Rockfish & Lingcod

A seasonal (April-December) and shallow water (usually 300 feet or less) traditional fishery – providing relaxation, fun and a great meal.

Rockfish and Lingcod fishing is our main offering throughout the year. We offer a regular morning departure for 7-8 hours and during the summer months an afternoon departure for 4 hours.

Rockfish & Lingcod is not a catch and release fishery. If you aren’t sure what to do with your fish after the trip – see our friends on the wharf at Cafe Fina. Our deckhands can fillet the fish for you “restaurant style” or de-boned, so that you can take them over to Cafe Fina for the Fresh Catch Meal Deal. After your trip, stop in and ask about availability, and make a reservation. You can’t beat fresh fish for dinner!

Everyone usually catches some rock fish. What a sense of accomplishment! We tend to come home with limits to near limits on each trip! We are also striving to fish live bait when it is available before the morning trip to add extra action to your experience. Bait is provided on every trip. The rockfish tend to run anywhere from 1 to 6 pounds in weight each. If a lingcod is caught, it can run 10 to 30 pounds in weight. This fishery is subject to in season changes, usually affecting the depths we fish at, if they change at all. There are also regulations in place regarding various species, our crew is always up to date and are more than happy to assist you. Please refer to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife website for the latest fishery information.

Gear Pricing: Sabiki hooks for live bait: $4.35 for a 5-6 hook set-up Super Fly hooks for rockcod: $4.35 for a two barbed hook set up 10oz sinker: $4.35 Rod Rental: $15.00 Gunny Sack: $2.18

If we are not fishing for live bait, then bait will be included with your ticket price. A variety of fish cleaning services are available from our deckhands on the way back in or on the dock after the trip. Cash only for these services.

Salmon

Salmon is a seasonal fishery that typically opens in the spring (around April 1st) and runs through the summer. This is a carefully managed fishery and the duration of the season is flexible based on the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s directive.

Salmon are a fun challenge for novice and seasoned anglers alike. We target Chinook or King Salmon which can average 10-18 pounds each with some reaching 30+ pounds. Currently regulations state that they must be 24″ or greater to keep. Anglers are currently permitted to keep two King Salmon per day.

There are two strategies that we use to catch King Salmon on our trips. We either mooch or drift with lines in the water and a medium weight or we troll with heavy weights while driving at a very slow speed. We have tackle stocked for either method and can use either method at a moment’s notice. Salmon fishing requires some finesse and a great deal of trial and error. Our crew is happy to show you tips and tricks to help you snag one of these excellent fish.

Gear Pricing for Mooching: Hooks: $4.35 for two barbless circle hooks Weights: $4.35 for 4oz banana sinker Rod Rental: $15.00 Gunny Sack: $2.18

Gear Pricing for Trolling: Cable Baiter Hook: $6.53 for one hook & pin/wire Sinker Release: $4.35 4lb Sinker Ball: $10.88 3lb Sinker Ball: $8.70 Rod Rental: $15.00 Gunny Sack: $2.18

Salmon trips usually start very early in the day! Our typical departure is at 5:30am and could last 7-9 hours. We may change gear types during the trip depend on which method seems to be working best. Bait will be provided for either fishing method and is included in your ticket price.

We cannot fillet Salmon while out on the boat due to current regulations. The deckhand is allowed to gut it and keep the rest of the fish intact while out on the water. After we return to the dock the deckhand can fillet it for you. Cash only for these services.

Crab Combo

A seasonal trip offering (November – March) often combined with other fisheries during the winter months. We typically offer a Rockfish & Crab Combo in November and December. Once rockfish & lingcod season closes at the end of December – we offer a Sand Dab & Crab Combo (Crabs ‘n Dabs Combo) for January, February and March.

How does it work? The traps have been baited and the pots have been set by our crew on a previous trip, before we leave for the day. We start off by fishing for rockfish or sand dabs for a few hours. Once fishing is done, we head for the crab pots, haul them out, take out the crab then bait and reset the crab pots for the next group. Everyone participates (as required by CDFW). At the end of the trip, the crew will divide the crab equally among the anglers. The maximum is 10 per angler. ***As of our 2018 season, our vessels have been outfitted with updated crab pot pulling systems, These are commercial grade gear and allow the pots to be pulled in a quick and efficient manner.***

 

Gear Pricing: Sabiki or Sand Dab Rigs: $4.35 per set up Super Fly for Rockcod: $4.35 for a 2 barbed hook set up Rod Rental: $15.00 Gunny Sack: $2.18 Bait and the crab gear will be provided with the price of your ticket.

