These trips are perfect for the family and for a group of adults. We fish within a couple miles of shore. The morning trip usually runs from 7am to 1pm. The afternoon trip usually runs from 2pm to 6pm. We target rockcod (pacific snapper), lingcod, and halibut.
Each angler is allowed to take home up to ten rockcod (pacific snapper), two lingcod, and three halibut. There is no size limit on snapper but there size limits for the other species. These are some of the best eating fish you’ll ever have.
We use proven rod and reels that are configured to work well on our boat and easy for you to use. But, if you have a lucky rod you would like to try out by all means bring it! And, if you have some tackle you would like to try out bring that too. We use eight-ounce leads so please have something in the weight range to minimize tangles. We use fresh dead or when available, live bait such as anchovies and mackerel.
We hold the IGFA (International Game Fish Association) world record for olive rockcod (set in 2016).
For the crabbing component of your trip – Our crab gear is already out in the ocean fishing for you. When we set out for the day we stop by the crab gear (we refer to as our crab farm) and pull the pots one by one with a hydraulic winch called a crab block. Once the pot is on the boat we empty out the crab, replace the old bait with new and send it back down on the same spot to be pulled again another day. After we get our crab catch we run over to our fishing grounds for snapper and lingcod.
A new regulation has been adopted by California Fish & Wildlife requiring anyone fishing for crab must obtain a “Recreational Crab Trap Validation” in addition to having a basic fishing license. Both the basic fishing license and the validation can be purchased on CFW’s website at California License Sales
When we get done fishing your deckhand will filet or gut-and-gill (whole fish) your catch to take home. At the dock we put the live crabs in your containers. Make sure you bring a big enough container to accommodate all your crab. A five-gallon bucket will usually hold about eight to ten crabs. Depending on how you care for your crab, they can stay alive until the next day. They should be cooked then the uneaten crab can be frozen just like the crab you see in the seafood display at the grocery store. It will stay good in a Ziploc type bag for a month. Vacuum sealing it will last a year or more.