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Half Moon Bay – First Rock Cod Fishing Trip of 2015~!

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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.

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Glorious yellow boat

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!

Half Moon Bay Sun Rise
Pillar Point Harbor

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!

hex bar diamond bar ling candy hod jig
hex bar jig with red flasher stickers and a tube bait

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Salmon Trip!

So I think the place I left off was before the salmon trip on the Lovely Martha out of Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco. Don’t have pictures of the final result, but I think we walked off with 34+lbs of salmon. Two 12-13lbers, and we didn’t weight the smaller one.

Salmon porn!

Anyhow, if I could sum up how I felt about the Lovely Martha, well…you know what they say, a picture’s worth a thousand words.

Wouldn't go again
Lovely Martha

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First catfish ever!

I really need to start getting into surf fishing.  Supposed to figure that stuff out so I can take my dad out to do it.  Getting on topic though.  Read on Wednesday that they just stocked Lafayette Reservoir that day (10/24) and decided I needed seconds on bacon wrapped trout.  Been watching some videos (most by DJ Jeremy Bass Fishing) and reading a lot of freshwater bass fishing things saying wacky rigged senko worms are the way to go, wanted to give it a try since I read Lafayette rented kayaks, and bass should be hiding all the tules along the shoreline.

Grabbed some 4″ watermelon gary yamamoto senko worms, and some 5″ berkley scented sinking minnows (look about the same) since I’ve had a lot of luck with their scented lures (more specifically the minnows) at the sports authority in Foster City.  Also got some chicken livers (1lb for $1) at marina foods.  Figured I should drop on pole in as bait, may as well be catfish since I hadn’t even caught one.

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Crappie master with a Kastmaster

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Had nothing to do really on Monday around 5pm when we got back from the cruise.  Had to wait at the parents house until Tuesday at least for my root canal (Tuesday morning).  Decided to go try my luck out at Steven’s Creek Reservoir again.  Still searching for that decent sized bass.  Or maybe another carp, those things put up quite a fight on 6lb line.  Pretty damn exciting, playing the fish right on the edge of your line’s limit.

Ran over to fisherman’s warehouse (google maps) to grab some more kastmasters since I ran out last time I was there.  Had a few tiny ones, like 3/16th or something remarkably small, but I don’t use those anymore.  Caught too many 1-2″ baby fish and felt bad about it.  Went in and grabbed a different kastmaster this time.  They didn’t seem to have the 5/8 size anymore, or I didn’t look hard enough…Sunset was around 6:40pm so I wanted to get going to the lake quick (they close at sundown :[)
This is the model I’ve found that does the best: http://www.amazon.com/Acme-Kastmaster-Teaser-Chrome-4-Ounce/dp/B000LF2NMM

Blue on one half, chrome on the other.  1/4oz, and make sure it has that little white tuft at the bottom.  That seems to make a HUGE difference.  In the water it certainly helps the lure be more easily seen, especially in stained water that’s in the reservoir.  It also looks kind of like a tail, or the flash of a fish.  Either way in my experience it increases the bite rate significantly.  I wouldn’t say double, but I really wouldn’t be caught without one from now on.

Anyhow popped out of the car (parked on the side of the road) and rushed over to the start of the dam (where the cement and dirt meet) and started fishing from there.  Started tossing lures from top water retrieves all the way down to bouncing them off the bottom (which seems to be where all the fish in this lake are) before moving further along the dam.  Didn’t get anything until about 3/4 of the way down the damn (towards the other side of the lake).  Hooked into a few crappies.  Dropped the first one as soon a I landed it and didn’t get a picture.  I’m starting to get some really nice size crappie, in the 6-8inch range these days.
Here’s a few I caught on the dam:

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Elephant Rock Pier

Last night I was preparing to head out to Ft Point* pier this morning when I ran across another pier that I’d never heard of up in Tiburon: Elephant Rock Pier.  Was open 24/7 and I hated crowded piers & highways so I decided I’d go give it a go last night.

Ran out to Marina Foods for bait and learned a very important lesson.  Even though they’re open until 10pm, if you show up at 945, don’t expect the bins of fresh seafood to still be out.  Had to look around in the freezer section for bait.  Settled on trying something new last night, and grabbed some anchovies.  Not sure if this is something new Marina is trying out, or I just got lucky and they had them, but they don’t usually have frozen anchovies.  Best you can do is smelt usually.

