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Lafayette Reservoir: Trout & Bass

Alrighty.  Much delayed, sorry, getting caught up in Minecraft.  Trying to construct a floating castle, but the stupid portals aren’t working the way they’re supposed to…yadda yadda.

Anyways.  Here’s a refresher of the old, super popular map:

1st Lafayette Reservoir map w/ notes

Seeing as that was pretty popular, and I can see how its useful, here’s another one, though with less notes.  Continue reading Lafayette Reservoir: Trout & Bass

HMB – Crabbin’ Anda Fishin’

Started 11/9/2013, last Sunday, off by launching out of Half Moon Bay in a kayak. Went out for crab, hoping to have better luck than the opening week. Went to the proper spot this time, out front of the Miramar restaurant in 30-40 ft of water.

Here’s the map from last post, around the star area.

Where to get yo crabz

Ignore the other markings obviously. Launched from the HMB Kayak Co. area. From what I hear you’re not allowed to drive down the little path behind their shop to unload anymore. Something about construction/equipment from something the harbor is doing around the area. Not really clear.

Oh and I’ve since tried launching from the old pier. Definitely a shorter paddle by far, and a good deal less boat traffic to worry about. Just an fyi.

So I was pushing off shore by 7am ish, not too bad. Didn’t care to get out there that early since I was going to be meeting up with some friends to fish the jetty later. I wasn’t planning on fishing anyway, so I figured a few hours to crab was fine. Was greeted with an awesome view as usual!

Sunrise at Pillar Point Harbor
Sunrise at Half Moon Bay

Ocean was pretty calm, it was nice. Headed out to the spot, ran into a few NCKA guys I knew. And some…who I confused for others. Sorry!
And now for the only part most of you probably care about!

Heard there were big dungies about halfway to the star (so drop pots anywhere along the jetty and the extent of the beach at the foot of the south of it). Personally skipped over that area as I didn’t have enough gear to cover that much ground. Just headed out and landed 4 keeper dungies!

Dungeness Crab From Half Moon Bay
Dungeness Crab From HMB.

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Del Valle

Went out to Del Valle with Kara today.  All I managed to catch was a few branches.  Kara managed to lose another one of my rods D:

Kara got a 13″ striper (kinda).  Very slow day, didn’t see or hear of any fish landed beyond early morning.  Out on the water for ~5hours, not even a bite for me while trolling an anchovy on a carolina rig.

Kayaking, Poke poling, And Spelunking

edit: some images missing. Imgur sucks :[ hopefully they’ll load eventually

Together they make a wholesome memorial day weekend!

That was one long long weekend. I learned my lesson, I can handle about 4 activities for a 3 days weekend tops…I’m exhausted. I woke up this morning and literally could not function until I’d finished an entire energy drink. I was done with a second, and working on a cup of coffee before 11am.

Anyhow! I set off to go fishing at Steven’s Creek Reservoir on saturday (5/25/2013). Was hoping I’d be able to land a few bass and lots of crappie. Thought it might be the either right before or during spawning, but I might’ve been wrong. Didn’t get many bites, in fact much less then I had found from shore in winter even.
Was supposed to meet up with a couple friends, but some bailed. In the end it was Kara, Ying, Greg & me.

Going to pause here and note an odd thing that happened… Continue reading Kayaking, Poke poling, And Spelunking

5-19-2013 Ft Baker/Moore Rd Pier & Jetty Rock Cod Fishing

Just got home friday evening from staying at home all week to help my dad after his back surgery. Some of his vertebrae were too narrow, and he was in danger of having nerves pinched (read: paralyzed from the stomach down). Anyhow, after putting the surgery off for years he finally went in and got it and I spent the whole week back in Cupertino helping when I could (I even spent 1.5 days in the hospital).

Finally got back to Redwood City Friday evening for a relaxing weekend. Nothing planned, no rushes, just sitting back and relaxing. Been awhile since I had one of those. Decided to start on a second bow as well.

Second bow is on the right, and has a riser block (? handle? I forget) this time. Last time I got too lazy and skipped it. Spent an hour having a nice fellow (John) from craigslist help me cut it with power tools (I don’t have them…and I’m done grinding the entire block out with a rasp d=).

