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Halibut Fishing in California
California Halibut are different to their northern relatives. Technically belonging to the Flounder family, these flatfish are something of a hybrid - somewhere between the Fluke and Pacific Halibut in size, taste more like Halibut and can have their set of eyes either on the right or the left side of the body. The Pacific Halibut can be found down to about Santa Rosa Island and the California Halibut replace them farther south than that.
These fish are possibly the most popular bottom catch of the California fishery, most likely because they're catchable in the surf, off the beach, around jetties and in estuaries. Every spot has optimal times to target them throughout the tide cycle, but an excellent general rule of thumb is to keep watch over grunion runs, which will signal nearshore California Halibut for up to two weeks afterthese small fish beach themselves.
- San Francisco Bay
- Monterey Bay
- Marina Del Rey/Redondo Beach
- Long Beach
- Newport Beach
- Dana Point
- San Diego
Our recommended guide in San Diego (the best fishery) is captain Bob Day with En La Mosca Adventures.
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What People Are Saying About Halibut Fishing in California
"Half day trip"
David was awesome! He was very knowledgeable, friendly, and engaging. It was a beautiful day on the water. Went for halibut and striped bass. Caught several of those as well as rock fish, shark, and ray. Can't wait to book again.
"Half day trip"
What an amazing fishing day! Booked last minute was not sure what to expect and by far exceed expectations. Captain Aaron was knownlegable and hands on for our fishing skill needs. First time fishing for halibut and what a fun catch they are. Rock fish were plentiful. Can not wait to book another trip :)))
"Half Day Trip with Captain Kevin"
Great time! Captain Kevin was very knowledgeable and great with the kids. Caught a nice halibut and grilled it for dinner. Yum!
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