Recent content by Azarkon

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    Inshore New rockfish limit for 2022

    Rock fish populations aren't in trouble. Specific species are. How many of you go out and target starries? Those are all over the place. But people rather target reds and search up and down the coast until they hit a rock loaded with reds. Then they wonder why there's now a limit on reds...
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    Reds & Copper Rockfish Bag Limit Decrease Coming?

    Near shore in southern California is the same. Party boats hitting the same rocks over and over. The restrictions are inevitable because even if there are loaded rocks that only a few know, it’s the average catch that they look at.
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    Bay / Harbor 600 ft, the Reality !!

    It's about the spot, not about the depth. I'm pretty convinced that rock fish make regular vertical migrations within the same area. So if you're fishing 250 feet at a reef and then go to 500 feet on the same reef, there won't be much difference - and that makes sense because why would 250 feet...
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    Cowcod Photos repsonse from DFG.

    Just going to lead to more people not bothering to descend. Why take the risk if fish and game spots you? Great rules as usual, predict we'll be back to 300 feet depth limit soon due to "too many cows floating in the ocean."
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    SMB 3/2

    Case study in how going deeper doesn't magically fix anything... Rock fish make regular depth moves and tend to be more shallow in the winter. But you might want to try live squid, dead squid is usually not that productive when there's so much live squid floating around.
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    Getting rocked?

    We've all been there. The movement of the boat & the kelp can, at times, make you think it's a fish, but one trick I've learned over the years is that nearly all fish have a tell tale "shake" that they do when pulling line, which kelp and the bottom never will. If after five minutes of...
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    Who else is looking forward to new rockfish spots?

    Yeah, I remember back when people were super excited about the 450 feet change, and then we got reports of... People fishing in 250 feet because 450 feet wasn't worth the effort. This recent change is significant for Northern and Central California folks but largely worthless for Southern...
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    Size limit

    Outside of tuna, my observation has been that sports fishermen like bigger fish and meat fishermen like medium to smaller fish, because "they taste better." Probably never going to get agreement here.
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    New Recreational Groundfish Regulations For 2021

    Yeah, that's not going to work. Nobody is going to spend money or gas to catch a limit of baby rock fish. I guarantee you that behind almost every rock fish report with pretty pictures here on this board, there's an equal amount thrown back whether due to wrong species, poor size, etc. If fish...
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    Rockfish reg changes

    I also have spots that are at 250 feet and give out mostly vermillion, does that mean 600 feet is going to be straight vermillion? Come on. Vast majority spots along the coast at 600 feet do not give straight vermillion, never did; depth doesn't determine whether you'll be done in X drops...
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    Rockfish reg changes

    Typical depth is >1,000 feet in southern California for sablefish.
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    Rockfish reg changes

    Sorry to say it, but it doesn't work like that at 600 feet. Tons of small rock fish still at that depth; only now you have no way to get them off without 10 minutes of pulling. People who are expecting to pull up 8 pound rock fish every drop are going to be sad. Generally, if you fish past 400...
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    Rockfish reg changes

    Annoying changes. The deeper you get them, the harder it is for them to survive. So if we have a bunch of private or party boats hitting 600 feet and they're pulling up vermillion rock fish and cows only to throw them away because of the limit, that serves nobody's purpose. There should be a 1...
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    New Recreational Groundfish Regulations For 2021

    Annoying changes. The deeper you get them, the harder it is for them to survive. So if we have a bunch of private or party boats hitting 600 feet and they're pulling up vermillion rock fish and cows only to throw them away because of the limit, that serves nobody's purpose. There should be a 1...
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    Late Report. Izor Hooping 12/10

    Crabs crawl both during the day and at night. But they go more shallow at night. Lobsters crawl primarily at night.