Rockfishing and Lingcod Fishing

Rockfishing is an excellent way to spend a day while in Fort Bragg. The Rockfish here average 3 lbs and can get to be 12 lbs or more. Lingcod are normally 12 – 14 lbs, but we have caught them over 40 lbs. Rockfishing is especially great for first timers and children as we usually fish shallow depths with light weight gear. Most experienced fishermen also love Rockfishing and come back year after year in hopes of catching that giant Lingcod and to fill their freezers. With the limit of Rockfish being 10 plus 2 Lingcod and the fact that we catch limits of Rockfish about 90% of the time you are sure to have a great time and hopefully bring back plenty to eat.

The Rockfish and Lingcod that we are fishing for are the most diverse group of fishes found along the Northern Pacific Coast. These fish are often sold in fish markets as “cod” or “red snapper” but they are neither. The Rockfish are members of the genus Sebastes and are a close relative of the Stonefish and Lionfish found in tropical waters. They are also among the most delicious eating fish found in our local waters and voracious predators that provide the sport fisher with an outstanding fishing opportunity.

  • We fish for rockfish and lingcod from May through December
  • Fully licensed, professional, and experienced crew
  • Trips times are from 7am-12pm seven days a week during the season and 1pm-6pm seven days a week May through September weather permitting
  • 5 hour – half day trips
  • Because of its size and capabilities, the Ambush is a great option for private charters
  • Lost Coast and Extended trips available
  • We also offer crab/rockfish combo trips in November and December
  • Complete supply of safety equipment and life jackets including children’s life jackets
  • Large and clean restroom
  • Plenty of free parking
  • Because of the high speed of the Kraken, running times are faster than other boats in the harbor
  • Field trips and kid’s groups welcome

More Information Rockfish and Lingcod

Rockfish are so diverse that many have specialized their body shape and feeding habits over the eons. These fish are found from intertidal areas to more than 1000 feet. Most are bottom dwellers whose habitat is the rocky reefs found along our coast, hence the name Rockfish. Some, however are schooling mid-water fish, such as the Blue Rockfish and Black Rockfish. These mid-water fish can be found suspended at almost any depth and it is not uncommon for them to be found within ten feet or less of the surface.

The Lingcod is neither a Rockfish nor a “Cod”. They are members of the Greenling family, which includes the Sea Trout. These fish are far and away the most voracious and fearless fish found on the reefs. It is not uncommon for a Lingcod to attack a fish nearly its own size (including each other). They are very territorial and use an ambush technique to strike their prey. Often a Ling will grab a small fish and, even though it is not hooked, it will not relinquish it until it is in the net. These fish are referred to as hitch-hikers and account for a large percentage of the Lingcod caught.