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Old 02-26-2020, 02:07 PM   #1
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Where to Find Big Rockfish and Lingcod on Kayak

Hi All!

Hoping to get tips on where to find big rockfish and lingcod off a kayak. I'm not asking for anyone's secret spots, just tips on how to use my fish finder and map to find spots myself. Is it just a matter of getting to a location that is really deep? Or finding a sheer drop off? Or depth + structure? Also, do I need to worry about tide if I am fishing so deep?

I live in Oceanside so as soon as March 1st rolls around I am going to paddle out to depths of 100-450ft. First place I thought of going is Otto's Hole since it is close to the beach. Not sure that is a good spot or not.

Any info is much appreciated! Thank you!
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Old 02-26-2020, 02:17 PM   #2
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I find my spots with Google Maps in satellite view. Make a note of the lat/long of a few spots that look like they have interesting bottom structure and then use your phone or fish finder to navigate to them.

Here's an example:

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Old 02-26-2020, 02:40 PM   #3
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I find my spots with Google Maps in satellite view. Make a note of the lat/long of a few spots that look like they have interesting bottom structure and then use your phone or fish finder to navigate to them.

Here's an example:

^^^
This is my go-to for discovering good deep water structure.

you can also make pins on google earth's desktop app (be sure to make sure it isn't tilted when you put the pins down) and then save your gps file, convert to your FF's format in GPSbabel and then import into your FF.

I've also found Fish-n-maps to be pretty helpful. I even recently scanned the GPS table on one, parsed down the coordinates to CSV, and batch-imported them to Google Earth to save a bunch of manual entry.
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Old 02-26-2020, 06:36 PM   #4
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does your fishfinder have a contour feature? If so you can fish drop offs by just seeing the contours at La Jolla. Find a rocky bottom and drop some squid, shrimp, live macs, bucktails or curly tail grubs. I like fishing a double dropper loop with two different baits to give them options. If you can’t make bait, fish a squid on one hook and a grub on the other. I like the chartreuse or white, I’ve had good luck with those two colors. Last time I went out to LJ tho they were biting on frozen sardines! Good luck man and tight lines!
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Old 03-02-2020, 06:10 AM   #5
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Cambria - totally worth the drive if you are into rockfish and lingcod...

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Old 03-02-2020, 12:39 PM   #6
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Cambria - totally worth the drive if you are into rockfish and lingcod...

Looking to take a little trip up that way this spring. Any tips on where to launch there?
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