Author: Anthony Rubeo
Fishing For Greenling In Oregon
We will be talking about targeting Kelp Greenling. Casting off the jetty mainly on the bay side of the jetty. Sand shrimp is the main bait we use in Oregon. It can be bought or sucked at low tide with a shrimp gun. Once you have your bait you will rig up using the details below. Thread the sand shrimp on the hook head first before making your first cast. You can also use clear stretchy thread to hold your bait on the hook. You need to look at the ocean and see which way the water is moving and cast up current at a 45 degree angle and let your bait settle to the bottom. If your bait doesn’t settle down and hold bottom reel up fast and put a bigger weight on and cast back out. Holding bottom is a must to present a bait properly. A ideal spot is where the sand meets the rocks. Keep a tight line to feel bites. If you don’t get hit. Quickly reel up quick to avoiding snags and cast to a different spot. Make sure to read your tide book in order to find a good calm tide to fish so you can use the lightest weight possible. Fishing high tide is best. Bleed all fish after you decide to keep them. Check regulations for legal size and bag limit. Kelp greenling are excellent table fair. Fried or baked they taste great. Some people like making fish tacos with them also.
Rods : Rods that work for Kelp Greenling are 10 feet in length and are rated for up to 2 ounces but still have the backbone to lift the fish up over the rocks.
Reel Size: Reels should be in the 4000 to 5000 size.
Main Line: I like green Bullbuster 40 or 50lb braid on my reel because it helps with not being cut off on the rocks. Also it helps with feeling bites.
Leader: I like to run 15lb clear Bullbuster Mono but always carry 20lb as back up.
Hooks: Hook size should range from size 1 through 2/0 I like bait holders because you will be using sand shrimp.
Rig: I like to run a 3 way rig with about a 18” dropper and a 8-10” section going towards the hook.
Weight: I like to run a 1-3 oz Round Flat Sinker but adjust that based on the swells conditions.
Bait: Sand shrimp
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