View Full Version : found a honey hole

04-22-2006, 07:30 PM
just north of the Golden Gate. first hookup was within minutes of bait hitting the water. landed a 13" brown rocky on a squid head w/sliding sinker setup. next fish landed was a 15" brown rocky on a whole frozen herring. both fish were kept for dinner. action was so nonstop that I didn't even get a chance to eat my snack and get a drink of water. next two hookups were BIG bruisers. first one was what looked like a cabezon, brought him right up to the rocks and then he dove under a rock. he was so big and so strong I couldn't keep him out from the rock and the line cut on a mussel. next bruiser looked like a cabbie or maybe a ling? he was heavy. he surfaced about ten yards from the rocks and then he bit down on the line and cut thru my 30lb leader like it was sewing thread. next fish landed was a beautiful male 13" greenling that I released to grow and fight another day. what a day!





04-22-2006, 07:36 PM
Nice fishing, sounds like you had a great day!! ANother story of the big one getting away!! ANyways for whateverit may be worth, your brown is actually called a gopher rockcod, good eating fish regardless!!

04-22-2006, 08:21 PM
thanks for id'ing that fish fishhog. I'm not as good as other people id'ing fish. I have called that a gopher before, they kinda look alike, sometimes it's hard to tell the difference. I just read your report also, sounds like you had a heck of a day also, right on. and yes they are great eatin.

04-23-2006, 12:03 AM
Good job wading Those are some cool looking fish. Too bad you lost the others. Glad to see you found a new spot.

04-24-2006, 10:25 AM
Good job, wading2fish!
Its times like those, that make you remember why fishing is SO fun. Hopefully it will produce a biggun eventually. They can't ALL get away. You'll get em!
I've got a few honey holes myself. Remember to C+R so it will continue to be a good spot --- rockfish are very territorial.
And as far as ID'ing a brown-colored rockfish goes...it is very difficult, could be a gopher, brown, black, olive, kelp, grass, or a number of other rockfish species. I just bought a folding, laminated hand chart from www.rockfishID.com and its awesome!


04-24-2006, 05:25 PM
cca thanks for that link. I'm going to get me one of those laminated charts. id'ing rockfish is hard. I've come to the conclusion that the fish I landed are actually grass rockfish. fishhog, not to question your knowledge on the subject, but I have talked to various very experienced rock fisherman and after looking at the pics all of them agree they are grassies. the thirteen incher,which would be the third pic from the top, I think can maybe be a gopher but the first pic of the 15" is in fact a grassie, the actual physical characteristics between gophers and grassies are very similar. however, most gophers are caught a little farther out, mostly by boat anglers, as compared to grassies which can be caught very close to the shore which is where I was fishing.

04-24-2006, 09:45 PM
That is cool.