Jurassic Park trips are long range snapper and lingcod fishing. On these longer runs we occasionally get petrale sole and sand dabs. The gear we use is bigger than the local potluck gear and the depths we fish in can be up to 300 feet! We travel anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes to the fishing grounds depending on fishing conditions and where our best bite would be. These fish are big! Expect snapper averaging three pounds and lingcod averaging ten pounds.
The primary reason we catch the larger fish on Jurassic Park trips is because we use larger baits and due to its distance from Santa Cruz and Half Moon Bay, these areas are only fished by a handful of boats. We typically use live bait, jigs (metal lures) or shrimp fly jigs with large strips of real squid or live anchovies on anywhere from one pound to several pounds of lead weight. We hold the prestigious IGFA world record for the olive rockfish (pacific snapper).
This trip is not for the faint of heart or very young children. We’ve had eight year-old’s come on these trips and they did great! Youngsters may need a little of your help bringing up their fish. Because of the depths we fish we only have four people on a rod at a time. Trust me, once you haul a reluctant 15 pound fish up from 300 feet down you’re going to want to sit out for a spell.
This trip is a real treat and one you won’t forget for many years. Jurassic Park!