Videos been out awhile now:
I managed to finish editing it, but had no time to post :[ Been a looong busy last 2 weeks. Went to Texas for a work conference, came back & it was a week of meetings for our offsite… Hoo boy. I was planning on going out for horseneck clams (looks like geoducks), but then we found out we had the week wrong. So I’ll be up in Lawson’s Landing next Saturday!
Getting back into the swing of things though, lets go back & cover what happened in Santa Cruz!
This ‘ere toad was the highlight of the day. Caught him in a small 4-5″ swim bait of unknown brand:
Bought these at Fishermen’s Warehouse in SJ. If you know what brand they are, please let me know! They didn’t have any in the colors I wanted when I last visited.
Unfortunately after 3-4 cabbie/ling bites it got torn up pretty bad. Only bought like 2 or 3 of each color so was running low by the end of this trip :[
Anyhow, I’m sure you’re all more interested in the rest of the gear. I fished mainly swimbaits on 2-4oz jig heads. Didn’t seem to have any difference if they were painted or not, had eye stickers, or if they were triangle/circular heads. In general, I seemed to do better with the 2oz ones, but they really did take quite a bit longer to get down there.
I tried both swimbaits on their own, and ones that had a teaser shrimp fly above it. Both worked equally well, but the shrimp fly on top enabled me to get a triple hook up:
If you want to make your own swimbait rock cod rig, you should check out this tutorial I made:
Anyhow, my mom & kara were using 3 way live bait rigs (4oz weight), and shrimp flies. Shrimp flies landed a black, blue, and a brown I think.
My mom switched to a swimbait and managed to catch an astonishingly small fish:
She trailed that as live bait w/ squid as well, and then hooked a small gopher. Which was at least larger, but was going after the squid.
Yes, yes, I realize I’m sort of wandering through this report. Sorry, I keep walking away and coming back to write a little more @_@ If you watch the first video in the post, you can see it all in chronological order d=
Before we launched, we saw there were already tons of people all along the pier catching bait:
We caught a few for bait, but nothing even came to nibble on them. Same luck dropping mackerel and sardines down. At least for the first time ever we managed to jig up sardines on sabiki though! Last time I saw them follow my sabiki up to the boat, but they wouldn’t bite…
Anyways. After catching bait we moved on to the red/white buoy.
Why do I include a picture of this buoy you ask? Perchance there’s fish near it? No. No there is not. Its all sandy as far as we could tell. We tried a 20 minute drift here since we saw other boats parked around it. Aaaalllll sandy bottom, and no fish to speak of. No sand dabs, no bait, no rock cod, no halibut, noooothing!
When we tried to leave, we found the engine wouldn’t start. We tried all the tricks, called Santa Cruz Boat & Bait, and they walked us through some other attempts via the phone. Nothing worked, so they said they’d send someone out.
1.5 hours of waiting, 4 or 5 calls, and theoretically 2 boats out looking for us later… help finally arrives and our motor is fixed. We drifted over nothing but sand, and got to watch bait jumping about 100ft away, just out of reach of us the whole time. Fuuuun…
Luckily once he fixed our motor, he showed us where to fish, so things turned up from there.
Overall it was a meh trip. Most of the action was with me, and it mostly happened in the span of 15 min over 1 spot. I’d heard and seen in Google Earth that there should be a large reef miles and miles long…
We were certainly over it, but there were tons of patches of sand. Way more than Google Earth would lead you to believe.
It probably bears a 2nd trip to really get a better idea. And not spend nearly 2 hours drifting helpless :\
Tomorrow I may be going out of HMB and trying my kayak luck. Or I’ll sleep in. We’ll see!
Full album can be found here: http://imgur.com/a/MKeAN
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