California Halibut Fishing

Tactics for San Francisco Bay halibut.

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Troll or Bait: You can target halibut by trolling or ­using live bait, each ­effective at different times of the year.
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Fing the Zone: The key to successful halibut fishing lies in getting your bait in the right part of the water column.
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Drifting Bait: Live anchoves drifted over the right spot often produce.
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Soft Tip: Rods with sensitive tips help telegraph bites, but you also need stout lower sections for lifting power.
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Trophy Flatty: Some ­quite-respectable halibut come out of San Francisco Bay each fishing season.