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