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Written By: Dan Bacher, May 11, 2014
Location: Monterey Bay,
Charter and private boaters departing from Monterey, Moss Landing and Santa Cruz have experienced wide-open fishing for lingcod and rockfish since the groundfish opener on May 1.
For example, 18 anglers aboard the Kahuna landed 36 lingcod and 180 rockfish, full limits of both species on a trip on Sunday, May 4, reported Carol Jones of Kahuna Sportfshing. They fished shrimp flies, jigs, bars and a variety of baits off Point Sur.
Chris Arcoleo of Chris Fishing Trips in Monterey also reported great rockfish action. “The 33 anglers fishing aboard the Star of Monterey on opening day, May 1, caught limits of lingcod and half limits of assorted rockfish,” he stated. “Most of the lings hit around 150 feet deep. The lingcod averaged 8 to 10 pounds and the biggest one weighed 18 pounds.”
The operation wasn’t able to get another rockfish trip out until May 4, when the Caroline ended up with limits of rockfish and 15 lingcod for 12 anglers.
The salmon fishing has been tough, with an occasional good day mixed in. “Salmon fishing was slow today around the Soquel Hole on both sides of the canyon,” reported Bayside Marine on Monday, May 5. “The best score I heard of was 2 fish.”
Fishing for rockfish and lingcod is also great off the Santa Cruz County coast. In addition, anglers recently landed a few halibut while drifting dead squid in 50 feet of water near the wharf.
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