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Crabbing With Your Local Peers

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Golden Gate Bridge from the Ft Baker Pier (dungie being returned to the ocean)


This is going to be a compilation post of the last two crabbing trips I went on.  Both times we went out to the Fort Baker Pier to do some (successful!)  crabbing.  I fell behind on blogging again, so…its what ya’ll are getting.

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Brown rock crab on TOP of the trap!

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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

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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A nice little paddle out at Capitola

So the only reason I’m back tracking on this post is because…well otherwise I’d have nothing.  For now.  And seeing as I’m here not doing anything…  A note to myself though, I should really work on taking pictures before and during my fishing trips so its not a wall of text, then pictures…

Went out to the Capitola pier on 8/5/2012 with my brother and a work friend.  My brother and I showed up at Capitola around 6am and parked up on the cliff overlooking the pier.  Does anyone know of any other place with 12hour parking?  Every other spot seems to be limited to maybe 4 hours or less :

Was kind of odd too.  We ran into someone up there who was apparently $5 short…I had 1 quarter left after filling my meter.  Later when we got down to the pier we ran into him heading back up with another guy and all their gear.  Guessing they were on the waiting list for a boat, but there were no no-shows?  Either way he said if we wanted we could have his spot, it already had 3 hours in it.  At that point I’m not sure what confuses me more:

  1. that they got up early and lugged all their stuff down the pier just to leave?
  2. threw in 3 hours but planning on getting a boat and leaving?
  3. thinking we would want to move our car into their slot after he watched us fill our meter.

Anyhow after renting our kayaks we headed out towards the kelp beds to the left (if facing the ocean on the beach).  A few years back I had quite a bit of luck there catching 2 or 3 rock cod on a short drift.  When we went out this time though we couldn’t even get a bite.  My brother was drifting a halibut rig with squid, and I was drop shotting 1 anchovy & 1 squid lure with smelly jelly (anchovy).

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