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WT posted 11-06-2006 08:51 PM ET (US)   Profile for WT   Send Email to WT  
I'm getting depressed. The crab opener is this Saturday (Veteran's Day) and the forecast looks a little rough for crabbing.

VETERANS DAY
W WINDS 5 TO 15 KT. WIND WAVES 2 TO 3 FT. W SWELL
9 TO 11 FT. SLIGHT CHANCE OF RAIN.

How many Northern California Continuous Wave members are going out anyway?

Warren

skeepyjack posted 11-07-2006 12:03 AM ET (US)     Profile for skeepyjack  Send Email to skeepyjack     
We will going out for crabbing at HMB on the opening day regardless rains or blows on the whaler, same as many opening days in the past. This year we only have 4 days advand over the comies guys before they wipe all out. If it rains only we might head to Dux for the last Salmon hunt of the year (we said that many times this year for Tuna ;=)
Skeepyjack
pglein posted 11-08-2006 01:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for pglein  Send Email to pglein     
I'm not in Northern CA, but I did go out on Puget Sound last weekend despite the torrential downpour and caught a boatload of rock crab. Didn't find any legal sized Dungeness, though. Hopefully in the spring all the little guys we caught will be bigger.
WT posted 11-08-2006 04:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
Bummer. I just called off our fishing/crabbing trip with my 3 guests due to unfavorable weather forecasts this weekend.

We were going to fish/crab Saturday and Sunday and had reservations at an Inn. We just figured out that if we had 2 days of fish/crab limits in our possession on Sunday, we could be cited by Fish & Game.

Let's hope for better weather next weekend.

Warren

WT posted 11-10-2006 03:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
I'm going crabbing on tomorrow's opening day. What was I thinking? I have a Whaler!!!

VETERANS DAY
SE WINDS 10 TO 20 KT...BECOMING N 15 TO 25 KT BY
THE AFTERNOON. WIND WAVES 2 TO 5 FT. W SWELL BUILDING 9 TO 11 FT
AT 13 SECONDS. PERIODS OF RAIN TURNING TO SHOWERS.

SAT NIGHT
N WINDS 15 TO 25 KT...DECREASING TO 5 TO 15 KT AFTER
MIDNIGHT. WIND WAVES 3 TO 6 FT. W SWELL 10 TO 12 FT.

SUN
NW WINDS 5 TO 15 KT...BECOMING SW 15 TO 25 KT. WIND WAVES
2 TO 4 FT. NW SWELL 9 TO 11 FT. A SLIGHT CHANCE OF RAIN LATE.

See you guys at the ramp at 5:30 am or earlier.

Warren

WT posted 11-12-2006 10:52 AM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
It was UGLY:

When I got home I checked the weather buoy readings for the conditions while I was on the water. Winds of 25-30 knots with gusts to 35 knots. Wave height 12-13 feet. Intervals at 8-13 seconds.

Other Whalers on the water:

I saw a 22 Outrage, 210 Dauntless, and a Montauk. I'm guessing there were 50-70 boats out from Bodega Bay. Guys in kayaks, inflatables, small aluminums, and other assorted nuts.

The catch:

Zero crabs for me but I'm alive today.

3 times is not a charm:

1) Left the ramp in darkness at 6 am. I wanted to take a peek at the water conditions by turning north out of Bodega Bay and got slammed and sprayed by the first few waves. Headed south and hooked back into the bay. Decided to get off the water and have breakfast with a house full of die-hard crabber/fishermen that have had this annual event for the past 2 decades.

2) My die-hards wanted to retrieve pots that they had dropped the day before. I decided I will relaunch and try it again. (The water didn't look that bad from the house). The die-hards (7 people on 23 Cabo, 5 on a 22 Outrage) turned north out of the bay and got slammed. And as I had done before, turned south and hooked back into the bay and got off the water. I decided to drop my pots inside the bay in 60 feet of water and headed back to my slip to wait for the pots to soak.

3) I suppose it wasn't a good sign when I noticed white caps in the harbor as I was heading out to retrieve my pots. Approached my first pot, as my buddy was pulling the line, the line caught caught in the prop. Cut the line to drop the pot. Loss of power for 45 seconds seemed like an eternity. Was going to leave the other 3 pots after the line-in-prop fiasco. Decided to get the other 3 pots and it was hair-raising. I usually get 4-4.5 mpg. Yesterday's 3 trips totaling 14 miles consumed 10.4 gallons of fuel or 1.34 mpg.

I can't wait to do it again next week. The rush was unbelievable.

Warren


sternorama posted 11-13-2006 01:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for sternorama  Send Email to sternorama     
keep the reports comming-I'm experimenting with the Lobster hoop nets here in Sunny SoCal (LB/HB area) and it's been so darn nice out the nights I've been out I almost feel guilty (still no lobsters in the boat!)-GS
ratherwhalering posted 11-13-2006 03:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for ratherwhalering  Send Email to ratherwhalering     
Warren, I'm headin' out this Saturday morning, a week late for the opener, but it was just too nasty to brave the conditions on Saturday.

I had a good friend go out on Sunday on a Revenge-25 and they knocked it out of the park. Limits of 40 Dungeness jumbo crab with the first 3 traps, 2-hour soak. The left the remaining 4 traps out for collection on Tuesday.

Hopefully this will make up for the dismal salmon season we had this year.

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