Capitola: Halibut off the mile reef

Bert and halibut
Bert scored this eleven pounder fishing live anchovies off the mile reef today. Joey got one today as well – same area, same bait.

There were only a few seabass sightings today, so they may have done their ghost thing for now. There’s a rumor that one was caught off the mile reef here that went into the harbor – we didn’t see it or hear any more about it so if Todd doesn’t have a picture it may not have happened.

Pelicans are still here, so no fishing off the wharf at the moment.

Otherwise, the swell is down, there’s still a bunch of bait around, and it looks like threshers are visiting big time.

August 6, 2008   Posted in: Fishing Reports

2 Responses

  1. CARRIE - August 7, 2008

    In regards to the above comment, I was wondering why there is no fishing allowed because of pelicans??? I went fishing last weekend and yes, there was quite a few pelicans. Thanks to people tossing fish parts over the railing. You just have to be real careful not to get them caught in your line.

  2. Capitola Boat and Bait - August 7, 2008

    As I understand it, the problem was that quite a few pelicans were injured or (ultimately) killed as a result of entanglements and snares. Brown pelicans (which are the sort that have been hanging around lately) are an endangered species. I heard that a number of dead pelicans have washed up on the beaches, and that it had gotten to a point where there was some fear that it was getting out of hand. A number of Capitola locals spent quite a lot of time freeing pelicans from fishing gear over the last few weeks, and I heard some of them express the opinion that some anglers were not being careful about where and when they were casting. From that, I believe you are correct when you suggest that the shut down could have been avoided with just a little extra attention on the part of the wharf anglers.

    I do not know where the initial impetus for the shut down came from, but I assume it was from one or more concerned citizens. I heard that some people were complaining loudly about the problem before the shut down occurred.

    Anyway – now it’s just a waiting game – the bait will eventually move on and so will the birds. We’re here every day so we get a pretty good sense of when things “change”, and you can be sure we’ll be all over it when the birds move on.

    FYI I am just the guy who does the web site. I’m not an employee, so consider this *my* opinion – not that of Capitola Boat and Bait.