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Crabbing With Your Local Peers

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Golden Gate Bridge from the Ft Baker Pier (dungie being returned to the ocean)


This is going to be a compilation post of the last two crabbing trips I went on.  Both times we went out to the Fort Baker Pier to do some (successful!)  crabbing.  I fell behind on blogging again, so…its what ya’ll are getting.

crabbing ft baker pier sausalito at the base of the golden gate bridge
Brown rock crab on TOP of the trap!

First trip was Sunday, 2/21/2015.  Had just gotten some advice Continue reading Crabbing With Your Local Peers

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

Half Moon Bay Crabbing!

Sorry for the delay!  Had to have a root canal once I got back from the cruise…Blah.

Whole point of going out there was because I was about to head home a day or two early to prepare for hte cruise.  I had been mentioning my crabbing successes to my mom and she asked if I could bring some crab home.  Had been sleeping kind of weird lately and wasn’t tired Tuesday night even though I hadn’t slept the day before.  Decided to just go out and fish that evening since the low tide peaked around 8 meaning I could be out there all night until the morning maybe 10am and I should have plenty of crab by then.

Got to the pier around 730 pm-ish?  I can’t remember.  For the first time I saw two wardens out there.  Curious, I asked what they were looking for (they had been walking in front of me the whole way towards the pier and were looking around on both sides of the jetty).  Apparently there was a report of a bird that got wrapped up in fishing line and they were trying to help it.  Didn’t see them find it and they were gone within 10 minutes to look for it elsewhere.

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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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