Northern CA Saltwater

Half Moon Bay has crab/dab combo, petrale sole, and shore action choices

BY PAT YOUNG/WON Staff WriterPublished: Feb 05, 2019

HALF MOON BAY— If the weather cooperates, the Huli Cat is offering crab/’dab combos with a shot at catching petrale sole. Shore anglers and pier fishermen have crab, rockcod, eels and perch all waiting to be caught. With such a variety of tasty seafood swimming and crawling around, it looks like Half Moon Bay is a great choice for a day trip to the coast.

dungenesscrabsandDUNGENESS CRABS AND pot-pulling are a big thing off the coast this time of year, and Ken Morrill of Corralitos and Joshua Ling of San Francisco help the Huli Cat check crab pots for the first sand­dab crab combo of 2019.

The Huli Cat has crab/dab combos scheduled for the next couple weeks depending on the weather. These trips run out to 250 to 300 feet of water using a multi-hook rigs baited with squid strips and they load the boat with tasty hand-sized sanddabs. Running out a bit deeper can produce the much bigger, highly sought after petrale sole. The stop at the crab pots usually doesn’t take long to limit out the boat on beautiful Dungeness crabs back in 200 feet of water. If you like loading your freezer up with fresh seafood, this is the trip for you.

Inside Pillar Point Harbor, shore anglers were having fun casting snares for crabs, and fishing the jetties for a variety of rockcod and monkeyface eels using the poke pole method. Occasionally a lingcod may hit the bait and provide a real tussle getting it out of the rocks.

The local beaches were producing good numbers of barred perch using the ever-popular Gulp! sandworm and Power Worms. Crabbers were picking up a few dungies and rock crabs using snares and nets off the pier. Pick a break in the weather and head to Half Moon Bay for a seafood harvest.

POT ‘O’ DUNGIES — Jason Poon of Palo Alto and Alex Mendoza of Mountain View show that crab are still being caught off Half Moon Bay on the Huli Cat. After loading up on sanddabs, the two worked towards crab limits.

SOLE AND SANDDABS fill buckets aboard party boats now, which pull crab pots to add tasty Dungeness crab to the take. Here, Huli Cat Capt. Tom Mattusch, along with Jimmy Liu of San Mateo, Ken Morill of Corralitos, Josh Ling of San Francisco and Arnold Joe of Danville show off some petrale sole caught in 325 feet of water west of Pillar Point Harbor.

HIGH SCORES — Kip Adams of Montara went out on a Huli Cat sanddab and crab combo and scored big time on both! The Huli Cat is out of Pillar Point Harbor in Half Moon Bay.

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