I've asked my cousin and father countless times, both life long mariners and Charter Captains, if they would give me some coordinates from there "black book" of fishing hot spots. This is the response I generally get; They have logs of coordinates in books and in there head. The main thing is the fish move and it is called fishing for a reason, although they always come home with all there fish, some days are easier than others. The biggest trick is to go where everyone else is, this is no secret. Believe it or not the charter boat guys spend a huge amount of time on the radio talking about how there day is going and you can find many boats in one area during the bite. Clusters of boats in the middle of the ocean is a good thing for catching fish, MORE BAIT attacting fish! Odds of a feeding frenzy taking off with halibut with all the smell in the water is good. The first instinct an angler has is to hide his hot spot, for trout fishing probably a good idea. The rivers become a combat situation and the fishing doesn't improve either way with a huge crowd, it just gets annoying. Salmon in the Ocean school up and travel, you can stick your nose in the water and catch em' with twenty people by your side if the bite is on. But, halibut and sharks need a dinner bell! I agree that if you advertise your fishing hot spots expect a crowd next weekend. I've spoken with guys who won't give specifics on where they are catching halibut near Montague for fear of attracting a crowd, and others who try to draw you a map of the exact spot. Hearing where the right area to go is helpful, following other boats to the spots is also helpful, but really nothing beats experience and what is actually happening with the bite at any spot on any day. "Should have been here yesterday!"