Santa Cruz: For best halibut bite, sacrifice a chicken

* WPG2 CANNOT LOCATE GALLERY2 ITEM ID 76941 * Guess what. Just guess. Give you a minute. [tic toc] Yep. Kurtis got a huge fish!! It’s kind of looking like his stars got super-glued into the “awesome things” alignment or something – man!Today the larger halibut were biting in front of the harbor as they have been for the last few days. The huge tide has been causing some pretty hefty currents in the Capitola area, and that’s been freaking the halibut out, so they’ve either moved or the ones near Capitola are hiding right now.

Kurtis went out late today – after noon – and landed this one on the fifth drift using a live sardine. He tried fishing Capitola, but the drift was so fast with the current that it was pretty much a lost cause.

We did however see four legal halibut come in off some Capitola boats – one off a rental, three off of privates. One came in from Soquel point off O’Neil’s, one came in off the mile reef, and two came in off Capitola reef. They were using various lures – swim baits, halibut rigs with anchovies and live sardines.

For most people this was a slow day – we had a few boats do ok with rock cod which they caught off the point, Adam’s reef, and the mile reef. But on whole boats were lucky to get a few king fish. The huge tide is the culprit in all this – it’ll pass in a few days and things should pick up again.

June 27, 2009   Posted in: Fishing Reports