Half Moon Bay – First Rock Cod Fishing Trip of 2015~!

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cabezone nomnomnom

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Getting into the swing of reporting, was out on the Ankeny Street again last Friday, 4/17/2015, out of Pillar Point Harbor in Half Moon Bay, CA.

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Glorious yellow boat

Bein’ a young’un I’ve never had the chance to fish for rock cod so early in the year before!  Exciting times.  I assume this means the conservation efforts have been working well & the fishery has recovered?  Promising to note that the ling limit has now been increased from 2 to 3!

Somewhat worried that there’s now a 5 black rock cod limit per person/bag though.  Wonder if those have been getting slammed too hard in the past few years?  If anyone has reasons, I’d love to hear them!  Just curious m’self :]

Anyhow, the forecast was for somewhat large swells, but not too much wind.  Looked nice in the harbor when I arrived around 7!

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Pillar Point Harbor

So I got home late Thursday night.  Started tying rigs late, and wound up pulling an all nighter…  But I made some awesome looking jigs!

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hex bar jig with red flasher stickers and a tube bait

Unfortunately it didn’t pan out.  Fish weren’t really interested in bars much, only fish shaped iron.  Many more fish were instead landed on swim baits (5″ – 9″) and shrimp flies (both baited with & without squid).   These two swim baits did the best for me on Friday:

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9″ christmas tree?
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5″ white & blue, forget what this patterns called

I had less luck with other colors.  Only had 1 bite on a shrimp fly all day:

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Black rock cod

If you haven’t seen it yet, here’s a video tutorial (w/ first person view) of how to tie your own swimbait + teaser hook (shrimp fly) rigs!

You can swap out the jighead for anything, like metal hex bars from above, or swap to a p-line laser minnow & make a ho-d jig, aka generic bala jig (similar to what daiwa bala jigs used to be).

So the day was kinda slow.  Fishing really picked up only at one spot, and only for 2 or 3 drifts.  We spent most of the day fishing in 100+ feet of water, tiring as hell!  I was swapping between a 2oz and 4oz jig head swim bait rig.  Near the end when we hit 150+ ft of water, I finally gave up & swapped to shrimp flies.  Not like they were biting my swim bait rig anyways.  Hooked on a 10oz weight to hold bottom.  12oz might have been better.

One very important note is that I wasn’t getting any bites at first.  I looked around and saw the smart guys (Lam & his bunch off the back) were not aggressively jigging.  It was almost a slow drag off the bottom as opposed to a bounce.  Soon as I swapped jigging styles, I started doing better.  Got to start my day with a cabezon!

FYI video is processing, but I can’t stay up waiting for it.  Video should be live in 2-3 hours.  Currently 1:42 AM PST

 

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cabezon ho!
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Can you guess what this is?

I’ll give you a useless hint, I was using a swim bait again!  I think it was the green & red christmas tree color from above.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tada!  Not bad, got both a ling & a cabbie for my first trip out!

Other than that, just your usual browns, coppers, vermilion, a few china scattered about the boat.

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Just one of Lam’s many lings
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Andy’s (?) China rock cod

Check out the video or the imgur gallery to see more: http://imgur.com/a/pbF5T

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Lola finally seems to have warmed up to me

Give Capt. Chris a call if you want to have a great trip!  Smiles all around 😀

 

 

Stay tuned!  I have a Pacifica Pier crabbing report coming up.  Went for a visit on Sunday, 4/19/2015, and took a look around at everyone’s catch!

Got a day full of meetings tomorrow though, so I gotta ruuuun.  Laters!  Wishing ya’ll tight lines :]

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