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Rockfish and lings go nuts for Monterey and Moss Landing boats

BY CAPT. DAVID BACON/WON Staff WriterPublished: Nov 14, 2017

MONTEREY — Party boat trips to prime southern locations produced awesome catches of high-grade rockfish and heavy lingcod. Local, trips were also productive for standard-issue fish which bit enthusiastically. Surf perch were active and a few striped bass were taken.

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PT. LOPEZ SHEEPHEAD — Kathy Wilson of Moss Landing climbed aboard the Kahuna out of Moss Landing last Thursday and caught this 21-pound California, an uncommon catch for this far north. They were fishing distant Lopez Point area where big fish abound.

A Thursday trip to Lopez point resulted in stellar fishing aboard Kahuna out of Moss Landing. The tally was limits of lingcod and limits of rockfish with high percentages of reds, coppers and other top-quality rockfish including a canary rockfish per person. Anthony Dorsey drove over from Hollister to take the trip and had ended up with twin 20-pound lingcod as per his own estimate. Capt. Brian Cutting said, “Those lings were at least 20 pounder and maybe more.”


On a weekend trip to Point Sur, Kahuna passengers again had a blast and got their limits. Monterey party boats Caroline, Star of Monterey and Chubasco worked spots in the Bay for rockfish and lingcod using squid strips on shrimp fly gangions or they jigged up live sanddabs for lingcod bait.


Monterey party boats scored nicely. Katlyn at J&M Sportfishing said, “Fishing has been good, we’ve had limits of rockfish pretty much every trip with Capt. JJ on Chubacso and Capt. Chris on Sur Randy. Lingcod are hitting with about 7 to 15 lings per trip. We’ve been running crab trips all week as well.” Chubasco had 30 to 70 crabs per trip and on Friday a 30+-pound halibut came aboard.


Daniel at Outdoor World in Monterey reporting on a very good week of inshore fishing said, “Me and a couple of buddies ran down to Cypress Point on a bass boat. The lings were snapping for us with 10 to 15 lings between the 2 of us in only a few hours of fishing. We used the monster 12-nch swimbaits and big leadheads from Hook, Line & Sinker in Santa Barbara to keep the small stuff away and stay focused on bigger lingcod. My biggest was 29 inches.”


Barred surf perch bit well at Marina State Beach on up to Fort Ordd Beach. There were reports of perch to 3 pounds being caught on Gulp! sand worms and sand crabs people dug up. There were also a few striped bass caught with the sand crabs.


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