|Last week I headed north for the Trinidad Kids Derby and, of course, managed to do a little fishing while I was there. Unfortunately the fishing was very slow except for one pier, Citizens Dock in Crescent City, where I managed a nice mix of fish.
After a long drive the day before, my first morning of fishing was Friday at the Eureka Boardwalk. It's not a public pier but has become a favorite of mine the past few years. Fishing was slow although when I spotted some anchovies in the water I put on a Sabiki and caught a few for live bait. One bait was chomped in half and I wondered if it was a halibut since they've been catching a lot of halibut this year in Humboldt Bay.
Eureka Boardwalk—September 15, 2017
5 Northern Anchovey
1 Striped Seaperch
Soon after, I headed north to Crescent City to fish the two piers up there. Along the way I would take numerous pictures of the redwoods, coastline and elk. At Citizens Dock I fished the rocks right at the foot of the pier and caught a plethora of small rockfish (6-10 inches long) along with several other species. I caught several kelp greenling, one with black pelvic fins which was very unusual. I was using pile worms and market shrimp and virtually every fish was caught on the pile worms.
Citizens Dock (Crescent City)—September 15, 2017
14 Copper Rockfish
5 Kelp Greenling
3 Brown Rockfish
2 Blue Rockfish
2 Black & Yellow Rockfish
1 White Seaperch
I headed over to the B Street Pier after a short dinner break but unfortunately was faced with the same conditions as the previous year, wind, wind and more wind. Tired and cold I called it a day after one hour.
B Street Pier (Crescent City)—September 15, 2017
The next day would see me heading back south before Sunday's derby. Given the success of the day before, I headed back to the Citizens Dock. Again a plethora of fish including a small brown irishlord and a couple of sculpin, a bonehead and scalyhead I believe (although I sent pictures to Milton Love to verify). I could have stayed at that pier all day but knew I needed to head south.
Citizens Dock (Crescent City)—September 16, 2017
7 Copper Rockfish
3 Kelp Greenling
1 Black & Yellow Rockfish
1 Blue Rockfish
1 Black Rockfish
1 Brown Irishlord
1 Scalyhead Sculpin
1 Bonehead Sculpin
I was staying in Arcata but planned to fish at Trinidad Pier for a while to see what might be expected for the next day. By the time I got to Trinidad it was getting a little windy and was very chilly (and of course I was wearing shorts). I stuck it out for a few hours but given the very slow fishing, I decided to call it a day a little earlier than I had planned. Unusual was that I was again using pile worms and market shrimp but here all the fish were caught on shrimp, none on the worms.
Trinidad Pier—September 16, 2017
3 Kelp Greenling
Sunday saw me up early and busy prior to and during the kids derby. Finally, after the derby and festivities, I had some time to fish but once again it was very slow.
Trinidad Pier—September 17, 2017
I decided to head down to Eureka and check out the North Jetty which can be very productive. However, after arriving at the jetty and talking to several fishermen, I found out none had caught a single fish. I decided to head back to Eureka and take my chances at the Commercial Street Dock. There were several people fishing and crabbing at the dock and though many crabs were being caught (and released since most were Dungeness) not too many fish were in evidence. But, I saw some anchovies brought in so once again put on a Sabiki and decided to get some fresh bait (and try for halibut). This time I didn't have any hits on the halibut rigging but at least I had some fresh anchovies to use next trip.
Commercial St. Dock (Eureka)—6:15-7:15 PM
11 Northern Anchovy
1 Brpwn Rockfish
1 Staghorn Sculpin
Overall a very slow fishing trip which was saved in part by the action at Citizens Dock. Not as good as last year, when I caught a Silver Salmon at the B Street Pier and a Lingcod at Citizens Dock, but still an interesting trip.
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