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Combo trips shine for Half Moon bay boat

BY CAPT. DAVID BACON/WON Staff WriterPublished: Jan 02, 2019

HALF MOON BAY — After waiting out the wind and seas, boats were able to make weekend trips from Half Moon Bay’s Pillar Point Harbor and combo trips were the name of the game. Around the harbor, folks worked snares and hoops for crab or they soaked baits for a variety of fish. Beach fishers had little trouble connecting with perch.

rockfishseasonROCKFISH SEASON CLOSED at the end of the year, but Wade Webber of Wynndel, British Columbia, caught this brownie on Farallon Feather along with a limit of rockfish and crabs while fishing aboard the Huli Cat out of Pillar Point Harbor.

Wind and seas kept anglers off the water in Half Moon bay, but when the wind let up, Huli Cat ran an end of season combo trip. Wade Webber drove down from Wynndel, British Columbia, and among other things caught a 4-pound brown rockfish. Mike Cooper, of La Honda, Aron & Biljun Kumar of Castro Valley, and Deckhand Dylan Watkins gathered up to show a nice late-December crab pot off Pillar Point Harbor. Capt. Tom Mattusch said, “Those who worked their gear had rockfish limits and others were close. We got limits of Dungeness crab for passengers and crew. Huli Cat will do sanddab and petrale sole trips in the new year, with some pot-pulling as well.”

Half Moon Bay Sportfishing boats did not go out for the week and staff reports that they have hung up their fishing gear for the season. There will be some Mavericks trips and whale watching adventures until the 2019 fishing seasons get going.

Over the weekend especially, people came down to the harbor to work the pier, breakwater and docks. Folks casting baited snares or dropping hoops brought in rock crab and Dungeness crab. People soaking baits from the breakwater enjoyed catches of rockfish, cabezon and monkeyface prickleback eels. Along beaches from below town all the way up past Pacifica, people cast baited surf leaders for barred surfperch and redtail perch.

hitchhikercodHITCHHIKER COD — Jordan Adams of Palo Alto and Boy Scout Troop 57 out of Palo Alto went out aboard the Huli Cat out of Half Moon Bay on a rockcod trip and caught this 8-pound lingcod that latched onto a rockfish on his shrimpfly rig and caught a ride to the deck!

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