Archive for May, 2010

Capitola: Do these things punch a clock?

Billy and striped bass
Right on time for the evening bite, here’s Billy with his 24 inch striped bass. He caught this down by the surf line using a live sardine under a bobber.

Whence the sardines, you ask? Some good samaritan – possibly Kurtis – dumped a whole bunch of them into the bait tank by the shop here. Whoever did that – thank you!

We probably aren’t going to post any more pictures today but if there are more caught on the wharf tonight we’ll mention it tomorrow.

May 31, 2010 at 6:46 pm   Posted in: Fishing Reports  One Comment

Capitola: But how are they with maintaining a planetary orbit?

Steve Dave Brian and lings and rock cod
Steve, Dave, and Brian here took the most tricked out kayaks we have ever seen out for a spin today in and around the Capitola Reef kelp bed. In keeping with today’s theme of abundance they hooked up on no fewer than three nice lings and a mess of brown rock cod. They were using live sardines on a rig that we’re not really sure of, and possibly some swim baits. Congratulations you guys!

Obviously today was a red letter day. Fishing could hardly have been better, and the weather continues to be about as good as it gets in these parts. Absolutely amazing. We are most definitely hoping that this is a trend.

Tomorrow you can again use boat bucks – just print one out and come on down.

May 31, 2010 at 6:41 pm   Posted in: Fishing Reports  Comments Closed

Capitola: We continue apace…

Tyler and lingcod
Here’s Tyler with the ling he brought in from the kelp bed straight off the wharf. Its last act was to chomp down on a dead anchovy, which it did sometime between one and two this afternoon. Nice fish!

May 31, 2010 at 6:24 pm   Posted in: Fishing Reports  Comments Closed

Capitola: Butters breaks in his notepad

(note that this was supposed to have been posted a couple hours ago – we had a network glitch so this one is a “repost”)

Our new wharf cub correspondent Butters has his first report for us:

Bait remains a bit scarce around the wharf – they could be gotten but you had to work for it. There were a fair number of perch – mostly shiners – being caught though nothing like a banner day. We again wait for the evening bite – if it goes anything like the halibut bite on the other boats did today, it’ll be off the charts though of course one has little to do with the other.

Thank you Butters!

May 31, 2010 at 6:15 pm   Posted in: Fishing Reports  Comments Closed

ReportTroller update: Bayside Marine

The Bayside Marine fishing report has been updated!

May 31, 2010 at 4:00 pm   Posted in: Fishing Reports  Comments Closed

Capitola: The big ones do not always get away

Zack and Scott and cabezon and halibut
Zack and Scott fished off our kayaks today outside the first kelp bed straight off the wharf. They were using frozen anchovies on halibut rigs and had no gaff! Scott said he grabbed the flattie by the tail and it took off – he thought he’d lost it. We are not exactly sure how he in fact landed it, but awesome catch!

May 31, 2010 at 1:54 pm   Posted in: Fishing Reports  Comments Closed

Capitola: Good stuff in the shallows as well

Brandon and flatties
Brandon started out his day on his kayak by jigging up bait inside the marina here, then went on over to New Brighton to fish the shallows there. Egads – halibut!! He also had a couple of stripers roll on his bait over there.

May 31, 2010 at 1:49 pm   Posted in: Fishing Reports  Comments Closed

Capitola: Sponge Bob is sick of this homeless thing

Colin family and lings and limits
The Colins family is having some fun today – here they are in their rental just off the wharf with a lingcod and at least one limit of rock cod. They were fishing at the location that Ed intends to be the new Sponge Bob spot – looks pretty good so far.

May 31, 2010 at 1:45 pm   Posted in: Fishing Reports  Comments Closed

Capitola: Someone done flipped a switch

Roberto and halibut
It is kind of off the hook so far today – here is Roberto with a 12 pound halibut. He caught this off Black’s point using frozen anchovies on a halibut rig. We have more. Much more.

May 31, 2010 at 1:42 pm   Posted in: Fishing Reports  Comments Closed

ReportTroller update: Bayside Marine

The Bayside Marine fishing report has been updated!

May 30, 2010 at 7:20 pm   Posted in: Fishing Reports  Comments Closed

ReportTroller update: Stagnaro Sport Fishing

The Stagnaro Sport Fishing fishing report has been updated!

