Archive for August, 2009

Capitola: There needs to be a singles club for lonely halibut around here

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If you set aside the continuing wild success of the purse seiners, our highliner today is John here. John caught this 6 pound halibut off privates using a live sardine. Congratulations John!

All told we had two rentals and two private boats (including Ed’s) out today on the ocean. And with the exception of John’s halibut, the fish are allll gone.

Ed in particular is getting pretty sick and tiredof the skunk monkey that’s been riding his back most of the summer – he’s named it and everything. We need to get the SPCA on that or something. Anyway, Ed drove around and around in and out up and down, he saw lots of sea lions and lots of scattered small frightened bait balls consiting of sardines. Twenty Four miles actually. He has a very nice tan.

On the wharf today, someone lost one of those lonely halibut like the one from yesterday, and we continue to see sardines fleeing the water in droves (one or two at a time on a sabiki).

Weather however, is beautiful. The south swell only lasted a day or so – it’s back to pretty flat now, and it’s pleasantly warm and breezy.

Ed is going to venture out of rental bounds (and seiner territory) tomorrow to see what else is out there. We all wish him luck.

August 31, 2009 at 6:01 pm   Posted in: Fishing Reports  Comments Closed

ReportTroller update: Boccie Boy Bait

The Boccie Boy Bait fishing report has been updated!

August 31, 2009 at 12:20 pm   Posted in: Fishing Reports  Comments Closed

Capitola: Our Highliners!

* WPG2 CANNOT LOCATE GALLERY2 ITEM ID 91106 * It’s all about having the right gear for that job folks!

August 30, 2009 at 7:24 pm   Posted in: Fishing Reports  Comments Closed

Capitola: Lonely halibut chooses one shiny moment in sun

* WPG2 CANNOT LOCATE GALLERY2 ITEM ID 91103 * Here’s Ngyun with a 26 inch halibut that he caught off the wharf using a live sardine at the surf line. He’s our highliner today – congratulations Ngyun!

As predicted, sardines did come around the wharf today. They were not as plentiful as they were last week, but people were still catching them – mostly one or two at a time. Most fish were coming from the end of the wharf to the gate (which they continue to do at this moment).

On the ocean, Darn Glenn lit it up with 4 rock cod – 2 blacks and 2 browns. He was targeting halibut but having a hard time of it. Several boats hooked up on bat rays – Ed saw one of those taken.

Again though the real bright spot was the seiner catch. They’ve consistently (and increasingly) outshown local sport and commercial catches in a truly spectacular way since they resumed fishing around here.

August 30, 2009 at 7:15 pm   Posted in: Fishing Reports  Comments Closed

ReportTroller update: Bayside Marine

The Bayside Marine fishing report has been updated!

August 30, 2009 at 5:40 pm   Posted in: Fishing Reports  Comments Closed

Capitola: Zack might just be in line for the Joey position

* WPG2 CANNOT LOCATE GALLERY2 ITEM ID 91097 * Zack is very proud of this guitar skate. He caught it by the gate using a bit of shrimp on a surf leader. Bottom dwellers (except for halibut) are the name of the game at the moment on the wharf – we’re seeing bullheads here and there on occasion right now.

August 30, 2009 at 11:48 am   Posted in: Fishing Reports  Comments Closed

Capitola: Sabiki – the universal lure!

* WPG2 CANNOT LOCATE GALLERY2 ITEM ID 91094 * So first of all, our humbles and all for not posting yesterday – the stenographer was otherwise indisposed. Here’s our make-up report:

A couple rock cod. That is it. They were caught off rentals fishing Sponge Bob. That, and the bait stayed clear of the wharf most of the day yesterday – it was hovering just outside the marina. Had it not been for the fact that just being near the ocean was so unbelievably nice given the heat, it would have been a pretty disappointing day. But – it was nice.

And, it’s not all bad news. The seiners have been doing ***GREAT***!! Sheriff Larry and others have reported witnessing what can only be described as UNBELIEABLY HUGE BOUNTIES OF FISH coming up in their nets. As in – nets the size of our marina. Loaded with fish. Congrtulations seiners!!

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And now on to today.

Here’s Eric with a very nice surprise to kick off the day – a 14.5 pound striper. He caught this beauty on a bait jig while trying to jig up bait (it got fouled)! He was fishing off the end of the wharf kinda behind the restaurant.

Bait is back into the middle of the marina and Ed’s thinking it’s likely to approach the wharf more solidly than it did yesterday. That’s based on the fact that the swell has come down considerably from yesterday.

August 30, 2009 at 10:47 am   Posted in: Fishing Reports  Comments Closed

ReportTroller update: Bayside Marine

The Bayside Marine fishing report has been updated!

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

ReportTroller update: Bayside Marine

The Bayside Marine fishing report has been updated!

