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

Salmon, Rockfish And Lings Keep Anglers Busy!

Written By: Cal Kellogg,
September 22, 2014

(Bodega Bay) Anglers that visit Bodega Bay are enjoying outstanding fishing. Rockfish trips are yielding limits of rockfish along with solid numbers of lings. Salmon trips are not yielding limits, but many of the fish being caught are...

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Salmon Action Up And Down As Rockfish Bite Rages

Written By: Cal Kellogg,
September 22, 2014

(Berkeley) Salmon scores are highly variable for anglers departing from East Bay ports. Some days the kings bite and anglers average over a fish per rod. Other days when the kings play hard to get the scores slump well below a fish per...

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First Salmon, Then Lingcod…

First Salmon, Then Lingcod…

Written By: Cal Kellogg,
September 16, 2014

The water was that soupy brown color that salmon love and there was almost zero swell. A half dozen commercial salmon boats were grinding to the south of us and beyond them a mix of private boats and charter boats lined up for the first...

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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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Rockfish Locations


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