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Capitola – A Land Sea of Opportunities

Capitola Pier
We meet again, Capitola

Last Tuesday, 9/9/2014, marked the first time I returned to the site of the [yacht] incident.  For a variety of reasons, I hadn’t been back to Capitola since.  But here we were.  Kara’s brother Andrew had come all the way from Colorado, and by god, we were going to put him on the fish!

We got there early, around 7/7:30am.  Didn’t see anyone else, but we later ran into 2 other Capitola Boat & Bait boats out on the water.  We weren’t the only ones playing hooky from work!  We started off by the Tank House reef looking for bait.  For reference, here’s a picture of the Capitola kelp bed map that Capitola Boat & Bait passes out: http://i.imgur.com/dpEHcZQ.jpg.  Kara had that feeling.  You know, the one where you just know there’s fish.  Like a fool, I questioned it.  But we stopped nonetheless, and well…unsurprisingly she was right!

Smack dab in the middle of aaallllll the bait fish!  Mostly only pin head anchovies jumping out of the water, but fun to see still.  So there we were, jigging away with sabikis (Kara opted to fish a shrimp fly, see if she could land just larger bait).  I think we had a size 10, and size 8.  We were using 1oz weights.  First fish coming up were small anchovies.

Anchovy on sabiki rig
Anchovies

After a few drops we found out there were much larger, perfect bait size ones lurking below those!  Success!

Big anchovy
Andrew and a big anchovy making a break for it

We even pulled up some mackerel!

Mackerel on sabikis
Mackerel at Capitola!

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C-C-C-Cabezon!

Yuuuuup!  This guy finally landed that elusive fish.  My 2 year hunt finally came to an end on 6/28 aboard the Ankeny Street out of Pillar Point Harbor.

cabezon ankeny street charter boat
Cabezon from Half Moon Bay

I even managed my personal best ling that same day!

Huge ling cod caught on the Ankeny Street out of Half Moon Bay/Pillar Point Harbor
Mega-ling!

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Afternoon Paddle

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

Rock cod fro half moon bay
black and yellow rock cod

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First catfish ever!

I really need to start getting into surf fishing.  Supposed to figure that stuff out so I can take my dad out to do it.  Getting on topic though.  Read on Wednesday that they just stocked Lafayette Reservoir that day (10/24) and decided I needed seconds on bacon wrapped trout.  Been watching some videos (most by DJ Jeremy Bass Fishing) and reading a lot of freshwater bass fishing things saying wacky rigged senko worms are the way to go, wanted to give it a try since I read Lafayette rented kayaks, and bass should be hiding all the tules along the shoreline.

Grabbed some 4″ watermelon gary yamamoto senko worms, and some 5″ berkley scented sinking minnows (look about the same) since I’ve had a lot of luck with their scented lures (more specifically the minnows) at the sports authority in Foster City.  Also got some chicken livers (1lb for $1) at marina foods.  Figured I should drop on pole in as bait, may as well be catfish since I hadn’t even caught one.

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