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Jetty fishing. Rock hopping at its best

Half Moon Bay Pier Fishing for Rock Cod with Trout Poles!

I’m back!  I had the July 4th week off, and went fishing a bunch!  You’d think I’d use that time to wisely catch up on all the videos I haven’t gotten around to editing yet buuuuut… no I went fishing a ton instead!  Many trips to the Half Moon Bay pier to fish for rock cod were made 😀  Many successful trips to the HMB Pier for rock cod in fact!

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That’s a 2+lb grassy rock cod off the Half Moon Bay pier by Andrew yo!  Video’s up too, you can check it out on YouTube (if you haven’t already seen it) or view it below:
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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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Treasure Island – Bountiful Perch

Treasure Island pier san francisco bay
Treasure Island Lady

So I went back to treasure island in the San Francisco Bay recently!  This marks my third trip out to try to fish.  Only this time, there weren’t 3 people blocking off the entire pier by casting all over hell.  Thanks guys, but please just learn to cast straight…

Anyways!  Went out on a Sunday recently.  I was originally aiming to get there around 6:50am with the sunrise:

half moon bay tide table
Tide table

As you can see, there was a low tide about an hour before sunrise.  Figured I’d beat the crowd and get there first and fish the tide as it came in.  Also the wind was supposed to pick up later in the day, so I thought that was going to be my only opportunity.

Turns out I snoozed out and woke up around 12pm instead d=  I later went outside to get something from my car and found it was caaallllmmm outside, barely any wind!  What the heck forecast!  So I packed up real quick, and headed out.  Wound up arriving around 5:45 PM.  Was surprised as I walked up to find not a single person fishing the old pier.

Happily I hopped down on the right side of the pier to try my luck with gulp camo sandworms (surf fishermen report these things working wonders for perch).

san francisco treasure island fishing pier jetty
right side of the pier

Didn’t even get a nibble.  Not even a NIBBLE.  You gotta be kidding me.  I used to poke pole with these things and caught rock cod, monkeyface eels, heck even an undersized ling or two with them.

At first I was thinking well maybe its just a bad day.  It wasn’t flat water, swells were kinda big… But then I thought, no, that can’t be right.  Perch live and eat in the beach swells, they couldn’t be happier for this kind of weather since it kicks up food and what not.

So I tried switching up baits to mussels and instantly started getting bites.  Seriously the perch on Treasure island are so spoiled…But I didn’t wind up landing anything on the right side.  Decided to try my luck on the left side of the pier:

treasure island pier jetty fishing perch
Grass is always greener on the other side eh

And it was!  Finally started hooking into fish over here:

treasure island san francisco pier perch fishing fish on!
Fish on!

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A Short Afternoon on The Jetty

Lets continue the catch up finally!  On 12/20/2014 there was an okay low tide late afternoon (3 or 4 PM) and I decided I’d give it a shot, check out the south half moon bay jetty and see how the fishing was.

half moon bay pillar point south jetty rock cod poke poling
Fish on!

And the fish came out to greet me!
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Crabbing Bodega Bay & Ft. Baker

Its been awhile.  Weather’s been not so hot, so I haven’t gotten out much.  Maybe only once or twice since the last update?  There’s a poke pole trip I made a little while ago on 11/22/2014:

You can maaaybe see the small shark I walked next to around 4:18, but the glare off the water sorta messed with the GoPro.  If I’d known I’d have scooped it up in my bucket to get a better picture.  Figured since I was filming I’d have it… guess not.

walking next to shark at half moon bay while poke poling
Some kind of shark?

If you’re able to identify this by this crappy picture alone, please let me know!  I haven’t a clue what it was, but it was cute :3

Anyhow, tide was a -0.8 ft. or so, peaking around 4:30 with a sunset at 5.  Timing worked out okay.  Was right after a long rain storm.  I was supposed to take some coworkers out on a poke poling tour, but rain was forecasted.  Hadn’t been out since Sept. though, so I decided I’d go rain or shine.

Couldn’t reach my favorite spot.  That’s the reason I was wading out into the open water.  There’s a little bar you can follow that’s shallower than following right along the jetty.

Anywho, did okay.  Not great, but made do with the few spots that were available to me:

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Small kelp fish from half moon bay jetty

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There’s a place off W. Point Avenue

Where I went to sit and fish with you
We were off of work, and the time felt right
Working all day, catching fish all night!
Okay, done playing with Yellowcard’s song.  Doesn’t really fit either, but its stuck in my head right now!  If you haven’t guessed it yet, this is going to be a Half Moon Bay jetty fishing report (W Point Ave. is a street near the jetty).  We went out to Pillar Point Harbor at night the last two weeks (once a week) to poke pole the jetties after work.  Unwind a little, catch a few fish, hang out with friends, you know.  Well, it turned out to just be Patrick & me in the end, but that’s fine!  More fish for us! 😀

Both days we went out, we didn’t hit the jetties until after 8:30pm.  Truly night fishng d=  We started off with squid on a carolina rig (1/2 oz – 1oz sliding egg sinkers above a 4/0 octopus hook snelled directly onto the main line).  First time I got nothing but snags.  Patrick did amazing though!

eel from half moon bay (hmb) jetties
He started with an eel

We released it since neither of us wanted to deal with cleaning one.  After he just kept following it up with fish!

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Patrick with one of the rock cod

 

And then he scored a pig of a grassy rock cod!

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Grassy rock cod from half moon bay jetty

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Guided Tours – Half Moon Bay Poke Poling

So I guess I do guided tours & trips now.  Last Saturday was my first time taking non-friends out on an official tour.  I’ve wrestled with the idea in the past, and decided to push it aside for the longest time.  Finally went out and did my first official one this past weekend (non-friend group).  Jonas contacted me asking if I could take him & his family out poke poling.

Gave it some thought, liked that he was bringing his kids out, and decided I’d give it a shot.  It went pretty smoothly considering there were a total of 7 people, 5 of which were kids.  So I guess that passed my test, and I’m open to taking more groups out there, though I need to hash out some details first (group size, gear rental if necessary, etc).  For those of you interested, please head over to the jetty tours page where you can find all the details (once I’m done building it out).  Do note that what I teach is a variation on the traditional poke poling.  I use a normal rod/reel set up (20lb+ mono) which allows me more flexibility.

Anyhow!  Here’s some pics from the trip:

Jonas’ family all smiles
half moon bay poke poling
2 Buckets full of fish (and this wasn’t even the end of the day!)

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Half Moon Bay Jetty Fishing & Poke Poling

Man.  So behind, this is basically a report from 1/11/2014.  Been so busy @_@  anyhow, on with the report!

Went out to the Half Moon Bay / Pillar Point jetties to get some fishing in with friends.  There was a 30% chance of rain going into it, but we were hopeful it would remain dry.  I mean, 30%, come on, what could go wrong?

So we arrived, slowly group trickled in (iirc, we had 3 cars of people, arriving at various times).  Headed off to the jetties and got about fishing.  Can’t remember the details any more, try as I might.  My toe might be distracting me…

Don’t fall on the jetties

Happened today.  Anyways, I believe we managed to end the day with everyone catching at least 2 fish?  We were pulling fish up all over the entire jetty on shrimp & plastic lures.  Learned something important, the only lure an eel will take is Berkley Gulp Alive shrimp.  Didn’t have any eel takers until I switched to a carolina rig with shrimp.

If I’m remembering right….we caught a few fish, then the bite basically died down for an hour or so.  Then it started verrrrry lightly drizzling.  And then the bite turned back on!  Nite & his friends started pulling up fish from the very first spot we fished, that had been dead for awhile.  Kara started pulling up eel after eel, calvin started pulling stuff up too!  Action everywhere!

Eels from Half Moon Bay Jetties

I think some other people caught some of these.  But damn did Kara ever pull up a fuck ton of eels!  At one point I caught a fish, got all excited, Kara just turned to look, and it fell right off the bloody hook!!!!

What did Kara do?  Instantly burst out guffawing, god damn it.  :[

At one point I was dragging this lure around:

Rock cod caught at Half Moon Bay on Lures

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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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Salmon, rock cod, crab & more!

So I think the place I left off was before the salmon trip on the Lovely Martha out of Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco. Don’t have pictures of the final result, but I think we walked off with 34+lbs of salmon. Two 12-13lbers, and we didn’t weight the smaller one.

Salmon porn!




Anyhow, if I could sum up how I felt about the Lovely Martha, well…you know what they say, a picture’s worth a thousand words.

Wouldn't go again
Lovely Martha

Sure it was kind of a dark, no sun kind of day. But that was okay. Sure it was windy, but that was okay. We got soaked…half expected that. But more on that later. No, what ticked me off was the service. Rather, the lack there of. And the lies.

I should start at the beginning I guess. Called up a bunch of places trying to find somewhere I could go salmon fishing. This was Tuesday after memoridal day where the scored limits and were back in harbor by 11am. That’s right, limiting out in an hour or so of fishing. FREAKING STOKED. Totally ready for whatever salmon fight had. Landed that 12+lb goldfish on 6lb test line, figured I was finally ready to try salmon without wasting time & gear. I was hoping to go with the Tigerfish but they were packed. So I did some reading and wound up settling on Wacky Jacky, but she was booked up as well. She recommended I take Mikey/Mike’s boat (the Lovely Martha). So I called him up, and got a total of 5 of us signed up by the end of the week.

Come Saturday, I couldn’t wait to go on Sunday. Had all my gear, had made 2 runs down to fisherman’s warehouse to grab salmon ball weights and everything. Get a call from him, and I’m like FUCK YEA, CONFIRMATION CALL.

…only it wasn’t. Apparently there was going to be a combined wind chop & swell topping out at 15ft, and we had to cancel…scrambled to set up a jetty fishing trip instead.
We rescheduled to the next Saturday for the salmon trip.

I think I’m getting my trips mixed up, but I think what it wound up being was me, Chris, Olivia, Ying, and
I think we wound up with 1 crab and a large eel I threw back. Ying yelled at me when she got there explaining that was her hometown’s specialty.

I think I caught an underling too? I know I took a picture, but I have no idea where they went…/sigh :[

Anyhow, skipping forward to the salmon trip since I forgot the rest…