Here is our halibut fishing tips and info on this great sport fish. California Halibut are great dinner fair and a challenge to land. Finesse and skill help in hooking these predators of the sandy bottoms in and around Santa Monica Bay. Many Record Halibut have been caught in the local area. Some by MDRA members.
Recent Halibut Fishing Seminar on May 10th 2012
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The MDRA members are active in Conservation. We even have a Fish Rearing Pen in Marina Del Rey. Currently we have been rearing baby White Seabass and restocking the native species. This is called Aquaculture.
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These youth are the future fishermen that we are preserving the natural environment for. Someday they can go out and teach their children the wonders of the ocean as well.
33rd Annual MDR Halibut Derby
April 21 and 22 of 2007
Put it in your Calendar!
Past Derby Info at
According to IGFA the top Halibut are... (as of the 2006 yearbook)
|All Tackle Record||58 lb 9 oz||Santa Rosa Island||June 26 1999||Roger Borrell|
|2 lb line||22 lb 9 oz||Santa Monica Bay||June 6, 2004||Robert B. Young|
|4 lb line||34 lb 12 oz||Santa Monica Bay||Mar. 25, 2001||Pat Holmes|
|6 lb line||38 lb 7 oz||Newport Beach||Oct 25, 2003||Robert Tighe|
|8 lb line||42 lb||Broad Beach||Jan 1, 2004||Keith Denette|
|* 8 lb line (former record 2000 to 2005)||40 lb 9 oz||Santa Monica Bay||
|12 lb line||52 lb 8 oz||Morro Bay||Nov. 9, 1993||Ken Scott|
|16 lb line||50 lb||Santa Monica Bay||Aug. 15 1996||John Bourget|
|20 lb line||53 lb 4 oz||Santa Rosa Island||July 7th 1988||Russell Harmon|
|30 lb line||58 lb 9 oz||Santa Rosa Island||June 26th 1999||Roger Borrell|
|50 lb line||57 lb 11 oz||Santa Rosa Island||June 6th 1999||William Akins|
|80 lb line||47 lb 7 oz||Santa Rosa Island||Oct. 28th 1998||Vincent Ridgeway|
|2 lb line||18 lb 9 oz||Santa Monica Bay||March 18, 2000||Ms. Fariba Zand|
|4 lb line||24 lb 1 oz||Newport Beach||Aug. 11, 1999||Ms. Cheryl Duncan|
|6 lb line||38 lb 8 oz||Coronado Islands||July 8, 1995||Ms. Shirley Blackman|
|8 lb line||38 lb 0 oz||Santa Cruse Island||May 30, 1982||Ms. Kathy Smith|
|12 lb line||42 lb 14 oz||Redondo Beach||Jan. 28, 1998||Ms. Roberta Stotesbury|
|16 lb line||41 lb 0 oz||Coronado Islands||July 3, 1994||Ms. Shirley Blackman|
|20 lb line||42 lb 8 oz||Huntington Flats||July 25, 1985||Ms. Nancy Ogino|
|30 lb line||41 lb 0 oz||Catalina Island||June 26, 1988||Ms. Beverly Phillips|
|50 lb line||7 lb 13 oz||Seal Rocks (San Fran.)||July 17, 2005||Tamico Eslick|
|80 lb line||20 lb||Carlsbad||Jan 15th, 2000||April Wakeman|
Junior - Male
|M - Junior||36 lb||Santa Monica||April 2 2005||Ryan Lambert|
|M - Small fry||22 lb 12 oz||Catalina Island||Feb 8th, 1997||Charlie Albright|
Junior - female
|F - Junior||35 lb 12 oz||Laguna Beach||Dec 22, 1999||Jennifer Cullen|
|F - Small Fry||16 lb 14 oz||San Diego Bay||June 9, 2005||Reagan Marinelli|
The Marina Del Rey Anglers annual Halibut Derby follows the IGFA mission of promoting the responsible and ethical angling practices. And recommend all sportsmen follow the IGFA's International Angling Rules as much as possible. See: www.IGFA.org
If you are researching Halibut in general
also look for information
in places like http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California_Halibut
So google up: Paralichthys californicus
Kit McNear - Halibut Fishing Tips
You should have been there for the full benefit of this excellent angler's bountiful tips and practical advice. But if you weren't there at the meeting here is an over view. With the information previously written on Kit's Tips 1999 you can gain a lot.
Prior Halibut Seminar with Kit.
To summarize the information:
|Here Kit shows three of his best halibut rigs.
Kit likes graphite or graphite composite rods that have a very sensitive tip so you can feel the bite.
Egg Sinker to a basic brass swivel with a 3 foot leader. All of the same line. This needs 3 very dependable knots like the Triline or the Palomar.
Good smooth drags are a must and you may want to set your drags a little looser than you would ordinarily set them for other fish. The rod tip should not jerk or bounce when the line is pulled off the reel.
See What we wrote last time at a
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