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November 19, 2014    Headlines

Crab LIMITS!!!
Solid Rockfish and Ling Action

On Tuesday 11-17 Rick on the New Sea Angler checked in with limits of rockfish and crabs adding a half ling per rod. Rick has been rockfishing off Ft Ross on most trips and his crabs are coming off the Head. Rick has room weekdays this week.

On Saturday 11-15 one of the best practical jokes in years played out on the waters off Bodega Bay. Many locals were involved or in the know and the target was local "Billy G". Billy who is out most days (and always on the radio) with a variety of friends was pulling his gear when he pulled a pot in his lower string that had not yet been pulled this season. With two friends from Sacramento on board Billy was excited, As they pulled the pot the his block was taxed to it's limit and Billy kept announcing "this one must be stuffed", GEEEEER GEEER GEER goes the block, Billy says" Oh it must be 
loaded".  GEERER GEEEEEEEERR GERRRRRRR. Billy again "
Oh baby this one must be stuffed". Up comes the biggest catch Billy has ever had crabbing..... an old Kohler toilet that had a painted smiley face and a big  plastic crab wired to the bowl. 
The jokers behind this were Dave with CatchEm Products, Mike G and Dennis. Apparently there were many others in the know just waiting for Billy to hit the Mother load. When the "pot" hit the surface Billy had no idea what was going on. "Some Son of the Bitch stole my pot and put a toilet in my string". Once Billy got back to his berth the word was out and Billy realized he has be had.  Great joke, easy target, good going to all involved.
On Monday 11- 17 Rick on the New Sea Angler reported good weather, easy limits of rockfish and crabs plus good numbers of lings over the weekend. Rick has lots of space weekdays and limited spots open on the weekends.

 

On Wednesday 11-13 Rick on the New Sea Angler checked in with a great score. His 21 anglers including a good amount of newbies did great. They landed full limits of lings to 17 pounds adding big sacks of quality rockfish. On the way home they pulled a half dozen pots for easy limits of crabs and were back in the harbor by 2:30. As we have said many times before book trips weekdays if you want to get on with a lighter load when fishing with Rick. The weather was good with winds under 5 knots over a 5 to 6 foot swell.
The commercial fleet will be setting gear on Friday with the season beginning on Saturday. There is an estimated 43,000 commercial pots that will be set off the Sonoma coast over the next few days. We will see party boats posting limits into Thanksgiving but they will be pulling more and more gear to find limits come December.

On Monday 11-10 Rick on the New Sea Angler reported the same type scores they have been seeing since the crab opener. LIMITS, LIMITS and more LIMITS.
Today Rick had 37 limits of rockfish today to go with 26 lings to 16 pounds and easy limits of crabs. Over the weekend Rick had capacity loads of 48 anglers who took limits of crabs and rockfish adding a half to one lings per stick. For those clients who know how to work a bar in the shallows they are catching 3 to 6 lings per stick. At just $110 dollars for the crab / rockfish combos you can't go wrong fishing on the New Sea Angler. We suggest you try to fish during the week when loads are lighter on Bodega Bay's most popular charter operation.
The weather was a bit bumpy this morning ( I jumped out with Billy G with 4 limits in three pots) but the forecast calls for good weather all this week. As always we suggest readers look at the current buoy conditions before heading out to the coast.



The weather was a little bouncy on Thursday 11-7 with 12 to 15 knots of wind over a 6 foot swell. This is no problem for most boats and all reported easy limits of crabs. Rick on the New Sea Angler has been putting his clients into some real quality rockfish up at Ft Ross. Rick reported 34 limits of rockfish, 27 lings to 17 pounds and full limits of crabs. Rick says they are seeing over 20 per pot for those on longer soaks and expects good crabbing through Thanksgiving. You will want to get your reservations in now if the want to take your visiting "Uncle Harry from Oklahoma" out for the holiday and show him want fishing is all about in Northern California.
Petaluma Dan a neighbor of mine soaked four pots on Friday. He babysat his gear due to the large amount of theft occurring. Dan said he watched the same 4 boats all cruising around the outer bay with no set direction. It was obvious that these guys were all poaching other's gear. To top if off day he even recognized an old neighbor of his from Novato one of the boats. 
These scum bags are not only stealing crabs some are stealing pots and moving them. Crab theft in excess of (I believe) of $900 is a felony. Theft of crabs is a punishable misdemeanor. Regular read Jim Demartini helped  write a law in 2006 to punish this act. If you catch someone robbing your gear take some photos and get their CF numbers. Contact Fish and Wildlife or the County Sheriff's office and file a complaint. If we can take out a few maybe we can stop some of this crap that is so frustrating to those of us who spend $1000s if gear and time to set our own strings.
Here is what Jim wrote in to assist those of you who can "catch a thief". We would definitely be highlighting any prosecution (s) here on this sight.

As always I’m concerned about the theft of crabs and crab gear.  Back in 2006 I wrote Fish and Game Reg 29.80(3), which makes it illegal to take crab from someone else’s pots.  Prior to that time it was not a crime to do so.  With the encouragement  of a bunch of people in Bodega and Ft. Bragg, and against the wishes of Fish and Game, I got the Commission to adopt it.  Since 2007 it has been a misdemeanor to take crab out of someone else’s pot without the written permission of the person who owns the pot.
I’ve been practicing law in Cloverdale for 37 years.  While I don’t do much criminal law I do have some contacts in the DA’s office, including the DA.  If someone wants to help by taking pictures, and providing testimony, concerning the theft of crabs I would be more than willing to try to get the DA to prosecute an action against the thief.  If enough assholes end up in court for stealing crabs word might get out to the criminal element that there are consequences to pulling other peoples’ gear.

Jim DeMartini
707 894-5000


Catch Em Products

Catch Em Products has a full line of sport crab blocks including the "Brutus Ace Line Haulers along with a full line of crab pots and gear. Dave is a long time Bodega angler and is a great source of info and more than willing to help sport anglers on what is the best for their particular boat. He offers very competitive pricing for those looking for "everything crabbing" He can be reached at 707 538-5440 or at davengman@
gmail.com


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