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.
Before we get started, just going to leave this video here. Lost my phone, driver license, and fishing license on saturday, been kinda bummed. But this cheered me right up. Oh Bill Dance, you’re my idol d=
Not my video btw. Maybe half of the footage is new-ish (I’ve seen a lot of the old bloopers, and many of these were a great surprise :3)
Anyhow, moving onto the report! Also, all photos courtesy of Kara, I lost my phone :[
Woke up 2 hours late Saturday morning…meant to get up at 5am, woke up after 7 to a text message from kara asking where I was. Gah. Grabbed my gear, loaded up the kayak and ran out the door.
Picked up Kara and breakfast, and we were off! Traffic wasn’t bad at all, pretty much speed limit the whole way or more. Not bad considering it was like 930/10am-ish? Was really weird driving into Capitola though. It was sunny right up until Capitola. Then all of a sudden the world got darker, and it was pretty foggy. Stayed that way all day. Kind of odd, considering there was some wind (5-11mph forecast).
Anyhow, we got there and unloaded our gear. On my way to the bathroom I passed a young boy who had a nice looking rock cod (black or blue, didn’t get a good look). Was AMAZING for off that pier, 10-12″ easily. Kid was using a ball weight with a maybe 4-6″ leader beyond that. I don’t know the name of the rig, but its got a bit of a cult following. Anyhow he wasn’t tossing it out too far, maybe 30-40′. Odd to have some rock cod out in the open there.
Ready to go!
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:
So the only reason I’m back tracking on this post is because…well otherwise I’d have nothing. For now. And seeing as I’m here not doing anything… A note to myself though, I should really work on taking pictures before and during my fishing trips so its not a wall of text, then pictures…
Went out to the Capitola pier on 8/5/2012 with my brother and a work friend. My brother and I showed up at Capitola around 6am and parked up on the cliff overlooking the pier. Does anyone know of any other place with 12hour parking? Every other spot seems to be limited to maybe 4 hours or less :
Was kind of odd too. We ran into someone up there who was apparently $5 short…I had 1 quarter left after filling my meter. Later when we got down to the pier we ran into him heading back up with another guy and all their gear. Guessing they were on the waiting list for a boat, but there were no no-shows? Either way he said if we wanted we could have his spot, it already had 3 hours in it. At that point I’m not sure what confuses me more:
- that they got up early and lugged all their stuff down the pier just to leave?
- threw in 3 hours but planning on getting a boat and leaving?
- thinking we would want to move our car into their slot after he watched us fill our meter.
Anyhow after renting our kayaks we headed out towards the kelp beds to the left (if facing the ocean on the beach). A few years back I had quite a bit of luck there catching 2 or 3 rock cod on a short drift. When we went out this time though we couldn’t even get a bite. My brother was drifting a halibut rig with squid, and I was drop shotting 1 anchovy & 1 squid lure with smelly jelly (anchovy).