Its been a long time comin’, but I’m finally getting it started! We’ll now have a “How To” section. I know I had to do a lot of scrounging around to learn a lot of the things I’ve picked up over the years. Sometimes it was a lack of information, other times I found things weren’t a perfect fit for me and I had to mix and match. You can reach it from the top of the page (“How To’s (Rigs, Set ups, Poke Poling & More!), and hovering over it will show all the sections once they’re live.
After years of trying to piece things together and make things work for me, I’ve garnered a great respect for people who selflessly take the time to share their experiences and strategies with everyone else. Today, I’m finally following in their foot steps. I won’t be able to flesh out every section I’ve outlined in the “How To” section, but I’ll be sure to finish at least one or two articles tonight.
See a section you’re interested but isn’t live yet? Comment! Email me! I’m flexible on the order these come out at. Don’t see something you want? Let me know about that too! Maybe it never occurred to me, maybe I don’t know but could do some research! Let me know what you want. This blog was started with the intent to share my knowledge with other avid anglers :]
Went out to Del Valle with Kara today. All I managed to catch was a few branches. Kara managed to lose another one of my rods D:
Kara got a 13″ striper (kinda). Very slow day, didn’t see or hear of any fish landed beyond early morning. Out on the water for ~5hours, not even a bite for me while trolling an anchovy on a carolina rig.
So yea. Been too long, been too busy to really catch up. Sorry, going to just let the trips between salmon and today drop into oblivion…here’s all the photos: http://imgur.com/a/FfMUC#0
Went out today to Half Moon Bay on my kayak. Wanted to really test out buzz bomb lures and also test my fish finder. I got an Elite 5 DSI chartplotter and it didn’t ship until recently. West Marine had a massive sale and I guess it was really good. My unit was back ordered for half a month or more. Jerry rigged my own mount for the transducer and the unit. I’ll make another post tomorrow about it coupled with my trip out to Del Valle Lake in Livermore.
Anyhow, here’s a short intro on what I sometimes use (though after today it seems like I’m going to focus on buzz bombs).
Covers dropper loops, shrimp fly rigs, and shrimp flies themselves. Trying to do a better job covering everything, still working on a better view for the camera.
On the way out I marked what I thought was bait on the fish finder. Dropped a sabiki to find out if I was really reading my fish finder properly:
No idea what these are. Kind of remind me of lizard fish, had tons of small sharp teeth. There were tons of these little buggers all over the place. Pelicans were dive bombing these. But at least it meant I was reading my DSI properly! ^^
Anyhow! Back on track. Also wanted to get myself catching fish on my mini (people call it barbie?) pole. And voila!
That was the biggest black/blue cod I’d ever hooked into! Barely fit into my net. Shortly after I cut the video I unhooked the fish, lipped it, got it out of the net, then it squirmed and I lost my grip…back into the water it went :[ It was over 20″ >..< I think the mini pole is too soft to properly hookset :
Oh also, one of these videos has dolphins in it (hard to see). A whole pod swam by me early in the morning ^^
Anyhow, best one I’ve found is the chrome+pink one in 4″. 5″ was nice, but too heavy for the light tackle I was running. I got some nice hits on it though. The 4″ brought in like 4-5 small rock cod that were also 4″…
Ended the day with 3 keeper blacks, all over 14″ and a 15-18″ greenling. Nice red color :]
Ran into a guy near the end of the day, we both fished the same area for a bit. He managed to get a HUGE black/blue, even bigger it looked than the one I lost. Also ran into Ariel (I think that’s his name/handle) on the beach. Was a pleasant surprise to meet up with another NKCAer. He hooked into two 12ish lb salmon, but lost them both during netting, they spat the hook! Man, that was sad to even hear about :[ He nailed a nice ling on the way back in though!
Went home and turned two of the cod into fish tacos :]
Sliced up the fillets into chunks and then rolled them in spicy taco mix (mccormick brand I think?). Threw those in the pan on medium/medium high heat with oil, and tossed some soyrizo (vegetarian soyrizo, trying to keep the calories down) in. Turned out pretty tasty, but not as crispy as the last time I made them. Last time I dipped chunks of fish in egg, then rolled it in a mix of panko bread crumbs (WAAAAY better than the breading you find near the taco mix) and taco seasoning. Fried those up and then mixed them with some salsa and sour cream.
One of my housemates who isn’t a fan of fish liked both, but apparently the soyrizo version tastes more like fish. Just a heads up for those of you out there who prefer it to taste less or more like fish ^^
So I think the place I left off was before the salmon trip on the Lovely Martha out of Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco. Don’t have pictures of the final result, but I think we walked off with 34+lbs of salmon. Two 12-13lbers, and we didn’t weight the smaller one.
Anyhow, if I could sum up how I felt about the Lovely Martha, well…you know what they say, a picture’s worth a thousand words.