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Hook, Line & Sinker

I headed out to Elephant Rock Pier last night.  Felt like I needed to give it a second try since the last time I was still horribly inexperienced.  Also needed some place to chill for an hour or so outside to try smoking a cigar.

Blah blah, smoking is bad.  But I’d like to say I lived a full life and tried everything that looked interesting.  So we’ll just drop that one there hmm?  You’ll be happy with the result anyway.

Bait for the day was white shrimp.  Was using 1oz sliding sinkers, carolina rig.  2/0 octopus hook.  I think it was lazer sharp brand. 20lb mono line.

Arrived around 9:30pm, grabbed my gear and set off.  For those of you wondering, its right next to the Caprice (restaurant) in Tiburon.  Just set your gps to that, and right before you reach the place, you’ll see a small jetty in front of it, and a small parking lot on your left.  That’s where you’ll want to park, its 2hr parking during the day.  I wonder what people do when they fish it during the day?

Anyhow, tried throwing towards the rock piles at the beginning of the jetties and working my way back in.  Not as kelpy as last time, but still a decent amount of stuff floating down there.  I could definitely feel the terrain a lot better now though.  I understand why there would be lots of little fish and crabs around, it felt like there were small piles of rock extending all the way out to the circle outcropping you stand on.  Was definitely interesting.

Found a spot on the right side of the pier where I got some aggressive hits.  Couldn’t stick the hook though.  Guessing it was something very small, based on the strength of the hit, and the lack of any actual hook up.  In the end the only thing I could pull out there was a 3-4″ brown rock crab.

 

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Real fishermen don’t need bait!

So I did manage to wake up early in the morning to get out to Ft. Point pier, even managed to get Bill to go with me.  Got even luckier and managed to get the parking spot closest the to pier! But before that…I gps’d myself to the wrong place.  Had to pull over and look at maps to figure out where we were @_@  Readjusted course and then made it there.

Climbed out of the car, and boy was it kinda wet and cold…  Was a pretty foggy day, and I forgot to check the weather last night.  Headed to the trunk to grab my stuff.  I was pretty excited, I found some cheap salmon heads to use as crab bait, and I had mussels to fish on hi-lo rigs for perch and rock cod.

And then I realized today was a terrible terrible day.  I’d left all my bait, ALL OF IT, back home in the fridge…

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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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