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mif_slim
07-20-2012, 7:34 PM
What's out there that I can do as a sportsman? Fishing? Digging around or crabbing?? Anything? My wife and her sister will be shopping and want to go to the beach, I want to take my boy to do some outdoors stuff...

doublebuck
07-20-2012, 7:56 PM
Take your boy crabbing and fishing at fisherman's wharf. Get some chicken leg quarters for crabs(rock crab min. 4" across shell, I think. No dungeons crab allow) and cut small strips for fishing or use squid for a chance at leopard shark and bat rays.

ebencikiv
07-20-2012, 8:14 PM
Fishing in the bay right now is not so hot halibuts are scarce. Check out pier 7 http://www.pierfishing.com/pier_of_the_month/9810.html If you have all day and have a surf setup check out Baker beach http://www.hookandbullet.com/fishing-baker-beach-san-francisco-ca/ past the parking lot towards the rocks on the right of the beach. I have caught stripers, Jacks, and perch. If you don't catch anything the views are awesome any way Good luck! Pictures of baker beach http://www.getbentsportfishing.com/forum/west-coast-saltwater-surf-reports/60648-baker-beach-report-norcal.html

taperxz
07-20-2012, 8:43 PM
Mif, you don't go to SF to go hunting and fishing. Enjoy the city for what it has to offer. Just sayin...

VFX_man
07-20-2012, 9:10 PM
Another crabbing spot is Fort Point Pier
http://www.pierfishing.com/pier_of_the_month/2001-01.html

It's got a great view of the Golden Gate Bridge. But one little "warning" I stopped crabbing in the bay, especially near the bridge. Why??? Heavy metals and especially Lead. After eating crabs caught near the bridge, my tongue became numb. This happened 3 different times. So I swore off them - about a year later they closed off the land near the bridge - lead contamination from the sand blasted bridge paint. Fish should be fine, crab I'll still pass on.

If you have a car. The Pacifica Pier is a cool place to visit. Dungeness crab season is closed however.

For hiking, head over across the bridge into Marin. Hike Muir Woods.
http://www.nps.gov/muwo/index.htm

Other Marin options: hiking and fishing the Marin Lakes http://www.dfg.ca.gov/fishinginthecity/sf/gofish-north.html

Fly fishing casting pools in Golden Gate Park: http://www.ggacc.org/

A must see is the Academy in Golden Gate Park: http://www.calacademy.org/

Some options over in the East Bay Hills: Lake Chabot for fishing and canoeing - plus there is a great shooting range there. http://www.ebparks.org/parks/lake_chabot http://www.chabotgunclub.com/

Tilden park - check out the small scale train: http://www.ebparks.org/parks/tilden/

There are casting pools in Oakland as well.
http://oaklandcastingclub.com/

This is just a sampling :)

Have fun!

Philthy
07-20-2012, 9:27 PM
If you crab inside the GG Bridge, such as Ft Point, do not take Dungeness. That's a no-no 24/7/365. I used to see people do it all the time. DFG and USPP do hide out there - but not often enough.

There might be stripers around still.

And there's always the good old Pacific Rod n Gun Club...it's near the beach, albeit the southern end.

taperxz
07-20-2012, 9:31 PM
If you crab inside the GG Bridge, such as Ft Point, do not take Dungeness. That's a no-no 24/7/365. I used to see people do it all the time. DFG and USPP do hide out there - but not often enough.

There might be stripers around still.

And there's always the good old Pacific Rod n Gun Club...it's near the beach, albeit the southern end.

Still? The strippers have not got in the bay yet. August, Sept.;)

mcmikeblues7
07-20-2012, 9:57 PM
Do some nature walks on Mt. Tam. Then you can get some quiet peaceful fishing done on Bon Tempe Lake

Gryff
07-20-2012, 10:23 PM
Scoot across the Golden Gate Bridge and head up into the Marin Headlands. Awesome views, and there are some pretty interesting abandoned gun emplacements and artillery positions up there.

Window_Seat
07-21-2012, 1:48 AM
If you drive in, be extremely careful where and how you park because the SF Govt steals cars for their budget money.

Otherwise, Fisherman's Wharf is a great spot.

A great childhood memory (when SF was people friendly) was my Father taking us ocean fishing and bringing home a giant bass, but that was when we had a boat, and it was over 30 years ago. Ahhh, those kid days...

Erik.

rooster85
07-21-2012, 4:37 AM
Haven't been to SF in years but its still one of the coolest cities I've been to. If you have time and feel like doing more than just fishing, hit up the city. I remember my dad took us to a couple of wax museums that were fun and pretty interesting. You guys should have fun and be prepared to walk a lot. Last time I went I'd just got back from Iraq and all that walking killed my feet. Do a bay tour or Alcatraz.

mif_slim
07-21-2012, 4:55 AM
Great info guys!! Reason why I love CG!

Thanks a bunch everyone!! I'll hit up all those spots in less then an hour! Haha. :D