I managed to finish editing it, but had no time to post :[ Been a looong busy last 2 weeks. Went to Texas for a work conference, came back & it was a week of meetings for our offsite… Hoo boy. I was planning on going out for horseneck clams (looks like geoducks), but then we found out we had the week wrong. So I’ll be up in Lawson’s Landing next Saturday!
Getting back into the swing of things though, lets go back & cover what happened in Santa Cruz!
Yoyoyo, what up everyone? Today’s been a crazy day! We hit 10,000 views on a single video today, and landed a pay out from google! One step closer to ensuring the domain name & site hosting are paid for!
You don’t want to miss out, I’ll be posting pictures when I get a chance while I’m out on the water!
Getting into the swing of reporting, was out on the Ankeny Street again last Friday, 4/17/2015, out of Pillar Point Harbor in Half Moon Bay, CA.
Bein’ a young’un I’ve never had the chance to fish for rock cod so early in the year before! Exciting times. I assume this means the conservation efforts have been working well & the fishery has recovered? Promising to note that the ling limit has now been increased from 2 to 3!
Somewhat worried that there’s now a 5 black rock cod limit per person/bag though. Wonder if those have been getting slammed too hard in the past few years? If anyone has reasons, I’d love to hear them! Just curious m’self :]
Anyhow, the forecast was for somewhat large swells, but not too much wind. Looked nice in the harbor when I arrived around 7!
So I got home late Thursday night. Started tying rigs late, and wound up pulling an all nighter… But I made some awesome looking jigs!
Welp, this took longer than I thought to get out. Turns out we’re leaving for Japan in 4 days. Almost feel like it snuck up on us , even with Bill constantly griping about going to Japan soon and how we should be more stressed than we are d=
Its looking like there’s a chance I won’t be fully caught up before I leave town, so here’s hoping!
Here’s what I decided to take home from the trip on the Ankeny Street on 12/14/2014. Could have taken home a limit, but I had to clean it all myself, and let’s be honest. I can’t eat 10 fish on my own. Anyone I know want fish regularly once the season opens back up? Let me know, I constantly have too much.
Anyhow, this was in the middle of the chain of storms we’ve been having all through December. We weren’t even completely sure we’d be able to go out until the morning of. I think Capt. Chris felt a little guilty about canceling a trip a few weeks prior (due to insane weather forecast) but it turned out to be an okay day. Forecast said something like 15 knots of wind and 6+ ft waves or something from what I saw. But Chris decided it was game on, we’d give it a shot.
So I was up around 5am waiting to hear, and when I finally did it turns out I needed to go pick up some bait for him d=
Its been awhile. Weather’s been not so hot, so I haven’t gotten out much. Maybe only once or twice since the last update? There’s a poke pole trip I made a little while ago on 11/22/2014:
You can maaaybe see the small shark I walked next to around 4:18, but the glare off the water sorta messed with the GoPro. If I’d known I’d have scooped it up in my bucket to get a better picture. Figured since I was filming I’d have it… guess not.
If you’re able to identify this by this crappy picture alone, please let me know! I haven’t a clue what it was, but it was cute :3
Anyhow, tide was a -0.8 ft. or so, peaking around 4:30 with a sunset at 5. Timing worked out okay. Was right after a long rain storm. I was supposed to take some coworkers out on a poke poling tour, but rain was forecasted. Hadn’t been out since Sept. though, so I decided I’d go rain or shine.
Couldn’t reach my favorite spot. That’s the reason I was wading out into the open water. There’s a little bar you can follow that’s shallower than following right along the jetty.
Anywho, did okay. Not great, but made do with the few spots that were available to me:
Props to Calvin for the title! Jennifer blew us out of the water today. She just kept catching fish after fish, and we were ….slowly catching canaries. Blah!
We went out on the Ankeny Street on Saturday for rock cod (8/23/2014). Fished 40-80 ft of water for a boat’s limit of rock cod, a couple lings, starry flounders, and sharks too! Was an exciting day, and as fun as usual! I got to try out a buzz bomb lure on a charter boat for the first time. Had to use a 5″ to get it to sink fast enough, and it seemed to work decently. Caught a chunky gopher with it, and missed two big hits. More than that, but just the highlights!
Anyhow, we all piled onto the boat a little after 7:30am. I started with a buzz bomb, Calvin & Glen started with shrimp flies, and Jennifer opted for a swim bait (2oz). Boy did that ever pay off for her! At the first stop, on the first drop, she pulled up the first fish, and it was her first ling cod, and it was legal! That was a lot of firsts, I know, but damn, insane!
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:
Went out 7/20/2014 with Calvin & Glen on the Queen of Hearts out of Pillar Point Harbor (Half Moon Bay). The quick & dirty? We limited out, but 50% of the fish could fit in your hand, and more like 75% of the fish were black & blue rock cod. Get the title yet? Ankeny Street and Tigerfish still rule this guys heart!
These fish were on the large size. And only 4 lings caught that day for 20+ people. The whole reason we wound up going was that I called the day before & asked what their scores were like Saturday. Apparently they managed 36 lings for 24 people. Amazing! Unfortunately we didn’t have a repeat performance.
Calvin was using a generic dropper loop rig with 8-10oz weights. Glen used a mix of those and the ones with plastic squids on them as well. Also used whole fresh squid (they caught some recently and had it to share with the patrons. Massive props for that!). I was using a generic bala/ho d jig (4oz).
Don’t you talk about anything besides the Ankeny Street these days Dennis? Well…ya got me. Wind/waves were up for so many weekends in a row, so I kept finding myself on a boat. Post after this is a decent kayak trip though! And after that hopefully a guide on how to make these famous hod, hodie, ho d jigs? Generic bala rigs (google up daiawa bala rig for an idea).
So for the July 4th weekend, I went out with my dear mother. Which is awesome. Basically combine the 10 luckiest things you own, and that’s what my mom is for any and all fishing trips! And for those of you following, my mom hasn’t graced me with her presence on a fishing trip in awhile. Besides the good luck, its nice having family around :] Anyhow, as you can tell by now, I was excited for the day! Twas justified by the end of the day:
Before I forget, we were using 8-10oz weights all day. I used some 4-6oz metal bars as well, but generally that’s the weight we used. Used the normal dropper loop 2 hook rigs, and bars + teaser above. Also, because I forgot last time, here’s Kara & Patrick with two of their awesome fish from the last post!
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! ^^