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

Capitola: Soylent Green is What????

* WPG2 CANNOT LOCATE GALLERY2 ITEM ID 90638 * We *thought* we had a nice photo of Doug with the 9 pound flattie that he caught this afternoon off Sponge Bob using a live sardine. But we saved it incorrectly – which is to say, we didn’t save it – so we have no photo. We are sorry Doug – if you happen to have a photo of your own please email it to us and we’ll post it.

Other than that, only one other party came in with fish, and that would be Darn Glenn. Darn Glenn fished Capitola Reef and one other super secret spot and ended up with a mess of browns and this black. But then that’s Darn Glenn – he could coax fish out of a glass of water.

Which is the sort of talent you’d be needing around here these days, as it continues to be the case that they’re allllll gone. Cept for these stragglers we’ve been talking about. And the bait. Which continues to cower in the shadow of the wharf while the seiners anxiously await the day when they make protein rich soylent green of our watery wonderland.

Needless to say, bait off the wharf is still plentiful, as is the bait in and around the marina. Mostly sardines, ranging from 4-12 inches – there are a few 6-12 inch mackerel mixed in as well.

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

Celebrate Capitola!!! (But NOT HERE!!)

This Wednesday September 2nd Capitola becomes a sextigenarian!

To celebrate 60 years of impeccable planning, the Capitola wharf will be closed all day Wednesday so that skilled pyrotechnicians and fire fighters can light off big bombs from a tar coated wooden structure.

If everything turns out well, we’ll see you again on Thursday.

August 28, 2009 at 6:06 pm   Posted in: Events  Comments Closed

ReportTroller update: Boccie Boy Bait

The Boccie Boy Bait fishing report has been updated!

August 28, 2009 at 1:20 pm   Posted in: Fishing Reports  Comments Closed

Capitola: Like Forrest Gump! Sardine stew, sardine sandwiches, sardine cake…..

* WPG2 CANNOT LOCATE GALLERY2 ITEM ID 90387 * We saw one small striper landed on the wharf down in the surf line. He was using a live sardine under a bobber. It was a small fish – barely legal – and the guy who caught it took off before we could snap a picture. Other than that, sardines.

If you zoom in on this one, you’ll see that there are lots of folks reeling in sardines at the very moment this picture was snapped. Coincidence?? Nooo – there are still a lot of sardines around the wharf. They are hiding from the seiners. Relative to the seiners, the sea lions and pelicans and cormorants and dolphins and people fishing on boats and on the wharf and all the other critters up and down the water column are no match at all.

August 27, 2009 at 6:50 pm   Posted in: Fishing Reports  Comments Closed

Capitola: Nothing to see here move along move along

* WPG2 CANNOT LOCATE GALLERY2 ITEM ID 90384 * Avery caught this halibut just inside of Sponge Bob by about 100 feet. He was using a live sardine on a halibut rig. He was our highliner today – we had three private boats and five other rental boats out – the only other fish we saw was one lonely rock cod on one of the other rentals. So this guy here is just lost. The fish remain elsewhere. Good for Avery though – he scored fish tacos!!

There was *lots* of wildlive action on the area of the marina today dolphins galore and many of them were getting air jumping out of the water. It was really something to behold.

The only other site was an ominous one – the hovering seiner boats have now officially graduated to “lurking”. We would like to imagine that the fact that they can’t set their nets in the marina gives OUR sardines some protection, but these guys have pretty big nets and lots and lots of time. So we’re just left with hoping they leave something for us.

August 27, 2009 at 6:44 pm   Posted in: Fishing Reports  Comments Closed

ReportTroller update: Bayside Marine

The Bayside Marine fishing report has been updated!

August 27, 2009 at 6:00 pm   Posted in: Fishing Reports  Comments Closed

Capitola: The bite is on.

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Armando first of the season.

August 26, 2009 at 6:30 pm   Posted in: Fishing Reports  Comments Closed

Capitola: We cannot think of nouns that fit the hovering theme (that are rated P.G.)

Dave got this five pound striper (his second striper off this wharf) using a live sardine under a bobber down close by the beach. He also got his third striper using the same setup in the same place, and it was roughly the same size. Annnd about six and a half minutes ago a girl who’s name we didn’t catch hooked but lost a 30 pounder!

Bait was not around the wharf early this morning, but it was pretty thick out at the end of the marina. Bait didn’t start happening off the wharf ’til about 9:30 a.m. As of right now they’re still catching sardines off the wharf along with some mackerel and some very small anchovies.

There is not much else to say. All the fish are gone. Gone gone gone. They must have seen the seiners show up (we see them hovering around the marina right now). In fact if you look closely at this photo you might see a seiner in the background – hovering.

August 26, 2009 at 6:20 pm   Posted in: Fishing Reports  Comments Closed