That specifically says finfish and hook and line. I don't think that applies to this case.
The regulations use the term "loop trap" to describe a crab snare. There is no limit on the total number of traps (which I assume includes loop traps) for recreational fishermen unless they're on a charter/party boat according to this blog post.
From Ed Roberts, Fish and Wildlife member:
"Except inside San Francisco Bay, inside MPAs that restrict harvest of crabs, and when species with gear restrictions are in possession, any number of rods may be used to deploy crab loop snares. "
Thanks for the clarification. I ask because late last crab season, I had 3 rods out. A guy walking towards me took my pic and as he walked by, he commented "that's a lot of rods you have out" with a look that i felt was implying I had more than what's legally allowed. Could have just been me but usually when you have a read on someone, your first impression is usually correct. That made me unsure of what the regulations for crabbing in the ocean was. Thanks again
I still can't get an answer for if you can crab and rockfish at the same time. There are mixed messages out there. Some say you can and some say you can't. I understand that you can only use one rod for rockfish, but snaring is not aimed at rockfish. The method of take for rockfish is line and hook, and snares are not hooks. Technically only one rod is used for rockfish, since only one rod has hooks.