Longleader gear is used to target midwater species like yellowtail, canary and widow rockfish,
while avoiding bottom-dwelling species like yelloweye rockfish.
Longleader gear is a fishing line and tackle configuration with a minimum of 30 feet of line between the terminal weight or sinker and the lowest hooks, and a non-compressible float above the top hook. Lures must be less than 5" in length.
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When and where can I use this gear?
Longleader gear is legal in any area and time open to groundfish fishing. This gear is required if participating in the offshore midwater fishery which occurs outside of the 40 fathom regulatory line and has a 10 fish bag limit for select midwater species.
When fishing this gear, what are the bag limits?
Can I fish for salmon and use longleader gear for rockfish outside of the 40 fathom line on the same trip?
Yes. Salmon may be combined with offshore midwater trips, as long as all gear/ species/area rules are followed – for example, once salmon are onboard, barbless hooks must be used; and you may not fish in an area closed for any species you have onboard.
What about fishing for tuna and using longleader gear on the same trip?
Yes, you can fish for tuna and use longleader gear for rockfish on the same trip.
Header photo by Bob Swingle
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