Northern CA Saltwater

Surf fishers from Half Moon Bay to Pacifica get perch, stripers, flounder

BY CAPT. DAVID BACON/WON Staff WriterPublished: Mar 05, 2019

HALF MOON BAY — Boaters out of Half Moon Bay did get out for crab on some days and counts were excellent, while surf fishing throughout Half Moon Bay was exciting thanks to a happy variety of perch, stripers and starry flounder. Along the jetty people got both fish and crabs.

CRAB HOOPSTERS — Crab and ‘Dab combo trips aboard the Huli Cat out of Pillar Point Harbor in Half Moon Bay are a productive way to spend the day, and Natalia Otten and daughter Tina Otten show off a a pot pulled up with 19 crab.

On Sunday, Huli Cat went out with Capt. Michael Cabanas at the helm. Ocean conditions were breezy with some rolling swells off Pillar Point. The working depth was 280 feet and it was a productive area. Fifteen anglers got limits of crab and 462 sanddabs. Some of the happy campers were Jeanne Tognoni, Darren Seiji and Jason Poon.

Surf fishing got exciting for Half Moon Bay folks. At New Coastside Bait & Tackle in Pacifica, Marque Glisson said, “Stripers are starting to show up in Pacifica. We have been blind-casting and catching them on 1-ounce bucktail jigs and Mark White Hawaiian poppers. The perch have also been active at Mussell Rock. We’re using grubs, Gulp! Sandworms and Lucky Craft Flash Minnows.”

Those reports were exciting enough, but there was even more excitement. Stephanie at Half Moon Bay Sportfishing reported that local surf fishers caught a number of starry flounder. When a person has a good chance at barred surfperch, redtail perch, striped bass and starry flounder, surf fishing gets downright exciting.

Along the jetty at Pillar Point Harbor, people cast snares for rock crabs and Dungeness crab, or they soaked baits for perch and rockfish. A few guys waited for very low tides and went poke-polling for monkeyface prickleback eel. There were some good catches, according to staff at Half Moon Bay Sportfishing.

While partyboats were generally quiet, private and commercial boats did get out for crabs. Numbers were good and the size was plenty acceptable with a good number of commercial-grade Dungeness.

dungiedayDUNGIE DAY — Pulling pots for limits of Dungeness crab during a sanddab-crab combo trip is a highlight aboard the Huli Cat out of Pillar Point Harbor in Half Moon Bay. David Kasheta and Jack Xiao of Oakland did the honors here, with the trip resulting in 480 sanddabs, 7 petrale sole and limits of crabs for 8 passengers that day.

petralesolePETRALE SOLE ARE a welcome addition to big numbers of sand­dabs during crab combo trips, and Jason Poon of Palo Also caught these two to 3 pounds aboard the Huli Cat out of Half Moon Bay last week.

SOLE LADY — Jeanne Tognoni from Belmont with a couple petrole up to 3 pounds caught aboard the Huli Cat out of Half Moon Bay during a sanddab and crab combo trip off of Pillar Point.

gangiongoodiesGANGNION OF GOODIES — A ganion full of nice, fat sanddabs was half the reason for Howard Young of San Jose going out on the Huli Cat out of HMB. The other half was hauling up carbs!

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