Sorry for the delay! Had to have a root canal once I got back from the cruise…Blah.
Whole point of going out there was because I was about to head home a day or two early to prepare for hte cruise. I had been mentioning my crabbing successes to my mom and she asked if I could bring some crab home. Had been sleeping kind of weird lately and wasn’t tired Tuesday night even though I hadn’t slept the day before. Decided to just go out and fish that evening since the low tide peaked around 8 meaning I could be out there all night until the morning maybe 10am and I should have plenty of crab by then.
Got to the pier around 730 pm-ish? I can’t remember. For the first time I saw two wardens out there. Curious, I asked what they were looking for (they had been walking in front of me the whole way towards the pier and were looking around on both sides of the jetty). Apparently there was a report of a bird that got wrapped up in fishing line and they were trying to help it. Didn’t see them find it and they were gone within 10 minutes to look for it elsewhere.
So I did manage to wake up early in the morning to get out to Ft. Point pier, even managed to get Bill to go with me. Got even luckier and managed to get the parking spot closest the to pier! But before that…I gps’d myself to the wrong place. Had to pull over and look at maps to figure out where we were @_@ Readjusted course and then made it there.
Climbed out of the car, and boy was it kinda wet and cold… Was a pretty foggy day, and I forgot to check the weather last night. Headed to the trunk to grab my stuff. I was pretty excited, I found some cheap salmon heads to use as crab bait, and I had mussels to fish on hi-lo rigs for perch and rock cod.
And then I realized today was a terrible terrible day. I’d left all my bait, ALL OF IT, back home in the fridge…
Last night I was preparing to head out to Ft Point* pier this morning when I ran across another pier that I’d never heard of up in Tiburon: Elephant Rock Pier. Was open 24/7 and I hated crowded piers & highways so I decided I’d go give it a go last night.
Ran out to Marina Foods for bait and learned a very important lesson. Even though they’re open until 10pm, if you show up at 945, don’t expect the bins of fresh seafood to still be out. Had to look around in the freezer section for bait. Settled on trying something new last night, and grabbed some anchovies. Not sure if this is something new Marina is trying out, or I just got lucky and they had them, but they don’t usually have frozen anchovies. Best you can do is smelt usually.
Headed out to Tiburon after that and drove right past the pier. When I read it was only 75ft long I thought it’d be larger. I saw the restaurant that was right next to it, and figured it must’ve been somewhere further down the road. About 10 minutes later I realized my mistake and turned around. Found this when I found the pier and was trying to park
So I got some new crab snares from Sofa King (best snares according to PFIC) last week and was itching to try them last week. Went out and stopped by Marina Foods in Foster City to grab a single chicken leg and some squid for bait. Then I headed out to the HMB pier and started fishing around 8pm.
Unfortunately it wasn’t until I got to Half Moon Bay that I realized I didn’t have my hoop nets with me. Or my bucket. Or my crab gauge. I was woefully unprepared @_@ But I’d driven all the way there already, so I grabbed a few rods and a few crab snares and headed out to the pier to see if I could at least feed some crabs and fish catch and release style.
Soaked snares for 5 minutes, then 3, then 10. No luck after about an hour with two poles soaking made me start to lose hope and get bored. I should note here that the pier is not lit, so its rather dark at night, but still close enough to a city that you can’t really see that many stars. Kind of boring at night. And cold.
Getting back to the report, I wound up there at the peak of a low tide, and was worried that was why I wasn’t getting anything. I remember reading that the rock fish there don’t really care about the tide when its night, so I set up a 2 hook rig and started fishing that. Tried both floater and carolina rigs, no bites. Dragging my bait in along the bottom revealed there were 2 large 6-7inch crabs down there. But I could only get them with my hook and line :
Snares didn’t bring anything up all night besides this…:
Yep. That’s my only catch of the night. The crabs fell off the hooks as soon as they broke the surface. Headed home around 1030pm empty handed.
Went to LA for the weekend. Got back Saturday late in the night (technically Sunday) 130am. Got up around 10am Sunday to go crabbing again as I was craving it. Now I know a lot of people swear by chicken for crabbing. My parents used to use it. Having been trying to catfish successfully as of late, I’ve handled quite a bit of chicken livers. They really smell. And slowly break up, sort of creating a chum. They’re oily as hell too. In the past I caught a bunch of crabs in an hour or two when noone was getting any with fresh fish guts. Armed with that knowledge I figured I’d give chicken livers a try. They smell more than chicken, are chicken, and are fresh guts.
