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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

HMB – Kayaking to Victory!

Aaalllrriightty, and that brings us to the kayak trip with Calvin!  Weather had finally calmed down to 2ft of combined swell.  A mite windy @ 6-12mph, but definitely doable.  In fact the wind was down most of the day until we started making our way back in!  Was a nice day on the water:

Half Moon Bay kayak fishing

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Queen Of Hearts, But Not Mine!

Went out 7/20/2014 with Calvin & Glen on the Queen of Hearts out of Pillar Point Harbor (Half Moon Bay).  The quick & dirty?  We limited out, but 50% of the fish could fit in your hand, and more like 75% of the fish were black & blue rock cod.  Get the title yet?  Ankeny Street and Tigerfish still rule this guys heart!

rock cod on the Queen of Hearts from Half Moon Bay
My bag at the end of the day

These fish were on the large size.  And only 4 lings caught that day for 20+ people.  The whole reason we wound up going was that I called the day before & asked what their scores were like Saturday.  Apparently they managed 36 lings for 24 people.  Amazing!  Unfortunately we didn’t have a repeat performance.

Calvin was using a generic dropper loop rig with 8-10oz weights.  Glen used a mix of those and the ones with plastic squids on them as well.  Also used whole fresh squid (they caught some recently and had it to share with the patrons.  Massive props for that!).  I was using a generic bala/ho d jig (4oz).

generic bala jig
ho d jig

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Ankeny This, Ankeny That

Don’t you talk about anything besides the Ankeny Street these days Dennis? Well…ya got me. Wind/waves were up for so many weekends in a row, so I kept finding myself on a boat. Post after this is a decent kayak trip though! And after that hopefully a guide on how to make these famous hod, hodie, ho d jigs? Generic bala rigs (google up daiawa bala rig for an idea).

So for the July 4th weekend, I went out with my dear mother. Which is awesome. Basically combine the 10 luckiest things you own, and that’s what my mom is for any and all fishing trips! And for those of you following, my mom hasn’t graced me with her presence on a fishing trip in awhile. Besides the good luck, its nice having family around :] Anyhow, as you can tell by now, I was excited for the day! Twas justified by the end of the day:

Double Vermilion Rock Cod!

Before I forget, we were using 8-10oz weights all day. I used some 4-6oz metal bars as well, but generally that’s the weight we used. Used the normal dropper loop 2 hook rigs, and bars + teaser above.  Also, because I forgot last time, here’s Kara & Patrick with two of their awesome fish from the last post!

Patrick with his first legal lingcod!
Kara with a piggy of a china cod!

Fishing buddies for lyf omigawd.

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Final part of last weekend!

Playlist from last sunday can be found here:

There are videos of many of our fish being reeled up, sand dabs, dolphins, and seals!

A Dab’ll Do Ya – Part 2!

Sorry for the delay, I’ve been trying to let my fingers heal.  Been somewhat painful at work :[  Pictures from Sean (tons & tons of thanks for taking super awesome photos, you need to keep joining in) are up!  Album link at the end of this post :]

He was on the other boat, so many of the pictures are from their boat.  But I can at least go ahead and say we had a pretty good day:

Rock Cod From Capitola
Rockfish From Capitola

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2013 Dungeness Crab Opener!

But let’s be honest.  I’m not a huge crab fan.  For those of you following me, you’ll note that I pretty much have only 1-2 posts on crabbing…

But after lots of sighing and debating, I loaded up one crab cage Friday evening.  Wound up needing the entire Friday night to prepare since I was planning to fish as well.  Wound up not being ready until about 2am…had to be up at 3am to drive & eat breakfast anyway so I just stayed up…

We landed in Half Moon Bay around 5/5:30 am.  Packed everything down and paddled off!  Was so foggy, glad we had lights.  We could hear boats cruisin’ around us long before we could see them.  We headed out to the first stop, somewhere around the triangle.

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HMB Kayak Fishing – 8/3/2013

Report from last saturday.  Sorry for the delay!  Keep getting caught up with random things. Like flat tires

Not a great way to start a day…Whipped out the spare and threw it on there only to find it too was flat (has been sitting in my trunk for 3-4 years…forgot to check the pressure every now and then).  Had to call up AAA and get them to pump it up.

Anyhow, back to the report.  Went out last Saturday in search of taco ingredients.  Was otw by 7ish iirc.  Tried to shave off some distance and cut across an area I’d never paddled before.  GREATLY regretted it.  Continue reading HMB Kayak Fishing – 8/3/2013

Half Moon Bay: A Buzz Bomb Trial Day

So yea. Been too long, been too busy to really catch up. Sorry, going to just let the trips between salmon and today drop into oblivion…here’s all the photos: http://imgur.com/a/FfMUC#0

Went out today to Half Moon Bay on my kayak. Wanted to really test out buzz bomb lures and also test my fish finder. I got an Elite 5 DSI chartplotter and it didn’t ship until recently. West Marine had a massive sale and I guess it was really good. My unit was back ordered for half a month or more. Jerry rigged my own mount for the transducer and the unit. I’ll make another post tomorrow about it coupled with my trip out to Del Valle Lake in Livermore.

