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