I managed to finish editing it, but had no time to post :[ Been a looong busy last 2 weeks. Went to Texas for a work conference, came back & it was a week of meetings for our offsite… Hoo boy. I was planning on going out for horseneck clams (looks like geoducks), but then we found out we had the week wrong. So I’ll be up in Lawson’s Landing next Saturday!
Getting back into the swing of things though, lets go back & cover what happened in Santa Cruz!
Yoyoyo, what up everyone? Today’s been a crazy day! We hit 10,000 views on a single video today, and landed a pay out from google! One step closer to ensuring the domain name & site hosting are paid for!
You don’t want to miss out, I’ll be posting pictures when I get a chance while I’m out on the water!
Getting into the swing of reporting, was out on the Ankeny Street again last Friday, 4/17/2015, out of Pillar Point Harbor in Half Moon Bay, CA.
Bein’ a young’un I’ve never had the chance to fish for rock cod so early in the year before! Exciting times. I assume this means the conservation efforts have been working well & the fishery has recovered? Promising to note that the ling limit has now been increased from 2 to 3!
Somewhat worried that there’s now a 5 black rock cod limit per person/bag though. Wonder if those have been getting slammed too hard in the past few years? If anyone has reasons, I’d love to hear them! Just curious m’self :]
Anyhow, the forecast was for somewhat large swells, but not too much wind. Looked nice in the harbor when I arrived around 7!
So I got home late Thursday night. Started tying rigs late, and wound up pulling an all nighter… But I made some awesome looking jigs!
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.
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:
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 ^^
Originally planned to make a run down to Pebble Beach in Carmel, but the forecast said 13mph wind by 12pm. Wanted nothing to do with that. I’ll hit up Stillwater Cove some other day.
Decided I’d give the north jetty at Half Moon Bay a shot. Wanted to get there by 630/7am to pump up some yabbies, but woke up at 9am still feeling groggy… Hopped into the shower, grabbed my gear and was off.
Parked the car at the lot for the north jetty around 10:30am and headed out. I didn’t bother fishing until I was at the last bend.
North jetty is the one in the bottom left side. I started fishing at the second bend (1st bend closest to shore).
There were a ton less bites than I expected. Somewhat disappointed, but can’t complain about the quality of the fish I did bring home. Bounced over an area with squid with no luck. Swapped to a 2″ berkley gulp shrimp, and suddenly FISH WAS ON!
Yikes. Its been awhile since I posted.
Been so busy with work & other misc. projects. Started making a mollegabet bow recently too. I think since I last posted I’ve fished three times?
Went out to the bodega head jetty (the further, harder to reach one). The one with the cliff face that you have to climb…it was an interesting experience. I had a video of the way back up, but I seem to have lost it : Anyhow, here’s how it looked: Bodega Head Jetty
And that’s only part of it…we still had to hoof it to the farther parking lot d=