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!
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→
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:
Don’t you talk about anything besides the Ankeny Street these days Dennis? Well…ya got me. Wind/waves were up for so many weekends in a row, so I kept finding myself on a boat. Post after this is a decent kayak trip though! And after that hopefully a guide on how to make these famous hod, hodie, ho d jigs? Generic bala rigs (google up daiawa bala rig for an idea).
So for the July 4th weekend, I went out with my dear mother. Which is awesome. Basically combine the 10 luckiest things you own, and that’s what my mom is for any and all fishing trips! And for those of you following, my mom hasn’t graced me with her presence on a fishing trip in awhile. Besides the good luck, its nice having family around :] Anyhow, as you can tell by now, I was excited for the day! Twas justified by the end of the day:
Before I forget, we were using 8-10oz weights all day. I used some 4-6oz metal bars as well, but generally that’s the weight we used. Used the normal dropper loop 2 hook rigs, and bars + teaser above. Also, because I forgot last time, here’s Kara & Patrick with two of their awesome fish from the last post!
“But dennis, you’ve been gone so long and you open with that? You should feel ASHAMED!”
Okay maybe. But I still think its kind of funny. Anyhow! I was on the Tigerfish out of Emeryville this weekend, and we fished the northern San Francisco Bay for halibut & stripers. Had a great time with Capt. Allen, his deckhand Matt, and the rest of the party. I got a lot of video too! You can find it below, or a link to the playlist at the end of this post.
Sorry for the delay, been busy & sleeping really badly. Wake up in the mornings 2 hours after I aim to get up still feeling like a rock. Maybe I should really actually fall asleep before 2am for once this week =.=
Anyhow headed out Tuesday for a breather. Didn’t feel like continuing to work after work, and wanted something exciting so I wound up hitting up my shallow spot to see if I could expand my knowledge. Pretty much got skunked this time around, not really sure why. I think its because the tide was higher this time compared to last time I showed up…wasn’t bouncing in the same spots. Left with only 1 bite, but at least I landed it. Tiny little rock cod <5″. Threw it back and headed to deeper waters.
Despite it being rather calm in the harbor, it was a slow night. I did get to use my 1/4oz jig though, which was nice. Hooked into maybe 6-7 fish for an hour or two’s fishing. Not bad, but by no means the best ever. Here’s the catch of the night:
Not sure what wordpress did with the old button to add images hosted on other sites, working on figuring it out. Just wanted to push this post out before I forgot details :]
Edit: apparently I have to push the post, go to the post and click edit to get back to the old format of editor…laaaaaame
Went in for the second part of my root canal today. Didn’t sleep last night, I think I actually fell asleep during the root canal… >.< Was raining on and off until I got back to redwood city. Sun came out around 3 and I felt like fishing so I looked up a few places. Was contemplating something in livermore, but the lake looked HUGE. I try to avoid the really large ones since I don’t have a boat to take out on them.
Anyhow, wound up choosing to try out Lafayette Reservoir. Got a little confused when I first got there. The road up is a really narrow one way street and you have to go over this one really sketchy bump thing…Its not bad once you’ve been through once, but your first time you’re just going to be thinking “What the holy hell have I gotten myself into…”
The parking is kind of confusing too. Right as you reach the top of the the hill there’s a gate that says “Annual Pass Only”, we didn’t even bother trying to go through there. Have no idea how it works. There’s a cleaning station and bathroom just to the right of that gate though. The cleaning station looks really nice, seems to be well kept. I didn’t use it since I didn’t know about it until we were packed and leaving.
Edit: having trouble with images showing up when embedding in post. wtf -.-
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: