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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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Half Moon Bay Crabbing & Jetty Hoppin’

Finally getting all caught up on these reports!  Went crabbing on Saturday by kayak, and was out hopping around the rocks of the north jetty at Pillar Point harbor on Sunday with Calvin & Patrick.

I decided I was done with those giant behemoths of crab traps from danielson (the metal foldable ones).  Just so heavy, bulky, difficult to deal with.  I’ve seen lots of kayakers running around with Promar collapsible traps (tr 102W, get the newer ones with escape rings).  When If first received them I was skeptical as to how well they would work, but after Saturday I’m sold.

Dungeness Crabs & Rock Crabs in Promar Crab Trap

Anyhow!  Plan from last weekend was to go out and catch a bunch of crab so we could make crab & corn chowder.  I failed to wake up early, and crawled out of bed around 7am.  Got to half moon bay around 8am, but didn’t launch until 9:15am.  Didn’t get all my gear ready before hand, so took awhile setting stuff up on the beach :x.

Finally launch from the old pier.

Nice weather!

I’ve heard there are occasionally sand dabs along the shore where you crab, but was both late and lazy.   Continue reading Half Moon Bay Crabbing & Jetty Hoppin’

Half Moon Baaaay

Jetty fishing! Done a lot of it since mid Decemeber! All in half moon bay. Lots of rock cod. A few eels, a few perch.

Half moon bay has been getting a lot more pressure as time goes on from what I can tell. Not sure if its just because I’m visiting more often these days (multiple times a week) or if word has spread about how it holds lots of fish. I swear poke poling is on the rise. I’m seeing people wander all the way out to the 40 markers poking as they go.

Fortunately it still seems like most of them haven’t the slightest clue what they’re doing. They’re dropping bait down and all, but often you just see them letting it lie motionless for 10+ minutes on end. Even if something was biting, you’ve got the wrong spot if nothing’s happening for that long…

Fish are either ridiculously gluttonous or just really hungry. Or really opportunistic? I’m kinda drunk. This is going to be a somewhat rambling post unfortunately.
Here’s the album for all the fishing up until now (well…what I’ve taken pictures of at least): http://imgur.com/a/wvcfK

Nice perch of some kind:
Nice 2-3lb perch
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