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Fort Bragg boats mostly target rockfish and lingcod

BY CAPT. DAVID BACON/WON Staff WriterPublished: Oct 10, 2018

FORT BRAGG — It was mostly rockfish and lingcod for Fort Bragg boats, which wasn’t bad because the fishing was great and it all happened fairly close-by. Good tuna water was beyond reasonable reach. Salmon were caught, but it was not a consistent bite, but shore-based fishing was excellent on days when conditions allowed.

doublinupDOUBLIN’ UP — Private boater Steve Laviletta of Fort Bragg caught his two kings at Virgin Creek aboard the Sea Hawk with Capt. Tim Gillespie out of Fort Bragg. The two fish were 14 and 17 pounds.


Partyboats like Sea Hawk and Capt. Tuna spent their week fishing rockfish and lingcod, with excellent results. Capt. Tim Gillespie on Sea Hawk said, “We’re getting limits of rockcod on every trip, with at least 1 lingcod per person. We have also had full limits of both rockcod and lingcod on several trips. Our trips during the week have generally been less than 10 people.”


Some of the hotspots reported by the experienced skipper included Virgin Creek, Yellow House and Casper Cove. Capt. Randy Marino on Capt. Tuna reported about the same results on his partyboat adding Point Cabrillo Lighthouse area to the list of productive reef zones and P-Line Farallon feathers as effective offerings.


John Gebers at Noyo Fishing Center said, “Lingcod is wide open at most of the rockpiles. We’re getting lots of males and a few huge females up into the 30s. Swimbaits have been excellent for getting their attention.” With fishing that good and so close by, groundfish were the way to go.


With somewhat unsettled weather and a long run to good tuna water, according to SST shots, there was no news on albacore for the week by Fort Bragg Boat skippers. Salmon activity was also down due to mediocre fish counts. Gebers said that salmon are being caught off the Pudding Creek area, about halfway down in 90 feet of water by folks using anchovies tucked into a hoochy. Salmon caught have been on the small size, mostly in the low teens.


Surf fishing has been good. Gebers said Todd’s Point saw good lingcod action. Blues Beach was a good choice for redtail perch using Gulp! sandworms.


glassbeachlingGLASS BEACH LING — Jenny Rymer of Fort Bragg caught her 24-pound lingcod off Glass Beach just north of Fort Bragg, and James Leighton helped out with it.


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