Photo credit, Sunny O’Neil

I spent all last weekend fishing up at CISCO’s.  I’ll write trip reports, but here’s a quick update.  I didn’t knock off any more fish on the Top 10 (had chances for white seabass, halibut, and #thatdamnfish), but I did manage to accomplish an Extra Salty goal – getting a limit of rockfish completely on artificials!  As you can see in the picture, it wasn’t about just the numbers either…I got some quality fish!

I want to mention the baits I used to accomplish this feat.  Zman Fishing was kind enough to offer to provide a very generous amount of their baits for me to use late last year.  I’ve had a lot of fun using them.  I caught that halibut at Ty’s Honey Hole dropshotting a Scented Paddlerz.  And immediately after I got them, I scored that huge brown rockfish on the large (7in.) Jerk Shadz.

Sunday (June 1st) on the Seabiscuit, I fished at Santa Rosa Island in the Channel Islands.  The target fish for the trip was white seabass.  The boat got 4, but my quest continues.  We did however go rockfishing after the morning seabass bite.  Exclusively using the Zman Jerk Shadz and Swimmerz, I put together a 10 fish limit of just prime vermilion and copper rockfish (aka reds and chuckies)!  In terms of rigging, it couldn’t have been easier.  I just pinned on the plastic like I would have a live fin bait (up from bottom thru the nose) and sent them down on a double dropper loop setup.

Interestingly enough, the previous week’s issue of Western Outdoor News was sitting in the galley and had a story from saltwater editor Merit McCrea.  Merit was talking about how the normally reliable rockfish had gone “on hunger strike”.  I’m glad I could play a part in bringing back that bite 😉

Thank you Channel Islands Sportfishing, the crew of the Seabiscuit, and Zman Fishing for making it happen!

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