Longleader gear is used to target midwater species like yellowtail rockfish, canary rockfish and widow rockfish, while avoiding bottom-dwelling species like yelloweye rockfish.
Offshore longleader gear consists of (1) a minimum of 30 feet of line between the terminal weight (sinker) and the lowest hooks and (2) a non-compressible float above the top hook. Furthermore, lures must be less than 5 inches long, and bait is prohibited. (The illustration below is not to scale.)
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What is the offshore longleader fishery?
This fishery is an opportunity that uses longleader gear to target offshore midwater rockfish species while avoiding bottom-dwelling species like yelloweye rockfish.
When and where is the offshore longleader fishery open?
What is the bag limit?
Can I fish for lingcod, flatfish or other bottomfish on the same trip?
Can I fish for Pacific halibut on the same trip?
Can I combine any other fishing with offshore longleader fishing in one trip?
YES. Tuna, crab and salmon may be combined with an offshore longleader trip, as long as all gear, species and area rules are followed. You may not fish in an area closed for any species you have on board, and you may not use gear that is prohibited for any species you have on board. For example, once a salmon is on the boat, barbless hooks must be used.
Printable Offshore Longleader Fishery FAQs (pdf)
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