Originally Posted by Bkrogers80
I am looking for some tips on where to head south of Newport to get on some good bottom fishing? I have scoured the charts looking at underwater structures but am not sure how far out (depth wise) to go? I see a couple reefs in 40-60 feet about 3-miles south but trying to nail down which one.
Thanks for your help. Just trying to help nail down a good outing.
Congratulations BK, you've made a great start. One additional thing, I find that if it's shortly after a storm as gone thru, the fish might be in deeper water than 40 to 60. Not always, but often for me. However, I mostly fish rockfish and lings when I can't fish for anything else, so it's mostly in the late fall, winter, or early spring. I fish from 40 to about 120 max for inshore bottomfish, much deeper if we go to the west side of the rockpile for yellowtail rockfish and lings, but we only do that on days with nice conditions.
As noted above, be careful of both south and north reef, the water over them is shallow. also be careful of some of the high plateaus south of the jetties, sometimes a large swell comes thru and breaks over them, esp at low tide. Ya don't want to be there when that happens! Any chance of big swells coming thru and I stay in areas at least
60 ft deep.
Also as noted above, go to general locations, look for fish, try spots, move on if they don't produce. I have lots of bottomfish waypoints in my ff and use them to set up drifts. After a drift or two I know the general direction we'll drift and try to set up to go over several of my waypoints. Some of them aren't over rocky bottom, but one day they produced and that's why they are there. I remove them when I go over them again and there is no bottom structure or fish there.