighs 6 to 30 pounds. Wikipedia
     
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    I know a couple guys in the 60# club... Lol
     
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    Those are freakishly ginormous California Halibut! ;)
     
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    I'm still waiting/hoping to break 40" on some fine day.

    Here's the Length-Weight chart:

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    My wife caught a 40 inch off a wreck in SMB.. great fish.. I never caught one much bigger
     
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    Channel edge drifts for me when it comes to the barn doors.
     
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    My buddy and I drifted all over SD bay in 2016-17 specifically targeting halibut. The shelf areas were always consistent, but we did catch some nice ones in the center, in 50+ ft of water. I like the 30-40ft zone the best, but wind and current always pushes you off and we would end up catching them in random areas. Fast moving current seemed to get most bites, and if the water wasn’t moving, we would drop down and slow troll our baits , and that works well. Jumbo, super lively sardines get bit instantly when conditions are right. Big 6” curly tail grubs with 1oz head also work great from the boat. ( never had much luck with the big plastics from shore, but they’re killer while drifting the bay ). The main channel of that bay is basically 50ft deep all the way through and it blows my mind that those big Carriers can get in and out. There are a few deeper spots to almost 70ft, but not down the center. There’s a deep area just off the dolphin pens between Shelter Island and the bait barge that’s usually 65 ft deep, depending on tide. We followed a Carrier out one day, and it was blasting up big clouds of sand from its props near Zuniga. Ya, anyway.. what were we talking about ?
     
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    That spot is stacked up with boats on tournament days.
     
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    [pulls mustache, ... ponders]
     
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    My biggest Halibut was caught in 30 to 40 feet of water on a live mackerel past the Coronado bridge. It was right around 48 inches. It is the one in my profile picture. I am a little over 6 foot 2 for reference. The spring time seems to be when the bigger halibut move in the bay. I have caught several Halibut over 40 inches back there and quite a few have been on berkley gulp jerk shads. But I have had my best luck on mackerel and large sardines.
     
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    Damn ! I didn’t realize how big that fish was, that you’re holding Gerald. Trophy status right there.. Over 50lbs according to the chart here. Beauty !
     
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    Mine have come off the edges..biggest 40 plus....but then again all mine have come off swimbaits
     
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    I have hooked many huge Halibut, but they have all cut me off on the hook set! ;)
     
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