The Fish Sniffer - Rockfish Limits Continue – Crab Counts on Decline for Sport Boats
Rockfish Limits Continue – Crab Counts on Decline for Sport Boats

Written By: David Hurley, December 19, 2013
Species: Crabs Lingcod Rockfish
Location: Half Moon Bay,

Rockfishing remains strong for party boats running either straight rockfish trips or rockfish/Dungeness crab combination trips.

Sherry Ingles of Half Moon Bay Sport Fishing reported excellent rockfish action with the Queen of Hearts and Riptide combining for 36 limits of rockfish and 5 lingcod to 13 pounds on December 8. They fished south of the harbor from San Gregorio to Pescadero.

Ingles said, “We have averaged limits all season long, and many of our clients purchase crab from one of the several boats selling crab from the docks.”

These two boats will continue to target rockfish and lingcod only until the end of the season on December 31.

Ingles added that pier fishermen are scoring both Dungeness and rock crab from the breakwater or public pier with snares, hoop nets, or traps while kayaker are finding better action just outside of the harbor.

Captain Tom Mattusch of the Huli Cat went out with a light load of 6 anglers on Sunday, December 8 and they were rewarded with limits of rockfish, limits of lingcod to 9 pounds, and limits of Dungeness crab fishing from Tunitas Creek to San Gregorio.

Mattusch said, “The commercial pressure has made an impact, but we have been able to score limits for our clients with an average of 4 to 8 crab per pot out of both our shallow or deep strings.”

Further up the coast in Pacifica, anglers continue to crowd on the Pacifica Pier despite cold temperatures, and they are finding enough Dungeness crab to keep anglers interest, and snares loaded with squid, sardines, or anchovies remain the top technique for the crustaceans.

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