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hmbbuddy posted 04-20-2006 05:12 PM ET (US)   Profile for hmbbuddy   Send Email to hmbbuddy  
Is halibut OPEN in the SF Bay?

If it is open, any takers for a Fun No Entry Fee Whalers SF BAY Halibut Fishing Tournament with potluck BBQ's after 3 PM at Oyster Point? I am not interested in any prize .. there might not even be a prize ... but I think it is a fun get-together.

You can fish anywhere inside the SF bay.

When: May 27 Saturday
Starts: at 6:00 AM Sharp.
Ends: at 4:00 PM Sharp.

Weighing Station: An improvised scale somewhere at the dock.

If interested, consider this subject as your registration booth.

Open only to Whalers and whaler crews.

If we have enough takers more than 10 boats, the game is ON.

Have fun!

littleblue posted 04-21-2006 06:52 AM ET (US)     Profile for littleblue  Send Email to littleblue     
Whats going to be the prize for the winner? I have to work saturdays, if you move it to sunday I may be able to attend.
hmbbuddy posted 04-21-2006 12:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for hmbbuddy  Send Email to hmbbuddy     
Prize??? Maybe someone will donate ... :) We'll figure it out. Maybe a plaque that you can hold on for this year's tournament.

I think we'll figure the winner like this ... just the biggest and heaviest fish (uncleaned)wins.

We can probably have 2 days both Sat and Sun (your choice of day to fish or you can fish both days if able).

Let me know your input.

I am aching to fish right now .. the bay is the most likely place because of the Devils Slide being still under repair.

IF anyone loves to ski, I am heading back to Squaw on the 6th of May (tentative).

hmbbuddy posted 04-21-2006 02:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for hmbbuddy  Send Email to hmbbuddy     
By the way, we now have a Whaler Boys (for SF Bay Area only) forum at go scroll down. It is just new. I am looking for column writers. The plan is to set you up your own column where you post your fishing report/story/whatever ... this one is a no reply zone. Then under that you have your "Ask me ... " interactive fishing talks. I'll make you a star on your own right. :) Just kidding. Hey .. since you are at it and you love to fish ... give it a chance. You might like it. It is just forming so ... this is the time to maybe make yourself famous :). By the way, it's all volunteer and its from your heart. One more thing ... no politics, religion, or collection topics. Other than that, you are good to go. Email me if you are interested.
littleblue posted 04-21-2006 05:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for littleblue  Send Email to littleblue     
Why doesn't everyone put in $10. Enough for the winner to get a free days worth of gas or bait...obviously depending on how many people participate.

I'm aware of the new forum and am interested in the column thing. Will e-mail you.

hmbbuddy posted 04-22-2006 01:32 AM ET (US)     Profile for hmbbuddy  Send Email to hmbbuddy     
$10 is ok too. Is this per boat or per person? Whatever the group decides will be my decision. I just want to trigger open this tournament to see if people will get interest. It is tough to get towards HMB with Devils Slide close ... I hate traffic. The best place to warm up the boat right now is the SF bay. But it does get nasty there too when the wind kicks up. But the good thing is ... there's places to protect yourself from the wind and you can swing to the other side of the Alcatraz or Angel Island. When the tide swings, the bay can also be real choppy if crossing from Sausalito or California City towards the Embardacero side. My boating technic in crossing 4-5 ft whitecaps in the bay is to drive slow and be patient, sometimes riding the top of the wave and use it to push you ... similar to riding the surfboards. If you are real patient ... just wait until it calms down and then proceed when the ebb of the tide has been reached.
The SF side of the bay is pretty calm unless it gets real windy. The halibut I caught where all in the vicinity of Candlestick sometimes shallow and sometimes deeper like 10 ft deep and above. Most the time, it is best to fish for them when the water is clear. When fishing solo, it is a challenge to put a big size halibut in the boat. I lost a few of them before just near the boat. Once the fish sees a net, it goes nuts. So I gaff the fish instead. My net's pole handle is a lot shorter now ... because one day I hooked one and it was one heavyweight. I landed it with the net and I wedge the handle against the railings. These pole nets are made of aluminum, I bent the thing when I tried to just raise up the net so the fish does not have a chance to come back out. I have those days when I got it in the net but darn thing jumped out of it. So now I use gaff when I know it is a heavyweight. Halibut fishing is like sturgeon fishing, you have to watch that little tweak in the tip of your rod. But you have to wait a little bit more because the fish will spit the bait once it sense danger. You have to set it up so the fish gets hooked firmly. Sometimes they get hooked barely on the tip of their lips and most of the time I lost my fish that way. Fishing for halibut is fun but you have to to a lot of poking around. You have to keep on moving. Once you find one, stick in that area ... there's more of them that can be lurking around.
UnderDog posted 04-22-2006 05:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for UnderDog  Send Email to UnderDog     
just a thought guys why dont you have a fish fry instead of a bbq bring potatoe's and have some beer batter fish and chips......just a thought


hmbbuddy posted 04-24-2006 03:41 AM ET (US)     Profile for hmbbuddy  Send Email to hmbbuddy     
Sounds like a winner Keith ... we probably are better of staying at the dock and fry some fish from the market. If the winds kicks up and I get lazy that has been my routine.
Buy some fish from the Oriental market and cook outdoors.

I have a lot of skunk days at the SF bay too. Those sandsharks can be fun but after awhile, it gets old.

Beer is good too but the problem with that is when you are going to drive home. Nowadays, if you get caught, it can really turn ugly so be careful. Nowadays, I prefer to drink at home ... a lot safer. Even one or two beers can land you in trouble, nowadays they can stick a breath analyzer on you. It can mean trouble and suspended license.

When fishing, stick to fishing. If you drink, think twice before touching that steering wheel. If you want to drink, let's hit the slopes if you love skiing, stay on a resort, drink moderately and socialize the night away. Then rest, and ski the next day again.

Talking about the bay, I drove through the Bay Bridge yesterday and today. From Berkeley to the GG, the water I saw was murky brown. It gets clearer a bit when you reach the SF side.

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