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:
Not too shabby to start the day off! Oh and before I forget, we let everything go that day.
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:
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?
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:
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 ^^
We also found some sea urchins, unfortunately they seemed a little too small to make it worthwhile: (sure are pretty doe!)
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?)
- 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!