Category Archives: Poke Pole

With trusty pole in hand, we raid dark holes!

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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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!

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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
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2 Buckets full of fish (and this wasn’t even the end of the day!)

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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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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

Fishin’ That Half Moon Bay Jetty

Was going to go out and fish with some NCKA guys around 2pm on Sunday, but something came up that I had to take care of…wound up not being free until 3:30 and was too late to go running off after them…

So I decided to just hit up the jetty and scope it out.  Haven’t been on the south jetty in months and months, figured it would be good to revisit it and brush up on my spots.
Here’s a quick video covering how to hook bait when going for eels.

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Kayaking, Poke poling, And Spelunking

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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.

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