Fish report for Morro bay Located between Santa Barbara and Monterey California.
The Last few weeks have proven to be the beginning of a great lingcod season. We have landed several Large lingcod one reaching 21 pounds. Most common size of the larger lingcod are around 12-13 pounds. Live bait is a must for the larger fish and can be obtained on our trip out to fishing grounds. Swim baits do not work as well as live bait, since there is such a abundance in the water right now. The lingcod in my opinion has a very acute sense of smell. Put a little blood in the water and watch the "Magic" happen. Almost every large fish caught was not hooked but brought to the surface while holding the bait fish in its mouth. The lingcod has a instinct to bight and not let go. Use this to your advantage to gently tug the lingcod to the surface and have a person standing by with a net. Gaffing will prove to reckless in landing the fish.
As far as rockfish swim baits are working well bringing up very large Boccaccio rockfish, Vermillion Rockfish, and Copper Rockfish. We have been getting all these species out deeper and have some good honey holes we hit. When they produce fish its just crazy to sit back and watch what is pulled up on the boat. Rock Cod Jigs or shrimp flies work very well also and most of the Rock fish we have been landing come up on these types of Rigs. My favorite shrimp fly is made by Pucci and also danielson shrimp flies. I like them because they are not super long. Makes it very nice to store and handle while you are fishing.
Hope everyone has a great weekend fishing and we hope to see you out there!!
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