First catfish ever!

I really need to start getting into surf fishing.  Supposed to figure that stuff out so I can take my dad out to do it.  Getting on topic though.  Read on Wednesday that they just stocked Lafayette Reservoir that day (10/24) and decided I needed seconds on bacon wrapped trout.  Been watching some videos (most by DJ Jeremy Bass Fishing) and reading a lot of freshwater bass fishing things saying wacky rigged senko worms are the way to go, wanted to give it a try since I read Lafayette rented kayaks, and bass should be hiding all the tules along the shoreline.

Grabbed some 4″ watermelon gary yamamoto senko worms, and some 5″ berkley scented sinking minnows (look about the same) since I’ve had a lot of luck with their scented lures (more specifically the minnows) at the sports authority in Foster City.  Also got some chicken livers (1lb for $1) at marina foods.  Figured I should drop on pole in as bait, may as well be catfish since I hadn’t even caught one.

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Lafayette Reservoir, First time! 10-23-2012

Not sure what wordpress did with the old button to add images hosted on other sites, working on figuring it out.  Just wanted to push this post out before I forgot details :]

Edit: apparently I have to push the post, go to the post and click edit to get back to the old format of editor…laaaaaame

Went in for the second part of my root canal today.  Didn’t sleep last night, I think I actually fell asleep during the root canal… >.<  Was raining on and off until I got back to redwood city.  Sun came out around 3 and I felt like fishing so I looked up a few places.  Was contemplating something in livermore, but the lake looked HUGE.  I try to avoid the really large ones since I don’t have a boat to take out on them.

Anyhow, wound up choosing to try out Lafayette Reservoir.  Got a little confused when I first got there.  The road up is a really narrow one way street and you have to go over this one really sketchy bump thing…Its not bad once you’ve been through once, but your first time you’re just going to be thinking “What the holy hell have I gotten myself into…”

The parking is kind of confusing too.  Right as you reach the top of the the hill there’s a gate that says “Annual Pass Only”, we didn’t even bother trying to go through there.  Have no idea how it works.  There’s a cleaning station and bathroom just to the right of that gate though.  The cleaning station looks really nice, seems to be well kept.  I didn’t use it since I didn’t know about it until we were packed and leaving.

So you know what I’m talking about :]  Click for the full size image

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Crappie master with a Kastmaster

Edit: having trouble with images showing up when embedding in post.  wtf -.-

Had nothing to do really on Monday around 5pm when we got back from the cruise.  Had to wait at the parents house until Tuesday at least for my root canal (Tuesday morning).  Decided to go try my luck out at Steven’s Creek Reservoir again.  Still searching for that decent sized bass.  Or maybe another carp, those things put up quite a fight on 6lb line.  Pretty damn exciting, playing the fish right on the edge of your line’s limit.

Ran over to fisherman’s warehouse (google maps) to grab some more kastmasters since I ran out last time I was there.  Had a few tiny ones, like 3/16th or something remarkably small, but I don’t use those anymore.  Caught too many 1-2″ baby fish and felt bad about it.  Went in and grabbed a different kastmaster this time.  They didn’t seem to have the 5/8 size anymore, or I didn’t look hard enough…Sunset was around 6:40pm so I wanted to get going to the lake quick (they close at sundown :[)
This is the model I’ve found that does the best: http://www.amazon.com/Acme-Kastmaster-Teaser-Chrome-4-Ounce/dp/B000LF2NMM

Blue on one half, chrome on the other.  1/4oz, and make sure it has that little white tuft at the bottom.  That seems to make a HUGE difference.  In the water it certainly helps the lure be more easily seen, especially in stained water that’s in the reservoir.  It also looks kind of like a tail, or the flash of a fish.  Either way in my experience it increases the bite rate significantly.  I wouldn’t say double, but I really wouldn’t be caught without one from now on.

Anyhow popped out of the car (parked on the side of the road) and rushed over to the start of the dam (where the cement and dirt meet) and started fishing from there.  Started tossing lures from top water retrieves all the way down to bouncing them off the bottom (which seems to be where all the fish in this lake are) before moving further along the dam.  Didn’t get anything until about 3/4 of the way down the damn (towards the other side of the lake).  Hooked into a few crappies.  Dropped the first one as soon a I landed it and didn’t get a picture.  I’m starting to get some really nice size crappie, in the 6-8inch range these days.
Here’s a few I caught on the dam:

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Half Moon Bay Crabbing!

Sorry for the delay!  Had to have a root canal once I got back from the cruise…Blah.

Whole point of going out there was because I was about to head home a day or two early to prepare for hte cruise.  I had been mentioning my crabbing successes to my mom and she asked if I could bring some crab home.  Had been sleeping kind of weird lately and wasn’t tired Tuesday night even though I hadn’t slept the day before.  Decided to just go out and fish that evening since the low tide peaked around 8 meaning I could be out there all night until the morning maybe 10am and I should have plenty of crab by then.

Got to the pier around 730 pm-ish?  I can’t remember.  For the first time I saw two wardens out there.  Curious, I asked what they were looking for (they had been walking in front of me the whole way towards the pier and were looking around on both sides of the jetty).  Apparently there was a report of a bird that got wrapped up in fishing line and they were trying to help it.  Didn’t see them find it and they were gone within 10 minutes to look for it elsewhere.

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