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caddis posted 01-22-2003 10:31 PM ET (US)   Profile for caddis   Send Email to caddis  
Just saw a show on the Nat'l Geographic channel filming sharks around this area. Has anyone ever been around the island? Lots of seals, too. I need to start exploring Northern California now that I'm living near the area. Looks like a neat place to go. Don't think I'll be diving there, though.
Drisney posted 01-23-2003 02:31 AM ET (US)     Profile for Drisney  Send Email to Drisney     
Hi Caddis,
The Ano Nueva Island is a federal reserve. As such you need a federal permit from Washington to step on the land there. The Sea Lion breeding on the mainland is quite a sight though..also the people coming to view the breeding grounds are fun also as they often get too close and the sea lions are remarkably fast for such a large animal. On the up side the fishing adjacent to the Island is said to be good but it is a rather long run from Santa Cruz and "uphill" all the way back. Dave
triblet posted 01-23-2003 08:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
HUH, Año Nuevo is NW of Santa Cruz, and
therefore a DOWNHILL run home. It's about
20 nm from Santa Cruz.

Año Nuevo is a STATE reserve, not Federal.
But you can't get can't on the island unless
you are a UC Santa Cruz seal researcher. But
the seals spill onto the mainland, and you
can see them there. The state runs guided
walks. You need reservations, make them WAY
early (like about five minutes after they
open if you want to go on a weekend).

Dunno what the "season" for Great Whites is
at Año Nuevo, but at the Farallones, it's
Aug., Sept., Oct. I've dived the Farallones in June. I suspect at Año Nuevo it's early
spring when the pups are heading out.

Hey caddis, you a northern California diver?
If so, check out


13sport posted 01-27-2003 12:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for 13sport    
Go Sharks, GO!!!

Eat those seal lions! Go!

Give me a S
Give me a H
Give Me a A
Give Me a R
Give Me a K
Give Me a S
What's that spell? SHARKS!

Go Sharks Go!

Too much Super Bowl.

nevada posted 01-27-2003 01:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for nevada  Send Email to nevada     
The waters around Ano Nuevo provide excelent shallow water ling cod fishing in the fall. I used to fish an anual ling cod derby on a Stagnaro party boat. That old pig would take two hours to make the uphill run. I'd like to drag my montauk down to the coast sometime and give it a try. But for now I'll be content with Pyramid Lake and Topaz Lake.

caddis posted 01-27-2003 04:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for caddis  Send Email to caddis     
Thanks for the replies.

Chuck- Yes, I dive, but most of my experience has been in the mid-west. I just moved to Reno from Wisconsin. I am looking forward to some trips around the Monterey Peninsula, etc. I'll get in touch with you when we are able to go. My nine month old keeps us busy!

Joe- Yes, Pyramid is in my future, too. I need to decide which boat is better for that lake. I like to fly-fish, so the 13' is probably the choice. However, is there a need for downriggers and multiple rods? If so, the Revenge might make a play as well. Any info on that fishery is greatly appreciated.

13sport- Yes, too much Superbowl. It was too much at the half! Sound like you need to get away. But I agree- I'd like to see the sharks vs. the sea lions out there.

diveorfish posted 01-27-2003 07:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for diveorfish  Send Email to diveorfish     
Caddis and Nevada: Don’t forget about the North Coast either. Many consider this area to be the most scenic coastline in CA, albeit more remote, and it starts north from the town of “Bodega Bay” to “Fort Bragg” along Highway One. You can launch any boat out of Bodega Bay, Point Arena or Fort Bragg. Bodega Bay would be the closest location from Reno. Point Arena requires you to sling your boat but it is the next closest.

Fishing in the area Starts in April with large King Salmon runs. Halibut and rock fishing are also very popular but unfortunately the rock fishing won’t begin until July this year. If you are a diver, spear fishing for Lings and abalone diving are a must. If you have an inflatable, you can also launch at Ocean Cove or Timber Cove or Anchor Bay. You might also be able to launch a Montauk from those locations as well, but I’m not sure because these are not boat launches per se, they are just the only beach areas that you can maneuver a vehicle to get access to shore which is very rocky and shallow. Maybe “triblet” would know for sure.

Anyway, just more options to think about. Also Caddis, what kind of boat do you have? Nevada: Montauks definitely love the “North Coast.”

triblet posted 01-28-2003 09:52 AM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
Caddis: Check out
which is the Bay Area Diving e-mail list. I'm
the moderator. Also: ,
in particular the page for new Monterey divers.
Diving here is very different than in the midwest.
will tell you WHEN to go to Monterey. And
don't think that just because it's winter you
can't dive. You gotta pick your days, but
the good days are the best of the year.

Be sure to check out the regs on abalone.
LOTS of rules, and the DFG is enforcing them
aggressively due to commercial poaching

BTW, My GF and usual dive buddy, Admiral Linda,
is originally from Madison.


nevada posted 01-28-2003 11:21 AM ET (US)     Profile for nevada  Send Email to nevada     
Caddis-Both boats are suitable for Pyramid. I would however, be very cautious on the 13 sport, as the lake can get very nasty. The flyfishing at pyramid sould be taking off soon. When the water temp rises the fish will be moving in to the shallows to spawn. You should use a full sink line and minimum of a 7 weight rod. There is an opportunity for 24" to 36" cutthroats. Check with Reno Fly shop and Mark Fore and Strike, both shops are extremly knowledgeable and helpful. As for down riggers, they certainly would not hurt. I have been contemplating purchasing a pair of Scotties. But I have had great success simply using deep-six divers. Diveorfish-I was raised in the south bay and am somewhat familliar with Monterey Bay. I have not put my Montauk in the ocean yet. So I'll definately want get my sea legs there. I will certainly keep the North Coast in mind, once I familiarize myself with the deep blue(green). Any info on the Delta you have would be helpfull also.


freealfin posted 01-19-2007 12:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for freealfin  Send Email to freealfin     
hey chuck and caddis:
Ano Nuevo is both a state park and federal reserve. The park is on the mainland and the reserve off shore.

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