So I used a mix of squid and chicken livers in my hoop nets. Fished like 11am-230pm. The pier was rather crowded on Sunday. Lots of kids and families. Wish I had a picture of the annoying one…their mother needs to rot in hell. But we’ll get to that ^^
When we first got there this guy in particular was pretty interesting
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.
So Friday 9/7 I ran out to the South Half Moon Bay jetty to see if I could catch some rock fish off the jetty and maybe some rock crabs for a nice meal. Turns out I couldn’t find either, and instead found a ton of dungeness crabs.
As promised, here’s the report for our ocean trip 23 miles off the San Francisco coast to the Farallon Islands, legendary place for rock cod fishing. Or so I’ve been told. This trip came right after we got home from vacation, was a bit rough. It was my brother, my mom, Kara and her husband Josh, and me. Have you met my brother?
So…I’ve managed to fall waaaay behind on updating unfortunately. So we’ll start way back on August 28th with our fishing adventure on June Lake. Going to keep the three trips as separate posts so they can be organized properly (grouping of posts and what not).
Just to back up and give myself a little bit of excuse (heh ^^) I’ve been pretty busy @_@ Reason for this one not being on time is we were on vacation that week, and I didn’t have access to my computer. Soon as we got home we had to clean up the house since we had it fumigated while we were gone. Also the morning after we got back we had a Farallon Islands rock cod trip scheduled, and that was just exhausting…and so it goes d= Anyhow! On with the June Lake fishing report!
Here’s a short clip on our way out there from David Walley’s in Nevada. My mom wanted my Dad to take a picture of I think Mono Lake if I remember correctly…
Anyhow, we scoped the place out the day before and saw some cool stuff. There were 2 boat rental places and we decided to go with Big Rock Resort (a word of warning, never rent from them…you’ll find out why later). So we headed back to our place after wandering around town for awhile and got ready to come back the next morning.
Next morning rolls around and we hop onto a 14′ aluminum boat. Was pretty amusing leaving dock since my dad was having trouble controlling the boat d= If you’re wondering where the fish are, head to the left of the Big Rock Resort buildings (while facing it). Go past the reeds and don’t stop until at least you reach the little dock sticking out after the reeds. Shouldn’t be more than a 5-10 minute drive. Anchor off shore if you can, and fish the ridge between you and the shore. All along the coast from here on out seemed to produce.
We were using 1/2oz of weight on a carolina rig with power pait marshmallows (rainbow colored). This will probably depend more on the day, but the fish we caught were all suspended about 3/4 of the way down. My brother and I fished towards shore, my mom fished away, and my dad was tossing lures in every direction from the back of the boat.
This morning was the lowest tide this week, so I headed out to give night time poke poling another try. I’ve asked Kirk Lombard about this matter before and he says the biggest hurdle to overcome was finding the holes and the fish shouldn’t necessarily be sleeping. He doesn’t seem to have a problem hooking up at least.
I’ve historically had terrible luck trying at night. Last night wasn’t an exception, but it was better than my normal runs out there in terms of bites and # of successful areas. Decided not to go to bed since it was already 2am and I was still watching How I Met Your Mother. I never really understood all the Neil Patrick Harris jokes until now (only just recently started watching). Barney is freaking hilarious.
So the only reason I’m back tracking on this post is because…well otherwise I’d have nothing. For now. And seeing as I’m here not doing anything… A note to myself though, I should really work on taking pictures before and during my fishing trips so its not a wall of text, then pictures…
Went out to the Capitola pier on 8/5/2012 with my brother and a work friend. My brother and I showed up at Capitola around 6am and parked up on the cliff overlooking the pier. Does anyone know of any other place with 12hour parking? Every other spot seems to be limited to maybe 4 hours or less :
Was kind of odd too. We ran into someone up there who was apparently $5 short…I had 1 quarter left after filling my meter. Later when we got down to the pier we ran into him heading back up with another guy and all their gear. Guessing they were on the waiting list for a boat, but there were no no-shows? Either way he said if we wanted we could have his spot, it already had 3 hours in it. At that point I’m not sure what confuses me more:
that they got up early and lugged all their stuff down the pier just to leave?
threw in 3 hours but planning on getting a boat and leaving?
thinking we would want to move our car into their slot after he watched us fill our meter.
Anyhow after renting our kayaks we headed out towards the kelp beds to the left (if facing the ocean on the beach). A few years back I had quite a bit of luck there catching 2 or 3 rock cod on a short drift. When we went out this time though we couldn’t even get a bite. My brother was drifting a halibut rig with squid, and I was drop shotting 1 anchovy & 1 squid lure with smelly jelly (anchovy).