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:
Woo, after months of waiting and pining, half moon bay is open to boat based rock cod angling! Sucks it was a Sunday, but hey, at least its a weekend, better than May when it was a Thursday @_@
So I went about preparations. Pretty tired of fishing with my legs while paddling with my arms… Very difficult to paddle and jig the pole with your legs. Watched people in hobies for a year and just…god so much jealousy. So I decided it was finally time to get one for myself!
I’ve now joined the hobie revo club d= Finally, easy street & trolling here I come! ^^
But let’s be honest. I’m not a huge crab fan. For those of you following me, you’ll note that I pretty much have only 1-2 posts on crabbing…
But after lots of sighing and debating, I loaded up one crab cage Friday evening. Wound up needing the entire Friday night to prepare since I was planning to fish as well. Wound up not being ready until about 2am…had to be up at 3am to drive & eat breakfast anyway so I just stayed up…
We landed in Half Moon Bay around 5/5:30 am. Packed everything down and paddled off! Was so foggy, glad we had lights. We could hear boats cruisin’ around us long before we could see them. We headed out to the first stop, somewhere around the triangle.
Went out to half moon bay last Saturday, 10/26. Was lazy and didn’t want to get up early to go… so I woke up at 11am on Saturday morning 😀 Hopped onto the computer and started doing playing some skyrim.
Around 2pm it occurred to me that I could totally just launch later…so I checked the weather, looked like it was going to be less than 5 ft, wind only 5-7 knots, so I started packing.
Launched around 330PM from the old pier at half moon bay/pillar point harbor, paddled out around the bend, and…it suddenly got pretty foggy! I went out about half as far as usual and decided it just wasn’t worth traveling too much farther. Wind was already somewhat up and I didn’t want to get blown over some wash rocks anywhere. Hard to tell when swell is down & fog is in. On the way out I passed an area that was only 9ft deep…I seriously need to stop cutting across the wash rocks :
Anyhow, I was searching for a certain ridge, but couldn’t find it. I did find an area that would go from 38ft or so up to 25. Hard to fish it though, a very small section. Snagged up and lost a lot of gear, but did walk away with one chunky black and yellow rock cod :3
Not a great way to start a day…Whipped out the spare and threw it on there only to find it too was flat (has been sitting in my trunk for 3-4 years…forgot to check the pressure every now and then). Had to call up AAA and get them to pump it up.
Anyhow, back to the report. Went out last Saturday in search of taco ingredients. Was otw by 7ish iirc. Tried to shave off some distance and cut across an area I’d never paddled before. GREATLY regretted it. Continue reading HMB Kayak Fishing – 8/3/2013
Its been a long time comin’, but I’m finally getting it started! We’ll now have a “How To” section. I know I had to do a lot of scrounging around to learn a lot of the things I’ve picked up over the years. Sometimes it was a lack of information, other times I found things weren’t a perfect fit for me and I had to mix and match. You can reach it from the top of the page (“How To’s (Rigs, Set ups, Poke Poling & More!), and hovering over it will show all the sections once they’re live.
After years of trying to piece things together and make things work for me, I’ve garnered a great respect for people who selflessly take the time to share their experiences and strategies with everyone else. Today, I’m finally following in their foot steps. I won’t be able to flesh out every section I’ve outlined in the “How To” section, but I’ll be sure to finish at least one or two articles tonight.
See a section you’re interested but isn’t live yet? Comment! Email me! I’m flexible on the order these come out at. Don’t see something you want? Let me know about that too! Maybe it never occurred to me, maybe I don’t know but could do some research! Let me know what you want. This blog was started with the intent to share my knowledge with other avid anglers :]
So yea. Been too long, been too busy to really catch up. Sorry, going to just let the trips between salmon and today drop into oblivion…here’s all the photos: http://imgur.com/a/FfMUC#0
Went out today to Half Moon Bay on my kayak. Wanted to really test out buzz bomb lures and also test my fish finder. I got an Elite 5 DSI chartplotter and it didn’t ship until recently. West Marine had a massive sale and I guess it was really good. My unit was back ordered for half a month or more. Jerry rigged my own mount for the transducer and the unit. I’ll make another post tomorrow about it coupled with my trip out to Del Valle Lake in Livermore.
Anyhow, here’s a short intro on what I sometimes use (though after today it seems like I’m going to focus on buzz bombs).
Covers dropper loops, shrimp fly rigs, and shrimp flies themselves. Trying to do a better job covering everything, still working on a better view for the camera.
On the way out I marked what I thought was bait on the fish finder. Dropped a sabiki to find out if I was really reading my fish finder properly:
No idea what these are. Kind of remind me of lizard fish, had tons of small sharp teeth. There were tons of these little buggers all over the place. Pelicans were dive bombing these. But at least it meant I was reading my DSI properly! ^^
Anyhow! Back on track. Also wanted to get myself catching fish on my mini (people call it barbie?) pole. And voila!
That was the biggest black/blue cod I’d ever hooked into! Barely fit into my net. Shortly after I cut the video I unhooked the fish, lipped it, got it out of the net, then it squirmed and I lost my grip…back into the water it went :[ It was over 20″ >..< I think the mini pole is too soft to properly hookset :
Oh also, one of these videos has dolphins in it (hard to see). A whole pod swam by me early in the morning ^^
Anyhow, best one I’ve found is the chrome+pink one in 4″. 5″ was nice, but too heavy for the light tackle I was running. I got some nice hits on it though. The 4″ brought in like 4-5 small rock cod that were also 4″…
Ended the day with 3 keeper blacks, all over 14″ and a 15-18″ greenling. Nice red color :]
Ran into a guy near the end of the day, we both fished the same area for a bit. He managed to get a HUGE black/blue, even bigger it looked than the one I lost. Also ran into Ariel (I think that’s his name/handle) on the beach. Was a pleasant surprise to meet up with another NKCAer. He hooked into two 12ish lb salmon, but lost them both during netting, they spat the hook! Man, that was sad to even hear about :[ He nailed a nice ling on the way back in though!
Went home and turned two of the cod into fish tacos :]
Sliced up the fillets into chunks and then rolled them in spicy taco mix (mccormick brand I think?). Threw those in the pan on medium/medium high heat with oil, and tossed some soyrizo (vegetarian soyrizo, trying to keep the calories down) in. Turned out pretty tasty, but not as crispy as the last time I made them. Last time I dipped chunks of fish in egg, then rolled it in a mix of panko bread crumbs (WAAAAY better than the breading you find near the taco mix) and taco seasoning. Fried those up and then mixed them with some salsa and sour cream.
One of my housemates who isn’t a fan of fish liked both, but apparently the soyrizo version tastes more like fish. Just a heads up for those of you out there who prefer it to taste less or more like fish ^^
Playlist for all videos involving fish from today
See you guys tomorrow, hopefully!
Yikes. Its been awhile since I posted.
Been so busy with work & other misc. projects. Started making a mollegabet bow recently too. I think since I last posted I’ve fished three times?
Went out to the bodega head jetty (the further, harder to reach one). The one with the cliff face that you have to climb…it was an interesting experience. I had a video of the way back up, but I seem to have lost it : Anyhow, here’s how it looked:
Bodega Head Jetty
And that’s only part of it…we still had to hoof it to the farther parking lot d=
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.
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:
Here’s what the pier looked like: