The Beaver State Podcast Episode 107: How we built a new fishery to take pressure off the nearshore reefs

September 9, 2022

Generally called long-leader fishing but perhaps more appropriately called long-dropper fishing, ODFW staff and partners created this fishery several years ago to take pressure off the nearshore reefs and specifically yelloweye rockfish. By going a bit farther out and using gear that keeps bait off the bottom, anglers are able to target new and sometimes much-larger rockfish like canary rockfish and bocaccio, and have a 10-fish bag limit. While it's mostly been a charter fishery, more and more sport anglers are starting to notice.

Featuring ODFW's Lynn Mattes, Captains Shannon Hunter, Mike Sorenson and David Peterson.

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