Archive for June, 2009

Santa Cruz: Swell is no obstacle if you know where to go

* WPG2 CANNOT LOCATE GALLERY2 ITEM ID 77654 * We continue our absolutely abysmal record with “swell forecasting” today by noting that the nasty current due to tides we were going on about the other day (and which we suggested would be gone in just a day or two) has turned into a southern swell from hell. The NWS discussion is talking about a coastal eddy that’s supposedly going to be a feature here for the next few days. All we can think to do is to hang our heads in shame and vow once again to never utter a word of prediction regarding the seas.

Despite all that however Jenna, Pete, Dan, and Steve fished South Rock today as the swell there wasn’t as bad, and they managed to wrangle up a very nice variety of quality rock fish and lings. They started the day by jigging up sardines down by Rio del Mar then headed up to slightly calmer waters. Very nice catch!

In Capitola we only had three boats out today. One got two rock cod and one got (and kept) a whole lot of bait – jacksmelt, sardines, and mackerel.

And here’s the part where we will say absolutely nothing remotely resembling a prediction of when these seas well calm down. They’ll do what they’re gonna do. We’re not here. Pay no attention!

June 30, 2009 at 6:19 pm   Posted in: Fishing Reports  2 Comments

Capitola: Not too rough for firsts

* WPG2 CANNOT LOCATE GALLERY2 ITEM ID 77651 * Nathan and Devon are visiting from South Africa and managed to squeeze in a couple of lifetime firsts today: They both caught their first fish ever! Nathan caught this kelpfish, and between the two of them they caught eight perch as well. Congratulations you guys!

Elsewhere on the wharf the swell was up big time today, and while that made getting perch to bite a bit easier, it also kicked up a lot of kelp that was pretty easy to get tangled up in. So it was kind of a tossup. You’re doing ok if you could get your fish up past the various hazards.

June 30, 2009 at 6:09 pm   Posted in: Fishing Reports  Comments Closed

ReportTroller update: Bayside Marine

The Bayside Marine fishing report has been updated!

June 30, 2009 at 5:20 pm   Posted in: Fishing Reports  Comments Closed

ReportTroller update: Bayside Marine

The Bayside Marine fishing report has been updated!

June 29, 2009 at 5:20 pm   Posted in: Fishing Reports  Comments Closed

Capitola: 31 pound thresher from kayak!

* WPG2 CANNOT LOCATE GALLERY2 ITEM ID 77444 * awsome!!impressive catch from marc on his kayak using live sardines off privates beach great job marc!!!

June 29, 2009 at 11:02 am   Posted in: Fishing Reports  Comments Closed

Santa Cruz: The fish are hitting!!

Today on the boats it was nonstop boat after boat the fish were piled up.

They veried from blues to olives. We also had three real good size Lingcod come in.

Also two over 25 inch Halibut.

As for the wharf the mackrels are here!!

Still pulling in alot of leagal Halibut!!

June 28, 2009 at 6:41 pm   Posted in: Fishing Reports  Comments Closed

ReportTroller update: Bayside Marine

The Bayside Marine fishing report has been updated!

June 28, 2009 at 6:40 pm   Posted in: Fishing Reports  Comments Closed

Santa Cruz: It was another good day for Santa Cruz Boat Rentals.

* WPG2 CANNOT LOCATE GALLERY2 ITEM ID 77240 * Today was a good day for Jeff and his three friends. Here, Jeff is holding a 30 inch Halibut, he also caught a few Rockcod. Between Jeff and his friends, they caught a total of 23 fish. The fish varied in Rockcod, Lingcod, and Halibut, all which were caught with Anchovies, just past the Lighthouse on Westcliff. Way to fish guys!!

June 28, 2009 at 6:33 pm   Posted in: Fishing Reports  Comments Closed

Capitola: The Teachers strike again!

* WPG2 CANNOT LOCATE GALLERY2 ITEM ID 77237 * Our favorite teachers – Jeffrey and Carla have returned, and they are really getting the hang of this. You’ll recall last year when they were completely psyched about the handful of jacksmelt they caught their first day out on a rental. Well, both their fishing technique and their confidence with the boats has improved by veritable leaps and bounds, and we could not be more proud. We are kinda like proud parents with these two. Kinda. Anyway, today was a *really* productive day for them and MANY of the rentals. The majority of boats came back with at least one or two limits of rock fish. We were super busy, cuz everyone came in at the same time so we didn’t get the chance to interview lots of folks or take lots of pictures. But our *sense* of things was that rock fish were being caught pretty much all over the place – from the mile reef to the point.

Elsewhere on the water, one of the private boats that we launched said they caught and released three short white seabass just off New Brighton. They also had several decent (legal) white seabass run off into the kelp where they snapped off. Throughout the day they also had lots of rock cod and one flattie. They were using live bait on halibut rigs.

Bait wise there are still a lot of mackerel and sardines outside the marina – lots more than yesterday. There are some pinhead anchovies close to the beach as well. Bait was pretty easy to come by overall.

We have a southern wind swell up right now – no idea how long that’s going to last, but it’s just wind swell so the energy level is relatively low – it’s more annoying than anything.

