|Kim holding a Rock Crab|
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Fishing from the pier can be done with a drop net and bait like fish heads or chicken but the take is usually rock crabs with that method. Rock crabs are huge and delicious but their shells are hard so they are harder to crack after cooking. They also have less meat but are worth it to try. Sea lions also love to attack crabs feeding on drop nets.
I prefer crab fishing with a large ocean rod and snare baited with a mix of sardines and squid. Crab snares, bait, tackle, measuring tools and advice can be obtained at the Rusty Hook fishing shop near the pier. I have found that the best traps are sometimes sold on the pier for around $5. It helps to put a small 2-3 ounce sinker in the basket before adding bait so as to get a better cast and to keep the trap put on the ocean floor. Walk to the end of the pier if you can find a spot there. Toss your snare as far as possible. Let settle to the bottom and then reel in the slack until the line is taught. Wait about ten minutes. Then, reel in very slowly to get rid of any additional slack. As soon as you feel the weight of the snare, pull the rod tip up hard and fast. If there is a crab on, it will feel extremely heavy and hard to reel in. Sometimes if you wait too long, the crabs will pull the traps into the sand. If that happens just keep trying to free the trap and crabs by pulling up on the rod tip. Be very careful when releasing crabs from the snare. Rock crabs bit hard.
My friend Mel and I went fishing on a beautiful Saturday and caught this pile of "Dungies" and Rock crabs.
|Rock Crabs and Dungies we caught|
|The Snare with an unwelcomed guest|
|Mel with Rock Crab and Snare|
Most important, the pier is beautiful and family friendly. The view is stunning on sunny days. Sea lions, and many bird species are common sightings. One time I even saw a whale swimming in the distance from the end of the pier. There is a coffee / snack shop called the Chit Chat Cafe with bathrooms conveniently located at the end of the pier.
Finally, be sure to check the weather before you go. It can be cold and the sea can be rough on windy days. Get out there and have fun catching crabs. The season runs through 6/30/11.
|What a View!|
|A closer look at the huge claws of the Rock Crab|