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03-01-2005, 12:34 PM
Can anyone give me more info on poke poleing? What kind of pole, line, hook and bait? Also it seems monkey face eel is the most commonly caught with this method. How do you clean and cook them? Also i will be in moterey this weekend and want to try some perch fishing, any recommended spots ? I just got back from stinson last sunday, 3 people 20 perch in about 4 hours(kept the limit released the rest). Not fantastic but still fun. We were using grass shrimp. Hope that helps someone.

03-01-2005, 03:15 PM

Check the link above for some great info. You can also try a search on http://www.pierfishing.com

03-01-2005, 04:38 PM
Rock Hopper, Thanks for the response. good sites with good info. Im gonna give it a shot and hopefully get some fish. I didnt see anything on cleaning and cooking monkey face eels though. any ideas? Thanks again.

03-01-2005, 11:56 PM
What I have done is I bought a couple of poke pole rods that are 6ft long and that pulls out 3 times that to make up 18ft and on the end it has a eye just like the tip of a fishing pole so if you want you can get on top of a big rock and get deep into the cracks - feel around with the tip to work it into the cracks, and if you brake the eye all you do is glue one on with hot glue. I always ues eagle claw 3/0 hooks that come in the six pack that are pre stringed you just loop it through the eye and if the fish swollows it they are cheep and strong just cut it and put one on. I have caught 20lb lings with it and it works great. If you have ab guts at the beging of a incomeing tide you can catch so many fish in 15 minutes you cant carry them out. I have found out that anchovy and herring works good to becaues of the smell and the flash and get your self a can of cat or dogfood,tuna or some thing smelly and open it up and put it in the hole you are going to be fishing and wait 10 minutes and go to work dont worry about the fish eating the cat food the fish you want are Pigs! Oh and almost forgot I said the eagle claw packs of hooks becaues you Dont want any more than one foot of line out or the fish Will Snag you. Hope this helps.

03-02-2005, 12:17 AM
thanks for the tips fathom. When you caught the lings were they in the holes in the rocks or in kelp beds?

03-02-2005, 06:40 AM
I have herd alot about this and think i might just give it a try this Salmon season down at Bodega bay.
Have to start looking now to see if there will be some good minus tides the weeks that I'm down there.
Thanks for the great sites Rock Hopper

03-02-2005, 08:09 AM
You're welcome, all.

I don't know of any sites that describe cleaning eels, but it's fairly simple...just a pain in the bottom to do. If it's a big enough eel, and you have a sharp enough knife then you can fillet it like any other fish.

The way my friends and I do it, on the rare occasion that we keep one, is to first gut the eel, then put a nail through the eels head and nail it to a board. Then cut around the head and peel the skin off of the eel with pliers - kinda like a catfish, I guess.

I'm not much of a fish eater, but eel is very good. Mild, flaky, white meat.

We catch 'em by dropping our lines into any little hole we find on the jettys. Sometimes they're in as little as a foot of water, under rocks. I use shrimp or squid on size 4 to 1/0 hooks. Below is a picture of some holes on Doran Jetty. Any jetty or rockpile hase thousands of holes. The hole on the bottom right happens to house a 2í monkey face.


03-02-2005, 08:33 AM
Here's the eel that came out of the hole above. I put it right back in the same hole so if you can find the hole on the Doran Jetty then it should still be there. ;)


03-02-2005, 02:29 PM
If you want some deeper holes go north of Gerstel cove north of salt point.

I've had to put on stainless steel leader up there....15'deep

Wolf eel....nasty teeth....

03-02-2005, 11:42 PM
They were in pools that were left by the tide with good size rocks to stand on and poke the pole under.
thanks for the tips fathom. When you caught the lings were they in the holes in the rocks or in kelp beds?

03-03-2005, 06:00 PM
I never even heard of poke poling, Now I think I might
have to give it a try next time I'm in the right area.
I found this link and it has lots of good info...

