HALF MOON BAY



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December 20, 2014    Headlines

Crab and Rockfish Combos

Half Moon Bay:

Captain Tom Mattusch of the Huli Cat made an aborted attempt at fishing on Friday 12-19, and although they were all set with bait cut, rods rigged, and sacks hanging from the rails, they returned to the harbor after hitting a wall of wind and BIG swells just past the Red #2 Can Buoy. After a trip back to the harbor for breakfast at Café’ Classique, they reassembled, only to find the wind rising instead of dropping down.
On Thursday, Mattusch went on a Chilipepper rockfish trip with the NOAA/NMFS team, and despite heavy winds, they went out 22 miles to fish at depths from 583 to 701 feet with 2 to 2.5 pound weights on Spectra line with shrimp flies tipped with squid for 30+ chilipeppers, black cod, greenstripe, and a huge stripetail. He ended with, “It was one of those days the inner harbor truly felt like a safe refuge after experiencing the southerly all day long,” adding, “Science goals satisfied, the day ended well.”

The huge early December storm let up enough for a window during the weekend, and Captain Tom Mattusch of the Huli Cat was able to make it out to scratch out limits of Dungeness crab along with quick limits of rockfish on Saturday 12-13. The Huli Cat is the only large party boat offering crab/rockfish combinations through the end of the season out of this harbor, and he has been able to load up with limits of crab on each trip since the opener. He said, “The crab counts have definitely slowed down, but we were able to take 11 limits of Dungeness on Sunday 12-14 after putting in limits the previous day, although the female crab are starting to show up in more and more numbers in the pots. Others have been observing the male crab starting to clutch females, but I haven’t seen this as of yet.”  Rockfishing continued to be terrific along the coast south of the harbor, and Mattusch put his customers and crew onto 14 quick limits off of San Gregorio. He added, “The swell really backed off on Sunday after it made for uncomfortable conditions on Saturday, but another storm is on the horizon at the start of the week.” He will be running the combination trips through the end of the rockfish season on December 31st. After the first of the year, Mattusch will be focusing on sand dab/crab combinations.


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