Anyhow! He did a great job and now I just need to sand/scrape it down. Probably aiming to have a lower strength bow this time and hopefully not splinter it during tillering…but it saved me days worth of work. Pretty sweet. I’ll post updates if it succeeds d=

Getting back on track, I spent most of the weekend happily half asleep in my armchair. Around 2pm Sunday I got the urge to go find some fish though, so grabbed some squid and hopped out the door. I’ve only been out to Ft Baker/Moore Rd Pier once so far, and that was a loooong time ago. Back when I thought drop shotting was the magical end all solution to all fishing. We came out, I bounced for ~10 minutes and had a rock cod! My first time ever landing one off a pier! Probably only the 2nd time I’d ever seen one landed on a pier at the time even. It was exciting, but that was the end that day.

I set out Sunday hoping that with all my experience since then I’d be able to land at least 2, regardless of size.

SF Golden Gate Bridge
My destination

Started on the pier, since I was most interested in fishing under the pier, between the pilings, looking for structure anywhere. Rockfish Ninja’s reports (from PFIC) always make me want to head out to a pier in the bay in search of rock fish. Soon as I got halfway out I realized exactly how windy it was. I thought I was boned, no way I could fish, but it turned out to be not so bad, as long as I wasn’t out on the front end of the pier. Tried fishing along the way out (the first initial straight section) for no bites. Didn’t get any hits until I was in the elbow of the pier. I had been tossing under the pier for awhile and not getting any hits, but I noticed on a few pulls I seemed to be nearly getting snagged on something just outside of the pier (in open water). Threw a little behind it and dragged my bait over it and found it felt just like a hole in the jetties.

Kept at that hole for the next couple minutes, even letting the bait rest a few times. Then one time after leaving it for about 20 seconds, FISH ON! I was totally surprised, still believed it couldn’t be anything besides a large chunk of seaweed I was tugging on. But then it started moving from side to side to side and I knew it was a fish, but I couldn’t horse it up real quick. Was using pretty light tackle (14lb line, but my rod was probably only weighted at 6-10lbs?). Had planned on using a different reel, but forgot it at home…so I made do.
10-15 seconds later, fish got away. When I pulled my rig up it kind of looked like the squid had been covering the hook to begin with? Figured either the fish was too small to set the hook itself properly, or it was just stubborn and wouldn’t let go of the squid. Fix the hooking, and tossed it back down (was using a carolina rig, 3/4oz sliding egg sinker, not pinned in place)
Based on how the fight felt, I suspect I didn’t really actually get the fish out of its hole too much, if any. Mostly just a tug of war that happened. My guess was in that situation the fish would probably still be hanging out in the same hole. From my experience unless you pull them out into open water, they don’t really move away.
With that in mind, I tossed back, working the same area. Finally got a hit and hook set on something from the other side of the pillar. This time I gave an extra little tug before anything else, even though I was using a circle hook. If its a small fish, it couldn’t hurt my chances anymore (the smaller ones don’t always hit hard enough to set the hook properly). Fought the fish up after about 20 seconds, though in all honesty it was more just pulling it up. Fish didn’t break to either side, just tried going straight down.

Was a maybe 6-7″ brown rock cod. But then I dropped it off the hook trying to get my rod and it over the railing…talk about noobish moves. Though there were tons of people around, and bunches stopping to ask how I was doing often, I lucked out and noone saw d=

Couldn’t get any more bites in that spot, and didn’t have the skill or space to fish anywhere else effectively. Tried the spot where I think I caught a fish last time, but no luck. Decided to use my time over on the jetty on the other side of the harbor instead. Tried it once with a diamond bar and…well ’nuff said. Don’t diamond bar off the jetty. I sure was an idiot in the past…

