Rockfish

     Fishing in Alaska is special in so many ways. There is such a wide array of species for an angler to catch!  It opens your eyes to what’s going on underwater right below you, it’s a whole different world where you eat, or be eaten.  Sea bass or “Rockfish,” are about as thick as sand fleas and can provide light tackle enjoyment and great eating.  We have over three dozen types of Rockfish swimming in Alaska waters, from Black Rockfish or “ Black Bass” to Yelloweye (Red Snapper).  Many others including the China Rockfish, Tiger Rockfish, Copper Rockfish and Quillback to name a few. 

     They are split up into two different categories, pelagic and non-pelagic.  The pelagic species include most commonly the Black Bass and Yellowtail Rockfish, as well as the Dusky. These fish occur in midwater schools all the way to the surface at times, allowing the light tackle fisherman some unique topwater fun if the situation lends itself.  Rockfish will hit just about anything you throw at them; metal jigs, bait, or even flies if they are up high in the water column.  Great fun and great eating, the colors and variety alone are enough to make it worth doing. 

Lingcod

     One of my favorite fish by far, to catch and to eat, is the Lingcod!  About as ugly as it can get, however beautiful in its own right, the Lingcod is the predator that has all the other reef species looking around every dark corner.  Affectionately referred to as "bucketmouths," these cod have just that, a mouth you could fit a 5 gal bucket inside and its full of teeth!  Voracious is an understatement when it comes to Lingcod, famous for latching onto a hooked Rockfish and being brought aboard by there teeth.  Growing to 80 pounds they hit just about any jig you can get in the rocks without snagging.  Big and shiny is usually the name of the game, and let the head shaking begin!

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Management of our Resources

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The non-pelagic species are the bottom dwellers such as the Red Snapper and China Rockfish.  These species are of greater concern from a management point of view because of their localized and slow growing nature. Many 5lb red snapper are 30 years old and the big ones can be up to 75 years old.  They don’t typically wander far from where they were born so hammering the same rock pile will wipe them out.  We all need to practice some restraint and take a few here and there but spread it out so they’ll be around for our kids. 

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