Rockfish General Information

There are over 50 different types of rockfish inhabiting the west coast.

Three to five shrimp flies are tied to a leader, usually 30# test, at about 8" intervals via short (4") drop lines,. A 1 pound cannonball sinker or a jigging bar is attached to the bottom of the rig. The rig is then jigged off the bottom as the boat drifts over rocky bottom. The shrimp flies are commonly baited with chunks of squid. Light tackle rockfishing is gaining is popularity with the most common setups featuring 8 to 10 pound test on small freshwater rods. Single jigging bars to 8 oz. And split tail scampi jigs are the most common lures.

Recent Rockfish Articles & Reports
New Recreational Groundfish Regulations Go Into Effect - Seasons Extended!

New Recreational Groundfish Regulations Go Into Effect - Seasons Extended!

Written By: Dan Bacher,
March 28, 2015

Over the past couple of months, anglers and charter boat skippers have been wondering when the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) would release the official notice of changes in the groundfish season that include the...

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Captains Gear Up For Salmon And Rockfish Openers

Written By: Dave Hurley,
March 18, 2015

(El Granada) The end of the month of March will mark the conclusion of the slow season out of Pillar Point Harbor with the anticipation of the ocean salmon opener on the first Saturday in April along with the possibility of the rockfish...

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Spearing The Elusive Vermilion Rockfish!

Spearing The Elusive Vermilion Rockfish!

Written By: Jim Russell, Jackson Kayak,
January 16, 2015

Vermilion rockfish are one of the most highly prized species on the NorCal coast for free dive spear fishermen.

Elusive, skittish and usually found at greater depths, it is always a cause for celebration when you get to bring one home.

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Tips & Tactics for Rockfish
Using The Right Jig

Using The Right Jig

Written By: Steve ‘Hippo’ Lau

Jig fishing for rockfish off of our coast shouldn't be such a difficult thing to do. After all, aren't rockfish the dumb blonds of the...

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Drop Shotting For Rockfish

Drop Shotting For Rockfish

Written By: Steve ‘Hippo’ Lau

Drop shotting for freshwater bass has been an especially deadly technique that has been practiced for a few years now, for which a growing...

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Anchovy, I Love You!

Anchovy, I Love You!

Written By: Cal Kellogg

Just the other day I found myself setting on a deer stand on a ridge high in the Tahoe National Forest. The hunting was great except for...

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