South bay spotties

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  1. Corvinafang414

    Corvinafang414 Well-Known Member

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    Fishing chulavista docks with 3 inch curl tails
    White and pumpkin seed. Used a quarter ounce jighead with ten lb flouro leader. Looking for some hali but no luck.

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  2. Valco14

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    Nice consolation prizes.
     
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    Nice feesh! Not a very effective way to target halis tho. You’ll get one every now and then, but if you want to see more frequency of catching them I suggest dropshotting. You can even use the same bait if you like ;)
     
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    Thanks. Im gonna give drop shotting a shot then. What size weight should i use?
     
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    I don't think weight size is that important from my experience, 1/4 ounce should be enough to stay on the bottom. I would put on a 4" white curly tail on the hook, about 12-18" above bottom and drag it. You don't have to nose hook the bait, I prefer a long shank hook and thread the bait on the hook so the point comes out just before it thins down, much like with a jig head. White seems to be a good color for halibut, green or brown better for spotties but either color will still catch either fish.

    Halibut lie on the bottom looking up and they ambush clueless prey when they can see it overhead. So dragging a curly tail on a jig head across the bottom easily gets missed unless almost on top of the halibut. I even caught a halibut on a topwater one day in shallow water and have had plenty of them chase spotties that I was reeling in.

    They will eat bigger baits if you want but you will get fewer spotties. Live bait (mackerel, smelt, lizardfish) on a 3 way swivel rig work great too. If I am fishing for spotties and getting bit by the above bait fish, I will sometimes catch one and rig it for halibut. A small crappie jig usually gets a bait quickly if they are in the area.
     
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    Depends on your depth for the weight, but I like to use torpedos over 10’ of water, and regular drop shot ball weights for more shallow water.
     
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