Jurassic Park trips are long range cod fishing. On these longer runs we occasionally get petrale sole, sand dabs, and lingcod too. Depending on fishing conditions and where our best bite would be, the depths we fish in can be up to 450 feet! We travel anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes to the fishing grounds. As the name implies, these fish are big! The area we fish has been closed to fishing for more than 25 years and just this year (2023) was re-opened to recreational fishing. We’re seeing some seriously big fish with reds over eight pounds!
The primary reason we catch the larger fish is due to the distance from Santa Cruz. We use live bait when available, jigs (metal lures) or shrimp fly/hoochie jigs with large strips of real squid. We hold the prestigious International Game Fish Association (IGFA) world record for the olive rockfish (pacific snapper).
This trip can be challenging but we’ve had eight year-old’s and eighty year-old’s come on these trips and they did great! Because of the depths we fish, to reduce line tangles, we only have four people on the rods at a time. For those who want to make bringing up fish easier, we also rent electric rod & reel combos for $75 each.
This trip is a real treat and one you won’t forget for many years. We’re fishing Jurassic Park!