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Topic: Multi-species forage strategies on the Sonoma coast?  (Read 305 times)

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dtizz

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Hi all.

For those that have to make a good drive to the (Sonoma) coast like me, I'm looking for any input folks could give about getting a few (seafood) species in a 1-2 day trip, instead of just ling/rockfish filets or dungies or whatever. My usual is a crabbing trip to Tomales, or a rockfishing trip to Sonoma Coast. Done some MFE pokepoling in Bodega. I'm just getting into ab diving (but won't ever be a spearfisherman). Wanting to add halibut, clamming, mussels, etc. into the mix. I've been reading my Lombard guide and wanting to mix things up.

What do you do to come away from a coast trip, sneaking an extra species or two into your trips? Sometimes the tides work against you for doing this (clamming vs. pokepoling in Bodega both lower tide), or seasons (crabbing Tomales winter vs. halibut fishing summer).

Any ideas for adding that species or two into a trip to the coast (given drive times and short weekends)? Like RCG morning and abalone afternoon (can make for a tiring day). Or adding some mussel harvesting in after RCG. Or Pt. Reyes camping in the winter/spring with crabbing, jacksmelt for bait, and leopard shark beach-fishing at camp. Dropping deepwater crab traps at TC while rockfishing? Other thoughts?

Any ideas welcome. Don't want to blow up your spots, but if you have suggestions on something specific (e.g. place to get some mussels after Timber Cove fishing) happy to get a PM too.

Thanks all!

Dave
« Last Edit: April 18, 2017, 09:44:51 PM by dtizz »


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Mostly Mendo/Sonoma?  Get a mask and pull some abalone!  Find some mushroom spots to/from.  Poke pole for MFE.  If you're down in Monterey turban snails are pretty abundant on the giant kelp.  Sheep crab and octopus if you dive and are lucky :)  if you also land hunt you may be able to swing some year-round small game species like jackrabbit and collared doves some place on your drive.


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If you get into spearfishing you can get abs, scallops, rockfish, lings,cabs, crabs, rare octopus and who knows what else.   

 Fishing you can hit the salmon if they are in, look for some sandy bottom and it has potiential for halibut.  Then the fall has plenty of mushrooms. Crab just need any sandy bottom and you can find em.


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If you're abalone diving, why not get a gun or spear and shoot some fish?
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If you get into spearfishing you can get abs, scallops, rockfish, lings,cabs, crabs, rare octopus and who knows what else.   

 Fishing you can hit the salmon if they are in, look for some sandy bottom and it has potiential for halibut.  Then the fall has plenty of mushrooms. Crab just need any sandy bottom and you can find em.


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Your best bet is to hit up the RCG and then grab some mussels on your way back through the Sonoma beaches. There's spots where the mussels go right up to the high tide line on some rocks. You can also catch perch from some of these same beaches.

Or learn how to forage for mushrooms and do that after RCG.
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I used to do overnight soaks of traps I  bodega for crab and dive for abs/ urchin in the morning before going back to pull traps.  It definitely makes for a long day though.  Season changed now though so that's not doable.  But if you ab dive at all you can easily get a cheap pole spear and hit perch or rockfish on the way in.

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If you'e at Bodega walk down to rocks at the east end of Doran Beach, they are loaded with mussels.


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I read the mussel quarantine starts May 1st.


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I read the mussel quarantine starts May 1st.

https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/Fishing/Ocean#317371142-when-is-the-annual-mussel-quarantine

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