View Full Version : Taking a Skiff out From Santa Cruz

09-26-2006, 06:34 AM
Hey everybody, I'm planning to take one of those $75/day skiff from santa cruz. I researched and it seemed that heading towards natural bridges to the kelp beds would produce some rockfish, lingcod, and maybe halibut. PLan to use rockfish rigs with a diamon bar on the bottom. do you guys have any advice or suggestions? I read there were barracudas around, but being on a tiny boat makes it hard to cast, so i might just aim for the rockfish. Also, i need to study up on the regs for the rockfish since there are so many. does anyone have a simple way to know the regs for the rockfish there?

09-26-2006, 07:13 AM
Welcome clayton,
If itís windy you may want to consider Capitola Pier. They rent the same skiffs and itís a bit more protected. Fish the kelp beds between the pier and Soquel Point as well as Adams, Tank house, Boomer and Mile reefs. The guy at the boat rental can point you in the right direction.
Careful not to get stuck in the kelp beds. Fish the edges or a drift that will take you through and back out.
A portable depth finder is handy if you can come up with one.