Had some left over bait from Thanksgiving day (we didn’t get around to using it as planned) and decided to try to put it to use on Friday. Went out to Half Moon Bay to try crabbing off the pier, maybe get enough crab to add it to our second Thanksgiving dinner later that night. Boy was I surprised when I got there though
There were so many people running around that I had to park at the launch ramp parking lot. Hecka far. Grabbed two crap hoops and my bucket full of bait and drinks then headed off towards the pier. Quite a long walk to haul gear man @_@ When I got within sight I realized my mistake. I really should have driven through the permit parking area to glance at the pier area first.
There were so many people on the pier it looked as though it were a mosh pit in a high school dance. That was pretty soul crushing to see after hauling gear all the way down there. I decided since I’d made it that far I may as well at least stop by to see how everyone was doing. It was so crowded there were people fishing from the walkway towards the pier from the point the water started being out there. There were a bunch of people even sitting & fishing from the jetty wall there itself! Insane.
On my way out there I passed a little kid and who I assume was his dad who seemed friendly so I asked how they were doing. Wouldn’t you believe it, they said they caught 2 cabezon already that day. One was even legal! I’ve been gunning for cabezon for months now, and I never knew there was a cabbie hole right there along the wall somewhere. Didn’t remember to ask :[
They were using neon yellow/green grubs. 2-3″ long I think. Essentially poke poling it from what I could tell. I didn’t see the kid casting out, then ofcourse there wasn’t much space for him to do so anyway with so many people crowding the pier…
Here’s the little guy who caught ’em:
Here’s what the pier looked like: