Friday Crab Combo on Huli Cat 11/8

2013-11-08 19:14:39
Half Moon Bay, California - Saltwater Fishing Report
Off the Ritz to Martins Beach
Tom Mattusch

Left the Harbor, it was FOGGY! I heard over the radio it cleared up outside, where ever that was. It didn't clear for us while fishing. Some small boat came to fish near us, must have liked it as they stayed with us for a while. Fishing was good, 20 limits, 1 lingcod. By the time we started pulling pots, the fog was lifting. We managed to beat the wind while fishing and running the gear, found the wind by the time we got around the Ritz Carlton Hotel. We needed 8 crabs for limits, the last pot had eight crabs!

Fish Species: Rockfish, lingcod, Dungeness crab
Bait Used: squid
Tackle Used: Shrimpflies, crab pots
Method Used: Drifting
Water Depth: 75 to 110 ft
Water Temperature: 54
Wind Direction: NW
Wind Speed: 4 - 15 knots
Lili and the crab!
Lili and the crab!

Tom Mattusch

About The Author: Captain Tom Mattusch

Company: Huli Cat Sportfishing

Area Reporting: Central California, San Francisco Bay area

Bio: Tom Mattusch is currently the owner/operator of the Huli Cat, a 53 foot charter boat operating out of Pillar Point Harbor and has fished the West Coast since 1967. Tom holds positions on the Salmon Stamp Committee for California, the California Department of Fish and Game License Agent Advisory Committee and NOAA’s California Sportfishing Action Team. He’s an IGFA Certified Captain. In an effort to contribute to research, Tom works with NOAA’s PFEL tagging chinook salmon. He also worked with NOAA’s Santa Cruz field office gathering stomachs and beaks of Humboldt squid. He recently completed a study with the Point Reyes Bird Observatory collecting lingcod, salmon and halibut stomachs and is currently involved in a study with Scripps to gather albacore stomachs. Tom holds Board of Director positions with the Golden Gate Fishermens Association, Coastside Fishing Club and Fishery Enhancement and Research Foundation. He can be heard on four radio stations giving fish reports or discussing fishing politics. He has worked closely with the Recreational Fishing Alliance, PCFFA, the Half Moon Bay Fishermans Marketing Association, United Anglers of Southern California and United Anglers. Tom ran the first trip out of Half Moon Bay to take anglers to catch Humboldt squid and the first white shark viewing trip to the Farallon Islands. He is the first charter boat Captain out of Half Moon Bay to get certified to marry people and has married people on the Huli Cat. Tom ran the first albacore trip out of Half Moon Bay to demonstrate the albacore were again reachable by boat off the Central California coast in the mid 1990’s. Tom held a seat on the California Marine Life Protection Act Initiative as a Central Coast Regional Stakeholder group Member.

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