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Private / Group Charter Options:

Would you like to boat just for your group? Private charters are great for family trips, corporate rewards, team building & more! Check out the group sizes and price options below:

Peak Season April-October

Weekday New Horizon

7-8 hours

1-20 people: $1600.00

*additional passengers up to 30: $75 per person

*Rod rental, license and tackle is additional

 

Weekday Chubasco

7-8 hours

1-30 people: $2500.00

*additional passengers up to 35: $75 per person

*Rod rental, license and tackle is additional

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Weekend New Horizon

7-8 hours

1-25 people: $2200.00

*additional passengers up to 30: $75 per person

*Rod rental, license and tackle is additional

 

Weekend Chubasco

7-8 hours

1-40 people $3200.00

*Rod rental, license and tackle is additional

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Half Day Fishing

4 hours *limited availability*

New Horizon

1-20 people: $1200.000

*additional passengers up to 30: $50 per person

*Rod rental, license and tackle additional

 

Big Sur Charters: additional $300.00

Winter Season November-March

Weekday New Horizon

7-8 hours

1-20 people: $1300.00

*additional passengers up to 30: $75 per person

*Rod rental, license and tackle is additional

 

Weekday Chubasco

7-8 hours

1-30 people: $2200.00

*additional passengers up to 35: $75 per person

*Rod rental, license and tackle is additional

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Weekend New Horizon

7-8 hours

1-20 people: $1800.00

*additional passengers up to 30: $75 per person

*Rod rental, license and tackle is additional

 

Weekend Chubasco

7-8 hours

1-40 people $3200.00

*Rod rental, license and tackle is additional

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Half Day Fishing

4 hours *limited availability*

New Horizon

1-20 people: $1200.000

*additional passengers up to 30: $50 per person

*Rod rental, license and tackle additional

 

Big Sur Charters: additional $300.00

Rockcod & Crab Combo additional $300.00

Deposit due at time of reservation for weekday charter: $500.00

Deposit due at time of reservation for weekend charter 50% of total balance

Cancellation Policy:

All charters must be cancelled 14 days in advance in order to be refunded the deposit. If we cancel due to weather or unforeseen circumstances, we will do our best to reschedule or issue a full refund.

Don’t see the trip you are looking for? We can create a custom trip for you. Please contact Katlyn Taylor at katlyn@discoverywhalewatch.com to set up a custom trip and custom pricing.

Ash Scattering / Burials at Sea:

Scattering a loved one’s ashes at sea is a beautiful way to say goodbye. We offer one hour charters along the Pacific Grove coast to scatter ashes at sea. We like to stop along the coast near Lover’s Point so that the location of the scattering can be easily viewed later for you and your friends and family. We can also travel to other nearby locations. If you are considering a specific location, please express that to our staff when making your reservation. You are welcome to bring flowers or other plant material to put in the water with the ashes, as part of your send off. We also encourage the use of biodegradable urns, which can be entirely placed in the water. We are licensed by the State of California Cemetery and Funeral Bureau as a Cremated Remains Disposer to scatter ashes at sea. You are also required to obtain a permit for the ashes before we can take you to have them scattered at sea. You can obtain this permit at the Monterey County Health Department located at 1270 Natividad Road, Salinas CA 93906, or you can request that the permit you receive with the ashes from the crematorium states “for scatter at sea off the coast of Monterey”. After the scattering is performed, we will provide you with a certificate for you with the GPS coordinates of the scattering location for your memories and for your records.

Pricing and Details: Vessel: New Horizon or Pacifica 1-30 people 1 hour Lover’s Point: $500 2 hours Pt Pinos or Asilomar: $750.00 Vessel: Chubasco 1-50 people 1 hour Lover’s Point: $600 2 hours Pt Pinos or Asilomar: $850.00   Unattended Ash Scattering $125 for one set of ashes *will be scattered at earliest vessel availability   Additional set of ashes: $75 per set   Policies: Deposit due at time of reservation: 50% of burial fee Cancellation Policy: All charters must be cancelled 14 days in advance in order to be refunded the deposit. If we cancel due to weather or unforeseen circumstances, we will do our best to reschedule or issue a full refund.   Trips are subject to vessel availability and weather. VS-9 Permits indicating a final disposition of the ashes as “burial at sea off the coast of Monterey” are required before boarding the vessel.