Archive for August 23, 2009

Capitola: Runaway rod no match for Rutso

* WPG2 CANNOT LOCATE GALLERY2 ITEM ID 89611 * This is the first striper in our area that Ed has heard of that was caught on a bullhead under a bobber! Rutso here was having a hard time catching sardines this morning but he caught a bullhead and put it underneath is bobber anyway. He threw it out and a short time later his rod went flying off the wharf. He went chasing after it along the beach with another of his rods. He was able to snag the rod that got away, and then reel in this striper. He got a little wet, as you can see. But wow what a great story!

Elsewhere on the wharf, sardines were a bit slow this morning. They started coming in at the end of the wharf around 8:30am, and continued getting better after that. The catch moved toward the gate as the day progressed. Then around noon it started tapering off again. We started seeing pacific mackerel about the same time and it followed exactly the same pattern.

So actually what we said earlier about bait being thick as theives around here wasn’t exactly correct – it’s more correct to say it was non stop on the boats. A little trickier on the wharf.

One other little interesting highlight – one white seabass was caught and released in the shallows on the wharf today. He was using a live sardine on a sliding rig. It was short (21 inches) so the guy who caught it released it. Darn darn.

Weather wise – really nice day. It was actually warm today – we haven’t see much of that this summer, and it sure felt nice. It goes in threes around here, so maybe we’ll have a warm start to the week.

August 23, 2009 at 8:01 pm   Posted in: Fishing Reports  Comments Closed

Capitola: Beware of huge black fish that will eat you

* WPG2 CANNOT LOCATE GALLERY2 ITEM ID 89608 * George and Scotty here were not at all disappointed with their catch today. They spent their time cranking in pacific mackerel and kingfish and loving it. One thing we’re definitely *stillI* not short on is bait fish. It is crazy thick with bait around here still.

On the private boats today Dan was fishing up by Natural bridges and came in with a 27 inch lingcod, two small flatties, and a great story about the 60 pound black seabass(!!!!!!) he caught and released up there. He was using live sardines on a halibut rig. Wow – very cool. They’re carniverous you know – the black seabass.

We have not seen nor heard of any of the sort of flattie or seabass action that Bayside is reporting these days. Whatever that is must be private boats out of the harbor, but we sure wish we were seeing some of that ourselves.

Other than that – we are still neck deep in bait here – no problems getting sardines, and mackerel appears to have moved in since yesterday. You can get bait just about anywhere around here including off the wharf.

August 23, 2009 at 7:48 pm   Posted in: Fishing Reports  Comments Closed

Capitola: Slim pickins

* WPG2 CANNOT LOCATE GALLERY2 ITEM ID 89605 * A bunch of Alex’s friends showed up today and rented a couple of boats to see what they could scare up. Both boats ended up with about 10 rock cod – mostly grass cod with some black-and-yellows and a few browns mixed in. They were fishing the kelp beds off Capitola reef using surf leaders with chunks of anchovies. We do not know where they got the anchovies, but if we were them we’d keep that a secret too cuz they’re like gold this summer.

So today is kind of a flip on yesterday – we have no excuses and there was plenty of time to take pictures, but there was literally nothing to take a picture of as far as the rest of the rentals are concerned. Non-bait fishing was just not very good here today with the exception of these guys and James’s kayak excursion. There’s really not much to pin this on either – there’s a little bit of a swell that has turned off what we had of a halibut bite going, but it’s really not enough to shut down rock fish – so it’s a puzzle.

Anyway – bummer. Most people were good humored about it, but boy it’d be nice to get some decent catches in on the rentals – it’s been a while.

August 23, 2009 at 7:35 pm   Posted in: Fishing Reports  One Comment

Capitola: The Rock-cod-o-lator rules the day

* WPG2 CANNOT LOCATE GALLERY2 ITEM ID 89602 * James and a couple of his buddies went out fishing on their kayaks today, and ended up doing better between themselves than the entire Capitola fleet of rentals! They were fishing the kelp beds using rock cod jigs, and James was using his funky custom rock cod rig with a split tail scampi on the top. All of that – laced with squid bits.

We may need to start selling that thing at the bait shop or something. Either that or tell all the rentals to just follow the kayaks.

Great(!) job you guys – congratulations!

August 23, 2009 at 7:25 pm   Posted in: Fishing Reports  Comments Closed

ReportTroller update: Bayside Marine

The Bayside Marine fishing report has been updated!

August 23, 2009 at 6:20 pm   Posted in: Fishing Reports  Comments Closed

ReportTroller update: Bayside Marine

The Bayside Marine fishing report has been updated!

August 23, 2009 at 5:00 pm   Posted in: Fishing Reports  Comments Closed

ReportTroller update: Bayside Marine

The Bayside Marine fishing report has been updated!

August 23, 2009 at 8:40 am   Posted in: Fishing Reports  Comments Closed