Needing some good pointers for rock fishing on private boat

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  1. Ryansd84

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    Gonna be heading out of mission bay to do some rock fishing on a 20ft boat, have all the tackle and bait set just looking for some pointers on what to look for Structure wise. Pms are welcome I’ll keep them secret
    Thanks in advance
     
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    Very noble of you.
     
  3. Mark50

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    Structure.......the fish is named ROCK fish for a reason....sorry couldn’t resist. La Jolla is my favorite spot to fish but halfway down to Point Loma is good too. In a 20’ boat it needs to be a calm day or you could fish the sunken tower or ship just to the right a couple of miles out.
     
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    You should fish on or near the bottom!
     
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    Everything you need in the above video
     
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    Ryan,
    Most of the guys will not just give their coordinates for spots that have taken em years to find. But they sell books with LAT/LONG coordinates, then (assuming you know how) put some of them into your Chart plotter, and use "go to" to get to those spots. Generally you set up and have best results fishing an outgoing or incoming tide; tidal movement really does matter. White Seabass guys swear to me that they base going heavily on a large movement of water--tide charts will show you that basically every other week shows good tidal movement (between low and high tides) and they target those, along with specific spots
     
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    sooooo wheres the report? All i have to do is look down the street if i want to see a donkey show.
     
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    Look for big bumps with fish marks on them. Right now get away from the tuna crab that is suspended in the mid to low water column. Big clouds of them. Don't waste your time fishing near them as the fish are plugged with them. Find fish that are away from those clouds. If you don't know what something is on the meter send a bait down to it and see if you can catch one to ID.
     
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    You will find structure near the lobster traps. Don’t tell anyone.
     
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    madrugador I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Use eds jigs
     
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    Not looking for spots but what to look for on the simrad thanks for the tip Jason
     
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    Look for hard bottom. Usually bright red on a chartplotter but everyone has a different color scheme. You're looking for areas where there's rockpiles, the higher they come off the bottom the more likely they will hold fish. Look for rock piles deeper than 100 ft.
    Once you find those rockpiles, depending how good your fishfinder is, rockfish will look like clouds right above the rocks. I think this thread has a good example.
    https://www.bdoutdoors.com/forums/threads/rockfish-fishfinder-images.645029/
    It's hard to tell the size of the rocks sometimes because of the sway of the boat up and down but just keep an eye on the depth meter and look for depth changes 4-5 ft more than the average sway in that spot.

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    This is great information guys. I'm looking to break in my new boat very soon and it seems rockfishing has the greatest chance for success this time of year. I'm soaking it all up. I can't wait to get out there and give these techniques a try. Cheers!
     
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    This was west of La Jolla kelp bed With those clouds in the middle water column with those be the tuna crab
     
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    I use a Lawrence HDS and not a simrad but it looks like you need to adjust the settings such as sensitivity and maybe others for a better view.
     
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    aka squat lobster
     

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