Archive of Tim Goode

Tim has written 4 article(s) for InMenlo.


Dungeness crab

Editor’s note: The commercial Dungeness crab season began at the stroke of midnight Nov. 15, with crab arriving in local fish markets priced around $6.00. Last year the only way Menlo Park residents could serve crab for Thanksgiving was to catch it themselves, due to a delayed commercial season. But going crabbing can still be good fun even if not a necessity. Menlo Park-based writer Tim Goode, who publishes NorCal Fishing News, provides a rundown of  nearby options as well as crabbing regulations.

Plenty of excitement accompanied the opening of the recreational crab season two weeks ago, and the proof was visible on the Pacifica Pier (pictured below right), the best place in Northern California to catch crab from shore. Hundreds lined up on the pier with ring trap and snares. You can join them; bait and gear is available nearby at the Rusty Hook (650) 355-8303 or New Coastside (650) 359-9790.

For those interested in going out on a boat, the New Captain Pete in Pillar Point has been running two-a-day trips on weekends. Call (650) 726-6224 for current schedule and pricing.

According to the Department of Fish & Game, Crab pots (or traps), loop traps and hoop nets are all popular methods for catching crab. New regulations this year require hoop netters to raise their nets to the surface to inspect the contents of the net at least every two hours. Any undersize crabs and incidentally caught fish and invertebrates can then be more quickly released.

The main purpose of the new regulation is to ensure that each fisherman closely monitors his or her gear and does not allow any equipment to be abandoned in state waters. Trap fishermen should also closely monitor their traps because lost trap gear can continue to fish and adversely impact the fishery by becoming a self-baiting crab killer.

Recreational crabbers may keep up to 10 Dungeness crabs per day, or six crabs if fishing from a party boat south of Mendocino County. Dungeness crab may not be taken within San Francisco or San Pablo bays, which are important crab nursery areas.

The recreational size limit for Dungeness crab is five and three-quarter inches measured across the shell, directly in front of and excluding the lateral spines. Crab taken from party boats south of Mendocino County must measure at least six inches across.

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Morey’s of Alpine/West Menlo Little League wins city championship

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Representing the Alpine/West Menlo Little League, Morey’s won the 50th annual City Championship game Friday night (6/22) at Ford Field, defeating Goetz Brothers Sporting Goods of the Menlo Atherton Little League 11-4. Morey’s Matt Gursky pitched all six innings to earn the victory, and 11-year old William Bartlett slammed a three-run homer in the 5th […]

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No crab for Thanksgiving? Go get it yourself!

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Editor’s note: Here’s the good news. There are no long lines outside Cook’s Seafood in Menlo Park on this day before Thanksgiving. Here’s the bad news. There are no long lines outside Cook’s Seafood on this day before Thanksgiving because commercial crab operations have yet to begin in the Bay Area due to a price […]

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Peak Performance Chiropractic wins Menlo Park City Little League championship

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It was a hitter’s game at the Menlo Park City championship Little League game Friday at Burgess Park. Peak Performance Chiropractic from Alpine/West Menlo out slugged Left Bank of Menlo-Atherton Little League, 11-5, to capture the title. It was Peak’s third consecutive appearance in the title game and second title in three years. The top […]

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