Santa Monica Bay - Lingcod Report - 12/12/16

sydleier

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Aug 19, 2012
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Sydney Leier
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23' cc Mary Esther
Left MDR around 7am this morning with my buddy Kevin looking for December Lings. We stopped on a few nice looking squid beds in front of Venice in 75' to 95' to make some macs. We metered around and didn't mark any game fish so we didn't try to jig up any of the squid and stuck to the game plan to head up the line looking for lings. It started out a little slow, but by 10am every stone we stopped on was producing fish. Most were caught from 180' to 340'. We kept a few for the table and released the rest.

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Azarkon

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Aug 28, 2015
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Exact same experience for me but further north around Channel Islands. Rock fish were slow but wide open on the ling cod.
 

jscrib

Whale Cock
Apr 29, 2004
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j
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We've been getting some nice lings lately as well up here but that one you got is a beast! Nice going. :hali_olutta:

j
 

SaltH20Angler

I'm not superstitious... cuz it's bad luck.
Aug 6, 2016
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Christopher
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I know a couple guys...
Wowsers!! My buddy caught what we thought to be a nice ling a few weeks ago outside of San Pedro. I think yours in the first picture would have ate that ling for breakfast. Kinda thinking we should have let it go now, poor thing was just a pup at about 10 lbs. Nice catch man. Sure would like to know the spot you caught these biggies. :-)
 

Azarkon

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I think he's already said it, and the pictures show the same: straight out of the Santa Monica coast in 200 to 300 feet. That region is full of rocks & reefs. You just have to find one with big lingcod :)
 

Ali

Master of Nothing
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Apr 24, 2003
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That Guy
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Jesus dude! Those look like AK lings.

Nice work.
 

Tunaslam

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Apr 25, 2003
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Cory Visser
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Wow, big boys, congrats! That's darn good local quality!
 

AndyJ

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May 8, 2008
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Dana Point CA
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Andy Jakubas
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Wow. Pigs! I haven't seen lings like that since a trip to Banfield.
 

Randy V

Slamma Jamma
Mar 19, 2008
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Randy
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30' Kona Star
Left MDR around 7am this morning with my buddy Kevin looking for December Lings. We stopped on a few nice looking squid beds in front of Venice in 75' to 95' to make some macs. We metered around and didn't mark any game fish so we didn't try to jig up any of the squid and stuck to the game plan to head up the line looking for lings. It started out a little slow, but by 10am every stone we stopped on was producing fish. Most were caught from 180' to 340'. We kept a few for the table and released the rest.

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Huge!

What's the California state record? I'm thinking those may have been contenders.

Only see them that size up in Alaska!
 
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Pgnracr

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Sep 3, 2014
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Great fish!! Big one maybe 30??? Hard to tell in pix. But for the guy who asked what the CA record is?? 56# the world record off AK 82# I used to see PIGS when deep water halibut fishing. One time a 45 lbs long ate a 15 lb halibut being reeled up!!! Its mouth was a foot wide!!!!
 
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Paddyman1

Some beautes right there! How come nobody told me about this post earlier?
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