Outfished.

Props to Calvin for the title!  Jennifer blew us out of the water today.  She just kept catching fish after fish, and we were ….slowly catching canaries.  Blah!

We went out on the Ankeny Street on Saturday for rock cod (8/23/2014).  Fished 40-80 ft of water for a boat’s limit of rock cod, a couple lings, starry flounders, and sharks too!  Was an exciting day, and as fun as usual!  I got to try out a buzz bomb lure on a charter boat for the first time.  Had to use a 5″ to get it to sink fast enough, and it seemed to work decently.  Caught a chunky gopher with it, and missed two big hits.  More than that, but just the highlights!

buzz bomb rock cod
China rock cod on a buzz bomb lure

Anyhow, we all piled onto the boat a little after 7:30am.  I started with a buzz bomb, Calvin & Glen started with shrimp flies, and Jennifer opted for a swim bait (2oz).  Boy did that ever pay off for her!  At the first stop, on the first drop, she pulled up the first fish, and it was her first ling cod, and it was legal!  That was a lot of firsts, I know, but damn, insane!

Ling cod on the Ankeny Street out of Half Moon Bay / Pillar Point Harbor
Jennifer’s first ling cod!

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Salmon & Whales Aboard the New Captain Pete

I took the day off to go-a-salmoning last Friday (Aug. 15) since I heard they were catching them literally right outside the Half Moon Bay Harbor.  I was starting to plan to go kayaking for them with Calvin, but then my mom said she wanted to go.  She asked if she could kayak out…?  Knowing her, noooo.  I’m sure she could make it out of the harbor, but the work only starts then!  Gotta paddle around to cover water right?  So I swapped plans to find a decent charter boat to take us out (sorry Calvin!)

Sort of wanted to try mooching, but couldn’t find a vessel I was comfortable going out on to do so.  After the Lovely Martha experience, I’m a lot more wary about just picking any old boat, even if recommended… The Wacky Jacky captain recommended them, but I later noticed they’re harbor neighbors sooo…take that as you will.

Anyways, you can look that post up if you’re curious exactly how atrocious that trip was.  I finally settled on trying to call the New Captain Pete to check them out.  I seemed to have caught him right as he was fishing, and he had to put down the phone for a short while to get his anglers around some kelp.  Kind of awkward at first, but once everything settled down we had a good chat and scheduled to go out trolling Friday.  Was worried since he said we were the only 2 booked so far, and I asked how many he needed before he’d go out.  He said we’d be going no matter what, even if we were the only ones.  Too good to be true…?

So on Friday, we showed up super early in the morning, signed in…and whoah.  We really were the only 2 paying customers that day!  There was a total of 6 of us I think…but 1 was the captain, one his son, and I think the other two were previous deck hands or something?

Empty cabin yo!

Pretty awesome to get a private salmon charter for only $200.  Don’t get that very often! 😀

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There’s a place off W. Point Avenue

Where I went to sit and fish with you
We were off of work, and the time felt right
Working all day, catching fish all night!
Okay, done playing with Yellowcard’s song.  Doesn’t really fit either, but its stuck in my head right now!  If you haven’t guessed it yet, this is going to be a Half Moon Bay jetty fishing report (W Point Ave. is a street near the jetty).  We went out to Pillar Point Harbor at night the last two weeks (once a week) to poke pole the jetties after work.  Unwind a little, catch a few fish, hang out with friends, you know.  Well, it turned out to just be Patrick & me in the end, but that’s fine!  More fish for us! 😀

Both days we went out, we didn’t hit the jetties until after 8:30pm.  Truly night fishng d=  We started off with squid on a carolina rig (1/2 oz – 1oz sliding egg sinkers above a 4/0 octopus hook snelled directly onto the main line).  First time I got nothing but snags.  Patrick did amazing though!

eel from half moon bay (hmb) jetties
He started with an eel

We released it since neither of us wanted to deal with cleaning one.  After he just kept following it up with fish!

poke pole rock cod half moon bay jetty
Patrick with one of the rock cod

 

And then he scored a pig of a grassy rock cod!

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Grassy rock cod from half moon bay jetty

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