Due to my schedule I won’t have time to offer these any more, sorry! If you’d like a tour I recommend checking out Kirk Lombard: http://www.seaforager.com/tours
A little trailer/teaser as to why you should come! 😀
- Do I need to purchase a fishing license?
- What do I need to bring with me?
- How long will this take? Can we/you stay out longer?
- What sort of shoes should I wear?
- What kind of gear should I bring?
- Where should I meet you?
- Why should I go with you? What do you offer that others don’t?
- Are there any discounts for groups, coupons, etc?
- How far do we have to hike?
- Are there age limits? How young is too young? How old is too old?
- Do I need to have any experience fishing?
- No, the jetty is considered a public space/pier and these spaces do not require a fishing license.
- 1-2 layers of clothing (winds can blow up to 10 mph, dress in whatever will keep you warm)
- Fishing poles & reels, 1 per person, if you have them. 20+lb line
- Tennis or hiking shoes. Flip flops and sandals not recommended, but it is possible to go out in them. Remember, we will be walking on the rocks.
- Bait/plastics if you want to try them out (shrimp, gulp alive baits, swim baits, grubs, etc)
- A camera to take pictures!
- An ice chest, bucket, gunny sack, or bag of some kind to take your catch home. You can take one of the buckets I provide, but there will be an extra replacement charge.
- Ideally we’ll be spending at least 3-4 hours out there (includes hiking out, fishing, & return). Cutting it shorter than that reduces the amount of time you get to fish and for me to teach you. Depending on my schedule I may be able to stay out longer than that (with advance notice). I’m unsure if this will affect cost at time of writing.
- I recommend tennis or hiking shoes. Any close toed shoe will work, as long as it has traction. I highly discourage sandals & flip flops, but have seen people do fine with them.
- Rod & line rated for at least 20lbs. Lighter is possible (I’ve made 6lb line on trout rods work before) but it will be considerably more difficult. If you want to, or have them, 1/2oz – 1oz sliding egg sinkers are what I use. I run carolina rigs with octopus hook size ranging from 1/0 – 5/0. Ideal size would be in the 3/0-5/0 range. Circle hooks are an option as well, if you prefer them. I recommend skipping the swivels as well.
- Most likely the north jetty in Half Moon Bay / Pillar Point Harbor. I’ll forward you pictures on how to get there if you need help. The south jetty is an option if you prefer (easier trek out, fishing tends to be worse quality-wise).
- To my knowledge Kirk Lombard’s tidal (intertidal?) tours are the only other ones available right now. My tours will be focused more on my style of poke poling, and is better learned by doing. There will be a short lesson on the basics, then I will proceed to guide you to spots that are likely to produce fish while teaching you what signs to look for. I will also be nearby keeping an eye on you and talk you through bringing fish/eel in as you hook them. Other tours will focus more on teaching you, and you will not get a chance to fish until after the tour is over. I guess you could say the tours I plan to lead are more active, hands on, and focus only on catching.
- As of now (time of writing) I haven’t even figured out what to pin the rate at even. I can say for certain there will not be a group discount. Unfortunately as the # of people increases, the difficulty of scrambling around to help everyone greatly increases. It also makes it a lot more difficult to help everyone as there’s only so much space on a single rock… To be honest, if you’ve got a good reason for asking, I might consider it. But remember, we all gotta make a living!
- I don’t have an official measurement, but for the north jetty probably 0.25 miles along the beach, then 0.5 miles on the jetty. More like 0.75 miles on the jetty for the south jetty.
- I’m 100% serious when I say this. I’ve seen kids as young as 5 out on the jetties. I’ve met people as old as 75 at the very ends out pacing me. Ultimately it comes down to whether or not you/they are in shape enough to hop on the rocks.
- Nope! That’s what’s so great about poke poling. Its a very simple method of fishing that’s very beginner friendly. Its not your traditional sit around and wait fishing either! Its active and engaging, and perfect for newbies and experienced fishermen alike!
For those of you unfamiliar with me and my blog, I’ve been fishing the Pillar Point harbor jetties for years. I’ve done the conventional poke poling with a pole & short leader to hook on the end during low tides. I’ve crabbed off the jetties, and caught too many fish and eel to count now. I’ve even caught legal lings off the jetty before!
I used to fish there 2-4 times a week, often at night as well! During this time, I discovered there was a significant lack of important & useful information that I had to learn along the way on my own, and that’s why I started this blog! This is also partially why I’m open to doing guided tours as I hope I can pass on what I know to others while sharing something I love.
So what are you in for, what are you getting with a tour with me?
I’ll be taking you out to the jetties to learn by doing! Other tours that I’m aware of are mostly instructional, and while they will teach you how to fish for eels and fish, they focus on teaching. You often won’t get a chance to fish & try out what you’ve learned until the end, and then you’re on your own!
My trips will start with a short walk out to the jetty (we can chat along the way ofcourse! ^^). Once there I may offer a few tips/safety points before we set off atop the jetty rocks. Once we reach our first stop I’ll rig up for you (if you need me to) and then give you a brief basic lesson on how and why there are fish down there. It shouldn’t take more than 5 minutes, and it provides a decent jumping off point for you to venture forth looking for holes & caves on your own. By the end of the day, the poke poling page will all make sense to you, and you’ll know even more things I haven’t yet added there!
From here on out, you’ll be actively fishing with my by your side(s) helping you out. I’ll point out fishy looking holes, talk you through playing the fish/eel out of the hole as needed, help you with snags, retie rigs, unhook fish for you, etc. Hopefully I’ll even catch you catching a fish or eel on camera! If I manage to get some decent footage, definitely check my Youtube or message me for the raw footage/link!
So really what you’re getting is an experienced poker of holes guiding you while you learn first hand all the tips & tricks that’ll help you land your dream catch! (and dinner ;3) However if you’re more interested in learning about conservation, history of local fisheries, etc, and care less about having someone teach you while you fish I highly recommend going with a SeaForager tour led by Kirk Lombard instead. He’s a funny guy & very passionate about fishing. He’s got way more experience leading and definitely leads amazing tours!
So, there you have it! If you have any questions still, feel free to comment below, or contact me directly!
- $50 per person or $200 minimum for a trip
- $5 per rod rental should you need some (Covers damage, line, normal wear & tear, etc.)
- Cash only for now, other methods of payment are a hassle to set up/keep track of.
Why does it cost what it does?
- Years of experience fishing for eel and rock cod. I’ve tried tons of baits, rigs, tactics, spots, etc
- About the range others are charging for similar (but different!) services.
- I’ll be right by you as you fish, pointing out what to do and what to look for. No other tours offer someone actively fishing & advising you.
- I provide & prepare bait, hooks, weights, hand towels, etc. I provide services like tying knots, knowing fish regulations & sizes, and will be filming and later editing video of the trip.
- Gas. Fish gotta swim, Dennis gotta drive.
- And lets be honest. My time. I could be lazing about at home cooking, gaming, chilling with friends, or even off fishing something else on my own time.
Assorted rock cod:
If you’re interested the most reliable way to reach me to schedule a trip is either by text or email. I have pretty terrible reception at home, and am often busy at work during the day and may not be able to answer. I will try to respond within the same day usually.
You can text me at (408)315-8483, and email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.