cabezon and lingcod

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  1. redfish85

    redfish85 New Member

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    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.
     
  2. WaFlyCaster

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    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.
     
  3. rogue fanatic

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    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.
     
  4. gator_79

    gator_79 Active Member

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    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.
     
  5. BremertonSquid

    BremertonSquid New Member

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    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:

    Good luck!
     
  6. Robert

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    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.
     
  7. timboy2

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    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.
     
  8. gone fishin

    gone fishin New Member

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    Mean fish!! They'll bend a 2x4!!! Tup:
     
  9. Clockwork

    Clockwork Well-Known Member

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    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.
     
  10. scalecarp

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    I've caught cabezon consistently with gunnels Tup: Dock shrimp and small crabs are close seconds...
     
  11. gator_79

    gator_79 Active Member

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    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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  12. fishaman

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    I caught that one last May at Foulweather bluff on swimbait... Look at those blue eyes...
     

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  13. timboy2

    timboy2 New Member

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    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.
     
  14. redfish85

    redfish85 New Member

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    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
     
  15. Chum Bucket

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    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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