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.
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!
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=
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:
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.
Went out with some friends (and some kids) I used to work with at EA this past Saturday. Goal was to bring home a bunch of dungeness for our families. Kara had just gotten her ankle cut open recently so we were limited to easily accessible piers. Wound up deciding Pacifica Pier would be our best bet and we all agreed to meet up around 3am to carpool out.
Got to the pier around 4am and gates seemed to already be open. Not sure if they opened up at 12am like last weekend. I heard that opening weekend they had a deal with the locals to have it open at 12am to deal with crowding. /shrugs
Anyhow we parked and grabbed our gear and waddled off to try our luck. Was pretty crowded this past weekend still
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)→