HMB Poke Poling for Eels & Rock Cod!

Took a coworker out to do some proper fishing – poke poling!  …in winter.  It was cold.  We did okay though!  Caught a few crabs, eels, and small grassy cod!

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We fished the low tide on 12/11/2016:

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It peaked out at -0.7ft around 2:29PM.  We fished from maybe 1pm – 4pm, when we started scurrying back to get off the rocks before it got dark!  (Sunset was around 4:30pm iirc)

Tackle for the day:

  • 20lb mono line (you can use braided line, but it has little to no abrasion resistance)
  • Bait: market shrimp ($10/lb or so?), we were using half a shrimp at a time
  • Hooks: 3/0 octopus hooks  (seemed to work much better than 5/0)
  • Weight: ½ oz & ¾ oz sliding egg sinker (Generally you should stick to ½ oz unless its windy/there’s lots of current.  A heavier weight gets stuck easier @_@)
  • We fished all along the harbor side on the way out, whatever looked fishy we gave a shot.  I think this was the final stop before we turned around:

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First catch of the day was definitely troublesome:

I swear an eel that small shouldn’t have been able to put up such a good fight…  If you’re looking for some tips & advice on poke poling/pocket fishing I recommend watching the whole video!  Scattered throughout are my comments about some of the finer points of poke poling that I don’t see discussed often.

We eventually got the eel out btw:
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GUESS WHO’S BACK oh and also a fishing report for Santa Cruz/Capitola

Its been almost a year Dennis, where have you been?! Why are you back?!  Well, besides to give a fishing report to go with the Santa Cruz fishing trip, I often give away some of my catch and ask people to send me pictures of their food.  Recently got a pretty photogenic dinner picture and well… I mean how could I NOT blog to post them somewhere:

HOLY
HOLY
MOLY
MOLY

I mean, it’d be a crime to not post such tasty looking food!  So I guess that means I should also like…blog.  Properly ‘n all.  I’ve got some gifs from a few of my recent trips, so I guess we’ll go with those.  Santa Cruz & Capitola boat fishing report coming right up!

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