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Fishing the jetties
« on: March 25, 2023, 04:53:32 PM »
Anyone well versed in fishing the jetties for rockfish and the like? Iím hoping to give it a whirl this year. Really Iím hoping to give it a whirl with a fly rod but Iíll bring a backup spinning rod because I donít like to not catch fish. Anyone interested in meeting up?
Westport? Not really sure. Iím going to figure it out though.
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Re: Fishing the jetties
« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2023, 05:17:33 PM »
Anyone well versed in fishing the jetties for rockfish and the like? Iím hoping to give it a whirl this year. Really Iím hoping to give it a whirl with a fly rod but Iíll bring a backup spinning rod because I donít like to not catch fish. Anyone interested in meeting up?
Westport? Not really sure. Iím going to figure it out though.
The walk gets tougher about half way out.  I would think fly fishing would be really difficult with no room for backcast.  Good luck!
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Re: Fishing the jetties
« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2023, 05:44:55 PM »
I have it pretty well figured out. The key is fishing when the water is moving the least, this is when the fish come out to feed. Before high slack and through high slack and also low tide. But specially high slack. Fly fishing would work well for black bass. The trick is finding them. This is easy from a boat on a nice day. Fishing from the bank can be really tough specially on the weekend cuz thereís a ton of people out there. Key when fishing that shallow is really realistic gear. Light swim baits and such. 1/4 oz - 1/2 oz. They donít like it to fall too fast. Drifting herring works best for lingcod for me. You donít have much time so capitalizing on the short slack tide window is key. 

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Re: Fishing the jetties
« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2023, 05:58:13 PM »
Thank you.
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Re: Fishing the jetties
« Reply #4 on: March 25, 2023, 07:27:29 PM »
Iíve been wanting to try this sometime as well, just have no idea where to begin. Figure it canít hurt to just drop a worm down with some split shot. :chuckle:
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Re: Fishing the jetties
« Reply #5 on: March 25, 2023, 10:02:42 PM »
Iíve fished the south jetty at Westport around 10 times from a boat and usually catch a few lingcod each time also cabezon. Havenít caught a rockfish once. I fish the sunken jetty though. The bite changes throughout the season seems to be easier at the opening and they get more picky towards the end in terms of bait. Be careful traversing the rocks to get to the point. A friend of mine got a concussion out there years ago after taking a tumble.

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Re: Fishing the jetties
« Reply #6 on: March 25, 2023, 10:19:45 PM »
Wanna try from a boat? Might have a seat this spring/summer.
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Re: Fishing the jetties
« Reply #7 on: March 26, 2023, 07:13:10 AM »
I fished the south jetty a couple years ago and caught 2 lings with a keitech paddle tail. I almost walked to the end of the jetty but about halfway they change the rock size and it's hard to walk on. All the fish were up close anyways

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Re: Fishing the jetties
« Reply #8 on: March 26, 2023, 07:32:59 AM »
Iíve fished the south jetty at Westport around 10 times from a boat and usually catch a few lingcod each time also cabezon. Havenít caught a rockfish once. I fish the sunken jetty though. The bite changes throughout the season seems to be easier at the opening and they get more picky towards the end in terms of bait. Be careful traversing the rocks to get to the point. A friend of mine got a concussion out there years ago after taking a tumble.

Thereís a few spots that the rock fish are always holding at along the jetty. Trick is to find the fish first then park on them with the correct lures. If you are only ever catching lings my bet is your gear is to large, the rockfish can be surprisingly picky on jetties. But I do think the sunken jetty is more of a ling thing. The rock fishing along the jetty can be shockingly good.

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Re: Fishing the jetties
« Reply #9 on: March 26, 2023, 07:40:43 AM »
Wanna try from a boat? Might have a seat this spring/summer.

Let me know for sure.
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Re: Fishing the jetties
« Reply #10 on: March 26, 2023, 07:50:42 AM »
Thanks for all the replies.

