Torrey Pines 7/22

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  1. maraxus

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    Went to torrey pines for an evening session between 6:00pm - 8:30 pm. Seaweed was fairly low, although it started to increase pretty substantially about the time I was leaving. Tried variety of lures, metal jigs, swim baits and stick baits. Got a short halibut towards the end of the session around 8:15 pm, a little shorter than 18 inches. Saw someone else throwing sand crabs with carolina rig and he got two decent sized spotfin croakers.

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    Thanks for the report
     
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    Yw. By the way, I got the fish with the Daiwa SP minnow. I got it after reading your comments about Daiwa SP minnow and how it compares to luckycraft on other treads. It definitely casts further than the LC. And looks like hali don't mind biting it.
     
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    Interesting.. The head and perimeter fin look like Halibut, but the tail fin is stubbed, kinda like a Turbot. Maybe a birth defect ?
     
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    I was wondering about this fish. Maybe a sole? Shaped oddly, seems like
     
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    it didn't occur to me the fish could be anything but halibut and I released it after a quick photo. Did I inadvertently release a perfectly good fish that could've been swimming in my frying pan?
     
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    Not sure. I mean, it does look like a halibut.. the shape feels a little off to me. But... Flatfish identification is no joke, and it isn't easy when you start... Things like lateral lines, gillrakers, jaw length and shape, eye position etc can be key to ID, and even I get stumped sometimes by good pictures, getting it wrong, lol
     
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    I agree correctly identifying flatfish can be a challenge. But from what I read so far, the potential flatfish alternatives in San Diego area are diamond turbot, sand dab or halibut. it was definitely not a sand dab or a diamond turbot, so I automatically assumed halibut. I had no idea sole or some other type of turbot could be a possibility.
     
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    There are a bunch. Take a look sometime, it's mind boggling, lol.. bigmouth sole, even Greenland halibut, Rex sole, and a number more range into and through our local water...
     
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    I haven't seen those mentioned in the California sport fishing regulations booklet. time to do some google searchin I guess
     
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    The VAST majority are basically unregulated (and untargeted). For a partial list, pay close attention to the "federal groundfish regulations"... But, it's not a comprehensive list either
     
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    Thanks for the info!
     
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    Where do you park? I'm sure ever parking spot was taken along each road within 1 mile of stepping on sand.
     
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    I just parked immediately next to the beach on North Torrey Pines Road, there were a lot of cars in the lot but managed to find a space somehow, maybe someone left just before I arrived and I lucked out.
     
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    I've succumbed and pay for the (ridiculously expensive) state parks parking pass. It's $300 or something but you can park in the state parks for free. It's closer to the beach and there are generally plenty of spots.
     
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    is that the annual pass? I thought it was something like $200 or so, did they jack up the price by 50%
     
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    The pass is just under $200 worth it if you use it. We were there around noon today, South Torrey Pines State Beach. Still had plenty of parking spots.
    We use it just to get away and walk the beach or go above and hike the trails.
     
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