Tidelands.....no pics...

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  1. carpkiller

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    Park is open. Lots of parking. Family groups okay on the grass. The sand is a pass thru...you can wade and swim or launch or walk or jog but no towels and umbrellas or tanning.
    Slow bite in the a.m. Even slower in the afternoon.
    22 spotties and a mack and a 15 inch hali.
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    Hooked a fish coming toward the tube....felt like a spotty bite but 20 feet from the tube it woke up and shot straight down...halibut for sure. It pulled me around for 10 minutes making quick turns and drag ripping dives..and no headshake. What is it? Finally it shook the hook...no it didn't. Reeled in a dazed and battered 10 inch spotty. The front half of the dorsal fin was gone...just a line of torn flesh down the center of its back with a few pieces of the broken off spines dangling. Multiple Lines of scraped off scales down the sides but no tears or punctures of any kind...like some critter had mouthed it...then grabbed it again for a better grip. So what kind of animal can inhale a half pound spotty, gnaw on it for ten minutes while towing a guy in a float tune... but not cut or puncture the skin? Wsb? I unhooked the poor lil spotty and it wobbled off.
     
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    Big halibut for sure. Theres a couple pictures floating around of chewed up spotties. I think BearzG has a video of a giant one coming up and biting a spottie too. Giant Halibut Eats My Bass! -- Bass Boat In The Big Bay (MEMORIAL WEEKEND FISHING) skip to 9:00
     
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  3. carpkiller

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    Halibut shred what they bite...or even nip.

    The spotty's skin not broken.

    This lure got most of today's fish.

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    I respectfully reject theories that a spotty's hide can protect it from a halibut's teeth. If extra-tough Lee Press-On Nails are punctured by a flatty's kiss....

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    Postmortem on the ScorcherZ: The lone halibut (15 inch) did most of the damage. it tore the big hole around the hook, chomped down and rotated the plastic tube around on the jighead......which caused the avulsion that's visible behind the eye of the hook in this shot. But it wasn't torn all the way, so everything got twisted back into place and kept on fishing. Also, because I avoid structure like I avoid the guy licking the shopping carts at Walmart, re-tying is kept to a minimum. I checked the line for burrs, yanked hard on the knot...and kept fishing without even retying. Several spotties later, one got wrapped up and put some abrasions in the line so it got retied. Seeing how the different plastics hold up to spotties gives me a good idea of what to make next...and which prototype baits to give away. The leadhead gets washed, sharpened and re-used if the hook has no signs of bending or corroding. The tube body goes in the recycle bin to pass on its mojo to the next generation of ScorcherZ. ("The most effective multi-species bait ever designed on top of a washing machine behind a duplex in El Cajon." "If it stops on the drop......" "Fishermen Can't Resist.")

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  4. Shawn H

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    Perhaps an Eel? I had this one sit and naw on my spottie at Embarcadero before taking it into the rocks. He was huge
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    Probably a flattie. Biggest one I've seen come from Mission Bay was a 46 pounder that ate a ten inch spottie the angler had on
     
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    Black Sea Bass might do that sort of thing as well, but I’m going with Halibut.. I think the scales on the spottie saved it from getting those tell tale shred lines.
     
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    Sea lion???
     
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    Damn ! That tube looks like it was fought over by a school of Triggerfish..
     
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    My guess is a leo .. takes em awhile to try to turn it around to face the other way.. no big teeth either
     
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    It was a bluefin tuna
     
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    Sea lions come up for air and go straight away from the boat.
     
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    lost anchor rope
     
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