May 30, 2010 at 6:40 pm   Posted in: Fishing Reports  Comments Closed

Capitola: There is no direction left to go but up!

Colleen and Josh and rock fish
The weather was *beautiful* on the water today. So beautiful in fact that the fish, for the most part, took a vacation along with the rest of us and for the most part wouldn’t bite on a darned thing all day.

There were exceptions – Kurtis caught four nice flatties outside the harbor, of course DD in the previous post, there was one boat we had out that came in with three limits of rock cod that we didn’t get a picture of or anything cuz we were way too busy, and there’s Colleen and Josh here.

Colleen and Josh here left late today – between 11:30 and 12:00 – and fished last year’s Sponge Bob area ’til 4:30 or so — and they actually managed to collect a nice little batch of rock fish there. They were using frozen squid bits on shrimp fly rigs. A very nice catch given today’s status quo.

The day started really promisingly – there were a bunch of sardines just outside the marina here that Kurtis started jigging up – he ended up with 60 nice live bait in a half our. Those fish never came into the wharf, and spread out not to be seen again en masse for the rest of the day.

We wish we could elaborate better on the wharf situation today, but Ed was so busy that he didn’t really have time to pay attention (that, and he probably actually forgot a bunch of stuff). If one of you kind readers who was fishing the wharf today has a sum up for us, please by all means post a comment so others can read up on it.

May 30, 2010 at 6:16 pm   Posted in: Fishing Reports  Comments Closed

Capitola: Ed meets new people every single day – even ones he has known for years

Unknown and halibut
Poor Ed. He is not even taking statin drugs for his cholesterol and he *already* is having major “senior moments”. This particular one is quite embarassing because it’s gonna be all public and stuff. To wit:

Here’s “Dan Doe” – “DD” has fished off the wharf quite a bit over the last two years, and is quite a familliar sight. Except for that awkward part where you say “Hi!” and then inside it’s all.oh darn! I forgot!!! – uh awkward pause………………

DD caught this 11 pound halibut flylining a sardine off his kayak down by New Brighton beach. It bit on a live sardine which he jigged up we’re-not-sure-where.

If you exclude Kurtis’ commercial catch of halibut, DD here is our highliner today. More on that in the next post.

May 30, 2010 at 5:37 pm   Posted in: Fishing Reports  Comments Closed

ReportTroller update: Boccie Boy Bait

The Boccie Boy Bait fishing report has been updated!

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ReportTroller update: Boccie Boy Bait

The Boccie Boy Bait fishing report has been updated!

May 30, 2010 at 9:40 am   Posted in: Fishing Reports  Comments Closed

Capitola: Good day to start that diet!!

Steve and halibut
Here’s Steve with the one-inch-better-than-legal halibut he caught fishing Capitola reef along the edge of the kelp bed today. It bit on a live sardine which he had jigged up earlier.

Lest you get too excited about this, you should be aware that this little feller is by far the largest fish that we saw today. On other rentals it was a onesy-twosy rock cod kind of day, with one exception being a rental that caught a collection of small ones. Unfortunately we had a technical problem w/ the photo (it got deleted) – sorry guys.

On the wharf, not one bit better – shiners and walleyes, all mostly at the end of the wharf.

Bait wise, around 10 this morning we saw some sea lions and cormorants working something in the middle of the marina, and some cormorants working outside as well. Bait is around but is still spotty – the best report we had was from Jim who had some pretty good luck jigging some up by the ship today.

Speaking of the ship. one rental that was out just sightseeing had a real treat today when they came across a humpback whale over there – pretty cool!

All in all, a great day to be on the water so long as you weren’t planning to fatten up on fish. The weather was amazing, particularly in contrast to what has preceded it all this month. Tomorrow is supposed to be nicer still, so if nothing else you can get a good start on that tan.

Finally, despite the stenographer’s extreme reluctance to do so, he must point out that there are still plenty of moorings available in the marina, and you’re fully within your rights to come on over here and mess up his glorious pristine scenery with your whatever sort of boat you happen to have laying around. He has been made to promise that he will be nice about it and will in fact do his best to ensure that your stay is a pleasant one.

May 29, 2010 at 9:13 pm   Posted in: Fishing Reports  Comments Closed

ReportTroller update: Bayside Marine

The Bayside Marine fishing report has been updated!

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