Anyhow, off I went. Nearly couldn’t figure out how to drive up next to it. Those super steep, super narrow dirt roads always make we worry since I no longer drive a ford explorer…I miss 4wd some days. Anywho, off onto the jetty I ran. Didn’t see anyone pull any fish up while I was there, but didn’t ask anyone either. Saw two asian guys with an ice chest, but they didn’t seem to get anything but snags. I fished one spot for about 5 minutes with no luck. Tried on the inside side of the harbor at one spot where water was coming through, no luck. Swapped back to the bay side and rigged up a berkley gulp shrimp. Same set up, 3/4oz sliding egg sinker and a 5/0 circle hook. Tossed out pretty far a few times with no luck. Tried tossing less far to save some time, and not even 4 ft out I got hit! I was a fool and still using the light tackle rod and worried I’d get rocked. The best I could do was keep the fish from diving downward and quickly reel in whenever it stopped diving. In the end I won out (lesson learned from multiple large fish lost on the HMB jetties…) and it was a nice ~9″ black cod:

Black rock cod from Moore Rd Jetty
Black rock cod from Ft Point Jetty




Fished for maybe another hour with no more bites. Guessing it was because swell was up, and wind was nearly howling. Better results than I expected for both the area and weather. 3 bites, “landed” 2. Not bad for a lazy sunday afternoon.
Didn’t really take many pictures, rest can be found here: http://imgur.com/a/xod7B#0

Anyhow, I’ll be out at Steven’s Creek Reservoir this Saturday (5/25/2013) targeting bass or crappie mainly, and maybe carp. Will be out there with 2-3 other people in kayaks/foldaboats. If you see a dude with a mini 1-2ft rod &/or a black/red chainmail bracelet, give a holler!
I’ll also be out at the half moon bay jetties with a few people the next day (Sunday, 5/26/2013) to poke pole the amazing low tide (-1.85!? Lowest I’ve ever seen, fishing should be amazing).

Random thought to close out the day, do fish believe in god(s)? When they get hooked and are fighting, can they comprehend what’s happening, or do is it just like they’re on some ride, courtesy of a magical force? When they break the line, do they go home and tell their buddies they felt the hand of god?

Clamming and trouting

Went out with my mom yesterday to take advantage of the -1.4 tide and try for horseneck clams.  She’s never gotten one yet so she really wanted to go.

We showed up a little too early around 1pm and had to wait about 2 hours before the tide went out far enough.  Saw a bunch of people poke poling the north jetty at Half Moon Bay.  I saw a 5-6″ brown rock crab while on the phone and missed it >.<  It was hanging on the side of a rock and slowly slipped into 2-3ft of water.  I made two blind grabs for it then called it quits @_@

Found an undersized female dungie sitting in the sand too:

Dungeness Crab in the surf

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First catfish ever!

I really need to start getting into surf fishing.  Supposed to figure that stuff out so I can take my dad out to do it.  Getting on topic though.  Read on Wednesday that they just stocked Lafayette Reservoir that day (10/24) and decided I needed seconds on bacon wrapped trout.  Been watching some videos (most by DJ Jeremy Bass Fishing) and reading a lot of freshwater bass fishing things saying wacky rigged senko worms are the way to go, wanted to give it a try since I read Lafayette rented kayaks, and bass should be hiding all the tules along the shoreline.

Grabbed some 4″ watermelon gary yamamoto senko worms, and some 5″ berkley scented sinking minnows (look about the same) since I’ve had a lot of luck with their scented lures (more specifically the minnows) at the sports authority in Foster City.  Also got some chicken livers (1lb for $1) at marina foods.  Figured I should drop on pole in as bait, may as well be catfish since I hadn’t even caught one.

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Lafayette Reservoir, First time! 10-23-2012

Not sure what wordpress did with the old button to add images hosted on other sites, working on figuring it out.  Just wanted to push this post out before I forgot details :]

Edit: apparently I have to push the post, go to the post and click edit to get back to the old format of editor…laaaaaame

Went in for the second part of my root canal today.  Didn’t sleep last night, I think I actually fell asleep during the root canal… >.<  Was raining on and off until I got back to redwood city.  Sun came out around 3 and I felt like fishing so I looked up a few places.  Was contemplating something in livermore, but the lake looked HUGE.  I try to avoid the really large ones since I don’t have a boat to take out on them.

