its time we figure this out. we're gonna need to come up with a good way to get rockfish back down so we can get some of our seasons back and i think the milk crate system sucks. the crate is bulky and the fish can fall out. i think i may have a method here that would be quick, easy and effective. i would use heavier cord rather than mono and braid in the final product but you can see the concept. basically its a heavy line to a 3-way swivel. on one end is a downrigger clip, on the other is a ~3ft cord attached to a large cannonball. Attached to the cannonball is another heavy, but shorter line with a loop on the tag end. you take a crotchet needle and thread the line through the jaw of the rockfish and clip it into the downrigger clip. then lower them down however many feet (60 they say), give it a jerk and the line pops out of the clip and slips out of the fish's jaw. and yes, thats a sockeye pillow for effect. i plan to mount a reel onto my boats downrigger mount and have this rig ready to go, clip it on and lower 'em down and reel it back up. might work.