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Bottomfishing excellent, crabbing good at Half Moon Bay

BY CAPT. DAVID BACON/WON Staff WriterPublished: Nov 14, 2017

HALF MOON BAY — Fish counts were good and passengers were happy aboard Half Moon Bay party boats and private boats alike. Spots down the coast produced better than usual and crabbers did pretty well from boats and not as much from shore. Local beaches were good for surfperch and a few striped bass.

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THE DUNGENESSS CRAB opener is drawing folks from everywhere. This full crab pot aboard the Huli Cat out of Pillar Point harbor in Half Moon Bay was pulled by Aaron Kumar, Himendar Chand, Anil Kumar and Sam Vichattu on the opener.

Partyboat trips down the coast to near Pescador aboard Huli Cat were not only full of good-eating rockfish and lingcod of standard proportions, but also held some nice surprises. Three of the nicer fish for the boat were Eric Chow’s 20-pound halibut taken on a swimbait worked slowly along the bottom, Tony Choy’s 18-pound lingcod and Ron Lee’s 12-pound lingcod.


A weekday light-load trip on Queen of Hearts was excellent for rockfish with very few tangled lines, considering there were only 9 anglers. Over the weekend both Queen of Hearts and Riptide made it out with good passenger counts to go hammer away at the bottomfish. Besides reds and coppers, there were plenty of blacks, browns and olive rockfish caught.


Crabbers came back in with good quantities of crabs without long runs. Shore-based crabbers, casting snares did okay but there was talk around the harbor that they had hoped for more from shore. David at Half Moon Bay Sportfishing said, “We’re selling crab gear so fast here that we are slammed. We’re getting reports of plenty of crabs from boats, but the snare casters could be doing better.” Counts for shore-based crabbers was better up by Pacifica where the Pier was heavily utilized.


Surf fishing for perch was fair to good and people got barred surf perch and red tail perch. There were reports of striped bass, but effort seemed to be down, probably due to crab season keeping locals busy.


featherandbarFEATHER AND BAR — San Jose’s Bill Russell fished on the Huli Cat by Pigeon Point using a feather and a bar for these quality rockfish. The Huli Cat is berthed in Pillar Point Harbor in Half Moon Bay.


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BLUE BAIT — Rick Newman of Stockton caught this 18-pound lingcod that hitchhiked a ride to the Huli Cat out of Pillar Point Harbor on a blue rockfish, caught off San Gregorio during a crab/rockfish combo trip. He was using Farallon Feathers.


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