I can handle the casting restrictions with the fly rod, no problem.

Iíve read a lot about soft plastics and swim baits and such for gear fishing. My question on this topic. I see guys using these rods that look like theyíre 14í long and rated to fish great whites. Is it possible to use a steelhead/salmon type rod with some 15# test or something like that? I get the rocks are tough on gear and all that. Doesnít look like theyíre casting super far and the fish arenít that big.
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Re: Fishing the jetties
« Reply #11 on: March 26, 2023, 08:08:53 AM »
Iíve fished the south jetty at Westport around 10 times from a boat and usually catch a few lingcod each time also cabezon. Havenít caught a rockfish once. I fish the sunken jetty though. The bite changes throughout the season seems to be easier at the opening and they get more picky towards the end in terms of bait. Be careful traversing the rocks to get to the point. A friend of mine got a concussion out there years ago after taking a tumble.

Thereís a few spots that the rock fish are always holding at along the jetty. Trick is to find the fish first then park on them with the correct lures. If you are only ever catching lings my bet is your gear is to large, the rockfish can be surprisingly picky on jetties. But I do think the sunken jetty is more of a ling thing. The rock fishing along the jetty can be shockingly good.


Your probably right. We use 4 ounce bullet jigs with split tail soft plastics.

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Re: Fishing the jetties
« Reply #12 on: March 26, 2023, 08:37:52 AM »
My question on this topic. I see guys using these rods that look like theyíre 14í long and rated to fish great whites. Is it possible to use a steelhead/salmon type rod with some 15# test or something like that? I get the rocks are tough on gear and all that. Doesnít look like theyíre casting super far and the fish arenít that big.
Thanks.

Yes. I'm far from a jetty expert, but have had success several times over the years and you are basically describing what we always used.
 
I see people using those actual 'surf rods' for perch and they're so overmatched it's a bit ridiculous imo. Those seem designed for much bigger game.

A bigger factor is gear that can take a beating, imo, with the VW sized rocks covered with bird crap and slime. And I don't see it mentioned much, but felt soles or better yet felt with studs really help with footing.
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Re: Fishing the jetties
« Reply #13 on: March 26, 2023, 11:43:51 AM »
Thanks for all the replies.

I can handle the casting restrictions with the fly rod, no problem.

Iíve read a lot about soft plastics and swim baits and such for gear fishing. My question on this topic. I see guys using these rods that look like theyíre 14í long and rated to fish great whites. Is it possible to use a steelhead/salmon type rod with some 15# test or something like that? I get the rocks are tough on gear and all that. Doesnít look like theyíre casting super far and the fish arenít that big.
Thanks.

Most people are using salmon gear. If you hook something you want to yrd it in though or they will likely swim into the rocks. You have the potential to hook a 15-20# lingcod. Which will likely defeat you. But thatís not the norm.

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Re: Fishing the jetties
« Reply #14 on: March 26, 2023, 11:47:14 AM »
Iíve fished the south jetty at Westport around 10 times from a boat and usually catch a few lingcod each time also cabezon. Havenít caught a rockfish once. I fish the sunken jetty though. The bite changes throughout the season seems to be easier at the opening and they get more picky towards the end in terms of bait. Be careful traversing the rocks to get to the point. A friend of mine got a concussion out there years ago after taking a tumble.

Thereís a few spots that the rock fish are always holding at along the jetty. Trick is to find the fish first then park on them with the correct lures. If you are only ever catching lings my bet is your gear is to large, the rockfish can be surprisingly picky on jetties. But I do think the sunken jetty is more of a ling thing. The rock fishing along the jetty can be shockingly good.


Your probably right. We use 4 ounce bullet jigs with split tail soft plastics.

If you add a dropper loop about 3í above and fish a small 3Ē swimbait, 2-3Ē squid or something of that sort you will catch the bass. If they are there. You will catch big 5# blacks on tiny lures.

 


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