Grab some boat bucks and get out here while the fishing’s good!

June 28, 2009 at 5:39 pm   Posted in: Fishing Reports  Comments Closed

Capitola: Brooke catches first flattie ever!

* WPG2 CANNOT LOCATE GALLERY2 ITEM ID 77234 * Hooray!!! Brooke here got her first halibut ever. Brookie is the one on the right – she went out with her big sis and her dad and fished up off O’Neil’s using live sardines on halibut rigs. Even though you see Shea helping brooke pose with her fish there, she actually did pretty well out there today herself. She did battle with a 23.4 inch ling in the same area on the same kind of rig. It was short so they let it go, but still – *lots* of fun!

Congratulations Brookie!!!!

June 28, 2009 at 5:25 pm   Posted in: Fishing Reports  Comments Closed

Capitola: So the question is: what kind of rod is that anyway?

* WPG2 CANNOT LOCATE GALLERY2 ITEM ID 77231 * Bill, Ciric, and Mike highlined Capitola today with one nice and one legal ling, a couple rock cod, and a couple decent halibut. Once again this was an O’Neil’s thing. They used live sardines on halibut rigs all the way around. Mike had the hot rod (the rod that gets all the hits for those of you how don’t know the lingo (like the stenographer)) – but he shared some of the action with his buddies.

June 28, 2009 at 5:20 pm   Posted in: Fishing Reports  One Comment

Capitola: Third time is the charm

* WPG2 CANNOT LOCATE GALLERY2 ITEM ID 77228 * Dan and Jeff had trouble deciding whether to fish Capitola or Santa Cruz today – the last couple of times were pretty discouraging. Today fishing off O’Neil’s paid off *good*! They were using live jack mackerel which they jigged up just outside the marina using bait jigs. They put them on a halibut rig and voila – a weeks worth of fine dining.

June 28, 2009 at 5:12 pm   Posted in: Fishing Reports  Comments Closed

ReportTroller update: Monterey Bay Charters

The Monterey Bay Charters fishing report has been updated!

June 28, 2009 at 5:00 pm   Posted in: Fishing Reports  Comments Closed

Santa Cruz: Woodies

* WPG2 CANNOT LOCATE GALLERY2 ITEM ID 76948 * Woodies, Woodies, Woodies, awesome woodies everywhere. Just look at all the people. Santa Cruz wharf was packed today. Packed with tons of people and buckets of mackerel. Fisherman lined the wharf from one end to the next, elbow to elbow catching bait by the buckets. Only 8 boats out today, everyone brought in alittle something sorry camera was too busy capturing Woodies. We’ll we will try to get FISH pictures tomorrow

June 27, 2009 at 9:53 pm   Posted in: Announcements and News  Comments Closed

ReportTroller update: Reel Sport Fishing

The Reel Sport Fishing fishing report has been updated!

June 27, 2009 at 7:20 pm   Posted in: Fishing Reports  Comments Closed

Capitola: We should probably put a bounty out on it or something

* WPG2 CANNOT LOCATE GALLERY2 ITEM ID 76945 * You need to zoom in on this photo to get a proper sense of it, but we had *lots* of people fishing on the wharf today (it was a really nice warm day).

There was a mystery fish hooked up down close to the beach on a live shiner. It got wrapped up in some kelp and got away. But it was something with some girth. It wasn’t a sea lion, cuz it never breached. We’re thinking it might have been a leopard shark or a halibut. Let your imagination run wild cuz we’ll never know for sure. It was the only big fish we’ve heard of so far today.

For most folks, there have been a lot of jacksmelt and perch biting on mostly shrimp on bait jigs and small hooks on surf leaders. That’s all we have now, but the day is still kinda young for wharf fishing – there may well be some late bite.

June 27, 2009 at 6:17 pm   Posted in: Fishing Reports  Comments Closed

Santa Cruz: For best halibut bite, sacrifice a chicken

* WPG2 CANNOT LOCATE GALLERY2 ITEM ID 76941 * Guess what. Just guess. Give you a minute. [tic toc] Yep. Kurtis got a huge fish!! It’s kind of looking like his stars got super-glued into the “awesome things” alignment or something – man!Today the larger halibut were biting in front of the harbor as they have been for the last few days. The huge tide has been causing some pretty hefty currents in the Capitola area, and that’s been freaking the halibut out, so they’ve either moved or the ones near Capitola are hiding right now.

Kurtis went out late today – after noon – and landed this one on the fifth drift using a live sardine. He tried fishing Capitola, but the drift was so fast with the current that it was pretty much a lost cause.

We did however see four legal halibut come in off some Capitola boats – one off a rental, three off of privates. One came in from Soquel point off O’Neil’s, one came in off the mile reef, and two came in off Capitola reef. They were using various lures – swim baits, halibut rigs with anchovies and live sardines.

For most people this was a slow day – we had a few boats do ok with rock cod which they caught off the point, Adam’s reef, and the mile reef. But on whole boats were lucky to get a few king fish. The huge tide is the culprit in all this – it’ll pass in a few days and things should pick up again.

June 27, 2009 at 6:11 pm   Posted in: Fishing Reports  Comments Closed