I'll be in a bay north of Cordova in late August looking to get into some rockfish on fly and spin gear. I have never fished the ocean, a huge bay, or any water deeper than like 50ft....so I'm a bit overwhelmed looking at the topo maps and wondering where in the world I'll fish...which brings me here...
I've heard/read that rapalas, spoons, and twister tail jigs all work well, I'm guessing that streamers for flies would work too. Also read that islands are great spots to look for them.
Do I just look at the topo and my surroundings, find an island, and start working it from shallow to deep, working the bottom few feet of the water?
What should I look for structure or land wise and what are some good methods for catching rockfish? Just jigging? Do they like the classic rapala twitch, twitch, reel, twitch, reel, repeat action? What lb test line is recommended (pretty sure we'll use 20lb power pro unless higher lb test is necessary)? Do rockfish generally hang around other fish that are fun to catch?
I've been doing some searching online but most of what I find is guide information and not much on how to do it yourself. We'll be out there on our own so hoping some of you rockfishers can help me out here.
Any links or articles are always welcome too.