Capitola: King of the motor optional crew

Darin and halibut
Darin highlined the kayakers today with this 26.5 pound flattie. He caught it using a live sardine in the shallows of Capitola reef. He said this one bit sometime around noon. Nice fish Darin!

June 19, 2010   Posted in: Fishing Reports

10 Responses

  1. Allen Bushnell - June 19, 2010

    thanks Dave and Ed!! (and Mike and Myron; anna, frank, etc)

    I thnk this might be a 26.5 POUND halibut, unless Darin (Aka-Kimo) is really really short, haha.

    Great day on the water in Capitola today!!!!

    Allen

  2. Porky - June 19, 2010

    That’s 26.5 pounds, not inches, nice fish.

  3. Capitola Boat and Bait - June 19, 2010

    Corrected – thanks guys.

  4. mark - June 20, 2010

    did you drive from capitola to bayside marine after you caught that bad boy? 1 fish for 2 websites , thats a first

  5. Kimo_kid - June 20, 2010

    That was awesome dad. Seeing you fight that fish. It looked like a sea lion coming out of the water!!!

  6. Keeny G - June 20, 2010

    Very close to the 30lb benchmark,What most halibut anglers would consider a toad. What a fish! most people have no idea how difficult it is to manage a fish this size from a kayak and flip the kayak or have all hell brake loose in the process of landing it.

    I have had flatties this size bust right through a net and thus these size toads need to be gaffed and a 26lb flattie just plucked from the ocean is not very cooperative in a kayak I assure you. Still have battle wounds from a few encounters one requiring stitches.

    Hell of a fishing accomplishment,I tip my hat to anglers with the bravery and willingness to do such battle.

    Next problem though is finding space in the freezer to put all the fillets or be a good Samaritan and share half the fish with friends and neighbors.

  7. another avid angler - June 20, 2010

    How to catch a 26.5 halibut KAYAK? Net it, put your reel in free spool, beat IT on the head with your club repetively, take your needle nose pliers and rip its gills out, put your game clip threw it mouth, cut your tackle free and hold on for dear life all in under 60 seconds! Congrats Darin! Hope you put that on ice before you brought that nice fish to Bay Side for another photo to gloot even more!

  8. Darin - June 21, 2010

    Thanks for the coments. It was a hell of a 15 minute battle that felt like an hour. Once I got the fish yakside I gaffed her and got my big gameclip in her, then took the wood to her. At one point I wasn’t sure if this fish was coming home, she took two runs into a kelp patty. But with a big shove on the back end of my yak by my daughter out away from the kelp, I was able to get a good angle on this butt. So it was a joint effort and the best fathers day outing I’ve ever had!!!! Darin (aka-kimo)

  9. Darin - June 21, 2010

    By the way it was longer than 26″ lol…..measured out at 42.5″ I went to bayside to double check the weight, Ed wasn’t sure how accurate his scale would be when he first saw the size of it. His scale is correct 26.5lbs

  10. mark - June 21, 2010

    nice fish, I like how you used a gaff apposed to a net, I think its easier to gaff halibut than to use the net and is more efficient, was also wondering why you went to bayside, I now know , just tell me to shut up next time, happy fathers day.