by Thomas Beutel

Category: Fishing

How quickly big tides change the bay

Two days ago I fished Crissy field early morning and the water was slightly murky. I had a decent bite and even had a small fish on – I’m guessing it was a halibut. I also saw someone pull a nice one out near the end of the wildlife area. Today however was so different. […]

Capitola Halibut

I had a splendid three hours today with Eli on a skiff out of Capitola Wharf. The crew there is fantastic and I highly recommend it. This is one of those operations where you load up the boat and then it is lowered into the water. Once it is in, you climb down a ladder […]

Athletic Socks Apparently Like Chrome Lures

I fished high tide again today at Ocean Beach. It was just as windy as yesterday but I dressed for it and was comfortable for the 2-1/2 hours I was there. There were fewer anglers today than there were yesterday and I didn’t see anyone catch anything. The only bite I got was on a […]

Ocean Beach Striper Fishing – Part 1

I fished for a little over an hour at Ocean Beach around high tide. It was my first time using a fish finder rig and sand crabs, so it was mostly a learning mission. I saw about 20 other anglers fishing bait, presumably sand crabs as well and one of them pulled out a dandy […]

Karl the Fog, Fishing Buddy

I go fishing twice a week, either at Crissy Field or Ocean Beach and I experience all varieties of weather. The other day it was just gorgeous! Not a cloud in sight, and the few wisps of fog disappeared as soon as the sun was up. It was warm, meaning that with all my layers […]


There always a first for everything. This morning I was fishing at Crissy Field for halibut, trying my best to get that bite which is ever so rare. It takes a bit of concentration. At first I fished a large 5-1/2 inch swimbait. I wasn’t getting any bites but it was casting real well and the […]

Being in the water

In 2014 I made a decision to fish more often. In years past, I fished maybe 4 or 5 times in the year. And it seemed to me that for as much as I really enjoy fishing, 4 to 5 times a year is not nearly enough. All that changed in 2014. I discovered Crissy […]

The Bite on Replay

This morning I tried out a new toy, a Polaroid Cube+ clipped to my waders. I wasn’t sure what to expect but I’m pleased. The quality is better than I expected. And I got about 1 hour and 45 minutes of record time before the battery gave out. My main goal was to get footage […]

Where are the halibut and stripers at Crissy?

I went fishing yesterday at Crissy Field. I had one bite on my swimbait that felt like a surf perch. This year is nothing like it was two years ago. There seem to be plenty of halibut being caught in the south bay where it is clearer. But so far this year, no stripers and […]