Yellow Eye Rockfish

Yellow Eye Rockfish
Yellow Eye Rockfish

 

Alaskan rockfish is always regarded as a trophy fish, if not for the trophy value on the dinner table! Many people prefer it over delicacies such as halibut even. Yellow eye rockfish can be very old, sometimes living to be over 100 years old! Catching these Alaskan rockfish usually entails jigging just off of the bottom of the ocean and can be caught in as little as 50 feet to several hundred feet in depth.




Season: Yellow eye rockfish hang around their home structure all the year around. They are caught from the beginning of our season in May until the end of the season with no apparent high or low points. Yellow eye have a firm, delicious white meat, but conservation concerns regarding these long lived, slow growing fish make a strong case for not targeting them and avoiding fishing in areas that have high levels of yellow eye catch.

Size: Most of the yellow eye we catch range between 5 and 15 pounds. Occasionally yellow eyes approaching 25 pounds will be landed.

Techniques: Yellow eye fall prey to both bait and jigs that are fished nearly rocky structure. When halibut fishing, the yellow eye often move onto the scene first, followed by the big flatfish. Not to beat a dead horse, but the long term goal is to avoid them, not to catch them. Techniques for decreasing yellow eye mortality include fishing for halibut over flat bottoms with less rocky structure. Also, research is being conducted on deep water release methods for yellow eye.

Gear: Again, because these are non-target species, we don’t have special gear for them. Most are taken on halibut gear. Yellow eye have a closed air bladder and when they come up from depth their stomach and air bladder decompress and stick out their mouth like a balloon, making it impossible for the fish to return to the bottom. We are working on gear for deep water release to address this “baratrauma” problem.

Regulations: Non-resident anglers are allowed one yellow eye per day and one per season. This may seem overly restrictive, but these fish simply cannot take very much fishing pressure.

Yellow Eye Rockfish
Yellow Eye Rockfish

 

Species: Yellow eye, Shortraker, Rougheye, Banded, China, Copper, Quill-back, Silver-grey, Tiger, Canary

Range: Baja California to Aleutian Islands

Size: Typically 5 to 20 pounds, up to 40 pounds

World Record: 39 pounds, 1 ounce

Fishing Method: Primarily caught incidentally while halibut fishing





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Massive 49″ Snook Caught and Released

Massive 49 Inch Snook
Massive 49 Inch Snook

 

Extraordinary things happens when the flood gates are open. This lady has to be the luckiest lady fisher gal. After catching her personal best 34″ sea trout on Sunday in the Indian River she ends up catching the one of the biggest snook ever seen last night in Ft. Lauderdale. A fish that usually gets away. Caught on a Rapala CD 14 diver with single hooks she measured just under 49″ with a pinched tail. Amazingly beautiful fish that just makes you tremble. She is back out there to make more lil snooklets.





Massive Snook
Massive Snook




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A Gorgeous Dolphin Fish Caught

A Gorgeous Dolphin Fish caught off of Key Largo, FL
A Gorgeous Dolphin Fish caught off of Key Largo, FL

A Gorgeous Dolphin Fish caught off of Islamorada Florida on 06/04/2017 aboard the Sea Horse Charters 

The “Sea Horse” was custom designed and built for maximum fishing space and fuel efficiency making them one of the best priced boats for their size in Islamorada. Whether fishing for Dolphin (the fish), Wahoo, Sailfish, Tuna or other offshore species, the “Sea Horse” is comfortable for 1 to 6 anglers.








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Two Proud Fishermen Land 115-pound Wahoo

 

Two proud fishermen pose with the 115-pound wahoo they caught over live bottom in about 90 feet of water out of Little river!!  The wahoo hit a dead cigar minnow, free lined while bottom fishing.





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World Record Size 11-pound, 4-ounce Spotted Bass Landed

World Record Spotted Bass Catch
World Record Spotted Bass Catch

 

Nick Dulleck landed an 11-pound, 4-ounce spotted bass in California with his buddy Adam McAndrews on a weekend birthday fishing trip to New Bullards Bar Reservoir. He caught, documented and weighed before releasing an 11-pound, 4-ounce spotted bass on the now famed fishery. The fish measured 24 1/2 inch long with a 20 3/4-inch girth.  Caught on 02/14/2017.

The spotted base was caught on a Dirty Jigs Finesse Football jig with a Yamamoto Double Tail trailer. Pictured here are a couple of Dulleck’s favorited pairings for bass fishing from Dirty Jigs and Yamamoto, although he’s reluctant to give up the exact color for which the record spot fell for obvious reasons.




The spotted base was caught on a Dirty Jigs Finesse Football jig with a Yamamoto Double Tail trailer. Pictured here are a couple of Dulleck’s favorited pairings for bass fishing from Dirty Jigs and Yamamoto, although he’s reluctant to give up the exact color for which the record spot fell for obvious reasons.

Dirty Jigs Finesse Football jig with a Yamamoto Double Tail trailer.
Dirty Jigs Finesse Football jig with a Yamamoto Double Tail trailer.

 

When fishing clear and deep water, the use of very realistic and detailed soft plastics has become the norm. Dirty Jigs now provides the same option in a jig with their Tour Level Finesse Football Jig. Premium powder coat finishes provide added realism and the skirts come full length, giving you the option to use the full skirt or trim the front to achieve a slim spider-cut profile. Also featuring a 60-degree flat line-eye Mustad Ultra Point 1X Strong Jig Hook with new 4.3 Microsharp Point Technology, the Dirty Jigs Tour Level Finesse Football Jig is a proven performer available at a great price.

Yamamoto, Double Tail Grub
Yamamoto, Double Tail Grub

The Yamamoto Double Tail Grubs make great jig trailers or they can be added to a Yamamoto Skirt to create your own spider jig color combination. If you’re looking to improve your odds with a spinnerbait, the Yamamoto Double Tail Grubs make for great trailers as well, and allow you to slow down your retrieve by adding a little extra bulk and resistance to your presentation. The added disturbance created by both tails really lets fish hone in on your bait. The soft supple plastic used in all Yamamoto Baits gives the Double Tail Grubs a great action and a realistic feel to lure fish in and make them hold on longer. Available in a wide range of Yamamoto colors, there is a Yamamoto Double Tail Grub perfect for any situation.





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