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Postby redfish1985 » Sat Jan 26, 2008 4:11 pm

Hey everyone just wondering if anyone here has ever caught a cabezon... cause I'm lookin for advise on how to do this... also some tips on catching lingcod as well.
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Re: cabezon and lingcod

Postby WaFlyCaster » Sat Jan 26, 2008 6:09 pm

I have caught plenty of cabbies... some close to 20lbs. Ive gotten all the ones ive caught out at neah bay.... you can use the same thing you use for lings. Jigs, Lead Candle Fish, Copper Pipes, or Whole Herring. My advise would be to target rocky underwater stuctures anywhere from 40-200 feet depth.
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Re: cabezon and lingcod

Postby rogue fanatic » Sat Jan 26, 2008 8:36 pm

I've caught a few big cabies (>15#) here in the Sound. In particular, around Useless Bay and Foulweather Bluff but always while fishing for something else. As mentioned earlier, they are found at a variety of depths though I seem to hook mine in the Sound in less than 80" of water while targeting rock fish and lings. A purple Mister Twister on a 3/4 oz. jighead has worked wonders for me.

Can't advise you on lings since I never seem to get any that are legal sized. Good luck.
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Re: cabezon and lingcod

Postby gator_79 » Sun Jan 27, 2008 1:30 am

I, like most others have don't really target cabezon but I have caught a few while jigging for lings. For lings a Big 6" Scampi Tail in either white, glow, or rootbeer on a jig head works good, use whatever size jighead you need to get to the bottom. I always carry 2-20oz. You can also use Herring. What area are you fishing? I have only fished the San Juans for lings.
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Re: cabezon and lingcod

Postby BremertonSquid » Sun Jan 27, 2008 10:11 am

I've caught cabazon in teh sound. The last one I cought weighted just over 16lbs after it was cleaned. The head and backbone are what I weighed. I caught it at PNP while salmon fishing. It hit the lure about five feet from my feet. Why you should always finish your retrieve :) I've also caught them while bottom fishing for sole/rock fish. There were rocks, sharp drop offs and sand flats all in the area. This gut was also over 20lbs! Makes for the best fish-n-chips. Also makes a great fish chowda :mrgreen:

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Re: cabezon and lingcod

Postby Robert » Sun Jan 27, 2008 10:56 pm

from a pier never caught a cabezon but i've caught a couple lings with a 6" plastic swim baits. im pretty sure if swam across a cabezons face it'll bite it.
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Re: cabezon and lingcod

Postby timboy2 » Mon Jan 28, 2008 9:47 am

We caught two one afternoon trying for lings at double bluff. One was 12lb and the other was 15lb. I was using a 6" point wilson dart with the blue back in about 60 feet of water.
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Re: cabezon and lingcod

Postby gone fishin » Mon Jan 28, 2008 10:41 am

Mean fish!! They'll bend a 2x4!!! Tup:
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Re: cabezon and lingcod

Postby Clockwork » Mon Jan 28, 2008 1:24 pm

i've caught a few all on dart type jigs. they arent extremely plentiful and they arent as easy to catch as others becasue they dont feed on baitfish as much as they do crustaceans. It seems odd to me because almost every other post claimsto have caught record sized cabezon. they are more closely tied to kelp beds.
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Re: cabezon and lingcod

Postby scalecarp » Mon Jan 28, 2008 1:29 pm

I've caught cabezon consistently with gunnels Tup: Dock shrimp and small crabs are close seconds...
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Re: cabezon and lingcod

Postby gator_79 » Mon Jan 28, 2008 2:56 pm

Just thought I'd share a pic of the 20+ LB Cabby I caught 2 years ago in the San Juans, I also got a nice ling that day.
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Re: cabezon and lingcod

Postby fishaman » Mon Jan 28, 2008 11:20 pm

I caught that one last May at Foulweather bluff on swimbait... Look at those blue eyes...
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Re: cabezon and lingcod

Postby timboy2 » Tue Jan 29, 2008 8:00 am

Yeah One other thing about Cabbies. Be careful when you go to bonk them. I think they have a steel plate in their heads. The first time I hit one with the wood bonker, it came back and almost got me in the forehead, and it didn't seem to faze the fish. Now I just cut the gills and bleed them out.
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Re: cabezon and lingcod

Postby redfish1985 » Tue Jan 29, 2008 8:59 am

very cool everyone.. how do you think those gulp peeler crabs would work on cabbies? since from what I've been readin about them they mostly feed on critters like that... also very nice pics guys awsome lookin fish, just hope I can catch one like that so I'm not so green with envy :P
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Re: cabezon and lingcod

Postby Chum Bucket » Wed Jan 30, 2008 6:56 am

Small crabs are what Cabbies prefer. I've cleaned dozens of cabbies (brutal on the fillet knife tho') with stomachs stuffed full of small crabs. I like eating Cabezon better than Lings or Halibut, just seem to have more flavor. No need to target them, if they're down there, they'll bite.
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Re: cabezon and lingcod

Postby BremertonSquid » Wed Jan 30, 2008 3:58 pm

I could not believe Clockworks comment regarding the size of the cabazon being recorded as record size. The record cabazon is only 23lbs. I believe I have topped that atleast two times and have seen a few others that would be in that range. Maybe I've been really lucky but I do not think people are reporting teh "record" fish. Hopefully next year my name will be added to the list. I can no longer say where I'm catching those fine fleshed fish!
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Re: cabezon and lingcod

Postby Cornfed » Thu Feb 07, 2008 12:10 pm

Duncan Rock out at Neah is cab. city. I would rather eat halibut, lingcod, or rockfish, then eat a cab. Cabs. are way tougher than the other bottom dwellers and they are a pain in the butt to clean. This is my own opinion. Maybe I just haven't had them the right way. If you want to see one up close and you are diver, hit up Edmonds Underwater Park. I have been attacked by males guarding their egg clutches. Then can swallow big bait too. I have had them hitch a ride on small rockfish just like the lings do. Hardest head out of any fish I know of!
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Re: cabezon and lingcod

Postby Dr Hook » Thu Feb 07, 2008 10:49 pm

Here's one of my Neah Bay Cabbys. Great fighters and under rated table fare.

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Re: cabezon and lingcod

Postby Robert » Thu Feb 07, 2008 11:05 pm

here's a cab from last season.

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i've eaten staghorn sculpin, buffalo sculpin, and red-rish lord and taste wise none them compare to cabezon. which is kinda weird cause they are all in the same sculpin family, i guess its the diet.
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Re: cabezon and lingcod

Postby Cornfed » Fri Feb 08, 2008 7:11 am

I caught one at Neah last summer that had a Puget Sound King Crab in his stomach. That was pretty cool. They are always full of crabs at Neah. Here is a pic. of a couple frogs we caught last summer...

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Re: cabezon and lingcod

Postby redfish1985 » Thu Nov 20, 2008 3:29 pm

Ok Ive heard cabs like shellfish (i.e. shrimp crabs etc.) if you were to try live bating with say some shore crabs how would you rig them up to do so?
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Re: cabezon and lingcod

Postby adamh » Thu Nov 20, 2008 3:33 pm

redfish1985 wrote:Ok Ive heard cabs like shellfish (i.e. shrimp crabs etc.) if you were to try live bating with say some shore crabs how would you rig them up to do so?



muscles work well too. I just stick them on the hook.
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