I’m back! I had the July 4th week off, and went fishing a bunch! You’d think I’d use that time to wisely catch up on all the videos I haven’t gotten around to editing yet buuuuut… no I went fishing a ton instead! Many trips to the Half Moon Bay pier to fish for rock cod were made 😀 Many successful trips to the HMB Pier for rock cod in fact!
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!
Yoyoyo, what up everyone? Today’s been a crazy day! We hit 10,000 views on a single video today, and landed a pay out from google! One step closer to ensuring the domain name & site hosting are paid for!
You don’t want to miss out, I’ll be posting pictures when I get a chance while I’m out on the water!
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.
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!
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!
So I went back to treasure island in the San Francisco Bay recently! This marks my third trip out to try to fish. Only this time, there weren’t 3 people blocking off the entire pier by casting all over hell. Thanks guys, but please just learn to cast straight…
Anyways! Went out on a Sunday recently. I was originally aiming to get there around 6:50am with the sunrise:
As you can see, there was a low tide about an hour before sunrise. Figured I’d beat the crowd and get there first and fish the tide as it came in. Also the wind was supposed to pick up later in the day, so I thought that was going to be my only opportunity.
Turns out I snoozed out and woke up around 12pm instead d= I later went outside to get something from my car and found it was caaallllmmm outside, barely any wind! What the heck forecast! So I packed up real quick, and headed out. Wound up arriving around 5:45 PM. Was surprised as I walked up to find not a single person fishing the old pier.
Happily I hopped down on the right side of the pier to try my luck with gulp camo sandworms (surf fishermen report these things working wonders for perch).
Didn’t even get a nibble. Not even a NIBBLE. You gotta be kidding me. I used to poke pole with these things and caught rock cod, monkeyface eels, heck even an undersized ling or two with them.
At first I was thinking well maybe its just a bad day. It wasn’t flat water, swells were kinda big… But then I thought, no, that can’t be right. Perch live and eat in the beach swells, they couldn’t be happier for this kind of weather since it kicks up food and what not.
So I tried switching up baits to mussels and instantly started getting bites. Seriously the perch on Treasure island are so spoiled…But I didn’t wind up landing anything on the right side. Decided to try my luck on the left side of the pier:
And it was! Finally started hooking into fish over here:
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→
Lets continue the catch up finally! On 12/20/2014 there was an okay low tide late afternoon (3 or 4 PM) and I decided I’d give it a shot, check out the south half moon bay jetty and see how the fishing was.
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:
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!
Props to Calvin for the title! Jennifer blew us out of the water today. She just kept catching fish after fish, and we were ….slowly catching canaries. Blah!
We went out on the Ankeny Street on Saturday for rock cod (8/23/2014). Fished 40-80 ft of water for a boat’s limit of rock cod, a couple lings, starry flounders, and sharks too! Was an exciting day, and as fun as usual! I got to try out a buzz bomb lure on a charter boat for the first time. Had to use a 5″ to get it to sink fast enough, and it seemed to work decently. Caught a chunky gopher with it, and missed two big hits. More than that, but just the highlights!
Anyhow, we all piled onto the boat a little after 7:30am. I started with a buzz bomb, Calvin & Glen started with shrimp flies, and Jennifer opted for a swim bait (2oz). Boy did that ever pay off for her! At the first stop, on the first drop, she pulled up the first fish, and it was her first ling cod, and it was legal! That was a lot of firsts, I know, but damn, insane!