Category Archives: Kayak

Kayak Fishing Half Moon Bay – August 2017

Went out ith Calvin to Half Moon Bay, CA to do kayak fishing for rock cod on 8/7/2017.  Super last minute stuff, we noticed it was supposed to be extremely calm the night before, like only 1 ft @ 8s or something with <5 knots of wind.

Overall, was a very slow day.  Only hooked into 1 cabezon & 1 ling cod, and maaaaybe one other bite.  We fished for a good 2 hours too, how weird.

Video of the trip is up here:
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HMB – Kayaking to Victory!

Aaalllrriightty, and that brings us to the kayak trip with Calvin!  Weather had finally calmed down to 2ft of combined swell.  A mite windy @ 6-12mph, but definitely doable.  In fact the wind was down most of the day until we started making our way back in!  Was a nice day on the water:

Half Moon Bay kayak fishing

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SF Management Area – 2014 Rock Cod Opener!

Woo, after months of waiting and pining, half moon bay is open to boat based rock cod angling!  Sucks it was a Sunday, but hey, at least its a weekend, better than May when it was a Thursday @_@

So I went about preparations.  Pretty tired of fishing with my legs while paddling with my arms… Very difficult to paddle and jig the pole with your legs.  Watched people in hobies for a year and just…god so much jealousy.  So I decided it was finally time to get one for myself!

Admiral Shung
Beginning of Dennis’ fleet!

I’ve now joined the hobie revo club d=  Finally, easy street & trolling here I come! ^^

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Half Moon Bay Crabbing & Jetty Hoppin’

Finally getting all caught up on these reports!  Went crabbing on Saturday by kayak, and was out hopping around the rocks of the north jetty at Pillar Point harbor on Sunday with Calvin & Patrick.

I decided I was done with those giant behemoths of crab traps from danielson (the metal foldable ones).  Just so heavy, bulky, difficult to deal with.  I’ve seen lots of kayakers running around with Promar collapsible traps (tr 102W, get the newer ones with escape rings).  When If first received them I was skeptical as to how well they would work, but after Saturday I’m sold.

Dungeness Crabs & Rock Crabs in Promar Crab Trap

Anyhow!  Plan from last weekend was to go out and catch a bunch of crab so we could make crab & corn chowder.  I failed to wake up early, and crawled out of bed around 7am.  Got to half moon bay around 8am, but didn’t launch until 9:15am.  Didn’t get all my gear ready before hand, so took awhile setting stuff up on the beach :x.

Finally launch from the old pier.

Nice weather!

I’ve heard there are occasionally sand dabs along the shore where you crab, but was both late and lazy.   Continue reading Half Moon Bay Crabbing & Jetty Hoppin’

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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2013 Dungeness Crab Opener!

But let’s be honest.  I’m not a huge crab fan.  For those of you following me, you’ll note that I pretty much have only 1-2 posts on crabbing…

But after lots of sighing and debating, I loaded up one crab cage Friday evening.  Wound up needing the entire Friday night to prepare since I was planning to fish as well.  Wound up not being ready until about 2am…had to be up at 3am to drive & eat breakfast anyway so I just stayed up…

We landed in Half Moon Bay around 5/5:30 am.  Packed everything down and paddled off!  Was so foggy, glad we had lights.  We could hear boats cruisin’ around us long before we could see them.  We headed out to the first stop, somewhere around the triangle.

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Afternoon Paddle

Went out to half moon bay last Saturday, 10/26.  Was lazy and didn’t want to get up early to go… so I woke up at 11am on Saturday morning 😀  Hopped onto the computer and started doing playing some skyrim.

Around 2pm it occurred to me that I could totally just launch later…so I checked the weather, looked like it was going to be less than 5 ft, wind only 5-7 knots, so I started packing.

 

Launched around 330PM from the old pier at half moon bay/pillar point harbor, paddled out around the bend, and…it suddenly got pretty foggy!  I went out about half as far as usual and decided it just wasn’t worth traveling too much farther.  Wind was already somewhat up and I didn’t want to get blown over some wash rocks anywhere.  Hard to tell when swell is down & fog is in.  On the way out I passed an area that was only 9ft deep…I seriously need to stop cutting across the wash rocks :

Anyhow, I was searching for a certain ridge, but couldn’t find it.  I did find an area that would go from 38ft or so up to 25.  Hard to fish it though, a very small section.  Snagged up and lost a lot of gear, but did walk away with one chunky black and yellow rock cod :3

Rock cod fro half moon bay
black and yellow rock cod

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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…

From the Half Moon Bay Jetties to the Mirror Waters of Capitola

super calm day at capitola, ca with seals
capitola water & seals in the background

The weather these past two weekends has been amazing.  It finally calmed down after that initial spring – fall change.  Had a few weeks of rather high speed winds, but boy, when it calms down, it really calms down!  And that black patch is a bunch of seals!  Tons of seals, dolphin, and whales, but more on that later. Continue reading From the Half Moon Bay Jetties to the Mirror Waters of Capitola

How To: DSI Transducer On A Kayak

Guide on how to mount a DSI transducer/skimmer on a kayak is up! No drilling of the kayak required.  Here’s the video version as well:

 

This can be found in the How To section.