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Lighten up on Shallow-Water Rockfish

Over the past fifteen years I’ve enjoyed refining my shallow-water, light-tackle techniques, predominately from northern California ports such as Pillar Point and Santa Cruz. These skills I developed on both sides of the fence -- as a recreational angler and as a deckhand for captain Bob Ingles on his vessel Queen of Hearts. The amount of information I gleaned from this renowned industry pioneer of SWLT rockfishing has been invaluable. For the purpose of this article, I define shallow-water to mean a maximum of 160’, although for the most part, 40’ – 120’ is what I consider to be the major playing field. In my opinion, the Department of Fish & Game made one smart move when they reduced the n

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