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    Lingcod for dinner!

    So we went out Saturday morning for the shrimp opener and also decided to throw in some bottom fish gear. I invited two buddies to join. Since I hadn't been out this far since my motor overhaul I decided it would be smart to leave the family home, plus I had yet to have any experience pulling gear with my new setup..

    We dropped pots in a usually well producing area but it did not produce. Lots of boats around but did not see alot of action.

    while the pots were soaking I threw on some bottom fish gear that I managed to scrounge up last minute. My buddy had never fished the salt. Go figure he out fished everybody I saw! All in all we caught 7 lingcod and kept 2.

    Here is the best part of the day. He hooked into a few as soon as his gear (which I tied up for him) hit the bottom. As he yells fish on the old ugly stick suddenly drops and line starts peeling. This fish wasn't budging off the bottom. Several times he would make some ground but the fish would take back. Most of the lings I've caught around here are good for a couple bursts but this thing was not giving up. I started wondering if maybe we had a black mouth on at this point. Well slowly he keeps making gains while trying not to snap my rod. We finally get sight of the fish and sure enough it was a lingcod and quite large looking here are a few pics you guys judge..







    So he had hooked the smaller Ling in its mouth and on its way up this one devoured it whole. Once he clamped down he never let it go so we caught this thing without ever even hooking it!

    I didn't have a scale on the boat but this thing was heavy and about 4 ft long. So after a couple quick pics he was released. Also the small Ling he tried to eat was still alive and released!

    Needless to say my buddy I'd hooked on bottom fishin.

    here are a few more pics from our day.







    Last edited by tylersmith; 05-08-2017 at 09:31 PM.

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    Way cool Tyler, nice fish
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    Wow! If only you could keep it! I love the way ling hit the bait.
    Halibut next?
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    Nice fish! Do you guys anchor up for these or drift along?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kschab123 View Post
    Nice fish! Do you guys anchor up for these or drift along?
    We were on the drift. I haven't tried anchoring. I like to drift a slow current. Lingcod like to stay in their dens and snatch stuff as it rolls by.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tylersmith View Post
    Lingcod like to stay in their dens and snatch stuff as it rolls by.
    Yeah, unless it's being offered by me, apparently....
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    1980 Glasply 19-1/2 foot hardtop cuddy w/ a fresh Mercruiser 470 (Chopstick)
    1980 Glasply 19-1/2 foot hardtop cuddy, soon to be with kf7gth (Chopstick II)
    1982 Glasply 16-foot runabout w/ 50hp Mercury OB (JV Junior)
    1986 Glasply 8-1/2 foot dinghy (presently unpowered & unnamed) SOLD!
    1978 Glasply 19-1/2 foot runabout w/ Mercruiser 470 (Beer Goggles)


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