As previously stated on an earlier post – I’d rather go fishing than shopping. Well, I was going to go yesterday but instead, went today due to better weather conditions. And of course, I went on my favorite ocean-faring charter boat, the Queen of Hearts. Another early morning wake-up and drive over to Half Moon Bay in order to go ocean water fishing for rock fish, lingcod, and whatever to catch if it’s there.
Things were slow in the beginning as I got hung up on the bottom several times and caught only 2 fish in 2 hours. But once the sun started to shine brightly, I think the fish started to awaken and be ready to get caught.
There are other factors coming into play when fishing such as weather, water conditions, habitat, and fisherman’s skill. That last one is a big one and I’ve seen many “rookies” come out to the boat not knowing what to do which is what makes the captain and the deckhand go bonkers. If you don’t know what you’re doing – ASK! Because otherwise you’ll continue to make mistakes that will only lead to frustration. Hence why experience matters especially when dealing with fishing because the very best will catch the most fish since luck (and this includes beginner’s luck!) can only go so far.
But of course, in the end I limited out my catch (10 rockfish daily limit). It’s not hard to do but at times it might take awhile even with skill and experience. I can’t always rely on luck to get the big fish that I want such as in the past.
You can’t beat the after-fishing trip meal – a cup of clam chowder (Half Moon Bay’s finest!) and fried clams with french fries, coleslaw, tartar sauce, and cocktail sauce!
I did want to buy some Dungeness Crabs at the docks as it is now the season (as in the past) but unfortunately, there’s a strike going on amongst the commercial crab fishermen. They’re not happy about the price of crab so it’s causing disruption in the marketplace. Only sport fishermen can obtain Dungeness Crabs but for most people – it’s a waiting game. What a crabby way to start the crab season!