This is going to be a compilation post of the last two crabbing trips I went on. Both times we went out to the Fort Baker Pier to do some (successful!) crabbing. I fell behind on blogging again, so…its what ya’ll are getting.
Went out crabbing for the long weekend, 2/2/2015 with some friends. Kept it simple, just hit up the pier to soak some hoops & traps and chill.
Was waaay crowded, being the long weekend ‘n all. We got there around 9:30am and there was already like 16 people on the small little pier. Amazing how packed the pillar point pier gets during any long weekend! Continue reading Fantasmical Crabdastical→
Its been awhile. Weather’s been not so hot, so I haven’t gotten out much. Maybe only once or twice since the last update? There’s a poke pole trip I made a little while ago on 11/22/2014:
You can maaaybe see the small shark I walked next to around 4:18, but the glare off the water sorta messed with the GoPro. If I’d known I’d have scooped it up in my bucket to get a better picture. Figured since I was filming I’d have it… guess not.
If you’re able to identify this by this crappy picture alone, please let me know! I haven’t a clue what it was, but it was cute :3
Anyhow, tide was a -0.8 ft. or so, peaking around 4:30 with a sunset at 5. Timing worked out okay. Was right after a long rain storm. I was supposed to take some coworkers out on a poke poling tour, but rain was forecasted. Hadn’t been out since Sept. though, so I decided I’d go rain or shine.
Couldn’t reach my favorite spot. That’s the reason I was wading out into the open water. There’s a little bar you can follow that’s shallower than following right along the jetty.
Anywho, did okay. Not great, but made do with the few spots that were available to me:
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=
Had some left over bait from Thanksgiving day (we didn’t get around to using it as planned) and decided to try to put it to use on Friday. Went out to Half Moon Bay to try crabbing off the pier, maybe get enough crab to add it to our second Thanksgiving dinner later that night. Boy was I surprised when I got there though
There were so many people running around that I had to park at the launch ramp parking lot. Hecka far. Grabbed two crap hoops and my bucket full of bait and drinks then headed off towards the pier. Quite a long walk to haul gear man @_@ When I got within sight I realized my mistake. I really should have driven through the permit parking area to glance at the pier area first.
There were so many people on the pier it looked as though it were a mosh pit in a high school dance. That was pretty soul crushing to see after hauling gear all the way down there. I decided since I’d made it that far I may as well at least stop by to see how everyone was doing. It was so crowded there were people fishing from the walkway towards the pier from the point the water started being out there. There were a bunch of people even sitting & fishing from the jetty wall there itself! Insane.
On my way out there I passed a little kid and who I assume was his dad who seemed friendly so I asked how they were doing. Wouldn’t you believe it, they said they caught 2 cabezon already that day. One was even legal! I’ve been gunning for cabezon for months now, and I never knew there was a cabbie hole right there along the wall somewhere. Didn’t remember to ask :[
They were using neon yellow/green grubs. 2-3″ long I think. Essentially poke poling it from what I could tell. I didn’t see the kid casting out, then ofcourse there wasn’t much space for him to do so anyway with so many people crowding the pier…
Here’s the little guy who caught ’em:
Just got back from HMB then Pacifica Pier. Read Pacifica Pier doesn’t open until 4am, so I figured I’d go hit up the HMB pier while waiting until 4am. Was playing LoL until 12am anyway, wasn’t really going to get much rest.
Made it out to the pier and was surprised to see 3 other people there already. They informed me there was nothing but babies so far. We set about crabbing and I eventually pulled in 3 rock crabs. All 4-5″, nothing special. 2 red, 1 brown. Let them all go. Only saw 2 baby crabs, not a single dungie though. Not sure if the dungeness move out of the sheltered area once they mature, or if there were too many poachers. Anyhow, I chatted with the other group a bit and they mentioned Pacifica Pier sometimes opens early (3am).
Went out to Pacifica Pier today for a few hours (1230-23-ish?) to take a look at how the crabs are shaping up for this year’s crab opener (on Sat.). Tossed out Sofa King snares.
Completely spaced on it last time I mentioned them. They’re made by a guy who goes by Sofa King over on PFIC (Pier Fishing in California) and are supposedly the best. Now that I’ve used them a few times I can attest to that fact. Normal snares (like danielsons: v1, v2) aren’t even on the same level. First of all they’re large and bulky. Its less about a large hunk of bait, and more about using the right kind of bait. Crabs will only be able to claw at the outside edge anyway.
Sofa King snares are about half as tall as v1, about the same height as v2. However they’re much slimmer. This translates to soaring through the sky smoother (more aerodynamic) and coming back in with much less effort (less drag through the water). Another side note is that the snare itself is just lighter if you don’t need to stuff it that full of bait. Using 1/3-1/4 of the amount of bait helps a ton. You’re going to be reeling those suckers in every 3-10 minutes depending on the day. Continue reading Testing the waters! (Pacifica)→
So I got some new crab snares from Sofa King (best snares according to PFIC) last week and was itching to try them last week. Went out and stopped by Marina Foods in Foster City to grab a single chicken leg and some squid for bait. Then I headed out to the HMB pier and started fishing around 8pm.
Unfortunately it wasn’t until I got to Half Moon Bay that I realized I didn’t have my hoop nets with me. Or my bucket. Or my crab gauge. I was woefully unprepared @_@ But I’d driven all the way there already, so I grabbed a few rods and a few crab snares and headed out to the pier to see if I could at least feed some crabs and fish catch and release style.
Soaked snares for 5 minutes, then 3, then 10. No luck after about an hour with two poles soaking made me start to lose hope and get bored. I should note here that the pier is not lit, so its rather dark at night, but still close enough to a city that you can’t really see that many stars. Kind of boring at night. And cold.
Getting back to the report, I wound up there at the peak of a low tide, and was worried that was why I wasn’t getting anything. I remember reading that the rock fish there don’t really care about the tide when its night, so I set up a 2 hook rig and started fishing that. Tried both floater and carolina rigs, no bites. Dragging my bait in along the bottom revealed there were 2 large 6-7inch crabs down there. But I could only get them with my hook and line :
Snares didn’t bring anything up all night besides this…:
Yep. That’s my only catch of the night. The crabs fell off the hooks as soon as they broke the surface. Headed home around 1030pm empty handed.
Went to LA for the weekend. Got back Saturday late in the night (technically Sunday) 130am. Got up around 10am Sunday to go crabbing again as I was craving it. Now I know a lot of people swear by chicken for crabbing. My parents used to use it. Having been trying to catfish successfully as of late, I’ve handled quite a bit of chicken livers. They really smell. And slowly break up, sort of creating a chum. They’re oily as hell too. In the past I caught a bunch of crabs in an hour or two when noone was getting any with fresh fish guts. Armed with that knowledge I figured I’d give chicken livers a try. They smell more than chicken, are chicken, and are fresh guts.
So I used a mix of squid and chicken livers in my hoop nets. Fished like 11am-230pm. The pier was rather crowded on Sunday. Lots of kids and families. Wish I had a picture of the annoying one…their mother needs to rot in hell. But we’ll get to that ^^
When we first got there this guy in particular was pretty interesting