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Fantasmical Crabdastical

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.

brown rock crab crabbing at pillar point pier in half moon bay, california
brown rock crab from HMB pier
Seal from pillar point harbor pier
Seal at HMB Pier

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

Vermilion, China, and a Few Dungeness Crabs

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!

rock cod from Ankeny Street in Half Moon Bay
China, black, and vermilion rock cod

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=

Squid run

And here’s where my ultimate downfall for this trip begins…   Continue reading Vermilion, China, and a Few Dungeness Crabs

Half Moon Bay Crabbing & Jetty Hoppin’

Finally getting all caught up on these reports!  Went crabbing on Saturday by kayak, and was out hopping around the rocks of the north jetty at Pillar Point harbor on Sunday with Calvin & Patrick.

I decided I was done with those giant behemoths of crab traps from danielson (the metal foldable ones).  Just so heavy, bulky, difficult to deal with.  I’ve seen lots of kayakers running around with Promar collapsible traps (tr 102W, get the newer ones with escape rings).  When If first received them I was skeptical as to how well they would work, but after Saturday I’m sold.

Dungeness Crabs & Rock Crabs in Promar Crab Trap

Anyhow!  Plan from last weekend was to go out and catch a bunch of crab so we could make crab & corn chowder.  I failed to wake up early, and crawled out of bed around 7am.  Got to half moon bay around 8am, but didn’t launch until 9:15am.  Didn’t get all my gear ready before hand, so took awhile setting stuff up on the beach :x.

Finally launch from the old pier.

Nice weather!

I’ve heard there are occasionally sand dabs along the shore where you crab, but was both late and lazy.   Continue reading Half Moon Bay Crabbing & Jetty Hoppin’

Pacifica Pier and Half Moon Bay Pier Crabbing

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

Pacifica Pier Crowded for Dungeness crabs
Pacifica Pier: Crowded with people going for Dungeness crab

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Half Moon Bay Pier 9/23/2012

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…:

Snaring for snares

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

Had an interesting swim bait, very small

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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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