Last Tuesday, 9/9/2014, marked the first time I returned to the site of the [yacht] incident. For a variety of reasons, I hadn’t been back to Capitola since. But here we were. Kara’s brother Andrew had come all the way from Colorado, and by god, we were going to put him on the fish!
We got there early, around 7/7:30am. Didn’t see anyone else, but we later ran into 2 other Capitola Boat & Bait boats out on the water. We weren’t the only ones playing hooky from work! We started off by the Tank House reef looking for bait. For reference, here’s a picture of the Capitola kelp bed map that Capitola Boat & Bait passes out: http://i.imgur.com/dpEHcZQ.jpg. Kara had that feeling. You know, the one where you just know there’s fish. Like a fool, I questioned it. But we stopped nonetheless, and well…unsurprisingly she was right!
Smack dab in the middle of aaallllll the bait fish! Mostly only pin head anchovies jumping out of the water, but fun to see still. So there we were, jigging away with sabikis (Kara opted to fish a shrimp fly, see if she could land just larger bait). I think we had a size 10, and size 8. We were using 1oz weights. First fish coming up were small anchovies.
After a few drops we found out there were much larger, perfect bait size ones lurking below those! Success!
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:
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!
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).
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:
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!
Super delayed report. We went out to Capitola for opening weekend, did okay:
I caught an underling, but didn’t really get any fight out of it. Was holding onto the BRAID line by hand for about 15 minutes untangling Jesse from my line… Incredibly difficult to do that with only 2 hands. Urgh. Anyways, underling, no fight, went back in. Saaaad.
But then when we went back out Sunday…we caught only a couple. Augh. Got a bunch of kingfish, couldn’t get many lings to hit though
We were out all day too. Only got 1 ling to hit, and it was under sized:
Man. So behind, this is basically a report from 1/11/2014. Been so busy @_@ anyhow, on with the report!
Went out to the Half Moon Bay / Pillar Point jetties to get some fishing in with friends. There was a 30% chance of rain going into it, but we were hopeful it would remain dry. I mean, 30%, come on, what could go wrong?
So we arrived, slowly group trickled in (iirc, we had 3 cars of people, arriving at various times). Headed off to the jetties and got about fishing. Can’t remember the details any more, try as I might. My toe might be distracting me…
Happened today. Anyways, I believe we managed to end the day with everyone catching at least 2 fish? We were pulling fish up all over the entire jetty on shrimp & plastic lures. Learned something important, the only lure an eel will take is Berkley Gulp Alive shrimp. Didn’t have any eel takers until I switched to a carolina rig with shrimp.
If I’m remembering right….we caught a few fish, then the bite basically died down for an hour or so. Then it started verrrrry lightly drizzling. And then the bite turned back on! Nite & his friends started pulling up fish from the very first spot we fished, that had been dead for awhile. Kara started pulling up eel after eel, calvin started pulling stuff up too! Action everywhere!
I think some other people caught some of these. But damn did Kara ever pull up a fuck ton of eels! At one point I caught a fish, got all excited, Kara just turned to look, and it fell right off the bloody hook!!!!
What did Kara do? Instantly burst out guffawing, god damn it. :[
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.
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:
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?
Sorry for the delay, been busy & sleeping really badly. Wake up in the mornings 2 hours after I aim to get up still feeling like a rock. Maybe I should really actually fall asleep before 2am for once this week =.=
Anyhow headed out Tuesday for a breather. Didn’t feel like continuing to work after work, and wanted something exciting so I wound up hitting up my shallow spot to see if I could expand my knowledge. Pretty much got skunked this time around, not really sure why. I think its because the tide was higher this time compared to last time I showed up…wasn’t bouncing in the same spots. Left with only 1 bite, but at least I landed it. Tiny little rock cod <5″. Threw it back and headed to deeper waters.
Despite it being rather calm in the harbor, it was a slow night. I did get to use my 1/4oz jig though, which was nice. Hooked into maybe 6-7 fish for an hour or two’s fishing. Not bad, but by no means the best ever. Here’s the catch of the night: