View Full Version : Bodega Bay 3-4 August

08-05-2014, 08:46 PM
Me and the family decided to go out to Bodega this past Sun/Mon in search of the chrome that has yet to infiltrate our rivers. I was kind of apprehensive since I have a jet boat, but I thought what the heck. I went out and got a VHF radio since the boat only came with a CB, and off we went. We got there on Sunday at about 12 and drove around the town for a bit. I was anxious to get the boat launched, but I knew my wife had other plans that involved sightseeing and grabbing some lunch. We stopped at Spuds and got some of their world famous chowder and then headed over to Patricks for some taffy. After we got checked into our hotel, the "Bodega Bay Inn" 3.5 out of 5 id rate it, I convinced the old lady that we should launch and drop a couple of crab traps just to see how we do. We ended up catching a ton of Dungenous crab, most of which would have been keepers if they were in season, and 5 red crabs after about 2 hours. http://i1184.photobucket.com/albums/z335/bernardderek/20B08063-72E2-42AD-B40E-C1291193E8E3-22897-00000FD5DDB48B9F_zpsef3b42c0.jpg (http://s1184.photobucket.com/user/bernardderek/media/20B08063-72E2-42AD-B40E-C1291193E8E3-22897-00000FD5DDB48B9F_zpsef3b42c0.jpg.html)


After we got our pots all pulled we headed for dinner. We went to Sandpiper's and I was thoroughly impressed. It was delicious and fairly priced. After dinner we headed back to the hotel since we were going to have and early morning.

We got up at about 0500 and I ran across the street to get the ole lady some coffee as she got the girls dressed and ready. After we got all packed up off we went. We launched out of the fairly crowded Westside boat launch and off we went. The waves weren’t too bad but they were exacerbated with the fairly shallow 12 degree hull on my boat. We took off towards Elephant rock because I got some intel from a couple of guys at the launch the night before. We made it 3/4 the way there and all of the sudden my 6 year old said "daddy I feel a little sea sick" and proceeded to immediately puke all over my deck. LOL no big deal, but we decided to turn around and stay near the jetties and fish. I was kind of ticked since the radio chatter started to pick up and it sounded like people were doing pretty well out that way. Oh well, I was just happy to be out on the water.
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We ended up with 12 keeper rock and reds, but the highlight of the day came when I was jigging a whole squid near the jetties and my line took off. I thought it was either a large ling or a dang seal. After about 30 seconds it jumps and I immediately realized that I hooked a nice thresher shark!! I have never caught a shark before, but I have been watching shark hunters and the large tail gave it away. After about a 20 minute fight I finally got him up to the boat and into the net. After a quick check of the regs to check the legality of keeping one, he got bonked on the head and bled out. What an exhilarating fight!!

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We decided we had a long trip ahead of us so we pulled our traps and had even more non legal dungies in our pots. We decided that we will definitely be back in November to get em.
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08-05-2014, 08:50 PM
Good stuff!

Glad you got out there a ways at least. There's good over the counter meds for sea sickness, cheap insurance for the little ones or anyone who has never been out there before.


08-05-2014, 08:57 PM
Thats a great report, even if you didn't fish for salmon, so close too. Sound's like a awesome weekend for the family. There's been so many T-sharks caught this year. Thanks for sharing,,,gregg

dennis l
08-05-2014, 09:18 PM
Sounds like a fun filled trip. Bet the kids got excited when they saw the shark.:elephant: Glad it all worked out and the weather was good. They ready to go again?

08-06-2014, 08:07 AM
YA the girls were pretty excited after they saw the shark jump. They both had a really good time other than the slight sea sickness. Heres a pic of my oldest holding either a baby halibut or a sand dab.
http://i1184.photobucket.com/albums/z335/bernardderek/6BF33182-1CCB-4027-88E7-F54B185637E1-23211-0000109DFC6E6742_zps5741da1e.jpg (http://s1184.photobucket.com/user/bernardderek/media/6BF33182-1CCB-4027-88E7-F54B185637E1-23211-0000109DFC6E6742_zps5741da1e.jpg.html)

and here is my youngest with a squid we somehow jigged up with a squid jig.

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08-06-2014, 09:07 AM
You definitely have some "troopers" for fishing partners, including your wife. It is good to see families out enjoying the beautiful outdoors. It is amazing how well kids can come back from something like sea sickness. If that was me, it would be all over and I would be looking for a foothold on land. Salmon is a bonus compared to what you have in your vessel.

Keep up the great job!!!