Jurassic Park trips are long range snapper and lingcod fishing. On these longer runs we occasionally get petrale sole and sand dabs. The gear we use is bigger than the local potluck gear and the depths we fish in can be up to 300 feet! We travel 30 to 90 minutes to the fishing grounds depending on fishing conditions and where our best bite would be. Expect snapper averaging three pounds and lingcod averaging ten pounds.
The primary reason we catch the larger fish on Jurassic Park trips is because we use larger baits and due to its distance from Santa Cruz and Half Moon Bay, these areas are only fished by a handful of boats. We typically use jigs (metal lures) or shrimp fly jigs with large strips of real squid or live anchovies on anywhere from 1 pound to several pounds of lead weight. We hold the prestigious IGFA world record for olive rockfish (pacific snapper).
This trip is not for the faint of heart or young children. We find that an 11 year-old seems to do okay on these trips but may need your help bringing up their fish. Because of the depths we fish we only have four people on a rod at a time. Trust me, once you haul a reluctant 15 pound fish up from 300 feet down you’re going to want to sit out for a spell.
This trip is a real treat and one you won’t forget for many years. Jurassic Park!
For the crabbing component of your trip – Our crab gear is already out in the ocean fishing for you. When we set out for the day we stop by the crab gear (we refer to as our crab farm) and pull the pots one by one with a hydraulic winch called a crab block. Once the pot is on the boat we empty out the crab, replace the old bait with new and send it back down on the same spot to be pulled again another day. After we get our crab catch we run over to our fishing grounds for snapper and lingcod.
When we get done fishing your deckhand will filet or gut-and-gill (whole fish) your catch to take home. At the dock we put the live crabs in your containers. Make sure you bring a big enough container to accommodate all your crab. A five-gallon bucket will usually hold about eight to ten crabs. Depending on how you care for your crab, they can stay alive until the next day. They should be cooked then the uneaten crab can be frozen just like the crab you see in the seafood display at the grocery store. It will stay good in a Ziploc type bag for a month. Vacuum sealing it will last a year or more.