Warm mornings here in San Diego inspre me to get ready for the 2009 salt water fishing season. Although newspaper fishing reports show that the majority of the early season catch are still limited to rock fish and the infrequent ling cod, experience has taught me that it’s about time to start fishing for halibut.
Hooking a 10-pound or larger halibut is a lot of fun. They’re strong swimmers, and capable of turning a simple cast with a live anchovy on a two- point drop weight into an experience you’ll remember for the rest of the season. And, no one turns down free fresh halibut steaks.
A basic understanding of what type of bottom halibut prefer can turn a stop and drop boat trip into a productive day of halibut fishing. Halibut seem to prefer sandy bottoms and feed on changing tides. Three very productive halibut fisheries are right here in Southern California, off the San Diego and Orange County coasts.
In San Diego County, I’ve had considerable success fishing just off the inlet that connects a series of lagoons near Carlsbad and Del Mar with the Pacific Ocean.
Another good place to find keeper flatties is between the inshore kelp beds and the beach at the Torrey Pines Hilton.
Up on the Orange County Coast, the northern edge of the state park at Crystal Cove is a noteworthy halibut fishery, and it’s possible to catch keeper halibuts there from the beach.
Spring time and halibut fishing is the perfect combination to kick off a new fishing season, I’ll be out this week, just as soon as I load up my reel with new line and buy some new wire leaders. Tight lines—Jim Forbes 03/19/2009.