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Lingcod, rockfish and crab give it up for Monterey fishers

BY CAPT. DAVID BACON/WON Staff WriterPublished: Nov 21, 2017

MONTEREY — Monterey boats put up impressive scores of lingcod, rockfish and Dungeness crabs, with the ratio of species fluctuating with relative effort. Surf fishing was pretty good for surfperch up the coast and very good for cabezon and rockfish down near Pacific Grove.

It was a productive week for Monterey Bay partyboats like Chubasco , Star of Monterey and Kahuna out of Moss Landing. The bait was either squid strips or live sanddabs. Rockfish like reds, coppers, browns, olives and others chowed down on the squid strips on shrimpflies. Lingcod also ate the squid strips but the larger lings preferred the full-mouth flavor of live sanddabs.


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BIG FISH TRIP — Tony Yee of San Francisco caught these two nice vermillion during a trip out of Moss Landing aboard the Kahuna, where they targeting some seldom-fished spots.

Local stones and farther runs towards Point Sur to some less-often-fished rockpiles were covered with fish and limits were possible. The ratio of rockfish, lingcod and Dungeness crabs was really a matter of the ration of time spent working on each one. Typically, limits of crabs were fairly easy, limits of rockfish were possible and the number of lingcod on a trip was dependent upon the talent onboard during any given trip.


Daniel from The Outdoor World, reporting on a fun trip with friends, said, “I went out with Ted Reiner of Pacific Grove and Jacob De León of San Francisco for some lingcod. We found a slow bite on lings around the corner of the bay. It was a day of more quality than quantity. Jacob took home the jackpot using the glow swimbait heads and bodies from Hook, Line & Sinker, scoring a 32.5-inch, 12-pound lingcod and a 33-inch, 13-pound lingcod for his first ever legal lingcod and second ocean trip. Ted caught a nice 25-inch cabezon and a 29-inch lingcod. I managed two small lings and a huge olive rockfish.”


Surf fishers scored good numbers of barred surfperch at Tioga Street, Marina State Beach and northward using sand crabs and Gulp! sandworms. Down below town in the vicinity of Pacific Grove most effort was directed at cabezon and rockfish, with some heavyweights brought up the beach by folks using heavy line and pieces of durable squid for bait.


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ROCKFISH TRIPS OFF the coast are producing lots of rockfish and lingcod, and when the Kahuna out of Moss Landing has the weather, they head down to Lopez Point where there was “phenomenal fishing for both rockfish and lingcod,” according to Capt. Carol. Dan McAuliff of San Jose caught this beautiful vermillion and a 22-pound lingcod as part of his limits.

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