I'm curious what types and how close in folks are catching rockfish in PWS.
In Seward we'd hit the rockpiles in shallower waters with bucktail jigs and absolutely slaughter the black's.
What is the preferred method to fish for them? We've had basically no success with the exact same bucktail jigs. I know this to be fact because they were leftovers from when I was stationed at Elmendorf. Basic orange head with white bucktail purchased from the tackle shop at the Seward boat launch.
Our experience is that "most" of the rockfish we caught were half-way down Knight Island Passage or points further south.
As for types of rockies we catch about the same quantities of yelloweye, quillback, and china's and unless my memory has failed me ~ I don't recall catching ANY black rockfish.
We usually fish bait after failed attempts [and in close early before the water temps warmed] out at the rock tailings off western Green Island where we got shut out with both jigs and bait.