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.
Its been awhile. Weather’s been not so hot, so I haven’t gotten out much. Maybe only once or twice since the last update? There’s a poke pole trip I made a little while ago on 11/22/2014:
You can maaaybe see the small shark I walked next to around 4:18, but the glare off the water sorta messed with the GoPro. If I’d known I’d have scooped it up in my bucket to get a better picture. Figured since I was filming I’d have it… guess not.
If you’re able to identify this by this crappy picture alone, please let me know! I haven’t a clue what it was, but it was cute :3
Anyhow, tide was a -0.8 ft. or so, peaking around 4:30 with a sunset at 5. Timing worked out okay. Was right after a long rain storm. I was supposed to take some coworkers out on a poke poling tour, but rain was forecasted. Hadn’t been out since Sept. though, so I decided I’d go rain or shine.
Couldn’t reach my favorite spot. That’s the reason I was wading out into the open water. There’s a little bar you can follow that’s shallower than following right along the jetty.
Anywho, did okay. Not great, but made do with the few spots that were available to me:
Aaalllrriightty, and that brings us to the kayak trip with Calvin! Weather had finally calmed down to 2ft of combined swell. A mite windy @ 6-12mph, but definitely doable. In fact the wind was down most of the day until we started making our way back in! Was a nice day on the water:
Originally planned to make a run down to Pebble Beach in Carmel, but the forecast said 13mph wind by 12pm. Wanted nothing to do with that. I’ll hit up Stillwater Cove some other day.
Decided I’d give the north jetty at Half Moon Bay a shot. Wanted to get there by 630/7am to pump up some yabbies, but woke up at 9am still feeling groggy… Hopped into the shower, grabbed my gear and was off.
Parked the car at the lot for the north jetty around 10:30am and headed out. I didn’t bother fishing until I was at the last bend.
North jetty is the one in the bottom left side. I started fishing at the second bend (1st bend closest to shore).
There were a ton less bites than I expected. Somewhat disappointed, but can’t complain about the quality of the fish I did bring home. Bounced over an area with squid with no luck. Swapped to a 2″ berkley gulp shrimp, and suddenly FISH WAS ON!
Went out and fished the HMB jetty & pier on 12/15 with my brother. We started off on the half moon bay pier. Rigged up with 1/4oz leadhead jigs. I was using berkley gulp camo sandworms, my bro was using chunks of frozen anchovy.
We kept feeling something tapping around the inside corner of the L, but couldn’t get anything to commit. Whatever it was managed to snap 8lb line in a flash. My brother set the hook and then the line broke. Wasn’t even a violent set. Wonder what was going on.
I tried a little bit around him and managed to get a chunk of plastic. Anyone know if there’s like a huge chunk of plastic bag caught up down there? I’ve been multiple times and pulled up large chunks of what seems like a grey plastic bag in the same area. Always throw it away in the trash can on the pier, but odd how it always seems to be there.
I moved closer to the sink and started tossing towards the rocks and working my way back towards the pier. Eventually got a bite and set the hook. Fish on! Was up onto the pier pretty quick though…