Oyster Point Halibut Fish and Learn 2018

28 Feb

Readers of TLA,

I’ve been thinking about this idea for awhile now, and have decided to execute it this year(Based on participation). The California Halibut season is quickly approaching and I would like to hold my first ever Fish and learn.

The purpose of the Fish and Learn is to provide an avenue for new or seasoned kayak fishing Anglers to get together to FISH and LEARN. I have learned many hard lessons as a season angler and I feel that it is time to pass this knowledge along.Come Fish, Come Chill, Come Learn.







Learn about:

Bait Choices for California Halibut
Best locations in the bay and ocean to target Halibut
Targeting tides
How to properly net/gaff halibut
Learn how halibut migrations around the bay.
Preparing your catch.

Basic Kayak Fishing Tips:
Dress for immersion
Emergency plans
The Importance of PFDs and fishing buddies

Date is TBD based on participation. I am thinking (Mid-April to Early May). If you are interested please comment below.. If there is enough interest i will organize and move forward. This post will be updated accordingly.

Update: It seems like there is enough interest to move forward with this. Looking at the tide charts and moon phases, It looks like Saturday May 12, 2018 is the best date.

UPDATE: Let me know if you are interested in getting a shirt for the fish and learn. I have a minimum order to make it worth while for the printer. It will be 15 dollars total to get a long sleeve shirt and Lunch. Please comment to let me know you are interested in a shirt. It would be great to have a few side dishes (pot luck) to go with the main entree. The event is still free for those wishing to attend; however, you will NOT get a shirt and lunch.

UPDATE 4/18/2018 Purchase Shirt and Lunch click the link below:

Halibut Slayer Shirt
Halibut Slayer Shirt







Tide Table: (May 11-13)

Tides for Oyster Point Marina starting with May 11, 2018.

Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
           /Low      Time    Feet    Sunset                    Visible

F   11      Low   4:31 AM     1.4   6:03 AM    Rise  4:08 AM      24
    11     High  10:09 AM     5.3   8:09 PM     Set  4:13 PM
    11      Low   4:12 PM     0.8
    11     High  10:39 PM     6.6

Sa  12      Low   5:09 AM     0.8   6:02 AM    Rise  4:40 AM      16
    12     High  11:07 AM     5.4   8:10 PM     Set  5:16 PM
    12      Low   4:53 PM     1.0
    12     High  11:10 PM     7.0

Su  13      Low   5:47 AM     0.1   6:01 AM    Rise  5:13 AM      9
    13     High  12:01 PM     5.7   8:10 PM     Set  6:22 PM
    13      Low   5:33 PM     1.3
    13     High  11:42 PM     7.3



51 Replies to “Oyster Point Halibut Fish and Learn 2018

    • TBD determined for now. I’m just sending out feelers for the Fish and Learn. If there is a good response i will organize something and possibly seek some small sponsorships for those that attend.

  1. Very interested in sharing ideas, skills, and comradely. I didn’t make registration for last halibut derby in alameda, but went anyway ( I live there). Caught the biggest fish. Tried to chat with a few people…found them all a little “cliquey”. Would love to become part of an inclusive kayak fishing community

    • I was at the Rock Wall tournament as well. Showed up not knowing anyone besides my buddy who came with me. My impression was totally opposite of yours. I found everyone there approachable, encouraging and friendly. I’d never caught a halibut and had no clue what I was doing but still had a blast out there. Looking forward to this event as it seems there will be more sharing of technique, etc. as that’s what I need. You didn’t try to talk to me as I would have been happy to chat. I’m in Alameda as well.

        • I’m certainly not here to bring peeps down. Yes, familiar with how to share a beer and hang out. As a firefighter, also familiar with camaraderie. I’ve had to break in to tight knit groups for common goals. Just sharing my opinion. I’m a hunter as well. I always share info on animals whereabouts, habits, bait, techniques. Anxious to learn from others.

  2. Jonathan, There are groups of us that have been in the kayak fishing community for a long time and we know each other very well.(Probably why we put off the cliquey vibe), some of us have been to each others weddings and much more. –It’s a brotherhood. When i first started i felt the same way, but i slowly reached out and got to know people. Sharing a few beers tends to do the trick!! Try to find some people that you mesh with and spend some time fishing with them. Offer people some of your bait and any knowledge you may have picked up. I’m sure over time you will find that inclusive kayak community you have been looking for. That’s when it is hard to work cause your buddies always calling you out to fish!! and your wife starts giving your dirty looks. lol

    • You can rent one from CCK (California Canoe and Kayak) or you can go on NCKA and see if there would be anyone willing to help you out for the day. If you are completely new to kayak fishing (like never touched a kayak in your life, except for going hawaii kinda stuff),
      I would recommend doing a guide trip for the day.

      If there is enough new people, I may can ask Ariel and Tammy from CCK if they can put together a oyster point trip guided trip for those interested. I imagine like 4-5 people min. for them to make it happen.

    • You don’t count Darius. You are practically a certificated guide to bean hollow. LoL. Come out and enjoy the weather and company.

  3. I would also like to come out. My son and I both drove out from Reno last year for the ARW tourney. Had a blast even after driving back from san diego just the day before from the Islander Mothreship trip. Incredible food and atmostsphere. Had no Idea about the food spread and felt somewhat guilty for not bringing anything. Won’t make that mistake again.

    Count us in. Is the May 12 date official?

    Also is there any idea of when this years ARW tourney will happen?

    Thanks for the offer and look forward to fishing with you guys.

  4. We are interested in this. We’ve been trying for halibut a bit in our small aluminum boat- and would
    love to try in our sit on top kayaks! We have been successful crabbing, but catching a big fish is another thing!

  5. I’ve updated the Fish and Learn. If anyone is interested in purchasing a shirt and lunch for 15 dollars, let me know. If there is enough interest, i will go ahead and put in an order for the shirts. The event is FREE to participate but everyone attending must sign a waiver form. The FORM will be posted online and there will be forms on the day of the event.

  6. Count me in.. I think I’ve seen you guys out at Oysterpoint last year.
    I have a 2016 Hobie pro 14′ fully outfitted.
    The shirts are cool.
    I want one. XL please.
    Im Looking forward to meeting some cool people and learning some new tricks.
    See you guy’s in May.

  7. I think it’s a great idea! My wife and I would definitely attend! Are we bringing our own kayaks? Let me know if you decide to do this!

  8. I have Updated the fish and learn. Make sure to purchase shirt and lunch
    for the event!! Last year the shirts sold out quick and space became limited by event day.
    Get on it early. Thanks — TLA

    • Just bring a standard three way rig for Halibut. It’s on my tutorial. You can also buy these rigs at any local fishing supply store. I’ll have a few premade rigs that I can give people at the event.

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