Location: San Francisco
|In all my years of living and fishing the Bay Area, I only hit OB once, with zero success. Anyone know if this action is still going on, and if so, what would be the best hole to start at? I'm thinking of making a trip down there this Saturday in an effort to find some Stripers and Dungeness crabs.... Thanks guys/gals!
Action is certainly still going on and will likely only continue as each week I see more larger stripers pulled out along OB, not less. I walk the stretch from Judah - Taraval almost daily during the week (I work right next to it), so high tide, low tide, mid-incoming, etc.. I've seen a few people pull out keepers. All of them have been on bait-- probably softshells-- and even with the swell down in the 4-5ft range at times, seems most people are throwing 8 as that's the only thing holding bottom due to the strong current. You could probably throw a little lighter if you used a sputnik, but most of the people I've talked to throwing pyramid sinkers are throwing 8oz.
As for spots, I walked today at peak low tide (0.2ft) and there's a load of newer holes and structure between Noriega and Pacheco that are really close to shore. I'd say if you're fishing incoming or close to high tide around there, you'd only have to cast maybe 20-30ft from shore to be right in that trough. Behind it is very flat sandbar so if you're wanting to cast past the bar into deeper water you're looking at a 100ft cast.
The hole at Pacheco [map]-- actually it was more aptly described to me today buy a guy down there as a "large bowl"-- is probably the deepest and most significant structure in terms of ease of access on the entire stretch of OB from the far north end down to Sloat. If you want a place that will have reliable depth to soak bait at any point in the tide, it'll be there. Which also means to expect a few other people there as well, to say nothing of the throngs of people hitting the beach this weekend for what is to be a warm, sunny day with moderate wind in the afternoon.
If you want to plug, then you've got more options to cast into the surf, but most of the success I've heard of on bucktails and lures (SPs) has been from Taraval southward, and on the higher end of an incoming tide, which this weekend would be from 3:30/4PM onward.
Dungies you can really grab anywhere along the beach. That highway of troughs from Noriega to Pacheco, and past it towards Santiago has been pretty successful for both myself as well as other people here on the board, but honestly if the swell is between 3-5ft and wind isn't howling, any depth of water at knee-height to upper thigh is fair game. Just take is slow out there, walk parallel to shore, pausing when the wave set clouds up the water, then continuing when it clears. If you're wearing waders with boots then you can lightly step on a crab you've spotted to keep it from moving until the water calms down enough to pick it up (hats off to therealhobos for that clever tip). You may have to cover a lot of ground at first, but when you find one you'll likely find a few more in the immediate area.
One last thing, if you're coming out tomorrow (Saturday, 6/17) be advised to stay away from the north end of the beach (Lincoln to Fulton) morning till early afternoon; NorCal Corgi-Con is having their annual event over at that part of the beach and if you thought trying to keep a few unleashed dogs from peeing on your spike or bucket was annoying, try 800 corgis.
Come out and enjoy the beautiful weather and hopefully some solid fishing! Tight lines~
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