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PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2018 10:24 pm
ryanrs


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Location: San Francisco

I know you can (at times) snare dungeness in Half Moon Bay and north into various San Francisco ocean beaches, Marin county, etc. But I've heard that further south in Monterey Bay the dungeness are way too deep to snare from shore.

But what about more southern San Mateo beaches? Can you snare crabs from the sandy beaches at San Gregorio, Pescadero, etc? These are a little closer to me than HMB, so I'm wondering if they are productive, or if I should stick to the northern beaches.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 12:44 am
Rebop


Posts: 11
Location: San Mateo

I almost took a snare and bait with me today to San Gregorio but decided to focus on perch (glad I did because the perch bite was hot).

I live just up the road from San Gregorio and try to hit it up a few times a week. Not always crabbing but 50/50 shot there's at least a wash up keeper and a bunch torn up from the seagulls, so I know they are there.

Last time I went out there to just target crabs was November 14. They were coming every time I reeled in but all were 1/2 inch short or so (all males if I remember right). I think Tunitas Creek Beach is a better spot for crabs but the hike down and those Harold Lloyd maneuvers with the ropes aggravates my knee so I don't do it often. I might try San G again in the next day or so and I'll chuck the snare out and report back.

San Gregorio is tough but at least the lagoon breached with the rain and big tides. The water was up to my belly to get in and out before. Now it's not so bad. Be prepared for at least knee deep lagoon though.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 1:05 am
ryanrs


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Location: San Francisco

Answering my own question a little: 20 years ago I found a bunch of dungeness crabs at Pescadero Beach, in the lagoon. It must have been summertime, since I was at the beach with my parents and siblings. I remember that the lagoon was not quite connected to the ocean (low creek flow). I don't know why there were dungeness in the lagoon, but there were quite a few (more than 10). It was mid-afternoon and the crabs kept approaching the edge of the lagoon, in about a foot of water. I managed to grab three or four, but ended up putting them back because I had no idea what to do with 'em.

I do not know how the crabs got into the lagoon. Storm washed them in? Someone dumped them? Aliens? Or is this normal dungeness behavior I just haven't heard about before? These were full grown adults, not baby crabs.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 2:31 am
Rebop


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Location: San Mateo

I think you just answered a question I didn't even really realize I had yet.
Every time I go down there I look in the lagoon to see what sort of creatures potentially got washed in with the tide (or if they even do). For some reason I always sort of expect a couple crabs or a lost jacksmelt or something. I wouldn't be surprised. That current is very strong when the ocean spills back over. Everything from logs the size of my truck to massive tangles of bull kelp and everything else gets pushed up in there.

Now I know it's a real thing. Potentially. Very interesting. Or aliens?
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 1:03 pm
Sin_Coast


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Location: Marina, CA

It's probably legal to harvest dungies from Pescadero Ck [lagoon] only during steelhead season (Dec 1 thru March 7) on Weds, Sat, and Sundays.

And yes you are correct about dungies being too deep to snare once you get south of Ano Nuevo (sea otters).

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 7:45 pm
ryanrs


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Location: San Francisco

Sin_Coast wrote:
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Ah-ha! Thanks for explaining the underlying reason Monterey crabs live so deep.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 10:02 pm
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 3:28 pm
Rebop


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Location: San Mateo

Holy smokes.
Just got back from a San G recon mission. That was a little scary. The creek was flowing very strong cutting a deep trough through the sand where I normally cross (while crossing I found a chest deep hole. Lucky me). Once I figured out how to get to the ocean by hugging the north side of the cliff, I realised the tide was gonna strand me down there so I split. Too windy to throw a snare anyways.
I'll try again tomorrow or the next. Maybe.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 4:08 pm
sea++


Posts: 250
Location: San Francisco

Rebop wrote:
Too windy to throw a snare anyways.
I'll try again tomorrow or the next. Maybe
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Be careful out there. Looking at the swell report for the remaining week, it looks pretty rough for throwing a snare.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 4:25 pm
Rebop


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Location: San Mateo

Good point. It's just so tempting since it's right at the end of my street. I'll be smart!
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