Lets continue the catch up finally! On 12/20/2014 there was an okay low tide late afternoon (3 or 4 PM) and I decided I’d give it a shot, check out the south half moon bay jetty and see how the fishing was.
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.
After a few drops we found out there were much larger, perfect bait size ones lurking below those! Success!
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.
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.
Thanks to the guys&gals down at Capitola Boat & Bait for taking this pic. We made it onto their website!
So for those of you who don’t recognize that background, we went out t – SHAME ON YOU. Get down to the Capitola Pier and play for once! We rented a boat from Capitola Boat & Bait, aiming for lots of rock cod or sand dabs!
When we first got out that morning, it was so foggy D: Even driving through Mountain View it was already foggy…When we got to Capitola, it looked like this!
Was going to go out and fish with some NCKA guys around 2pm on Sunday, but something came up that I had to take care of…wound up not being free until 3:30 and was too late to go running off after them…
So I decided to just hit up the jetty and scope it out. Haven’t been on the south jetty in months and months, figured it would be good to revisit it and brush up on my spots.
Here’s a quick video covering how to hook bait when going for eels.
Before we get started, just going to leave this video here. Lost my phone, driver license, and fishing license on saturday, been kinda bummed. But this cheered me right up. Oh Bill Dance, you’re my idol d=
Not my video btw. Maybe half of the footage is new-ish (I’ve seen a lot of the old bloopers, and many of these were a great surprise :3)
Anyhow, moving onto the report! Also, all photos courtesy of Kara, I lost my phone :[
Woke up 2 hours late Saturday morning…meant to get up at 5am, woke up after 7 to a text message from kara asking where I was. Gah. Grabbed my gear, loaded up the kayak and ran out the door.
Picked up Kara and breakfast, and we were off! Traffic wasn’t bad at all, pretty much speed limit the whole way or more. Not bad considering it was like 930/10am-ish? Was really weird driving into Capitola though. It was sunny right up until Capitola. Then all of a sudden the world got darker, and it was pretty foggy. Stayed that way all day. Kind of odd, considering there was some wind (5-11mph forecast).
Anyhow, we got there and unloaded our gear. On my way to the bathroom I passed a young boy who had a nice looking rock cod (black or blue, didn’t get a good look). Was AMAZING for off that pier, 10-12″ easily. Kid was using a ball weight with a maybe 4-6″ leader beyond that. I don’t know the name of the rig, but its got a bit of a cult following. Anyhow he wasn’t tossing it out too far, maybe 30-40′. Odd to have some rock cod out in the open there.
Sorry for the delay, been busy & sleeping really badly. Wake up in the mornings 2 hours after I aim to get up still feeling like a rock. Maybe I should really actually fall asleep before 2am for once this week =.=
Anyhow headed out Tuesday for a breather. Didn’t feel like continuing to work after work, and wanted something exciting so I wound up hitting up my shallow spot to see if I could expand my knowledge. Pretty much got skunked this time around, not really sure why. I think its because the tide was higher this time compared to last time I showed up…wasn’t bouncing in the same spots. Left with only 1 bite, but at least I landed it. Tiny little rock cod <5″. Threw it back and headed to deeper waters.
Despite it being rather calm in the harbor, it was a slow night. I did get to use my 1/4oz jig though, which was nice. Hooked into maybe 6-7 fish for an hour or two’s fishing. Not bad, but by no means the best ever. Here’s the catch of the night:
Been out fishing the half moon bay jetties three or four times. Only have pictures from two trips, other trips was busy/lazy.
Lost my glasses on one trip too :[ Right under the 51 marker on the south jetty, harbor side. A fly attacked my face, I shook my head, and my glasses went flying…Turns out they sink pretty damn fast T.T Tried for 10-15 minutes to hook it, but couldn’t find it at the bottom. qq
So we have this running joke that I give blood tributes to the jetty in exchange for a plethora of fish. Basically I get cut/hurt/bleed just about every time we go out fishing, so its become tradition. We also noticed that after I start bleeding the fishing picks up. Also there is a direct correlation in amount of blood lost to amount of fish caught…
Anyways! in exchange for my glasses (200+$…I pulled out all the stops since I figured I’d have it for years…just bought it 2 months ago T.T) I pulled up a cabezon minutes later. A 13″ cabezon. I have never been stricken by a want to poach so badly in my life. Dear gawd. $200 for an undersized cabezon…TO LOOK AT? VERY FUNNY JETTY. Here’s the cabezon that almost didn’t get away :
So yea. I went out to the south jetty at half moon bay last night to test whether or not I really did have a better grasp of how to fish the jetty or not. Also wanted to see if fish did indeed grow larger the further out I went. Parked outside the RV park around 9/930pm.
Realized once I finished the post I didn’t go over my set up all at once anywhere. 8lb mono line, 3/4 oz & 1 oz sliding egg sinkers (increased weight because of higher wind, swell, & current, less is better), and a 3/0-7/0 hook tied directly onto the main line (snell knot, wound 6-10 times). Today was using an entire shrimp on every cast hoping for bigger fish. Hooked through the shrimp 2-3 times in any fashion. Since I was fishing at night I doubt presentation was a big issue.
Didn’t get to try the sea side of the jetty. Not sure if its always that bad at low tide, or was just too hard to reach at night. Sure didn’t look inviting and seemed like I’d instantly snag up. Hopped my way out to around mark 40 before bothering to try to fish. I was sort of behind schedule, and had to account for extra time spent traversing the jetty (didn’t want to get home too late).
First cast out ~25ft. Got hit as soon as I jigged back near the jetty.
Its been storming out here for the past week, though its finally cleared up these last few days. Really wanted to go fishing starting the first day of the storm, I really need to keep a better eye on weather. See the post on PFIC here. Usually fish are out feeding in force before storms. They’ve got to stock up on food before hiding during most of the parts of the storm. And boy was it a storm.
20-30mph winds most of last week. I headed out Wed or something (its late, and I haven’t gone to bed before 3am yet this week…) last week to try my luck after work when it was only 80% chance of rain. Didn’t realize 24mph winds were strong enough to prevent breathing if you weren’t careful which direction you were facing. I decided I’d better just take a short walk and call it a night. Noone around, obviously, and the swell was pretty crazy for inside the harbor. I wonder what a fish does if it finds itself too far from a cave to hide in when it starts getting rough?
Talked to someone who contacted me through this blog and answered some questions to the best of my abilities. Didn’t hear back on whether they made it out Saturday or not, am curious to hear how the crabbing was for them if they did indeed make it out on the south jetty. If you guys are reading, please leave a comment or send me an email! :]
Anyhow, went home and threw my bait in the freezer to use on the weekend. Looked like this past Sunday would suddenly clear up for a few hours in the evening. Couldn’t help myself come Saturday when it cleared up slightly, and headed out around 12pm for a few hours. Really becoming bothered by how many people are showing up there. Not sure if its just because of crabbing season, or its just becoming more well known, but there are quite a few crabbers these days. Not as crowded as the day after thanksgiving, but still very little room to crab if that’s what you wanted to do. On the other hand there seemed to be quite a few crab around. Most people had 2-3 from what I saw. Someone even had maybe 3 or 4 large dungeness crab.
Only pro to having so many people around is you sometimes see really weird things. Like this woman who pulled up a live shrimp