Location: San Francisco
|Yesterday I went out to the Half Moon Bay south jetty to try for some rock fish. It was a beautiful warm day with hardly any wind and 5 ft swells. The tide was a flat 1.8 ft all the way from sunrise until 4:30 PM.
Walking out along the jetty, I met Matts from Fisherman's Life. He was making a catch and cook dungeness video.
I walked out to the elbow and fished near the edges of the jetty. I was using frozen shrimp on a 4/0 circle hook. But mostly I caught just snags and seaweed. But one exceptionally persistent snag did yield a fish. I had already given up on the rig and locked down my drag to snap the leader. But suddenly it came free, pulling up a large clump of kelp, a pile of someone else's discard braid, and a 13 inch red cabezon!
That cab was the biggest fish I'd ever caught, but it was about an inch and a half short of being legal, so I let it go. My camera was in my bag about 100 ft down the jetty, so no pics, sorry. I wanted to get the fish back in the water as quickly as possible.
Later in the afternoon I saw a sea lion swimming right the jetty edge, but I didn't get any more fish. I did manage to limit out on garbage on the way back, though.
Even with no fish to bring home, I'm still pretty excited about catching that cabezon. I'm planning on heading back out on Saturday to try again.