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Big Hammer 06-01-2006 08:08 AM

May 31, 2006 - East Goleta Beach
Met my buddy Brian down at East Goleta Beach for a little surf fishing. He got there a few minutes before me and had made three casts with the 3 inch "City Shrimp" colored Big Hammer and had already caught short halibut (biggest was 19 inches). I arrived just as he was releasing the second one. Needless to say my hopes were high. We fished for about an hour or so after that for nothing! It was un-believable. I have found with inshore halibut that they can turn on and off constantly (like someone flipping a switch). Perhaps we arrived just at the tail end of a good bite.

Brian took off and I continued - didn't want to go home skunked. I started getting a bunch of small perch bites and thought about hooking up the Carolina-rig perch grub just to avoid being skunked. Then I thought, why not just "drop shot" rig the grub above my swimbait. So I did just that using a size 6 mosquito hook and a "Sea Wolf" colored perch grub (only seemed logical since the swimbait I was using was also the "Sea Wolf" color). The grub was about 18 inches above the swimbait. Surprisingly I didn't get any tangles and it looked really good in the water. After about my 3rd or 4th cast I get a nice thump and hookup. After a nice fight on the light gear I pull in about an 18 inch halibut and too my surprise it had eaten the grub! I think it is the first halibut I've caught on a perch grub.

I think I may have a new technique here - especially when both the perch and halibut are in.

scubapro5 06-01-2006 03:46 PM

Hi Pete welcome aboard :wellcomes

If you get a chance take a pic of the set up,it would be nice to see it.

Thanks for the report!

Fishnit 06-01-2006 03:48 PM

Welcome to the boards!
Right on something new to try out.
Thanks for sharing your report

Big Hammer 06-01-2006 06:35 PM

Tandem Rig - Grub & Hammer
Here it is. I shortened the length of the line between the Hammer and Grub so that it would fit in the picture.

kikaida 06-02-2006 09:24 AM

:cool: Intersting rig, I'll need to try that! Thanks for taking the time to put that up. :cool:

navyfish 06-02-2006 09:31 AM

Welcome to the boards Big Hammer. :cheers: Thank you for the report and pic of the rig. I've been thinking about trying surf fishing and I need all the help I can get. Keep the reports coming, as we all like to hear about who's catching what, where & how.

ReelFun 06-02-2006 02:38 PM

thats a cool set up. do you tip the lures or just fish them without bait?

where is Goleta Beach ?

scubapro5 06-02-2006 04:27 PM


Originally Posted by Big Hammer
Here it is. I shortened the length of the line between the Hammer and Grub so that it would fit in the picture.

Thanks for taking the time to post the pic of the set up.

Kinda like a teaser hook set up,looks good to me :thumbup:

Big Hammer 07-29-2006 08:04 AM

Lures only but I do use Pro-Cure gel. I've really like the new Krill flavor.

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