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Half Moon Bay: Rockfish limits and crab, too

BY CAPT. DAVID BACON/WON Staff WriterPublished: Dec 31, 2019

HALF MOON BAY — Rockfish counts were steady and reliable for Half Moon Bay boats and they also had the frequently-utilized option of piling on good counts of Dungeness crab. Jetty fishing and crab snaring were popular and productive, and surf fishers got a variety of perch.

gregoriolingGREGORIO LING — Kim Chan from San Francisco hefts his 14-pound lingcod on a swimbait at San Gregorio in 120 feet of water while fishing aboard the Huli Cat out of Pillar Point Harbor.

San Gregorio was a prime destination for Huli Cat through the week. The fishing was good and the crew was able to pull crab pots to add to the bounty from the sea for her happy passengers. There were some very nice fish caught, without having to fish very deep. For example, Dan Gorman boated a 20-pound lingcod using a live bait rig and whole squid, fishing at 120 feet deep. Huli Cat owner Capt. Tom Mattusch said, “Dan ordered the fish released, as he knew it was a female. His conservation act allows that fish to breed well into the future.” On another trip, Enrico Gutierrez caught a 10-pound lingcod using a jig bar at the same depth and in the same area.

Stephanie at Half Moon Bay Sportfishing reported good combo trips on Queen of Hearts and Reel Screamer, both tallying half to full limits of both rockfish and Dungeness crab. Joshua Pencek on Queen of Hearts said, “Crabbing has remained steady, with rockfish proving more and more difficult as the season comes to an end and as the weather get’s worse.” New Captain Pete stayed with crab-only trips, to serve folks who wanted to focus on holiday crab dinners.

The Pillar Point jetty was often a cold and wet place, so it was not always a popular place to cast snares for crab or soak baits for rockfish, perch and cabezon. On the nicer days, there were lots of people out. But on not-so-nice days, more people opted to buy their crab dinners instead of catching their own.

LING FLING — Thadd Vargas and his son, Jack, of Los Altos, both caught nice lingcod during a rockfish trip aboard the Huli Cat out of Pillar Point Harbor in Half Moon Bay.

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