Northern CA Saltwater

Fort Bragg: Limits of lingcod and rockfish

BY CAPT. DAVID BACON/WON Staff WriterPublished: May 22, 2019

FORT BRAGG — Weekend weather kept Fort Bragg boats at the dock, but during the week some boats got out for rockfish and lingcod, turning in great counts. Shore-based anglers pulled in some fish from protected areas.

captainscatchCAPTAIN’S CATCH — Capt. Tim Gillespie aboard the Sea Hawk out of Fort Bragg is running trips, and he sent in this photo of himself with a nice-sized tiger rockfish.

There were fishable days during the week, but not many. There was good fishing and close by, so any weather window would do for a quick strike at the fish. Capt. Tim Gillespie on Sea Hawk said, “We went out two days this week and got full limits of both rockfish and lingcod on both trips. We fished Casper and Mendocino”. Other who got out did equally well. Capt. Randy Marino on Capt. Tuna got out to do some freezer fishing and reported full limits of lingcod and rockfish. There were some school fish but also a nice high ration of reds.

Besides those few boat trips, fishing was pretty much limited to protected shore spots. Once again, faithful Noyo Jetty came through. Capt. Gillespie reported seeing people pulling in fish from the jetty and during periods of lowest tides there were people poke-polling with long sticks or poles and double hooks affixed to the end, upon which squid strips or other bait was pinned. Then folks reached down into the deepest recesses of the jetty where monkeyface prickleback eels couldn’t resist a bite of the bait. The story winds up around the dinner table.

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