Northern CA Saltwater Fishing Report

Crabs, perch and stripers caught from Half Moon Bay to Pacifica

BY CAPT. DAVID BACON/WON Staff WriterPublished: Feb 13, 2012

HALF MOON BAY/PACIFICA — Crabbing was the main seafood gathering activity in the Half Moon Bay area this week, while up the coast near Pacifica the spectrum broadened to include surf perch and striped bass.

Rough sea conditions kept most private boaters off the water but what boating did occur was primarily for crabbing. “Crab trips are available from the Half Moon Bay charter fleet,” said Zach Durham of Half Moon Bay Sportfishing and Tackle, who also reported that people have been casting crab snares from the jetties, docks and public pier for both Dungeness and rock crabs.”

Up the coast near Pacifica the story was similar, but with additional options. “Surf perch are roving up and down the coast with catches reported from San Gregorio, Pescadero and Ocean Beach,” said Cheryl Jimno at The Rusty Hook tackle shop.

A couple of off-season striped bass were caught by anglers offering bloodworms and pile worms. The catches were incidental in nature but prove that stripers are still available. Later in the season when folks target them avidly fishers cast Hair Razers and topwater baits like Spooks and Pencil Poppers.

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