03-06-2005, 06:11 PM
I poke pole all the time. As a matter of fact I'm heading out Monday afternoon.
I made my pole from bamboo (found at any garden store) I bought a long one and a short one. I cut the long one at the tip to expose the hollow tube. I filled the hole with epoxy and slide the short one down into it. I then wrapped it with twine and glued the twine. The pole is about 10 ft.
I wrapped wire around the tip leaving about 3 inches. At the end of the wire a made a loop to attach a swivel. When poke poling I attach a 4 inch wire leader to the swivel with a 2/0 hook. When I get tired and just want to chill, I remove the wire leader and attach about 15 ft of line, put on a bobber and toss it out.
The whole set up will set you back about $5.00
Strips of squid are my preferred bait. It works and stays on the hook good.
Next time I want to make a detachable poke pole.

03-08-2005, 09:55 PM
:)I love poke poling! The minus tides are great. I often use a wet suit in the warmer weather, it allows me to get into many spots I may not have access to otherwise. Sometimes the water is calm,in the tidepools. when I am out where the water is moving in serges, and the pole is fed way under a rock, and I feel that vibration of the bait, that seems to be when I get the most strikes. It's amazing in areas that look like there is just 6 inches of water, what lies under the rocks. A whole differnet world. It is such a blast when you get hit, can take an arm off! This is an experience you donít want to miss. I havenít done it in a while, after reading this, can't wait for a minus tide,I am back in the mode. Thanks!

03-08-2005, 11:22 PM
Poke Pole results:
2 cabazone
1 brown cod
1 kelp greenling
3 sea trout

03-09-2005, 10:03 PM
Hey tarbuckle What is the difference between a sea trout,and greenling? I alway thought they were the same.Anyways I might just have to give polk polling a try..

03-11-2005, 09:53 PM

Here's a link of the fish. I'm now confused after doing a search on near shore fish. The fish on the far left could be a sculpin, not a greenling.

03-05-2007, 02:36 AM
sorry to bring an old thread back but are the HMB jetties good for poke poling?


01-16-2010, 02:17 PM
Ah, bringin back an old classic post.. What happened to Rock Hopper?? Are you around tarbuckle, did you get those fish off the humboldt bay jetties?

01-17-2010, 03:18 AM
I do it out of my kayak along jetties that you just can't get to on foot. Amazing what you pull out of them. HMB is a great example of areas where you can only get to by boat or kayak.

01-17-2010, 03:37 AM
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01-17-2010, 04:29 AM
If you want some deeper holes go north of Gerstel cove north of salt point.

I've had to put on stainless steel leader up there....15'deep

Wolf eel....nasty teeth....*

Ive always dreamed of hooking into a wolf eel.. I guess they get pretty big
a lumpfish:

01-17-2010, 04:32 AM
Yeah, me too. You'd probably have to go up to Humboldt to have a legitimite shot at poking one. The only ones I have heard of being caught around Marin/Bay Area have been from kayaks. Gerstel Cove up north is supposed to be a good spot for poking wolf eels.

01-19-2010, 06:21 AM
My current two poke poles are older cheap fiberglass surf rods that people had thrown away because they had several broken guides,and werent worth repairing.....i cut off the remaining guides,lashed a piece of welding rod on the end. i bent a small loop on the end of the welding rod,and put on a large split ring and heavy snap swivel.....i make my own leaders,out of 80 or 100 lb mono,and no more than 3 or 4 inches long, i use Eagle Claw or Mustad heavy wire,shortshank live bait hooks,and no larger than size 1 or 2. I make up 15 or 20 leaders before i go out,and i use strips of squid as bait.....when i get a fish/eel that i want to keep i toss it in a burlap sack,and unsnap the leader and put on a new leader, rather than try to unhook the fish, unless the fish is really easy to unhook,which most arent......Monkeyface eel are colonial,when you catch one, try the same spot again,ive caught up to 10 of them out of the same hole