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Was able to fish the 6th Estero Kayak Challenge and scored a decent halibut myself that hammered the Big Hammer Swimbait. Was slow bouncing the swimbait just off the reefs when this guy hit.

Kayak Fishing and Big California Halibut Took the Swimbait - YouTube

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Did some pre fishing for the Estero Kayak Challenge and Joe was able to find a nice Halibut which put up a pretty fun battle.

Kayak Fishing for MONSTER California Halibut - Pre Fishing for the Estero Kayak Challenge - YouTube

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What does this mean for us, well it means we can keep more lingcod, but why. Did CDFW do this was it for the breeding period that would make the most since. Most of our fish are still breeding during the beginning of the season after all.  I am gonna go with this explanation for the time being time will tell.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has announced increases to the recreational canary rockfish (Sebastes pinniger), black rockfish (S. melanops) and lingcod (Ophiodon elongatus) daily limits.

Within the statewide Rockfish Cabezon Greenlings Complex daily bag limit of 10 fish, the sub-bag limit for canary rockfish will increase from two to three fish, and the sub-bag limit for black rockfish will increase from three to four fish. The daily bag limit for lingcod will increase from one to two fish for areas south of 40°10’ N. lat (near Cape Mendocino), returning the statewide bag limit for lingcod to two fish. The changes are effective 12:01 a.m. Saturday, June 1, 2019.

Limited retention of canary rockfish in California’s recreational fishery began in 2017 as a result of the stock being declared rebuilt. Because retention of canary rockfish had been prohibited in recreational fisheries off California for more than a decade, incremental increases to the daily sub-bag limit are being implemented to balance fishing opportunity while keeping catch within harvest limits.

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Less optimistic stock assessment outcomes for black rockfish in 2015 and lingcod in 2017 resulted in a reduction to both the harvest limits and bag limits for these species. A review of the most recent recreational catch information showed that less catch for these species occurred during 2017 and 2018 than anticipated. This prompted the current increase in the statewide black rockfish sub-bag limit and lingcod bag limit south of Cape Mendocino to better achieve allowable harvest.

Catches of several important groundfish species, including canary and black rockfish, are monitored weekly to ensure harvest limits are not exceeded.

Pursuant to California Code of Regulations Title 14, section 27.20(e), CDFW has the authority to make in-season modifications to the recreational fishery, including adjustments to bag and sub-bag limits.

For more information regarding groundfish regulations, management and fish identification tools, please visit the CDFW Marine Region Groundfish webpage.

Media Contacts:
Melanie Parker, CDFW Marine Region, (831) 649-2814
Kirsten Macintyre, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8988

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Hobie came out with a NEW line of kayaks and this one is gonna be in a much different category then anything they have done before. It is the Hobie Passport which is a Thermoformed kayak. Hobie has not produced a kayak like this before and due to demand jumped into the market.

The price point for this kayak is $1299

Photo via Hobie.com

  • Specifications *
  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 10.5′ / 3.2 m
  • Width: 34″ / 86.36 cm
  • Capacity: 325 lbs / 147.42 kg
  • Fitted Hull Weight: 65 lbs / 29.48 kg
  • Fully Rigged Weight: 75 lbs / 34.02 kg
  • Hull Construction: Thermoformed

Photo via Hobie.com

This kayak is going to come standard with a Hobie Classic Mirage drive, 8inch twist and stow center hatch, gear tracks, raised mesh seat, two rod holders and a rudder. Pretty dang good bang for the buck.

Photo via Hobie.com

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Another great day at Cachuma Lake fishing for Trout off my 2019 Hobie Outback. Trolled for about an hour and got a few good hits, wish I had more time to try and pound out a few more fish on this day.

Cachuma Lake Trout Fishing - Crankbaits and Tazmanian Devil - YouTube

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Probably the simplest yet most forgotted rockfish and lingcod rig. If all else fails tie this on tip it with squid strips and just drop it down and wind when the fish starts tugging. These can be purchased at almost any tackle shop but you can save a couple bucks and make your own fairly easily.

Simple Rockfish Set up - How to tie your own - YouTube

Keep those lines tight.

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I go over the must know knots to get started in rockfishing, These will pretty much handle any situation your going to come across in rockfishing

Uni to Uni Knot

Palomar Knot

Improved Clinch Knot

Dropper Lop

Surgeons Loop

Must know Knots for Rockfishing and Lingcod - Deep Sea fishing Knots - YouTube

These knots should help you get out there and put a big one on the kayak.

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How to tie a surgeon loop is simple going to start by making a loop and then tying an overhand knot but pass that loop through twice and you just tied the Surgeons Loop.

Surgeons Loop - YouTube

This is a great knot to tie for those having trouble with the dropper loop. I find both very strong and get the job done for Rockfish and Lingcod.

Really hope this video helps you catch one of your next fish.

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Lake Nacimiento has been getting some much-needed rain however it made for some of the muddiest water I have ever fished. It was a fun day with a couple of other Central Coast anglers even if the bite was slow.

Bass Fishing in Chocolate Milk - Lake Nacimiento - YouTube

This spring should be wide open once we get a week or two of no rain.

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A new video going over my FAVORITE lures for targeting trout from the Kayak.

Check it out NOW

Best Trout Lures for Trolling - YouTube

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