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Santa Cruz Rock Cod – Rumors of A 5 Mile Reef

Videos been out awhile now:

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!

22 inch huge big cabezon on swimbait from santa cruz, california fishermen never lie fnl
22″ cabbie

This ‘ere toad was the highlight of the day.  Caught him in a small 4-5″ swim Continue reading Santa Cruz Rock Cod – Rumors of A 5 Mile Reef

Vermilion, China, and a Few Dungeness Crabs

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!

rock cod from Ankeny Street in Half Moon Bay
China, black, and vermilion rock cod

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=

Squid run

And here’s where my ultimate downfall for this trip begins…   Continue reading Vermilion, China, and a Few Dungeness Crabs

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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Outfished.

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!

buzz bomb rock cod
China rock cod on a buzz bomb lure

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!

Ling cod on the Ankeny Street out of Half Moon Bay / Pillar Point Harbor
Jennifer’s first ling cod!

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There’s a place off W. Point Avenue

Where I went to sit and fish with you
We were off of work, and the time felt right
Working all day, catching fish all night!
Okay, done playing with Yellowcard’s song.  Doesn’t really fit either, but its stuck in my head right now!  If you haven’t guessed it yet, this is going to be a Half Moon Bay jetty fishing report (W Point Ave. is a street near the jetty).  We went out to Pillar Point Harbor at night the last two weeks (once a week) to poke pole the jetties after work.  Unwind a little, catch a few fish, hang out with friends, you know.  Well, it turned out to just be Patrick & me in the end, but that’s fine!  More fish for us! 😀

Both days we went out, we didn’t hit the jetties until after 8:30pm.  Truly night fishng d=  We started off with squid on a carolina rig (1/2 oz – 1oz sliding egg sinkers above a 4/0 octopus hook snelled directly onto the main line).  First time I got nothing but snags.  Patrick did amazing though!

eel from half moon bay (hmb) jetties
He started with an eel

We released it since neither of us wanted to deal with cleaning one.  After he just kept following it up with fish!

poke pole rock cod half moon bay jetty
Patrick with one of the rock cod

 

And then he scored a pig of a grassy rock cod!

poke pole big grassy rock cod 12
Grassy rock cod from half moon bay jetty

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HMB – Kayaking to Victory!

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:

Half Moon Bay kayak fishing

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Queen Of Hearts, But Not Mine!

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!

rock cod on the Queen of Hearts from Half Moon Bay
My bag at the end of the day

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).

generic bala jig
ho d jig

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Ankeny This, Ankeny That

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:

Double Vermilion Rock Cod!

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!

Patrick with his first legal lingcod!
Kara with a piggy of a china cod!

Fishing buddies for lyf omigawd.

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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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