Half Moon Bay Kayak Fishing & Crabbing

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.

More sitting on the jetty wall behind & under me

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:

So jelly

Here’s what the pier looked like:

Never seen the pier here so crowded. Thought it was less well known?

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Clamming and trouting

Went out with my mom yesterday to take advantage of the -1.4 tide and try for horseneck clams.  She’s never gotten one yet so she really wanted to go.

We showed up a little too early around 1pm and had to wait about 2 hours before the tide went out far enough.  Saw a bunch of people poke poling the north jetty at Half Moon Bay.  I saw a 5-6″ brown rock crab while on the phone and missed it >.<  It was hanging on the side of a rock and slowly slipped into 2-3ft of water.  I made two blind grabs for it then called it quits @_@

Found an undersized female dungie sitting in the sand too:

Dungeness Crab in the surf

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Pacifica Pier and Half Moon Bay Pier Crabbing

Went out with some friends (and some kids) I used to work with at EA this past Saturday.  Goal was to bring home a bunch of dungeness for our families.  Kara had just gotten her ankle cut open recently so we were limited to easily accessible piers.  Wound up deciding Pacifica Pier would be our best bet and we all agreed to meet up around 3am to carpool out.

Got to the pier around 4am and gates seemed to already be open.  Not sure if they opened up at 12am like last weekend.  I heard that opening weekend they had a deal with the locals to have it open at 12am to deal with crowding.  /shrugs

Anyhow we parked and grabbed our gear and waddled off to try our luck.  Was pretty crowded this past weekend still

Pacifica Pier Crowded for Dungeness crabs
Pacifica Pier: Crowded with people going for Dungeness crab

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Dungie Opener 2012

Just got back from HMB then Pacifica Pier.  Read Pacifica Pier doesn’t open until 4am, so I figured I’d go hit up the HMB pier while waiting until 4am.  Was playing LoL until 12am anyway, wasn’t really going to get much rest.

Made it out to the pier and was surprised to see 3 other people there already.  They informed me there was nothing but babies so far.  We set about crabbing and I eventually pulled in 3 rock crabs.  All 4-5″, nothing special.  2 red, 1 brown.  Let them all go.  Only saw 2 baby crabs, not a single dungie though.  Not sure if the dungeness move out of the sheltered area once they mature, or if there were too many poachers.  Anyhow, I chatted with the other group a bit and they mentioned Pacifica Pier sometimes opens early (3am).

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Testing the waters! (Pacifica)

Went out to Pacifica Pier today for a few hours (1230-23-ish?) to take a look at how the crabs are shaping up for this year’s crab opener (on Sat.).  Tossed out Sofa King snares.

Completely spaced on it last time I mentioned them.  They’re made by a guy who goes by Sofa King over on PFIC (Pier Fishing in California) and are supposedly the best.  Now that I’ve used them a few times I can attest to that fact.  Normal snares (like danielsons: v1, v2) aren’t even on the same level.  First of all they’re large and bulky.  Its less about a large hunk of bait, and more about using the right kind of bait.  Crabs will only be able to claw at the outside edge anyway.
Sofa King snares are about half as tall as v1, about the same height as v2.  However they’re much slimmer.  This translates to soaring through the sky smoother (more aerodynamic) and coming back in with much less effort (less drag through the water).  Another side note is that the snare itself is just lighter if you don’t need to stuff it that full of bait.  Using 1/3-1/4 of the amount of bait helps a ton.  You’re going to be reeling those suckers in every 3-10 minutes depending on the day.
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