Rockfish

Rockfish

Rockfish

Also known as rockcod.

Techniques

  • Primarily bottom, drift fishing over rocks and reefs.
  • Look for the upslope of a rock canyon or the changing slope of a reef. Position the boat so that it will drift toward these areas.
  • Once your rig has been lowered to the bottom, jig it up and down to try and stay off the bottom (thereby preventing snags).

Tackle & Equipment

Shallower Depth (50-100 feet)

Use a 6-7 foot medium to medium-heavy rod (roller tip optional) and a 6/0 ocean reel that holds at least 100 yards of 25-40 lb monofilament line. Attach a 4 oz to 1 lb sinker.

Deeper Depth (50-100 feet)

Use a 6-7 foot medium-heavy to heavy rod with roller tip and a 6/0 ocean reel that holds at least 200-300 yards of 40-80 lb monofilament line. Attach a 8 oz to 2 lb sinker.

Rigging, Bait & Lure

The recommended tackle is as follows:

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Common bait and lure includes:

  • Squid or anchovy pieces (cut large enough to cover the hook)
  • Diamond hex bar jigs and Tandy, Salsa and Sea Strike metal yo-yo type jigs

Best Bets

Commercial sport fishing boats operate year-round out of Monterey and Santa Cruz, and occassionally out of Capitola and Moss Landing. Best shallow water fishing is around Monterey Bay off Santa Cruz and Capitola, north from there along the coast among the kelp beds and over reefs, and around the Farallon Islands. Popular deeper water spots include areas of Monterey Bay and further south off Point Sur.

To the north, catch a party boat out of Bodega Harbor and Dillon Beach and fish areas around Tomales Point, the reefs off the western side of Point Reyes Peninsula, and areas north along the coast from Bodega Head to Fort Ross. Occassionally, special trips are made out to Cordell Bank (about 23 miles sothwest of Bodega Harbor) for excellent deep water rock fishing.