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Half Moon Bay still good for crabs and dabs on calmer days

BY PAT YOUNG/WON Staff WriterPublished: Mar 12, 2019

HALF MOON BAY — When the weather cooperates with the sportfishing boats in Half Moon Bay, they can get out to 200 feet of water and load up on Dungeness crabs and buckets of sanddabs. Otherwise, folks are hitting the jetties and beaches for an assortment of perch and a mix of red rock crabs and Dungeness crabs.

dabiinincrabbinDABBIN’ & CRABBIN’— Combo sanddab and crab trips aboard the Huli Cat out of Half Moon Bay have been good, lately. Here Jeanne Tognoni of Belmont caught these in 280 feet of water.

Tom Mattusch on the Huli Cat reported he was pulling continuous limits of crabs on every trip he’s made this season. With pots set in 200 feet of water he said he was able to get limits of crabs and then fish for sanddabs and petrale sole in pretty much the same areas.

The only problem was finding a break in the weather to get out safely and provide at least a modicum of comfort for his customers. The sanddabs were hitting by the bucket full using Sabiki rigs baited with squid strips. All the sportfishing boats were waiting for the April 1 rockcod season opener. The salmon season was tentatively set to open April 6. Let’s pray for good weather this spring!

Shore anglers were still picking up a few crabs in the harbor off the jetty using baited hoops and snares. The jetty and local beaches were producing some nice perch using squid and the ever-popular Berkley Gulp! Sandworm in camo color. Up the coast in Pacifica, the pier was producing crabs on hoops and snares, and good catches of perch to 12 inches using shrimp, according to Bridgette Rosenberg at New Coastside Bait and Tackle.

A LONG LINE of sanddabs on the pull-up came for Howard Young of San Jose while fishing aboard the Huli Cat out of Half Moon Bay during a sanddab/crab combo trip off Pillar Point. They pulled the ‘dabs in 280 feet of water.

flatfishtripFLATFISH TRIP — Hiram Avery from Santa Clara with a couple Petrole sole up to 3 pounds he caught aboard the Huli Cat out of Half Moon Bay during a sanddab and crab combo trip off of Pillar Point.

DUNGENESS DOINGS — Natalia Otten and daughter Tina Otten with a pot of 19 Dungeness crabs caught aboard the Huli Cat out of Half Moon Bay during a sanddab/crab combo trip out of Pillar Point. It was slightly breezy early with some small rolling swells.

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