Capitola: Excuse (noun): alibi, apology, cleanup, cop-out, cover story …

* WPG2 CANNOT LOCATE GALLERY2 ITEM ID 89391 * We were talking about not making excuses. But now I guess once again we are – yes – we got slammed, so we only have one picture. It is a very nice picture though – here’s the story:

The Schirmer family went out and fished by Sponge Bob and ended up doing pretty well. PIctured you see their collection of rock fish for the day – some browns, a grass cod, and one vermillion (!). They were using strips of squid on rock cod jigs, and they had a blast and they said they’d be back, so sounds like a successful outing :)

We had the whole fleet out today, and those that came in with fish, came in with similar or smaller catches of rock fish and bait. There were no larger fish (like lings or halibut) that we saw except for one boat that had three leopard sharks that they released. They caught them off the kelp bed off New Brighton. Of the 18 boats we had out, only five got skunked, so not too bad really. Most of the boats that had fish had a good amount of them – not real big fish again, but fish-taco-worthy.

Other things that Ed wishes he had gotten pictures of but (see the above excuse):

* Yesterday evening as Ed was leaving, a legal striper was brought in off the wharf along with a legal halibut. [tricky with how today's excuse works for last night isn't it]

* A dad and a son who were fishing off New Brighton in kayaks came in with some nice stuff. Dad had a nice flatty, and son had a 15 pound striped bass. Imagine. Wow. What a nice photo that would have been!!

* Lots of people were fishing off the wharf today – the crowd was something to behold. Just imagine a really pretty packed wharf with lots of happy busy people fishing, and you’ll have a good idea of the photo we did not take.

Bait – still lots in the marina and off the wharf – no problem catching it. And off the wharf again – all we saw today was bait getting caught – nothing save for last night’s striper and flatty. Hopefully history will repeat itself save for the fact that Ed doesn’t have a camera with him.

Other than that – imagine a photo with dolphins in it – cuz they were around too. One of the rentals went over to the cement ship, had a good show, and came back happy.

And that’s about it for today’s imaginarium. More from Ed’s fantasy land tomorrow!

August 22, 2009   Posted in: Fishing Reports

One Response

  1. Tim M. - August 23, 2009

    Thank you for your response to our inquiry. As stated the small town feel and location is very welcome from the city congestion we live in. We have also had some less than spectacular breakfasts at other local restaurants while the Wharf house breakfast was nice each time. The can clam chowder did throw us for a loop though?

    Todays picture shows 6 rock fish for 3 anglers which averages out 2 per person and not all that big. the same basic fish report.
    The shop pictures we have seen shows a lot of huge fish of every species but we have noticed as we mentioned a theme that locals seem to catch most the bigger fish which tells me they are doing something different like fishing waters not in the skiff restriction zone or fishing later in the day than the skiff rental policy allows.

    I also read just about every other source of fishing info available and they all say solid halibut action from Capitola and the halibut caught seem to be from the same local guys with obviously different options
    than skiff renters.

    We have logged a lot of hours in the local kelp beds to the boundary lines and like todays picture just get a few small rock fish. I guess we missed the runs this year of halibut as it looks from all other fishing resources the San Francisco bay bite is steady at about 1 halibut per angler and hot days 2 with
    striped bass action about the same depending on which boat you choose. Each skipper has his apparent specialty fish. I am trying to get away from the city scene but the bite here is for real and multiple first timers seem to catch just as many as the locals which indicates more fish.

    One group caught 69 fish in 2 hours? including limits of halibut,stripers,and big sharks

    No offense but it seems like the Capitola reefs and kelp beds are picked over and we missed our chance at the runs and while we like the atmosphere we really need to catch something to make our family summer Fish BBQ.

    Hopefully Seabass or something else shows up to go fish for in Capitola!
    Best of luck and thanks for the explanation.