Deep Rockfishing at Noyo Canyon 6/9/2023


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I went out on a sport fishing boat yesterday to fish the depth off Fort Bragg. I joined 8 other anglers on Sea Hawk from All Aboard Adventure departing Noyo Harbor at 7am. Due to the salmon closure some of the fleets there are targeting 400-500’ depth for the bottom species that have not been fished lately. It’s pacific halibut fishery and saw this boat landing some past week. There were also a lot of chill pepper rockfish and sablefish. It’s only a few miles ride out to get to the 400 and above feet depth from harbor (30 min ride). There were quite a few small vessels gathered up in the area. We fished with hi lo rig with mixture of feathered jig, swim baits and cut squids.
Alongside others, I managed to land some nice sized chili pepper rockfish and a large canary rockfish:
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What I really wanted to find was sablefish aka black cod. It’s a delicacy among my folks. Miso marinated black cods has been a staple fare in upscale Japanese restaurant in the US for past decades. I knew they resides in our water but I have never managed to land them. I brought homemade miso with me for this trip so I am ready. Fishing them was only a matter of finding spots. They seem to be eager to bite anything we offer rather quickly. I managed to find a couple:
Before we head back to the harbor a school of yellowtail rockfish hit and I managed to land one in mid column, my first ever:

It was a nice outing all and all. I found 6 chili peppers, a canary, a yellowtail and 2 sablefish. Only one pacific halibut was landed by an angler who was targeting them specifically. I have to learn how he does it for the next time but it appear to be similar to what folks use for California halibut fishing. F33754BB-49FB-45E6-A66A-188974E2316A.jpeg
Noyo harbor looks to be very interesting working harbor/port. Some commercial fishing activities going on as well as some others from bygone eras.
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At PFIC site, it says Noyo harbor fishing pier existed but no longer open for fishing. I will check on that.
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Ken Jones

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Sablefish are a favorite! I used to get them on the Stagnaro boats out of Santa Cruz (along with a lot of BIG reds). I also caught many small sablefish at the Newport Pier.


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Thanks for sharing.
I would love to use my electric reel at the deep-water halibut fishing.
Can you rotate some of the pictures. Thanks.
Thank you! Yes, electric reel maybe a good use here. Folks in this area uses mostly what boat provides unlike SoCal outfits. These renters are all spooled with mono lines. With going that deep with mono, it was pretty tough to sense any bites by rockfish. Halibut would be a different story I hope. I know about the rotated photos. All photos I took in portrait format went that way when I downsized them answering your earlier requests (yes, I found a way). Well, I tried to fix that rotation but I could not fix it...