I am all about breaking up the 2-4 day ride home with a few drops for rock cod. Breaks up the ride and is something to mildly look forward to versus just steaming uphill and the vacation being over
there's nothing wrong with that. Myself personally I would never fish one of those temple reef rods, the one's I've seen are to long (8ft) and 2 pieced which I don't care for. I fish a penn torque 15LD2 on a penn battalion slow pitch 350 or 450 depending on what im doing.I'm considering buying a temple reef SPJ rod, I already have a Penn torque 15 narrow lever drag reel, pretty sure that would be a killer slow pitch outfit. Probably overkill with that 2 speed little powerhouse reel.
That 10 lbs and under price change is generally If thats all your taking them. For the past 3 years I take 3-4 L.R trips and every time I've taking them cods we caught on the L.R along with the other fish, Fish Star charges me the Same Price as all my other fish. Maybe fishermans processing id different.I love all kinds of fishing....I love catching shallow water rockfish and lings. I will always be at the rail for all these stops.....normally fishing some kind of Bar with a shrimp fly tied up about 3'
However, I am not keeping any rockfish on a LR Trip as getting them cleaned is not worth it by the fish processors. And I get enough up here in the bay area. I will keep a nice ling or two though! Yes, I am giving the fish away to those that want it as they die...if no one wants any more I stop.
Most rockfish are less than 10#'s so the processors charge more per pound for smaller fish...then rockfish you don't get all that much filet per fish....meaning you end up paying a significant fee per Pound on what you get back in your package. Meaning same price as what you can pick up at a place like Point Loma Seafood.
Cut and pasted from 5 Star - "Please note that fish under 10 pounds are subject to a different price schedule as they require substantially more time and effort to process"