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Fort Bragg boats keep up the rockfish and lingcod counts

BY CAPT. DAVID BACON/WON Staff WriterPublished: Sep 28, 2016

FORT BRAGG — The quality of rockfshing out of Fort Bragg was dependent upon currents, but in general party boat and private boat fishing was excellent. Private boats chased salmon but there were few reports of success. Shore fishing was good for perch, rockfish and cabezon.

Boats roamed up the coast and down the coast after rockfish and lingcod, finding good action in both directions. Telstar fished up near Westport, down south of Mendocino and locally off the Lighthouse where the effects of currents were pronounced. Capt. Randy Thornton on Saturday said, “Our first couple of drifts were fantastic with good variety and some really nice fish. Then the current changed and the fishing slowed. We had to move around and fish hard, but our numbers came out well with 3/4-limits of rockfish and some good lings.”


Jason Newton got a 10-pound lingcod and Susan Pereira caught a 6-pound red. On a trip down south of Mendocino the skipper’s son, Garrett Thornton caught a 14-pound lingcod and so did Janice Norman who came down from Washington State to fish. Norman also brought in a whopping 10-pound vermillion.


Surf fishing enthusiasts had a field day (make that field week), with opportunities to fish some prime spots throughout Old Mill, Mendocino Headlands and MacKerricher. Cabezon seemed to crawl out of the rocks to chomp baits, lingcod catches were talked about and shallow water rockfish were plentiful. In the sandy sections of beach, red tail perch and rainbow perch bit very well. All in all, Fort Bragg folks enjoyed a good week of fishing.


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