# Santa cruz
Pacific & Jack mackerels are showing up in Santa Cruz
Mackerels are here in Santa Cruz. We caught about 50 (Pacific & Jack mackerels) in about an hour. Folks should be able to catch them on the Santa Cruz Wharf. Use the mackerel sabiki tipped with shrimp or squid.
Skimboarding and Surfing Santa Cruz, California
Skimboarding and Surfing Santa Cruz, California
Sky Glider at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk POV
Leave the crowd behind as you glide far above the Boardwalk in a private world with incredible views. A great way to take in all the sights, sounds, and smells of our classic seaside amusement park. I have always enjoyed this ride even if it scares me a little.
Meet Tako & the 30" Hitch-Hiker - Santa Cruz bait update
We launched out of Santa Cruz in search of squid & mackerel. There was plenty of bait out there but mainly anchovies & croakers. We did manage to catch a few lingcods before the end of the day. Enjoy the video
Friendly Octopus "Tako"
Hung out with this beautiful creature while fishing in Santa Cruz. Tako was safely returned to the ocean shortly. Awesome encounter.
Bait busting everywhere in Santa Cruz
The bait is so thick in Santa Cruz. I saw anchovies busting everywhere. This clip was recorded right at the docks.
2 Hooks, 3 fish? Bait is so thick in Santa Cruz!
The bait is so thick in Santa Cruz, I caught 2 croakers on two hooks with a krippled herring setup. Not the targeted species I was looking for, still waiting for the squid & mackerel to show up.
30 inch Lingcod hitch-hiked a 100 ft of water
The setup used was a trap rig with a tray herring. A brown fish took the bait & a Lingcod hitch-hiked all the way up a 100ft. Use this method to land both fish. Hope this helps on your next fishing adventure.
The most intelligent creature in the ocean!
Caught this beautiful creature fishing out of Santa Cruz today. Hung out with it for a bit & sent it back home. Awesome encounter.
Giant Dipper Wooden Roller Coaster
This is my all-time favorite wooden roller coaster I've ever ridden. You must ride it once in your life if you can! Currently, one ride cost $8.00. The Giant Dipper roller coaster, complete with its landmark red and white structure, spectacular view of the Monterey Bay, and speedy successive dips and fan curves, keeps new and old generations coming back for more. The Giant Dipper is the fourth oldest coaster in the U.S., continuously operating in its original location. Built by Arthur Looff in 1924, Looff’s love of amusement rides may have been hereditary. In 1911, his father, Charles I.D. Looff, delivered a new merry-go-round with hand-carved horses to the Boardwalk. The family’s ride legacies made history in June of 1987 when both the Giant Dipper and the antique carousel were designated National Historic Landmarks by the U.S. National Park Service.
Santa Cruz Logger's Revenge Ride
On April 1, 1977, Boardwalk logging personality “Big John” welcomed guests to the opening festivities. Logger’s Revenge debuted as a fundraiser for Dominican Hospital. Santa Cruz Mayor John Mahaney and Dominican’s Sister Josephine rode to a splashing finale in the first official log, cheered by local dignitaries and civic leaders. The ride then filled to full capacity, carrying 1,300 people per hour on its 2 ½-minute scenic and soggy journey. Logger’s Revenge has delighted families for 50 years. It's a must-ride when you're at the Boardwalk on a hot day!
Haunted Castle Dark Ride in Santa Cruz
Yo got to love this Classic Dark Ride - Haunted Castle. I love riding it every time I go to the boardwalk. He's a little history of the ride: In 2006, Boardwalk managers began planning for an extremely significant overhaul of the ride, one that would once again embody the latest dark ride technology. R&R Creative Amusement Design of Anaheim, CA provided creative direction. A brand new storyline afforded guests with a coherent and consecutive glide through an intricate castle motif with its eerie sights and noises. A few old pop-up figures were recycled from the previous ride. Concept We designed the ride to appeal to a broader age range. The I.E. Park Company of Italy constructed new double-seat cars, capable of rotating. It was no small feat for that distant company to manufacture the multi-level trackage. Riders now entered backward down a spiral descent into a darkened 10,000-square foot basement, a space two-thirds larger than its predecessor.
Capitola by the sea is a great little beach town.
When I moved to California from Texas in 1971, this was the first place I lived. I have a lot of great memories of this seaside town. The original settlement now known as Capitola grew out of what was then called Soquel Landing. Soquel Landing got its name from a wharf located at the mouth of Soquel Creek. This wharf, which dates back to the 1850s, served as an outlet for the produce and lumber grown in the interior. In 1865, Captain John Pope Davenport, a whaleman at Monterey, moved his operations to be near the wharf. Unable to capture any whales, he moved his operations to Point Año Nuevo the following year. In 1869, Frederick A. Hihn, who owned the property in the vicinity of the wharf, decided to develop it as a seaside resort. At first, he leased the area to Samuel A. Hall and the area became known as Camp Capitola. Most authorities believe that it was Hihn who chose the name of Capitola, but they are unsure as to why he did so.
Visit the tallest lighthouse on the West Coast just outside of Santa Cruz!
Simply stunning, this lighthouse at Pigeon Point State Park. The lighthouse is just south of Pescadero, California, in between San Francisco and Santa Cruz. It is currently closed for renovations, but you can still visit the state park. Bring a picnic and enjoy the epic views of the rugged ocean just below.
My favorite bait for Lingcods - Croakers (aka King Fish)
Catching my favorite bait to use for catching lingcods. I modified a 6 hook sabiki to a 2 hook sabiki to prevent tangles. Tipped the hook with shrimp for some scent.
2 Personal Bests on the same day I Santa Cruz fishing lingcods & halibuts
We launched out of Santa Cruz again still in search of some ocean halibut. My buddy had 2 personal bests today, 25" lingcod & a 33" halibut, what an epic day for him. We had a great outing with 3 lingcods & 1 halibut.
Double limits on hitchhiking Lingcods I Santa Cruz
The lingcod bites were very subtle today, which is kind of odd. Normally lingcods are very aggressive fish. We landed 2 hitch-hiking lingcods & another 25" lingcod falls victim to the Kingswell travel rod on a mickey jig.
Fishing for Rockfish I Lingcods in Santa Cruz - I lost a BIG one
Forecast was cloudy with a chance of rain. A little rain doesn't hurt anyone. We got to enjoy the beautiful scenery of Santa Cruz and caught some nice fish to share with family and friends. I made a new rig to target rockfish & ling cods, "Hoochie Mama". I lost a big one today but had a great time just being on the waters. Enjoy the video.