The Fish Sniffer - Lingcod And Rockfish Limits Pace The Catches
Lingcod And Rockfish Limits Pace The Catches

Written By: Dan Bacher, August 29, 2014
Species: Lingcod Rockfish Halibut
Location: Monterey Bay,

(Moss Landing) While Carole Jones of Kahuna Sportifshing hasn’t heard any word on albacore tuna yet, she said anglers are catching limits of lingcod and rockfish off the Big sur Coast.

The latest trip for bottomfish yielded 44 lingcod and 22 rockfish for 22 passengers. A trip the previous day produced 22 vermilion rockfish, 129 rockfish, 9 copper rockfish and 32 lingcod for 16 anglers. 

The Kahuna continues to make halibut and flounder trips on Monterey Bay. A trip on Saturday, August 23 yielded 2 halibut, 3 starry flounder and 100 sanddabs for 12 anglers. A previous trip produced 11 halibut, 15 starry flounder and 100 sanddabs for 13 anglers.

Chris Arcoleo at Chris’s Fishing Trips in Monterey reported superb rockfish action south at Point Sur on Thursday, August 21. The Checkmate returned with 23 limits of rockfish and 23 lingcod to 16 pounds.

The lingcod action fishing tapered off on Sunday, August 24 when the Star of Monterey returned with 24 ling cod and 35 limits of rockfish. The 25 anglers aboard The Caroline fished Carmel Bay for limits of rockfish and 25 lingcod. Anglers in both boats jigged up live squid to catch their bottomfish.

Lingcod and rockfish action has also been excellent off Santa Cruz. “On the Sea Stag Monday, the five anglers landed limits of lingcod and limits of rockfish up near Davenport,” said Ken Stagnaro of Stagnaro’s Fishing Trips. “The fishermen caught excellent quality of brown and red rockfish. The lings went from just legal to 14 pounds.”

The Velocity has been running half day and evening twilight trips. “They have been returning with limits for all 30 plus passengers on a regular basis,” added Stagnaro.


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