Getting back into it, I went out on the Ankeny Street in April, last weekend even! Yea, I’m not as far behind in updates as I usually tend to be! d= We left Pillar Point Harbor around 7:30am and headed out about Continue reading Salmon Opener April 2015→
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:
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
So I did manage to wake up early in the morning to get out to Ft. Point pier, even managed to get Bill to go with me. Got even luckier and managed to get the parking spot closest the to pier! But before that…I gps’d myself to the wrong place. Had to pull over and look at maps to figure out where we were @_@ Readjusted course and then made it there.
Climbed out of the car, and boy was it kinda wet and cold… Was a pretty foggy day, and I forgot to check the weather last night. Headed to the trunk to grab my stuff. I was pretty excited, I found some cheap salmon heads to use as crab bait, and I had mussels to fish on hi-lo rigs for perch and rock cod.
And then I realized today was a terrible terrible day. I’d left all my bait, ALL OF IT, back home in the fridge…
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