Captain Steve Mitchell

June 19, 2017    Headlines

Halibut Bite Breaks Open

The Bays:

By Dave Hurley

Halibut fishing remains outstanding in the bay, and the striped bass are showing up in numbers.  Captain James Smith on the California Dawn had a great score on Saturday 6-17 with 30 striped bass and 14 halibut plus a leopard shark while Sunday’s trip was more of the same with 11 halibut to 20 pounds and 19 striped bass to 10 pounds.

There have been more and more striped bass arriving back from the Delta, and the barges near Treasure Island and Southhampton Shoals have been the top locations for stripers.

Halibut fishing remains outstanding in San Francisco Bay, and I believe that posting the photo of Larry Nelson with the big halibut on Wednesday provided the motivation for Dan, ‘The Barnacle’ Wulff to show up the Legend on Thursday.  Physically removing himself from his favorite six-pack, the Barnacle won his second consecutive jackpot with a 30-pound halibut on the California Dawn captained by Mike Verrone. Verrone has had the opportunity to learn from the master, Captain Jim Smith, and he probably has learned a few things from his current boss, Captain James Smith.
Captain Steve Mitchell of Hook’d Up Sport Fishing wasn’t out on Thursday, but he put in halibut to 34.25 pounds on Wednesday along with another huge fish at 33 pounds. He said, “There are some big hogs out there, and Jay Lopes and I found some new fish on Wednesday, and I know he worked the same area on Thursday for another 12 big halibut.”
The bait receiver in San Francisco has been incredibly busy over the weekend with waiting time up to 2 hours for live bait. Another option is Loch Lomond shiners or anchovies.
Keith Fraser of Loch Lomond Bait and Tackle said, “There were few boats out of our harbor on Thursday since the weather was very windy along with a light rain. Paradise has been the best location for halibut in our area as Red Rock has not produced as of yet. The striped bass seem to have disappeared for the most part over the past month, and the small bait stealers near the Pumphouse seem to have moved on for the most part.” Loch Lomond has grass shrimp for the first time in months along with live ghost, frozen mud shrimp, live shiners, and anchovies.
Captain Chris Smith of the Happy Hooker and the six-pack Defiant was out on  the six man on Thursday 6-8 for 14 halibut to 26 pounds along with 4 striped bass. They are running open load trips on the Happy Hooker throughout the weekend.

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