Archive for September, 2008

Capitola: Quality and quantity

Body Harry Savannah limits
Here’s Brody, Harry, and Savannah with their three limits of rock cod – blacks and vermillion! The kids were happy with almost non-stop action with ling cod (it was Harry’s best day yet)! They were fishing off Adam’s reef and Boomer’s reef using squid on rock cod jigs.

It was a beautiful overcast day with light winds and little to no swell. Every rental that went out came back with fish! On the wharf today Ed got the catch of the day with a 24 inch halibut caught using a throw net off the floating dock(!). The net came up with a variety of squid, small sardines, and mackerel. Larry points out that this is why we’re seeing halibut around again all of the sudden. Elsewhere on the wharf Hydrobike Harvey stayed land locked on the wharf today, but managed to farm a mystery halibut down in the surf line using live mackerel on a bobber. There’s still a bunch of jack smelt and mackerel being caught off the wharf as well, and there are lots of happy kids around these days.

September 28, 2008 at 4:00 pm   Posted in: Fishing Reports  2 Comments

Capitola: Cod is getting hot

Bill Sue Friend and vermillions and browns
Here’s Bill and Sue and their friend (who’s name we forgot – sorry :( ) with part of their two limits of rock cod for today. These were all good quality fish – vermillion, browns, and blacks. They caught them fishing in 70 feet of water off Soquel point using rock cod jigs and squid.

September 28, 2008 at 3:53 pm   Posted in: Fishing Reports  Comments Closed

How the mighty have fallen

Hydrobike Harvey explored some previously unexplored areas of physics with a hydrobike today and manged (in the process) to in fact invert said hydrobike.В  It turns out that hydrobikes are *amazingly* stable *unless* you walk out to the outermost end of one of the pontoons while holding onto some part of the frame.В  In this case, the weight shift causes what some in NASA might call “catastrophic failure”.В В  Enjoy the photos

Hydrobike Harvey's Great Experiment

September 27, 2008 at 4:15 pm   Posted in: Announcements and News  Comments Closed

Capitola: Good variety on the wharf

Robert and short flattie
Here’s Robert with a short halibut he caught off the wharf today at the surf line using a green peppered fluke swim bait. Elsewhere on the wharf we saw lots and lots of jack smelt. A father and son and a few others caught 30 mackerel off the end of the wharf. And also a couple little squids came up on bait jigs at the end. All that plus great weather made for a pretty fun day.

September 27, 2008 at 3:44 pm   Posted in: Fishing Reports  Comments Closed

Capitola: Little Skipper looks promising

Shane Angela James and vermillions
So – we did a little experiment today with Shane, Angela, and James with a product we might potentially call the “Little Skipper”. It’s a gps you can rent from us with some well researched waypoints. These guys were pretty happy about it – they caught two limits of rock cod including three vermillion, two coppers, and a lot of medium sized browns.

We only have one unit now, so if you want to give it a try, you have to ask. We’re renting it for $20/day right now. If you want to go all out, we have three fish finders available and we’ll do an all day rental with a fish finder + gps for $100. You have to ask though.

September 27, 2008 at 3:40 pm   Posted in: Fishing Reports  Comments Closed

Capitola: Nice catch

Feng and ling and grass cod
Feng hooked up with a nice ling and a grass cod over at the Capitola reef today using anchovies. We’ve seen rock fish of various sorts coming in as well. Not fast and furious, but typical for this time of year.

September 27, 2008 at 2:53 pm   Posted in: Fishing Reports  Comments Closed

Capitola: First catch of the day

Matt and halibut and black cod
Here’s Matt with his catch from this morning – a halibut and a black cod. He caught these using anchovies on a halibut rig off Soquel point.

Day’s getting sunny – it started out foggy but is now warming up substantially.

September 27, 2008 at 10:51 am   Posted in: Fishing Reports  Comments Closed

Capitola: Beautiful day

Ian Travis and black rock fish
Here’s Travis and Ian with their two limits of rock cod for today. They were using squid on rock cod rigs off the mile reef. No problem with the fishing – just not many boats out :(

Mackerel are still coming in pretty good off the wharf, and there are some sardines into the marina and two miles out in scattered schools. There was some pretty good bird action this morning out in front of the ship in 35 out to 50 feet of water. Ed watched them work for 1.5 hours all the while in agony cuz he had to work. Could have been wide open mackerel, could have been bonita, could have been seabass. We’ll never know. (Ed is at this moment grumbling to the stenographer – the stenographer will not type those words).

