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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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Capitola Reef Kayak Fishing 5/4/2013

Before we get started, just going to leave this video here. Lost my phone, driver license, and fishing license on saturday, been kinda bummed. But this cheered me right up. Oh Bill Dance, you’re my idol d=

Not my video btw. Maybe half of the footage is new-ish (I’ve seen a lot of the old bloopers, and many of these were a great surprise :3)

Anyhow, moving onto the report! Also, all photos courtesy of Kara, I lost my phone :[

Woke up 2 hours late Saturday morning…meant to get up at 5am, woke up after 7 to a text message from kara asking where I was. Gah. Grabbed my gear, loaded up the kayak and ran out the door.

Picked up Kara and breakfast, and we were off! Traffic wasn’t bad at all, pretty much speed limit the whole way or more. Not bad considering it was like 930/10am-ish? Was really weird driving into Capitola though. It was sunny right up until Capitola. Then all of a sudden the world got darker, and it was pretty foggy. Stayed that way all day. Kind of odd, considering there was some wind (5-11mph forecast).

Anyhow, we got there and unloaded our gear. On my way to the bathroom I passed a young boy who had a nice looking rock cod (black or blue, didn’t get a good look). Was AMAZING for off that pier, 10-12″ easily. Kid was using a ball weight with a maybe 4-6″ leader beyond that. I don’t know the name of the rig, but its got a bit of a cult following. Anyhow he wasn’t tossing it out too far, maybe 30-40′. Odd to have some rock cod out in the open there.

Ready to go!

Capitola Kayak fishing
Capitola Kayak fishing

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