Hook, Line & Sinker

I headed out to Elephant Rock Pier last night.  Felt like I needed to give it a second try since the last time I was still horribly inexperienced.  Also needed some place to chill for an hour or so outside to try smoking a cigar.

Blah blah, smoking is bad.  But I’d like to say I lived a full life and tried everything that looked interesting.  So we’ll just drop that one there hmm?  You’ll be happy with the result anyway.

Bait for the day was white shrimp.  Was using 1oz sliding sinkers, carolina rig.  2/0 octopus hook.  I think it was lazer sharp brand. 20lb mono line.

Arrived around 9:30pm, grabbed my gear and set off.  For those of you wondering, its right next to the Caprice (restaurant) in Tiburon.  Just set your gps to that, and right before you reach the place, you’ll see a small jetty in front of it, and a small parking lot on your left.  That’s where you’ll want to park, its 2hr parking during the day.  I wonder what people do when they fish it during the day?

Anyhow, tried throwing towards the rock piles at the beginning of the jetties and working my way back in.  Not as kelpy as last time, but still a decent amount of stuff floating down there.  I could definitely feel the terrain a lot better now though.  I understand why there would be lots of little fish and crabs around, it felt like there were small piles of rock extending all the way out to the circle outcropping you stand on.  Was definitely interesting.

Found a spot on the right side of the pier where I got some aggressive hits.  Couldn’t stick the hook though.  Guessing it was something very small, based on the strength of the hit, and the lack of any actual hook up.  In the end the only thing I could pull out there was a 3-4″ brown rock crab.


I find it interesting that this crab came up looking kinda dirty.  Wonder if there’s a bunch of mud down there too or something?  Wind was under 5 knots, and there was virtually no swell, so it wasn’t like the water was churning…

I decided to try the other side because well.  Why the heck not.  Didn’t get any hits dropping straight down, right along the pier like the other side.  Casted out a bit and decided to just soak some chunks of shrimp.  Figured it was a good time to light up the cigar and see how it was.

Best part of the experience was getting to use the butane torch lighter thing.  That thing pops out a hardcore stream of fire d=  As for the smoke, all I really tasted was smoke and ashes.  I did get a nicotine high puffing too fast towards the end…I was warned the last 1/3 or so would be a lot stronger due to shorter cigar + build up of tar but…oof.  My head actually spun.  Was like being super drunk, in all the bad ways.

Overall, would probably not take up cigars as a past time.  Interesting, but not necessarily pleasant or fun.

While puffing I did finally see my rod bouncing!  Unfortunately I was an idiot and checked it by hand before grabbing the rod…I think in letting go of the line, I wound up giving some slack and whatever it was popped off.  Soon as I picked up the rod it was gone…
Felt like a small fish.  Rebaited, casted back out, and wound up with a slightly larger crab than before

Seems like if I were focused more on the fishing, I might’ve landed a few small fish.  Interesting pier, but not worth the hour drive to get there.  Also have to pay the golden gate toll.  So I may not be back for a loooong time.

Oh and also.  tribute paid…

You might be thinking “I see no cut, where’s that blood from?”.  At this point, seeing as I’m starting to wrap up, you may also ask what the heck is the reasoning behind the title?  Well at one point I managed to get snagged, then unsnagged…unfortunately I was tugging quite hard and the hook and sinker came flying at my face at high speed…

Now.  Picture this.  No lights, pitch black.  You’re tugging, tugging, on 20lb line trying to break it off or unsnag it, suddenly there’s no weight.  Then you hear it.  Something zipping through the air.  Right at you.  But from what direction? Quick, look hard.  OW.

And that’s when the hook point found itself buried in the middle of my top lip, only to tear itself right back out half a second later from the momentum.  It hurts. :  I can finally say I’ve hooked myself in the lip AND face now I guess…just one more experience.

Biggest catch of the night, signing off!


Edit: here’s what happens when you hook yourself in the lip

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