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California Halibut
Paralichthys californicus


California halibut, while much bigger than most of its flatfish relatives, are runts compared to the huge Pacific halibut found in abundance off Alaska. Yet many aficionados claim the halibut found off the coast of the Californias has much sweeter flesh. And, after all, California halibut over 72 pounds have been captured (by a speardiver) and the all-tackle record of 58-9 by Roger Borrell shows that quality flatties are out there to be had.

Halibut like to spawn along the coast and then head out in search of prime feeding grounds to fatten up on. The ideal place for that seems to be the Channel Islands, as the majority of halibut caught on rod and reel that weighed over 50 pounds have been caught at the northern Channel Islands, with 72-8 taken at Santa Cruz Island and the 58-9 caught at Santa Rosa Island. Many of the biggest halibut are caught by anglers using squid and actually fishing for white seabass at spots like Santa Rosa Island’s Becher’s Bay.  Baja’s Cedros Island has been a halibut hot spot in recent years and San Francisco Bay is the northern halibut haven.

Early on its development, one of a halibut’s eyes will migrate to the other side and the fish will literally live sideways. This makes them tricky to hook.







California Halibut Daily Report for Jul 31, 2014




Boat
Trip Type
Anglers
California Halibut
California Halibut Per Angler
Chubasco II1/2 Day AM
32
1
0.03
Dana Pride3/4 Day
72
1
0.01
New Seaforth1/2 Day Twilight
75
1
0.01
Stardust1/2 Day
36
1
0.03



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