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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Not too shabby to start the day off!  Oh and before I forget, we let everything go that day.

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I’m pretty wary of eating eel from Pillar Point now, as I’ve gotten mixed tastes from eels I poke pole’d up.  The first couple I tried eating were delicious, but then I got a string of ’em pocket fishing that tasted super muddy.

You know what muddy smell horseneck clams have?  The smell from the mud that’s revealed at low tides?  I SWEAR I had a few eel turn out tasting exactly how that smell tastes.  I’m like 80% sure I didn’t break any of the guts while cleaning the eel too; no idea what’s up with that.

Anyhow, we caught 2 or 3 baby grassy rock cod too.  But none were over 4-5 inches, really not worth the effort to clean & cook them:

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Kinda too small to chow down on.  Don’t forget to follow me on instagram (http://www.instagram.com/FishermenNeverLie)

Pallavi, my coworker, managed to land her own tricky eel too!  Remember this picture from the start of the post?

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She made me help her get the hook set (it was being super sneaky and just stealing bait for awhile), but I made sure once it was hooked to pass the rod back to her.  She managed to slowly work it out on her own!  Mad props yo :]

I later managed to pull out another eel or two:

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That’s about all I’ve got time to blog about for now (as its getting late and I have to move a couch tomorrow for my parents… @_@).

We met some cool people along the way.  Ryan, I hope you’re watching/following, I included the part where we chatted with you in the video, check it out!  It was nice to meetcha ^^

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We also found some sea urchins, unfortunately they seemed a little too small to make it worthwhile: (sure are pretty doe!)

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Oh and before I forget, crabbing report from what I saw (crab snares):

  • On average most people had 1-2 crab (dungies mostly?)
  • Highest I saw was a guy with 4 crabs – 2 dungeness crab, 2 rock crab (both red, is it just me or are larger red rock crab more common than larger brown ones?)

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  • Most people that had crab had been crabbing for 2+ hours
  • I didn’t think to ask what everyone was using for bait.  I’d guess mostly squid & anchovy.

Seems crabbing is somewhat spotty & slow, but its at least somewhat consistent!  If you’ve got some free time during the upcoming holidays its probably worth it to get out, catch a few crab, and do some poke poling!

Happy holidays & a happy new year if you don’t hear from me before then!  If the weather works out and Ankeny Street is still running, I’ll be trying to go out 12/23 (Friday) for one final trip for rock cod & hopefully dungeness crab (if he still has crab gear out)!

You can find the full album of pictures here: http://imgur.com/a/OX7sF

And with that, I’m signing off!  Thanks for coming out to play!

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