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    Default Ling cod depth

    This summer we will be heading out for a trip out of Homer looking for lings and butts down by the islands. What depth do you catch the most lings at? I see some pinnacles that top of at 40ft and some much deeper and am wondering how shallow is too shallow.

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    I think they like structure and food, and aren't particularly picky about depth. I've caught them in PWS on structure of varying depth, and notably in SE on flat almost featureless cobble/sand bottom while targeting halibut.
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    I have picked them up in 30' to 250'. Seems they like structure but stated above, also hooked in halibut territory with very little terrain on the floor.
    The bigger the bait the better though and they can't stand it when you try to take it away from them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bkmail View Post
    I have picked them up in 30' to 250'. Seems they like structure but stated above, also hooked in halibut territory with very little terrain on the floor.
    The bigger the bait the better though and they can't stand it when you try to take it away from them.
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    From the lings i've seen diving, if there is food in 20' of water with little to NO structure they will be in 20' of water. I was amazed at how little structure it took for them to hide. Old concrete culverts in Puget Sound appear to be the BEST lingcod halibut.

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    As mentioned...they can be anywhere and from top to bottom. If you see a bait ball on the sounder fish it. They are almost always there.


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    Find the top of the pinnacle, start fishing and drift deeper. I've caught them from 100' to 350'.
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    Ive always done best between 25' and 150' around pinnacles.

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