So at 2:00 this afternoon, coinciding with a "minus" (i.e. lower than average) tide, my new waders and I showed up at the parking lot at Pillar Point, just north of Half Moon Bay, with about 15 other foraging wannabes, where Kirk, and his trusty sidekick Mike, met us.
From there our first stop was the nearby mud flats to secure some ghost shrimp for bait, and then to dig for horseneck clams. In the meantime Mike had dropped a couple of crab pots in the bay hoping to catch some rock crab.
After we finished on the mud flats it was off to the tide pools on the reef where Kirk showed us how to search for sea urchins and harvest mussels, and also demonstrated some poke poling. Sadly he did not catch a monkey face eel, but he did manage to land a kelp greenling after just a couple of minutes of trying.
A very fun afternoon. Thanks again Connie!!
|Salt marsh at Pillar Point|
|Heading out to on the mud flats looking for the elusive ghost shrimp|
|A baby monkey faced eel|
|You don't stay clean digging for horseneck clams|
|Voila - the horseneck clam emerges|
|Thanks for your hard work Mike!!|
|A rock crab|
|A forest of mussels|
|Kirk wielding his poke pole|
|Success!! A kelp greenling|
|Sunset over the Pacific|