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November 25, 2014    Headlines

Crab and Rockfish Combos

Half Moon Bay:

Crabbing is holding up for private boaters out of Half Moon Bay, and there has been no problem putting together limits of Dungeness crab despite the big commercial hauls. Captain Tom Mattusch on the Huli Cat has been reporting limits of each on all his recent trips. He is the only large boat running crab-only or combination trips through the end of the rockfish season.

Rob Chaney of the Rusty Hook in Pacifica said, “The pier has been so crowded that I have been afraid that it was going to collapse into the ocean from so much weight.” There are a number of first-time crabbers that are coming into the shop for supplies and advice, but the inclement weather over the past week left only the hardcore fishermen out there. They have solid 780 crab snares since November 1st, and there are four suppliers that are working hard to keep up with the demand. One local supplier brought in 200 custom snares that were gone within 2 days. Anglers are averaging 2 to 3 crab per rod. Striped bass are also still in the area, and one fishermen caught and released a limit at 21 and 19-pounds along the beach south of the pier with a red/white Bomber jig that is similar to a hair raiser.  This color combination has produced the most fish this fall.

Captain Tom Mattusch of the Huli Cat reported continued limits of rockfish and crab on their combination trips south of the harbor, and they found schools of Spanish mackerel up to one-pound on Tuesday and Wednesday 11-19 at the edge of the reef. He said, “It was hard to get through the mackerel to make it to the bottom.” Some wise fishermen pinned on a live mackerel on a live bait rig for the shot at a ling cod.

He will be out on a research trip on Friday in search of gravid blues with a charter on Saturday with a few spots open on Sunday.  Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday will be crab-only trips or $60.00/angler. These  trips will last three hours or less.

The crab counts are holding up despite the huge amount of crab brought to the processors by commercial boats. There are some boats that have had to wait more than a day to offload due to the high volume of crab at the docks.

Captain Tom Mattusch of the Huli Cat said, “Crab and rockfish action remains ‘off the hook,’” as they returned within 1.5-hours on a crab-only trip on Thursday 11-6. He added, “The ling cod action was red hot on Monday, slowed a bit on Tuesday, but it was back on Wednesday as we have brought in limits of both rockfish and crab with a healthy ling count. The Huli Cat is filled through the weekend, but they have plenty of room starting Monday. A few salmon continue to be taken in the harbor as the fish are breaking the surface in the morning. Ocean salmon season ends on Sunday.

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