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A Short Afternoon on The Jetty

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.

half moon bay pillar point south jetty rock cod poke poling
Fish on!

And the fish came out to greet me!
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From the Half Moon Bay Jetties to the Mirror Waters of Capitola

super calm day at capitola, ca with seals
capitola water & seals in the background

The weather these past two weekends has been amazing.  It finally calmed down after that initial spring – fall change.  Had a few weeks of rather high speed winds, but boy, when it calms down, it really calms down!  And that black patch is a bunch of seals!  Tons of seals, dolphin, and whales, but more on that later. Continue reading From the Half Moon Bay Jetties to the Mirror Waters of Capitola

Fishin’ That Half Moon Bay Jetty

Was going to go out and fish with some NCKA guys around 2pm on Sunday, but something came up that I had to take care of…wound up not being free until 3:30 and was too late to go running off after them…

So I decided to just hit up the jetty and scope it out.  Haven’t been on the south jetty in months and months, figured it would be good to revisit it and brush up on my spots.
Here’s a quick video covering how to hook bait when going for eels.

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Quick ‘n Dirty HMB Update

Hit up the half moon bay/pillar point harbor jetty last night (5/7/2013). Bait was shrimp, went with a carolina rig. 1/2oz – 1oz. Water was like glass, but had to use one of my stiffer poles due to some reel problems. Hook was a 5/0 circle hook.

Size is definitely down, but the numbers are doing okay. Not as bad as I thought before, but not great. Two biggest fish were <10″ and skinny. Both grassies. Oddly enough the majority of fish caught last night were grassies. Kind of odd. Usually I only see 1 or 2 fat grassies every 4-5 trips. Continue reading Quick ‘n Dirty HMB Update

Bodega Jetty 3.17.2013

Made the 2hour drive up to bodega bay to try hitting up the jetties up there. Showed up with 2 friends to try fishing for rock cod on the easier to reach jetty (no idea if its north/south or east/west). It was the one next to doran park. You can park right next to the jetty ^^ convenient!

The jetty itself however…not so convenient. The jetty out there is literally worse than the north half moon bay jetty. Nearly every step required a hop. Maybe the other jetty would be easier, it looked like it was stacked nicer at least.

Anyhow, its late and im exhausted.
I can hopefully touch this up at a later date, and include the last 2 trips as well. I owe you guys a post called “Just Around The River Be- Err, Jetty Bend”. Disney fans should get the reference.


Catches were either 2 sculpin or baby cabezon, bunch of small crabs, 2 rock cods <4″, a kelp greenling and a seatrout both over 15″. Continue reading Bodega Jetty 3.17.2013

Half Moon Bay Jettaaayy

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:
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Cabezon ho! Also A How To Fish The Jetty Explanation

Went out and fished the HMB jetty & pier on 12/15 with my brother.  We started off on the half moon bay pier.  Rigged up with 1/4oz leadhead jigs.  I was using berkley gulp camo sandworms, my bro was using chunks of frozen anchovy.

We kept feeling something tapping around the inside corner of the L, but couldn’t get anything to commit.  Whatever it was managed to snap 8lb line in a flash.  My brother set the hook and then the line broke.  Wasn’t even a violent set.  Wonder what was going on.

I tried a little bit around him and managed to get a chunk of plastic.  Anyone know if there’s like a huge chunk of plastic bag caught up down there?  I’ve been multiple times and pulled up large chunks of what seems like a grey plastic bag in the same area.  Always throw it away in the trash can on the pier, but odd how it always seems to be there.

I moved closer to the sink and started tossing towards the rocks and working my way back towards the pier.  Eventually got a bite and set the hook.  Fish on!  Was up onto the pier pretty quick though…

Small rock cod off half moon bay pier
Tiny little thing

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Half Moon Bay South Jetty

So yea.  I went out to the south jetty at half moon bay last night to test whether or not I really did have a better grasp of how to fish the jetty or not.  Also wanted to see if fish did indeed grow larger the further out I went. Parked outside the RV park around 9/930pm.

Realized once I finished the post I didn’t go over my set up all at once anywhere. 8lb mono line, 3/4 oz & 1 oz sliding egg sinkers (increased weight because of higher wind, swell, & current, less is better), and a 3/0-7/0 hook tied directly onto the main line (snell knot, wound 6-10 times). Today was using an entire shrimp on every cast hoping for bigger fish. Hooked through the shrimp 2-3 times in any fashion. Since I was fishing at night I doubt presentation was a big issue.

