The Fish Sniffer - Crab Gear Soaking– Sanddabs Move Closer To Shore
Crab Gear Soaking– Sanddabs Move Closer To Shore

Written By: David Hurley, February 9, 2014
Species: Crabs
Location: Bodega Bay, Half Moon Bay,

The big swell that brought the Mavericks Surfing Competition south to Half Moon Bay kept party boats in search of sanddabs and/or crabs at the docks for the weekend of January 25.

Captain Rick Powers of Bodega Bay Sport Fishing has his crab pots soaking, and they should be full with enough crab to provide limits for fishermen on upcoming trips. Sanddabs have moved into shallow water in the 100 foot range due to the lack of winter storms churning up the coastal waters. Powers said, “In normal years, the sanddabs are out in 200 to 240 feet of water, but they have moved in close in his abnormal year without stormy weather.”

Sanddab and crab combination trips will be the staple in the coming months until the anticipated 2014 salmon opener during the month of April. The Pacific Fisheries Management Council will be adopting 2014 salmon management alternatives on Thursday, March 14 during their meeting in Sacramento.

The Humboldt squid fishery is in its third consecutive year of remission with the absence of squid in northern California waters. Powers will scout the outside waters during upcoming bird observation trips; and if he sees enough encouraging signs, exploration in the depths will take place.

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