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Best summer months for Hali in SoCal surf please?

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Hey folks,

I'm a Mid-Atlantic surf fisher grandad w/ my son & his family in Carlsbad CA. 

Last June I got very lucky on a pair of legal hali in the surf on LC's. All things just came together (like I said, very lucky): minus tide at sunup, very overcast, a couple hours past grunion run, found a nice deep bowl w/ some boilers.

Man are they cool, mean, aggressive  and a blast on light tackle!

While we plan our visit to our son & grand kids, I'm trying to re-create my luck for this coming summer.

Can anyone please tell me, is any one summer month more productive for best for chance of hali in the San Diego & Orange County surf, i.e. June, July or August? I'm def focusing on grey light and a grunion run. I already know I'm going to need to spend a good amount of time scouting, looking for structure at low tide and covering lots of ground w/ lots of casts & probably lose a few LC's to reefs, kelp & boilers!

I'm up for the challange, just want to hone in on best time (month).

Thanks in advance!

JD

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June-July are usually the best months and check regs for Dates/Season is open. I know for one of the species this year was 1st thru 15th only in some months. Something to try that is different, but gets results, is a drop shot rig for them. 1-2 oz bottom teardrop sinker with a dropper loop tied 8-16 inches above weight then head hooked baitfish imitation like a zoom fluke. Able to fish it slower along the bottom and can work in place with rod wiggles. Hope this helps JD?

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California Halibut open all year long. Grunion run March through August. Peak Grunion runs are in April May and June.No harvest or harassing in April/May though Pick your poison.

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3 hours ago, moocks said:

California Halibut open all year long. Grunion run March through August. Peak Grunion runs are in April May and June.No harvest or harassing in April/May though Pick your poison.

Thanks!

 

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On 1/2/2019 at 4:11 PM, Linesideslayer said:

June-July are usually the best months and check regs for Dates/Season is open. I know for one of the species this year was 1st thru 15th only in some months. Something to try that is different, but gets results, is a drop shot rig for them. 1-2 oz bottom teardrop sinker with a dropper loop tied 8-16 inches above weight then head hooked baitfish imitation like a zoom fluke. Able to fish it slower along the bottom and can work in place with rod wiggles. Hope this helps JD?

Yes, I have that as my method for areas that look really fishy, e.g. boilers,small deep pockets or cuts and places where I got bit but didn’t hook up.

It seems like a great technique to entice reluctant biters. 

Down side is on doesn’t cover much ground.

I use LC as search pattern.

On 1/2/2019 at 5:13 PM, moocks said:

California Halibut open all year long. Grunion run March through August. Peak Grunion runs are in April May and June.No harvest or harassing in April/May though Pick your poison.

Based upon what Lineside & Mooks said, lo looks like I have look closely at June & July.

My problem is I have professional & family obligations in those months & August is wide open & fishing isn’t very good in my area in August as we’re in tne summer duldrums. Only game in town in our surf is fluke & snapper blues. Problem is we’re infested w/ cow nose rays.

Thanks Gents!

JD

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As I've mentioned to you before, I have caught quite a few halibut, but I, for the most part don't target them.... But a lot do, on that "Other Forum"... You might try posting this question there... Good luck, when ever you come back...

 

Butch

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On 1/5/2019 at 8:07 AM, Midnightpass said:

As I've mentioned to you before, I have caught quite a few halibut, but I, for the most part don't target them.... But a lot do, on that "Other Forum"... You might try posting this question there... Good luck, when ever you come back...

 

Butch

is there another active striper forum? just looked at ****, and the posts are old.

 

bwahahaha! I got censored.

 

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2 hours ago, Uncle Stu said:

is there another active striper forum? just looked at ****, and the posts are old.

 

bwahahaha! I got censored.

 

Stu... You have to be sneaky.....

He was asking about “Southern California Surf Fishing”.  :)

 

Butch

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On 1/16/2019 at 5:58 PM, Uncle Stu said:

is there another active striper forum? just looked at ****, and the posts are old.

 

bwahahaha! I got censored.

 

 

On 1/16/2019 at 8:21 PM, Midnightpass said:

Stu... You have to be sneaky.....

He was asking about “Southern California Surf Fishing”.  :)

 

Butch

You guys are hilarious!

Thanks!

JD

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