Among my fondest childhood memories is fishing for Pacific Rockfish with my Grandpa in Puget Sound. He knew all the best spots and made me swear I would keep his secrets, which I have to this very day! Rockfish, as you might be able to tell by their name like to live in and around submerged rocks, which are invisible in the dark depths of the Sound, so you have to use some know-how just to find them. I will share one trick, if you see a rocky point coming off the beach there’s a good chance it continues out under the waves, going deeper and deeper until it ends at the drop-off. As you head out from shore a few drops of your line will tell you when you hit bottom, when you are out far enough that there’s nothing to hit, turn around and fish your way back to shore! I will bet you will catch rockfish galore!
Having the right equipment can help make your fishing expedition a success instead of a bust. One prescription reads an 8-foot rod with saltwater bait-casting reel and 50-pound-test coated braid for line. That should do the trick, but the truth is Grandpa usually just used a handline, some kind of ancient green twine wrapped around a plywood paddle, and he caught rockfish like nobody’s business! One piece of gear you do need to get right is the lure. I like to order my lures for Rockfish online, there’s a great selection, and they have always done the trick! Not only that, but the shiny little fellas are darn pretty too, and look great hanging on the boathouse wall when not in use. Fishermen can be artistic, too!
Rockfish fishing, a captivating pursuit that blends the serenity of the open sea with the exhilaration of reeling in a hard-fighting catch, has earned a special place in the hearts of anglers worldwide. Whether you’re an experienced seafarer or a newcomer to the sport, rockfish fishing promises an adventure that resonates with the rhythm of the waves and the anticipation of the catch. In this article, we dive into the thrills that await those who embark on the journey of rockfish fishing.
1. Exploring Varied Species
Rockfish, known by various names such as striped bass, sea bass, or blackfish, encompass a diverse array of species that inhabit coastal and offshore waters. From the powerful and acrobatic stripers to the cunning black sea bass, each species offers a distinct challenge that keeps anglers coming back for more.
Now, let me tell you a bit about the actual fish. They’re either one of the cutest things you’ve ever seen or the ugliest! They have a big old mouth they use to swallow up minnows and anything else that will fit in there, and fins like a Japanese hand fan. They come in different colours, my favourite is the yellow canary rockfish because it’s so bright you can see it when it’s still deep coming up out of the dark water and know you haven’t snagged a damn dogfish! Best part? They taste great, too! Oh, and please don’t tell Grandpa I said anything about fishing off that rocky point! Shh!