Headed out to Tiburon after that and drove right past the pier.  When I read it was only 75ft long I thought it’d be larger.  I saw the restaurant that was right next to it, and figured it must’ve been somewhere further down the road.  About 10 minutes later I realized my mistake and turned around.  Found this when I found the pier and was trying to park

Taped off
Boy can I pick the times well or what…

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Crappies and Giant Goldfish

So Friday 9/7 I ran out to the South Half Moon Bay jetty to see if I could catch some rock fish off the jetty and maybe some rock crabs for a nice meal.  Turns out I couldn’t find either, and instead found a ton of dungeness crabs.

Hauling ’em in 2 at once

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Trout fishing Mono County

So…I’ve managed to fall waaaay behind on updating unfortunately.  So we’ll start way back on August 28th with our fishing adventure on June Lake.  Going to keep the three trips as separate posts so they can be organized properly (grouping of posts and what not).
Just to back up and give myself a little bit of excuse (heh ^^) I’ve been pretty busy @_@  Reason for this one not being on time is we were on vacation that week, and I didn’t have access to my computer.  Soon as we got home we had to clean up the house since we had it fumigated while we were gone.  Also the morning after we got back we had a Farallon Islands rock cod trip scheduled, and that was just exhausting…and so it goes d=  Anyhow!  On with the June Lake fishing report!

Here’s a short clip on our way out there from David Walley’s in Nevada.  My mom wanted my Dad to take a picture of I think Mono Lake if I remember correctly…

Anyhow, we scoped the place out the day before and saw some cool stuff.  There were 2 boat rental places and we decided to go with Big Rock Resort (a word of warning, never rent from them…you’ll find out why later).  So we headed back to our place after wandering around town for awhile and got ready to come back the next morning.

All dressed and ready to go!

Next morning rolls around and we hop onto a 14′ aluminum boat.  Was pretty amusing leaving dock since my dad was having trouble controlling the boat d=  If you’re wondering where the fish are, head to the left of the Big Rock Resort buildings (while facing it).  Go past the reeds and don’t stop until at least you reach the little dock sticking out after the reeds.  Shouldn’t be more than a 5-10 minute drive.  Anchor off shore if you can, and fish the ridge between you and the shore.  All along the coast from here on out seemed to produce.

We were using 1/2oz of weight on a carolina rig with power pait marshmallows (rainbow colored).  This will probably depend more on the day, but the fish we caught were all suspended about 3/4 of the way down.  My brother and I fished towards shore, my mom fished away, and my dad was tossing lures in every direction from the back of the boat.

Before I forget, this is how we fish XD

Pretty stylish right? It feels nice too!

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A nice little paddle out at Capitola

So the only reason I’m back tracking on this post is because…well otherwise I’d have nothing.  For now.  And seeing as I’m here not doing anything…  A note to myself though, I should really work on taking pictures before and during my fishing trips so its not a wall of text, then pictures…

Went out to the Capitola pier on 8/5/2012 with my brother and a work friend.  My brother and I showed up at Capitola around 6am and parked up on the cliff overlooking the pier.  Does anyone know of any other place with 12hour parking?  Every other spot seems to be limited to maybe 4 hours or less :

Was kind of odd too.  We ran into someone up there who was apparently $5 short…I had 1 quarter left after filling my meter.  Later when we got down to the pier we ran into him heading back up with another guy and all their gear.  Guessing they were on the waiting list for a boat, but there were no no-shows?  Either way he said if we wanted we could have his spot, it already had 3 hours in it.  At that point I’m not sure what confuses me more:

  1. that they got up early and lugged all their stuff down the pier just to leave?
  2. threw in 3 hours but planning on getting a boat and leaving?
  3. thinking we would want to move our car into their slot after he watched us fill our meter.

Anyhow after renting our kayaks we headed out towards the kelp beds to the left (if facing the ocean on the beach).  A few years back I had quite a bit of luck there catching 2 or 3 rock cod on a short drift.  When we went out this time though we couldn’t even get a bite.  My brother was drifting a halibut rig with squid, and I was drop shotting 1 anchovy & 1 squid lure with smelly jelly (anchovy).

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