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.
But let’s be honest. I’m not a huge crab fan. For those of you following me, you’ll note that I pretty much have only 1-2 posts on crabbing…
But after lots of sighing and debating, I loaded up one crab cage Friday evening. Wound up needing the entire Friday night to prepare since I was planning to fish as well. Wound up not being ready until about 2am…had to be up at 3am to drive & eat breakfast anyway so I just stayed up…
We landed in Half Moon Bay around 5/5:30 am. Packed everything down and paddled off! Was so foggy, glad we had lights. We could hear boats cruisin’ around us long before we could see them. We headed out to the first stop, somewhere around the triangle.
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
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.
Went out with some friends (and some kids) I used to work with at EA this past Saturday. Goal was to bring home a bunch of dungeness for our families. Kara had just gotten her ankle cut open recently so we were limited to easily accessible piers. Wound up deciding Pacifica Pier would be our best bet and we all agreed to meet up around 3am to carpool out.
Got to the pier around 4am and gates seemed to already be open. Not sure if they opened up at 12am like last weekend. I heard that opening weekend they had a deal with the locals to have it open at 12am to deal with crowding. /shrugs
Anyhow we parked and grabbed our gear and waddled off to try our luck. Was pretty crowded this past weekend still
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:
that they got up early and lugged all their stuff down the pier just to leave?
threw in 3 hours but planning on getting a boat and leaving?
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).