Everything looks great. Fish is tricky and from what I see, it came out great.
Originally Posted by Manton
In the late '70s through the mid '80s I used to haul red snapper up by the bucketful in the Santa Barbara Channel. It was so easy. Haul out to a depth of about 1,000 feet, drop your line, trawl at about 1.5 knots, catch fish after fish after fish. Guaranteed. They were not large--about half the size of the fish that we had at school--but there were zillions of them and any fool could catch them. Last few times I have been in the SBC I have not fished so I have no idea what it is like now.
Originally Posted by foodguy
yeah, those are rockfish and they're pretty much endangered as well. it's a funny thing about fish in the US ... names are often misleading and often intentionally so. Red snapper was a prestigious fish, so fishmongers used it for anything that vaguely resembled it. same thing with sole. There are no true soles on the west coast, but we have several fish called "sole", including one that's called "Dover sole." it's a real piece of **** that usually melts to nothing, hence it's original (though much less salable) name of "slime sole".
I don't buy one bit that rockfish are anywhere near endangered. When I used to fish for them up in Morro Bay as a kid with my grandfather, we used Penn Senator 10/0 reels with 60 lb. dacron on a gangion (3 hooks). It was legal to fish to 600 feet. This was early to mid 90's. Nowadays, it is restricted to 300 feet and 2 hooks maximum. As a result, the fish are generally smaller than what I remember. My last few trips to Morro Bay/Channel Islands I brought along 15lb, 20lb, 25 lb, 30lb, and 40lb setups. I still have those old 10/0 reels but there is no need for them anymore. I also did things differently than everyone else and decided to stick with irons and plastics only, foregoing a 2 hook setup and caught at least one fish on each rod and reel setup I brought. It never took long to get the 10 fish limit. As far as I'm concerned from my experience, besides baitfish and junk fish like mackerel, rockfish are just about the most plentiful and easiest to catch fish in the CA waters.
Also, Foodguy's right that people call a host of various rockfish 'red snapper'. Most often Vermilion rockfish are called red snapper due to their similar look and color.