Weather looks to be really great up ’til some time in the middle of next week – current forecast discussion is calling for our first winter-like low to move in here around then. So – that combined with the fact that this Saturday is a free fishing day (!) – you really should get down here and fish if you’ve been thinking about it.

September 25, 2008 at 3:33 pm   Posted in: Fishing Reports  Comments Closed

Capitola: Mack Attack!

Leena and mackerel
Finally some mackerel off the wharf! Here’s Leenah with one of the many she’s been loading up on today. She and her friend had a five gallon bucket full of them in less than an hour. Several others on the wharf have buckets full as well. These are all getting caught with a bait jig with anchovies, a big bobber, and about a 2 oz weight. They put little pieces of anchovies on, but you can fillet the mackerel into little strips and use them as well (they eat their own!!!!).

Otherwise out on the water there are still lots of scattered bait balls of anchovies and mackerel and some jacksmelt. The anchovies are all pinheads, so that’s why the mackerel are around.

September 24, 2008 at 2:47 pm   Posted in: Fishing Reports  Comments Closed

Capitola: Nice ling!

Spencer and ling
Here’s Spencer with a nice ling he caught off Soquel point using a shrimp fly rig with squid. He also had a limit of rock cod – browns, blacks, blues, and a kelp greenling (also called a ‘sea trout’).

We’re not sure why he’s wearing the beanie – it’s quite toasty here today. To each his own :)

September 24, 2008 at 2:43 pm   Posted in: Fishing Reports  Comments Closed

Santa Cruz: Nice lings off steamers

Phil just came in with a couple of nice 8 pound lings that he caught fishing live sardines just off steamer lane. We were a bit slow on the draw with the camera – by the time we got around to it he already had his fillets.

Phil reports that there’s tons of bait outside the Capitola marina now – sardines, mackerel, and huge jacksmelt.

Got a nice confirmation on the jacksmelt thing: we just had a rental come into Capitola with three and a half coolers full of jacksmelt! If you’re into jacksmelt, this is prime fishing right now.

September 23, 2008 at 2:10 pm   Posted in: Fishing Reports  Comments Closed

Free Fishing Day!

Saturday September 27th is a free fishing day in California – you do not need a license to fish all day!

September 22, 2008 at 3:15 am   Posted in: Announcements and News, Events  Comments Closed

Capitola: The world is always sunny for Darn Glen

Darn Glen and flattie
Here’s Glen with his halibut for today, he also brought in a limit of rock fish – bolina (about 2.5 pounds each). He was fishing a combination of live bait (sardines and mackerel) and fish traps off Soquel point. For some reason the fish were only biting the fish traps.

He jigged the bait up at Soquel point as well – right in front of O’Neil’s. The seiners were using spotter planes and were netting up a lot of it, but he still managed to get some with some work.

Glen’s catch today is pretty exemplary for this time of year around here – the big halibut have moved a bit farther north, but the rock cod and smaller halibut (and lings) are definitely around.

Reminder: Next Saturday is a free fishing day! No license is required to fish from a boat. Come on down and get some dinner!

September 21, 2008 at 3:27 pm   Posted in: Fishing Reports  Comments Closed

Capitola: Is there a party going on in that reef or something?

Alex and ling and grass cod
Here’s Alex with a nice ling and one from the two limits of grass cod he and his buddy caught today. They were fishing in Capitola reef with swim baits. Pretty sweet!

September 21, 2008 at 2:50 pm   Posted in: Fishing Reports  Comments Closed

Capitola: Interesting place to find a flattie

Jesus and halibut
Here’s Jesus with a flattie he caught over on the Capitola reef. We’re not sure what he was using, but it’s the first halibut we’ve seen today. It’s getting to be that time of year.

September 21, 2008 at 1:40 pm   Posted in: Fishing Reports  Comments Closed

Capitola: Darn Glen points the way

Jiyoung and black rock cod
Here’s Jiyoung with her black rock cod! She caught it out off of Adam’s reef next to Darn Glen’s marker buoy using squid on a surf leader setup. Nice catch Jiyoung!

September 21, 2008 at 11:32 am   Posted in: Fishing Reports  Comments Closed

Capitola: Nice wharf fishing!

Amado and barred perch
Here’s Amado with a couple of really nice barred perch. He caught these at the surf line using shrimp on a couple of hooks. He said he had a bigger one get off, so he’s getting more bait to go back to it.

September 20, 2008 at 2:24 pm   Posted in: Fishing Reports  Comments Closed