Anyhow, wound up choosing to try out Lafayette Reservoir.  Got a little confused when I first got there.  The road up is a really narrow one way street and you have to go over this one really sketchy bump thing…Its not bad once you’ve been through once, but your first time you’re just going to be thinking “What the holy hell have I gotten myself into…”

The parking is kind of confusing too.  Right as you reach the top of the the hill there’s a gate that says “Annual Pass Only”, we didn’t even bother trying to go through there.  Have no idea how it works.  There’s a cleaning station and bathroom just to the right of that gate though.  The cleaning station looks really nice, seems to be well kept.  I didn’t use it since I didn’t know about it until we were packed and leaving.

So you know what I’m talking about :]  Click for the full size image

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Crappie master with a Kastmaster

Edit: having trouble with images showing up when embedding in post.  wtf -.-

Had nothing to do really on Monday around 5pm when we got back from the cruise.  Had to wait at the parents house until Tuesday at least for my root canal (Tuesday morning).  Decided to go try my luck out at Steven’s Creek Reservoir again.  Still searching for that decent sized bass.  Or maybe another carp, those things put up quite a fight on 6lb line.  Pretty damn exciting, playing the fish right on the edge of your line’s limit.

Ran over to fisherman’s warehouse (google maps) to grab some more kastmasters since I ran out last time I was there.  Had a few tiny ones, like 3/16th or something remarkably small, but I don’t use those anymore.  Caught too many 1-2″ baby fish and felt bad about it.  Went in and grabbed a different kastmaster this time.  They didn’t seem to have the 5/8 size anymore, or I didn’t look hard enough…Sunset was around 6:40pm so I wanted to get going to the lake quick (they close at sundown :[)
This is the model I’ve found that does the best: http://www.amazon.com/Acme-Kastmaster-Teaser-Chrome-4-Ounce/dp/B000LF2NMM

Blue on one half, chrome on the other.  1/4oz, and make sure it has that little white tuft at the bottom.  That seems to make a HUGE difference.  In the water it certainly helps the lure be more easily seen, especially in stained water that’s in the reservoir.  It also looks kind of like a tail, or the flash of a fish.  Either way in my experience it increases the bite rate significantly.  I wouldn’t say double, but I really wouldn’t be caught without one from now on.

Anyhow popped out of the car (parked on the side of the road) and rushed over to the start of the dam (where the cement and dirt meet) and started fishing from there.  Started tossing lures from top water retrieves all the way down to bouncing them off the bottom (which seems to be where all the fish in this lake are) before moving further along the dam.  Didn’t get anything until about 3/4 of the way down the damn (towards the other side of the lake).  Hooked into a few crappies.  Dropped the first one as soon a I landed it and didn’t get a picture.  I’m starting to get some really nice size crappie, in the 6-8inch range these days.
Here’s a few I caught on the dam:

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Bass Master

Finally! All caught up after this post! :3  Going to span over a few days as I accidentally deleted all the photos but 2… Still learning my smart phone.  If I upload something in a certain way, when I try to delete it off my phone I get presented with two options.  Unfortunately the form is blank, so I have to guess.  I guessed wrong and didn’t realize until after…

After all this success in lakes with light tackle it really got me hooked.  And I kept reading about Shadow Cliff lakes being awesome so I decided I should run out there to try catfishing.  Sucks that its all the way in Pleasanton, about an hour away.  Went out and was planning to try crawdads, but they were all too large at Marina Foods, so I just picked up some chicken livers again instead.  Man did they smell this time.  No bites though.  I even fished to the left of the marina where all the forums said was the place to be.  Maybe I just didn’t stay long enough, but the park closed at 6 or 7 and I had to move my car out so I just called it quits.

While I was there I managed to catch 1 baby bass about as large as your thumb.  On a lure about the same size as it @_@  Kinda ridiculous.  Not even a nibble on my chicken livers, gave up on that.  Went to the dock a little ways down the shore line and tossed a little minnow/anchovy lure and saw maybe 200 baby trout and bass.  Was amazing.  No real sized fish though, and time was up, so I packed it up.

Next day I went to Steven’s Creek Reservoir again and started tossing a smaller lure in hopes of more hook ups.  Tried the spot I was at a week or so ago with no luck.  Fished my way all the way down to the trees at the end of the lake where I caught 4 baby bass.  All the same size as your thumb. Felt kind of bad, but even at that size they put up quite a fight.  Couldn’t find any larger ones.

Looks big doesn’t it?! So good with a camera. Its actually the same size as your thumb

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