Category Archives: Fishing

I like fishing. Before the addition of beer too. :D

Crabbing With Your Local Peers

golden gate bridge sausalito san francisco moore road pier
Golden Gate Bridge from the Ft Baker Pier (dungie being returned to the ocean)

YES IM GOING WITH THE SAME JOKE AGAIN
bigwhoop

This is going to be a compilation post of the last two crabbing trips I went on.  Both times we went out to the Fort Baker Pier to do some (successful!)  crabbing.  I fell behind on blogging again, so…its what ya’ll are getting.

crabbing ft baker pier sausalito at the base of the golden gate bridge
Brown rock crab on TOP of the trap!

First trip was Sunday, 2/21/2015.  Had just gotten some advice Continue reading Crabbing With Your Local Peers

Fantasmical Crabdastical

Went out crabbing for the long weekend, 2/2/2015 with some friends.  Kept it simple, just hit up the pier to soak some hoops & traps and chill.

brown rock crab crabbing at pillar point pier in half moon bay, california
brown rock crab from HMB pier
Seal from pillar point harbor pier
Seal at HMB Pier

Was waaay crowded, being the long weekend ‘n all.  We got there around 9:30am and there was already like 16 people on the small little pier.  Amazing how packed the pillar point pier gets during any long weekend! Continue reading Fantasmical Crabdastical

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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Vermilion, China, and a Few Dungeness Crabs

Welp, this took longer than I thought to get out.  Turns out we’re leaving for Japan in 4 days.  Almost feel like it snuck up on us , even with Bill constantly griping about going to Japan soon and how we should be more stressed than we are d=

Its looking like there’s a chance I won’t be fully caught up before I leave town, so here’s hoping!

rock cod from Ankeny Street in Half Moon Bay
China, black, and vermilion rock cod

Here’s what I decided to take home from the trip on the Ankeny Street on 12/14/2014.  Could have taken home a limit, but I had to clean it all myself, and let’s be honest.  I can’t eat 10 fish on my own.  Anyone I know want fish regularly once the season opens back up?  Let me know, I constantly have too much.

Anyhow, this was in the middle of the chain of storms we’ve been having all through December.  We weren’t even completely sure we’d be able to go out until the morning of.  I think Capt. Chris felt a little guilty about canceling a trip a few weeks prior (due to insane weather forecast) but it turned out to be an okay day.   Forecast said something like 15 knots of wind and 6+ ft waves or something from what I saw.  But Chris decided it was game on, we’d give it a shot.

So I was up around 5am waiting to hear, and when I finally did it turns out I needed to go pick up some bait for him d=

Squid run

And here’s where my ultimate downfall for this trip begins…   Continue reading Vermilion, China, and a Few Dungeness Crabs

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:

poke poling pillar point jetty for rock cod
Small kelp fish from half moon bay jetty

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Capitola – A Land Sea of Opportunities

Capitola Pier
We meet again, Capitola

Last Tuesday, 9/9/2014, marked the first time I returned to the site of the [yacht] incident.  For a variety of reasons, I hadn’t been back to Capitola since.  But here we were.  Kara’s brother Andrew had come all the way from Colorado, and by god, we were going to put him on the fish!

We got there early, around 7/7:30am.  Didn’t see anyone else, but we later ran into 2 other Capitola Boat & Bait boats out on the water.  We weren’t the only ones playing hooky from work!  We started off by the Tank House reef looking for bait.  For reference, here’s a picture of the Capitola kelp bed map that Capitola Boat & Bait passes out: http://i.imgur.com/dpEHcZQ.jpg.  Kara had that feeling.  You know, the one where you just know there’s fish.  Like a fool, I questioned it.  But we stopped nonetheless, and well…unsurprisingly she was right!

Smack dab in the middle of aaallllll the bait fish!  Mostly only pin head anchovies jumping out of the water, but fun to see still.  So there we were, jigging away with sabikis (Kara opted to fish a shrimp fly, see if she could land just larger bait).  I think we had a size 10, and size 8.  We were using 1oz weights.  First fish coming up were small anchovies.

Anchovy on sabiki rig
Anchovies

After a few drops we found out there were much larger, perfect bait size ones lurking below those!  Success!

Big anchovy
Andrew and a big anchovy making a break for it

We even pulled up some mackerel!

Mackerel on sabikis
Mackerel at Capitola!

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Outfished.

Props to Calvin for the title!  Jennifer blew us out of the water today.  She just kept catching fish after fish, and we were ….slowly catching canaries.  Blah!

We went out on the Ankeny Street on Saturday for rock cod (8/23/2014).  Fished 40-80 ft of water for a boat’s limit of rock cod, a couple lings, starry flounders, and sharks too!  Was an exciting day, and as fun as usual!  I got to try out a buzz bomb lure on a charter boat for the first time.  Had to use a 5″ to get it to sink fast enough, and it seemed to work decently.  Caught a chunky gopher with it, and missed two big hits.  More than that, but just the highlights!

buzz bomb rock cod
China rock cod on a buzz bomb lure

Anyhow, we all piled onto the boat a little after 7:30am.  I started with a buzz bomb, Calvin & Glen started with shrimp flies, and Jennifer opted for a swim bait (2oz).  Boy did that ever pay off for her!  At the first stop, on the first drop, she pulled up the first fish, and it was her first ling cod, and it was legal!  That was a lot of firsts, I know, but damn, insane!

Ling cod on the Ankeny Street out of Half Moon Bay / Pillar Point Harbor
Jennifer’s first ling cod!

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Salmon & Whales Aboard the New Captain Pete

I took the day off to go-a-salmoning last Friday (Aug. 15) since I heard they were catching them literally right outside the Half Moon Bay Harbor.  I was starting to plan to go kayaking for them with Calvin, but then my mom said she wanted to go.  She asked if she could kayak out…?  Knowing her, noooo.  I’m sure she could make it out of the harbor, but the work only starts then!  Gotta paddle around to cover water right?  So I swapped plans to find a decent charter boat to take us out (sorry Calvin!)

Sort of wanted to try mooching, but couldn’t find a vessel I was comfortable going out on to do so.  After the Lovely Martha experience, I’m a lot more wary about just picking any old boat, even if recommended… The Wacky Jacky captain recommended them, but I later noticed they’re harbor neighbors sooo…take that as you will.

Anyways, you can look that post up if you’re curious exactly how atrocious that trip was.  I finally settled on trying to call the New Captain Pete to check them out.  I seemed to have caught him right as he was fishing, and he had to put down the phone for a short while to get his anglers around some kelp.  Kind of awkward at first, but once everything settled down we had a good chat and scheduled to go out trolling Friday.  Was worried since he said we were the only 2 booked so far, and I asked how many he needed before he’d go out.  He said we’d be going no matter what, even if we were the only ones.  Too good to be true…?

So on Friday, we showed up super early in the morning, signed in…and whoah.  We really were the only 2 paying customers that day!  There was a total of 6 of us I think…but 1 was the captain, one his son, and I think the other two were previous deck hands or something?

Empty cabin yo!

Pretty awesome to get a private salmon charter for only $200.  Don’t get that very often! 😀

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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!

poke pole rock cod half moon bay jetty
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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