Anyhow, here’s a short intro on what I sometimes use (though after today it seems like I’m going to focus on buzz bombs).

Covers dropper loops, shrimp fly rigs, and shrimp flies themselves. Trying to do a better job covering everything, still working on a better view for the camera.




On the way out I marked what I thought was bait on the fish finder. Dropped a sabiki to find out if I was really reading my fish finder properly:

No idea what these are. Kind of remind me of lizard fish, had tons of small sharp teeth. There were tons of these little buggers all over the place. Pelicans were dive bombing these. But at least it meant I was reading my DSI properly! ^^

Anyhow! Back on track. Also wanted to get myself catching fish on my mini (people call it barbie?) pole. And voila!

That was the biggest black/blue cod I’d ever hooked into! Barely fit into my net. Shortly after I cut the video I unhooked the fish, lipped it, got it out of the net, then it squirmed and I lost my grip…back into the water it went :[ It was over 20″ >..< I think the mini pole is too soft to properly hookset :

Oh also, one of these videos has dolphins in it (hard to see). A whole pod swam by me early in the morning ^^

Anyhow, best one I’ve found is the chrome+pink one in 4″. 5″ was nice, but too heavy for the light tackle I was running. I got some nice hits on it though. The 4″ brought in like 4-5 small rock cod that were also 4″…

Ended the day with 3 keeper blacks, all over 14″ and a 15-18″ greenling. Nice red color :]

Ran into a guy near the end of the day, we both fished the same area for a bit. He managed to get a HUGE black/blue, even bigger it looked than the one I lost. Also ran into Ariel (I think that’s his name/handle) on the beach. Was a pleasant surprise to meet up with another NKCAer. He hooked into two 12ish lb salmon, but lost them both during netting, they spat the hook! Man, that was sad to even hear about :[ He nailed a nice ling on the way back in though!

Went home and turned two of the cod into fish tacos :]

Sliced up the fillets into chunks and then rolled them in spicy taco mix (mccormick brand I think?). Threw those in the pan on medium/medium high heat with oil, and tossed some soyrizo (vegetarian soyrizo, trying to keep the calories down) in. Turned out pretty tasty, but not as crispy as the last time I made them. Last time I dipped chunks of fish in egg, then rolled it in a mix of panko bread crumbs (WAAAAY better than the breading you find near the taco mix) and taco seasoning. Fried those up and then mixed them with some salsa and sour cream.
One of my housemates who isn’t a fan of fish liked both, but apparently the soyrizo version tastes more like fish. Just a heads up for those of you out there who prefer it to taste less or more like fish ^^

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvxmnsEpOyAGgC6a3xvjMQKe2Evx_K6uo
Playlist for all videos involving fish from today

See you guys tomorrow, hopefully!

5-19-2013 Ft Baker/Moore Rd Pier & Jetty Rock Cod Fishing

Just got home friday evening from staying at home all week to help my dad after his back surgery. Some of his vertebrae were too narrow, and he was in danger of having nerves pinched (read: paralyzed from the stomach down). Anyhow, after putting the surgery off for years he finally went in and got it and I spent the whole week back in Cupertino helping when I could (I even spent 1.5 days in the hospital).

Finally got back to Redwood City Friday evening for a relaxing weekend. Nothing planned, no rushes, just sitting back and relaxing. Been awhile since I had one of those. Decided to start on a second bow as well.

Second bow is on the right, and has a riser block (? handle? I forget) this time. Last time I got too lazy and skipped it. Spent an hour having a nice fellow (John) from craigslist help me cut it with power tools (I don’t have them…and I’m done grinding the entire block out with a rasp d=).

Anyhow! He did a great job and now I just need to sand/scrape it down. Probably aiming to have a lower strength bow this time and hopefully not splinter it during tillering…but it saved me days worth of work. Pretty sweet. I’ll post updates if it succeeds d=

Getting back on track, I spent most of the weekend happily half asleep in my armchair. Around 2pm Sunday I got the urge to go find some fish though, so grabbed some squid and hopped out the door. I’ve only been out to Ft Baker/Moore Rd Pier once so far, and that was a loooong time ago. Back when I thought drop shotting was the magical end all solution to all fishing. We came out, I bounced for ~10 minutes and had a rock cod! My first time ever landing one off a pier! Probably only the 2nd time I’d ever seen one landed on a pier at the time even. It was exciting, but that was the end that day.

I set out Sunday hoping that with all my experience since then I’d be able to land at least 2, regardless of size.

SF Golden Gate Bridge
My destination

Started on the pier, since I was most interested in fishing under the pier, between the pilings, looking for structure anywhere. Rockfish Ninja’s reports (from PFIC) always make me want to head out to a pier in the bay in search of rock fish. Soon as I got halfway out I realized exactly how windy it was. I thought I was boned, no way I could fish, but it turned out to be not so bad, as long as I wasn’t out on the front end of the pier. Tried fishing along the way out (the first initial straight section) for no bites. Didn’t get any hits until I was in the elbow of the pier. I had been tossing under the pier for awhile and not getting any hits, but I noticed on a few pulls I seemed to be nearly getting snagged on something just outside of the pier (in open water). Threw a little behind it and dragged my bait over it and found it felt just like a hole in the jetties.

Kept at that hole for the next couple minutes, even letting the bait rest a few times. Then one time after leaving it for about 20 seconds, FISH ON! I was totally surprised, still believed it couldn’t be anything besides a large chunk of seaweed I was tugging on. But then it started moving from side to side to side and I knew it was a fish, but I couldn’t horse it up real quick. Was using pretty light tackle (14lb line, but my rod was probably only weighted at 6-10lbs?). Had planned on using a different reel, but forgot it at home…so I made do.
10-15 seconds later, fish got away. When I pulled my rig up it kind of looked like the squid had been covering the hook to begin with? Figured either the fish was too small to set the hook itself properly, or it was just stubborn and wouldn’t let go of the squid. Fix the hooking, and tossed it back down (was using a carolina rig, 3/4oz sliding egg sinker, not pinned in place)
Based on how the fight felt, I suspect I didn’t really actually get the fish out of its hole too much, if any. Mostly just a tug of war that happened. My guess was in that situation the fish would probably still be hanging out in the same hole. From my experience unless you pull them out into open water, they don’t really move away.
With that in mind, I tossed back, working the same area. Finally got a hit and hook set on something from the other side of the pillar. This time I gave an extra little tug before anything else, even though I was using a circle hook. If its a small fish, it couldn’t hurt my chances anymore (the smaller ones don’t always hit hard enough to set the hook properly). Fought the fish up after about 20 seconds, though in all honesty it was more just pulling it up. Fish didn’t break to either side, just tried going straight down.

Was a maybe 6-7″ brown rock cod. But then I dropped it off the hook trying to get my rod and it over the railing…talk about noobish moves. Though there were tons of people around, and bunches stopping to ask how I was doing often, I lucked out and noone saw d=

Couldn’t get any more bites in that spot, and didn’t have the skill or space to fish anywhere else effectively. Tried the spot where I think I caught a fish last time, but no luck. Decided to use my time over on the jetty on the other side of the harbor instead. Tried it once with a diamond bar and…well ’nuff said. Don’t diamond bar off the jetty. I sure was an idiot in the past…

Anyhow, off I went. Nearly couldn’t figure out how to drive up next to it. Those super steep, super narrow dirt roads always make we worry since I no longer drive a ford explorer…I miss 4wd some days. Anywho, off onto the jetty I ran. Didn’t see anyone pull any fish up while I was there, but didn’t ask anyone either. Saw two asian guys with an ice chest, but they didn’t seem to get anything but snags. I fished one spot for about 5 minutes with no luck. Tried on the inside side of the harbor at one spot where water was coming through, no luck. Swapped back to the bay side and rigged up a berkley gulp shrimp. Same set up, 3/4oz sliding egg sinker and a 5/0 circle hook. Tossed out pretty far a few times with no luck. Tried tossing less far to save some time, and not even 4 ft out I got hit! I was a fool and still using the light tackle rod and worried I’d get rocked. The best I could do was keep the fish from diving downward and quickly reel in whenever it stopped diving. In the end I won out (lesson learned from multiple large fish lost on the HMB jetties…) and it was a nice ~9″ black cod:

Black rock cod from Moore Rd Jetty
Black rock cod from Ft Point Jetty




Fished for maybe another hour with no more bites. Guessing it was because swell was up, and wind was nearly howling. Better results than I expected for both the area and weather. 3 bites, “landed” 2. Not bad for a lazy sunday afternoon.
Didn’t really take many pictures, rest can be found here: http://imgur.com/a/xod7B#0

Anyhow, I’ll be out at Steven’s Creek Reservoir this Saturday (5/25/2013) targeting bass or crappie mainly, and maybe carp. Will be out there with 2-3 other people in kayaks/foldaboats. If you see a dude with a mini 1-2ft rod &/or a black/red chainmail bracelet, give a holler!
I’ll also be out at the half moon bay jetties with a few people the next day (Sunday, 5/26/2013) to poke pole the amazing low tide (-1.85!? Lowest I’ve ever seen, fishing should be amazing).

Random thought to close out the day, do fish believe in god(s)? When they get hooked and are fighting, can they comprehend what’s happening, or do is it just like they’re on some ride, courtesy of a magical force? When they break the line, do they go home and tell their buddies they felt the hand of god?