Archive for June 24, 2009

Santa Cruz: Kurtis is like a Timex watch

Keeps on tickin’!

Our commercial fleet had a pretty decent outing. This was day 54 of Kurtis’ “consecutive days of fishing” thing, and it turned out pretty good. He fished sardines on halibut rigs between the whistle buoy and Natural Bridges, and hooked up on these two flatties in the process. One is 19 pounds, the other 22. He did better than Josh, who had two big ones on that both managed to free themselves of the hooks. Dan and Pete brought in a 25 pounder and one other small one, and they released two thresher sharks.

June 24, 2009 at 6:03 pm   Posted in: Fishing Reports  Comments Closed

Capitola: Is flattie-and-a-grass-cod a new menu item or something?

The other boat that did “pretty well” was the one that Jim and his sons took out. They brought in some grass cod and a 30 inche flattie using swim baits near the kelp bed on the west side of wharf. Of particular interest is the 30 inch white seabass they lost right at the boat. Sadly it was a comedy of errors – at first they didn’t recognize what it was, then once they did they gaffed on the gaffing. Ugh!

Pretty quiet on the wharf today – Mike lost a halibut to a harbor seal, and that’s about all we’ve heard. Ed is waiting for a repeat of yesterday with some shiners. That seems like a reasonable hope, because the bait situation is the same as it was yesterday; there’s a bunch of bait outside the marina, and more as you go toward the cement ship.

Today was not as nice as yesterday (unless you like overcast – it was awesome if you’re into that). But otherwise it was not too windy and really not a bad day to get out and fish.

June 24, 2009 at 5:49 pm   Posted in: Fishing Reports  One Comment

Capitola: How can a slow day also be good?

Percentages! We had 5 boats out today, with three fishing seriously. Of those two did “pretty well”, one did “ok”.

The two boats that were not fishing seriously consisted of kids and parents having lots of fun catching and releasing lots and lots of bait fish – sardines and mackerel. One of the dads commented that he was afraid his boy would be a bit spoiled after today cuz pretty much every drop of the hook turned into a fish. We’re guessing it won’t be much of a problem – once you’re hooked, you’re hooked :)

The boat that was fishing seriously that did “ok” got into a bunch of small but edible grass cod.

Cirie here was one of the two “pretty well’s”. He caught this 30 inch flattie off Capitola reef using swim baits, and also caught quite a few grass cod though he only kept the one you see here.

June 24, 2009 at 5:36 pm   Posted in: Fishing Reports  One Comment

Santa Cruz: They got it all yesterday

Off the yellow boats yesterday Sarah, Kasis, Nick and Robert got it all. They Used Squid and Rock Cod Rigs over South Rock and Natulal Bridges to load up on dinner for weeks.

June 24, 2009 at 10:54 am   Posted in: Fishing Reports  Comments Closed