Winter Fishing on the Central Coast

#1
Bait and wait with lots of wind and waves. That sums up every fishing trip I’ve made in the last two months. Also a change of bait - no fresh smelt so I’m fishing with frozen squid and frozen smelt. It was a good thing that I did bring some squid on these trips because the cabs were biting. Another difficultly was the mud. We need the rain, but... it makes getting to my fishing spots difficult because of all of the mud.

Best grassie was 17” and the best cab was 19”. Here’s how I prepared the bigger fish. Some winter comfort food. Fish chowder with a handful of shrimp



November 21 - Two grassies and a cab





November 27 - Three grassies





December 5 - Just one cab





December 10 - a grassie and a cab





December 16 - I don’t have any pictures because I donated another camera to the ocean. I got a 15” grassie and a 17” cab which became a fish curry with coconut milk that I served over rice.

12.18 curry


Fishing has been rough this winter on the Central Coast.
 
#7
@frozendog Would you mind posting your recipe for fish chowder? I feel like you posted it several years back but I can't seem to find that post in the archives! I remember I followed your recipe with some cabezon chunks and shrimp and the end result was heavenly.. :giggle:
 
#9
Thanks Ken! I'm going to try that Mediterranean soup sometime this week. Clam chowder, for the time being, I'll use the Old Fisherman's Grotto recipe from here: https://www.pierfishing.com/msgboard/index.php?threads/recipes-for-chowder.223/#post-1132 - though I would still love to get frozendog's clam chowder recipe (I had such good memories of it from years back)

I have a nice cabezon in my fridge that's waiting to be eaten! Can't wait to cook up some nice warm soup!
 

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#10
When we redid the site I went back and tried to use what threads I had saved to make up the recipe section. However, I had only saved some threads and so I know many recipes were lost. Was hoping as we re-registered old members some would repost their recipes. I know frozendog in particular had many great recipes (and pictures) that he posted over the years.
 
#14
Nice fishing, as usual! Haven't hit the rocks in quite some time - with all this social distancing, maybe it's time.

Salty.

Good to see you on the board Salty. Haven't been out to the rocks for more than a year. Not sure if I remember how to do it. Been going on a lot of rock fishing boat trips, so I've had plenty of fish.
 
#15
Same with me Rob, I commute to Mt View now, so I dont have the easy access I once did. Plan to get back soon, though. We had some great days and great times with Salty, Jun, and of course the legendary Surfsamurai. Maybe someday we can do it again. Wish I could do the Rockfish boats, I will turn green. I am limited to bay striper and halibut trips.
 
#16
Same with me Rob, I commute to Mt View now, so I dont have the easy access I once did. Plan to get back soon, though. We had some great days and great times with Salty, Jun, and of course the legendary Surfsamurai. Maybe someday we can do it again. Wish I could do the Rockfish boats, I will turn green. I am limited to bay striper and halibut trips.
Hey Dave! I used to go deep sea fishing with my dad until one time when I was 13, I got sick. Did not go again until about 10 years ago. Tried using ginger, but it only made what came up taste sweet. But then I started using the prescription patches, and they work beautifully. So I've been able to make up for all those lost years of fishing with my dad and boys.
 
#17
Count me in, I haven’t hit the rocks for a long time, but I would love to join you guys! (while staying 6 feet away from each other haha)
Sorry for the thread jack, Walt! That’s an inspiring report and absolutely delicious dishes! Thank you. I want some of that curry right now :)