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Thread: First Legal Halibut Of The Year 3/25/17(Late Report)Carlsbad

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    Default First Legal Halibut Of The Year 3/25/17(Late Report)Carlsbad

    The plan was to head out to the Fred Hall Show early Saturday morning. Drove by and saw the water looked very fishy. Got the first parking spot which was nice too. Had to give it a try. Had the Lucky Craft 115 MR Electric Grunion. No wind, And it was Peak high tide. Not much of a surge going on either.
    About 5 to 10 minutes in of working the whole area I feel a Wham!! Good feel from the strike it was a decent Halibut. The only problem was I was on some rocks. I looked around and had no landing area. CRAP! Fought the Halibut for a couple minutes and when it came up top I knew she was a legal Halibut. My adrenaline was pumping. How am I gonna land this thing? Didn't have a net or a gaff either. Saw the only possible spot I got on the big rocks, and with one arm keeping the line tight, and the fish just enough in the water to not snap my line. I reached down with the other hand and very carefully gilled her and scooped her up! Success!

    Pretty happy I got this one since I very easily could have lost it.

    Here are some pictures. Sorry for the late report. Busy week at work. Really wishh they made this Electric Grunion pattern. Heard some where around on these forums someone had this color made up. Its a killer color!





    Measure shots.



    Got her right in the face.



    Couple more shots.





    Conditions were just right and was happy to get my first legal of the year.



    Thanks for reading and good luck out there! Until next tide.

    Joel 8) 8)

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    Nice job !
    That LC looks awesome. Gotta get a couple of those.

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    Nice fish! Thanks for the report!

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    Stoked for you Joel, thanks for sharing your first of the year............V

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    Beautiful fish... I've never messed around with 115 LCs, always the 110s. I'll have to give it a shot!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kastmaster1337 View Post
    The plan was to head out to the Fred Hall Show early Saturday morning. Drove by and saw the water looked very fishy. Got the first parking spot which was nice too. Had to give it a try. Had the Lucky Craft 115 MR Electric Grunion. No wind, And it was Peak high tide. Not much of a surge going on either.
    About 5 to 10 minutes in of working the whole area I feel a Wham!! Good feel from the strike it was a decent Halibut. The only problem was I was on some rocks. I looked around and had no landing area. CRAP! Fought the Halibut for a couple minutes and when it came up top I knew she was a legal Halibut. My adrenaline was pumping. How am I gonna land this thing? Didn't have a net or a gaff either. Saw the only possible spot I got on the big rocks, and with one arm keeping the line tight, and the fish just enough in the water to not snap my line. I reached down with the other hand and very carefully gilled her and scooped her up! Success!

    Pretty happy I got this one since I very easily could have lost it.

    Here are some pictures. Sorry for the late report. Busy week at work. Really wishh they made this Electric Grunion pattern. Heard some where around on these forums someone had this color made up. Its a killer color!





    Measure shots.



    Got her right in the face.



    Couple more shots.





    Conditions were just right and was happy to get my first legal of the year.



    Thanks for reading and good luck out there! Until next tide.

    Joel 8) 8)
    Way to go, man! Bitchen' catch that is well-deserved. Pretty fish!

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    Congrats on a beauty of a fish!
    Thanks for sharing,
    Robert
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    Congrats on the fish! That's a beauty! Did you still make it to the show?

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    Awesome job sir!

    Carlsbad flatties are always so pretty. Must be all of the cobblestone and structure in that area. Its a great sign that spring has began officially. I see some great reports from you in the near future.

    Keep it up,

    Mike

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