Northern CA Saltwater Fishing Report

Freedivers score big lings and cabezon

BY CAPT. DAVID BACON/WON Staff WriterPublished: Feb 20, 2012

FORT BRAGG — Freedivers enjoyed the spotlight with big lingcod and cabezon out of Fort Bragg, and while surf fishers were mostly quiet, some were seen with perch from sandy beaches and even a few rockfish from rocky coastal zones whenever swells and general sea conditions allowed for safe and comfortable fishing.

“Cold water necessitated 7-mil wetsuits for freedivers,  but the results warranted the effort as divers used Riffle and JBL spearguns to subdue large lings and big cabezon from the northern Mendocino coast,” said Steve Morse of Subsurface Progression Dive shop in Fort Bragg. Pat Freeling took big fish honors with a 30-pound lingcod. Productive diving areas were found off of Van Damme and in Casper Bay.

Surf and jetty fishing focused on perch, with a variety coming home for dinner with fisherfolk. A few rockfish were caught in rocky areas however fishing pressure was light.

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