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Early-week fishing was better for Half Moon Bay boats

BY CAPT. DAVID BACON/WON Staff WriterPublished: Dec 18, 2018

HALF MOON BAY — Early in the week conditions were fine for fishing and some good trips were made out of Half Moon Bay. Increasingly-large swells took out most of the week and weekend. Folks crabbing and fishing inside Pillar Point Harbor was good and people got involved.

gregoriolingericGREGORIO LING — Eric Bolding of San Jose caught his 8-pound lingcod using a squid jig aboard the Huli Cat out of Half Moon Bay during a combo trip to San Gregorio.


There were few fishing trips from Half Moon Bay to report on. Early in the week though, Huli Cat made a run down the coast. Capt. Michael Cabanas said, “We went out on a rockcod and crab combo off San Gregorio. Ron Lee got a 2-pound vermillion on a shrimp fly and deckhand Eric Teixeira caught a 19-pound lingcod hitchhiking on a rockfish. Later in the day, Teixeira and Dave Winders posed with a crab pot containing 17 crab. Ocean conditions were breezy with long, rolling swells.”


Sherry Ingles at Half Moon Bay Sportfishing reported no fishing trips for the week. There were boat trips, however because big swells bring big surf at Maverick and the landing did send boats out to enjoy the display of nature. A surfing tournament was cancelled because the swells were too big and dangerous conditions were anticipated, however surfers want big surf, so they wait anxiously for the reschedule as the huge swells just begin to subside.


Inside Pillar Point Harbor, people were able to crab and fish. Results weren’t bad with a decent number of crab caught with baited snares and with hoops. At the jetty, people could soak baits on surf leaders and have a pretty good chance at small rockfish, perch and maybe a cabezon. Squid strips and shrimp were common baits. People hoping for larger fish like lingcod tended to use swimbaits and let them falter in front of holes and gaps between the quarry rock.


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