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    Remedial question - Recommended bait for crabbing (vs. feeding the sea lions...)

    Managed to get my kids to Muni Pier this past Sunday just in time for the afternoon slack high tide. I picked up some fish heads and scraps from the 99 Ranch earlier and was psyched to show my kids how I used to catch crabs with their grandpa. Anyways, no sooner did we drop the hoop net, when we...
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    Will any piers be closed or inaccessible with the latest stay-at-home order?

    I scanned through the site and the .pdfs at Covid19.ca.gov, and while it says outdoor recreation like fishing or crabbing is allowed as long as social distance is maintained, it did note that certain facilities may close on a case by case basis. Basically was planning on taking the kids...
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    McNears Beach Pier 9/20 [slow and lots of seaweed]

    We'll try that next time, Skipper. Thanks!
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    McNears Beach Pier 9/20 [slow and lots of seaweed]

    Arrived 2 hours before high tide and fished til about an hour+ into the outgoing. Saw 2 bat rays caught at the end. 1 striper caught right at high tide on the south side. Looked just a little short of legal, but the guy who caught it didn't bother measuring it before he took it straight to the...
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    Seals around a pier

    I always figured spotting a roaming sea lion basically means it's time to pack up and move as the bite always dies down when they're around. I got into a tug-of-war with one when I was a kid when my dad took me to SF Muni pier. We were using salmon heads and bones for crab bait in a hoop net...
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    Would McNears Pier be a productive spot for kids to fish this weekend?

    Exactly the info I was looking for. If we ever cross paths post-social distancing world, I owe you a beer! Thanks for saving me on the potential detour to Phu Quy.
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    Would McNears Pier be a productive spot for kids to fish this weekend?

    Wildfire smoke's finally clearing and the upcoming weekend afternoon high tides are perfect since it takes forever to get my young kids out of the house... How has fishing been around the SF Bay lately? I haven't been fishing in so long I don't even know what's "in season." Was thinking McNears...
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    Dumbarton - Perch fishing questions

    I really should be taking more advantage of the proximity of my work to this pier even if it's not the most productive (for fish or use of my time. :P) I can keep a light rod at work for perch to get some fishing in during lunches - are there tips on where I should I be fishing along this long...
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    Preference: Halibut or Rockfish?

    Suspended (swimming?) species of rockfish, mainly blues and blacks, steamed with green onions, doused with a mixture of hot oil and soy sauce with some ginger shavings on top. Halibuts are more rewarding to catch since you work harder for them (at least I do), but I just waste it when I try to...
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    Why orange fins?

    Maybe it's the same reason why some lingcod are bright blue? Bile pigment or something.
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    Area 17 Sturgeon

    Nice, congrats on the dinos. For the uninitiated (i.e.: me) - what's "fork-length" and what's a "slot fish?"
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    Does the amount of seaweed around Dumbarton slow/decline?

    Thanks for the reply. That's a bummer that it's going to take a while. I guess we'll try here again in the spring.
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    Does the amount of seaweed around Dumbarton slow/decline?

    Took the kids out for a bit on Saturday 11/2 right at high tide at about 10:30am to fish the outgoing at Dumbarton. Couldn't have been more than 10 seconds of dropping some bait when seaweed just started amassing around the swivels and hooks. Only stayed for an hour after having to clean like a...
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    Antioch Bridge Pier

    Holy cow. Excellent report. Hopefully all that fishing karma from the release pays out in spades soon.
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    Fort Baker/Elephant Rock Pier 9/18, 9/19 - Long Report

    Great read and report. Way to go on the salmon. Had to do a doubletake on the rockfish - the grub made it look like he had joke teeth in. lol.
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    Moving back to the Bay Area after 10 years. Recos for kid friendly piers?

    Awesome! Thanks for all the background, Skipper. Definitely appreciate the list with a safety viewpoint. Sounds like Dumbarton will be the place for us to get started. Shame to see Berkeley closed. :( And thanks Red, that's great, I didn't know about those places. That'll save me the 30 minute...
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    Moving back to the Bay Area after 10 years. Recos for kid friendly piers?

    Red! I missed your sage tutelage. Good call on Dumbarton. How about bait shops for pileworms or anchovies? I used drive across town to a shop on Mission in Fremont. @Gary, thanks, might have to pass though with skittish 7yo.
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    Moving back to the Bay Area after 10 years. Recos for kid friendly piers?

    Hi! Glad to see the Skipper is still kicking around. Are the OG's like Red, Mel, JTF, or Steve Chon still around? Anyways, I accepted a job offer and am moving back to the Bay Area, now with 2 kids in tow. My older one is super excited to hit the water after showing her all the old fishing...