Didn’t get to try the sea side of the jetty.  Not sure if its always that bad at low tide, or was just too hard to reach at night.  Sure didn’t look inviting and seemed like I’d instantly snag up.  Hopped my way out to around mark 40 before bothering to try to fish.  I was sort of behind schedule, and had to account for extra time spent traversing the jetty (didn’t want to get home too late).

First cast out ~25ft.  Got hit as soon as I jigged back near the jetty.
Canary Rock Cod Off Half Moon Bay Jetty

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Half Moon Bay Pier & Jetty – How To Destroy Your Legs 101

Its been storming out here for the past week, though its finally cleared up these last few days.  Really wanted to go fishing starting the first day of the storm, I really need to keep a better eye on weather.  See the post on PFIC here.  Usually fish are out feeding in force before storms.  They’ve got to stock up on food before hiding during most of the parts of the storm.  And boy was it a storm.

20-30mph winds most of last week.  I headed out Wed or something (its late, and I haven’t gone to bed before 3am yet this week…) last week to try my luck after work when it was only 80% chance of rain.  Didn’t realize 24mph winds were strong enough to prevent breathing if you weren’t careful which direction you were facing.  I decided I’d better just take a short walk and call it a night.  Noone around, obviously, and the swell was pretty crazy for inside the harbor.  I wonder what a fish does if it finds itself too far from a cave to hide in when it starts getting rough?

Talked to someone who contacted me through this blog and answered some questions to the best of my abilities.  Didn’t hear back on whether they made it out Saturday or not, am curious to hear how the crabbing was for them if they did indeed make it out on the south jetty.  If you guys are reading, please leave a comment or send me an email! :]

Anyhow, went home and threw my bait in the freezer to use on the weekend.  Looked like this past Sunday would suddenly clear up for a few hours in the evening.  Couldn’t help myself come Saturday when it cleared up slightly, and headed out around 12pm for a few hours.  Really becoming bothered by how many people are showing up there.  Not sure if its just because of crabbing season, or its just becoming more well known, but there are quite a few crabbers these days.  Not as crowded as the day after thanksgiving, but still very little room to crab if that’s what you wanted to do.  On the other hand there seemed to be quite a few crab around.  Most people had 2-3 from what I saw.  Someone even had maybe 3 or 4 large dungeness crab.

Only pro to having so many people around is you sometimes see really weird things.  Like this woman who pulled up a live shrimp
Shrimp from a crab hoop at Half Moon Bay Pier

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Half Moon Bay Kayak Fishing & Crabbing

Had some left over bait from Thanksgiving day (we didn’t get around to using it as planned) and decided to try to put it to use on Friday.  Went out to Half Moon Bay to try crabbing off the pier, maybe get enough crab to add it to our second Thanksgiving dinner later that night.  Boy was I surprised when I got there though

There were so many people running around that I had to park at the launch ramp parking lot.  Hecka far.  Grabbed two crap hoops and my bucket full of bait and drinks then headed off towards the pier.  Quite a long walk to haul gear man @_@  When I got within sight I realized my mistake.  I really should have driven through the permit parking area to glance at the pier area first.

There were so many people on the pier it looked as though it were a mosh pit in a high school dance.  That was pretty soul crushing to see after hauling gear all the way down there.  I decided since I’d made it that far I may as well at least stop by to see how everyone was doing. It was so crowded there were people fishing from the walkway towards the pier from the point the water started being out there.  There were a bunch of people even sitting & fishing from the jetty wall there itself!  Insane.

More sitting on the jetty wall behind & under me

On my way out there I passed a little kid and who I assume was his dad who seemed friendly so I asked how they were doing.  Wouldn’t you believe it, they said they caught 2 cabezon already that day.  One was even legal!  I’ve been gunning for cabezon for months now, and I never knew there was a cabbie hole right there along the wall somewhere.  Didn’t remember to ask :[
They were using neon yellow/green grubs.  2-3″ long I think.  Essentially poke poling it from what I could tell.  I didn’t see the kid casting out, then ofcourse there wasn’t much space for him to do so anyway with so many people crowding the pier…
Here’s the little guy who caught ’em:

So jelly

Here’s what the pier looked like:

Never seen the pier here so crowded. Thought it was less well known?

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