Casting Lure Reel Saltwater

Casting Lure Reel Saltwater
California pier fishing – Halibut with fake lure?

I’ve been saltwater fishing about 6 months now, I recently saw an old man catch a 32″ Halibut, using a fake rubber fish body with a hook protruding from it. All he was doing was casting out on a spinning reel a good distance, then simply reeling back in.

I’ve been using live / fresh bait since I started. Do you have a fair amount of success pier fishing with fake lures? I can imagine it might resemble a fish swimming when being reeled in, but it doesnt smell or taste like it.

Do these actually work?

Especially on a pier?

Are the inferior or superior to live cut bait?
the man looked to be in his late fifties, gray hair, baseball cap. it was at santa monica pier.

how do fake lures compare considering all possible trophy fish, not just halibut?
the man looked to be in his late fifties, gray hair, baseball cap. it was at santa monica pier.

how do fake lures compare considering all possible trophy fish, not just halibut?

yes. halibut will take artificials on the bottom. l’ve gotten several, trolling extremely slow in my old inflatable and 2hp engine. l especially liked the largest size (l don’t remember the number) chrome flatfish. used with a 3 way swivel and extra weight to keep it’s nose in the bottom.

l think live bait is always superior for halibut. but they WILL readily bite a jig or swimbait on the bottom.

from a pier, too. better on the ones in clear water. goleta or hueneme pier as opposed to the ventura pier with it’s murky water.

years ago, the water around the venice pier was quite clear. l don’t know how it is now.

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