“Lingcod” is somewhat of a misnomer, as it is neither a Ling or Cod, but a a member of the greenling family. It actually gets its name from the similar taste and texture of its meat to that of the Cod. The Lingcod is only found off the west coast, from Alaska to Baja.
Anglers fishing the Southern California fishing grounds prize the Lingcod, and favor the challenge of catching what is sometimes called the “dragon of the deep.” The Lingcod has the heart of a warrior and bursts from the depths with a wrath that pins anglers to the rail, destroying lines in seconds, and giving even the most experienced angler a run for their money.
While challenging and elusive, the Lingcod are still not match for our knowledgeable Captains. The Lingcod are not schooling fish, so it takes considerable skill and effort to find the beasts' lair. We won't reveal out hot spots here, but rest assured, if the Lingcod are biting, the Channel Islands Sportfishing skippers will place you in position for the perfect ambush. Book online or call (805) 382-1612 to make reservations.
Females and males mature at age three to five years (61–75 cm) and two years of age (45 cm), respectively. An adult male can be distinguished externally from a female by the presence of a small, conical papilla behind the anal vent. Up to age two, males and females grow at similar rates, with both reaching an average length of 45 cm. After age two, females grow faster than males, with the growth of males tapering off at about age eight, and females continuing to grow until about age 12 to 14. Lingcod live a maximum of about 14 years for males and 20 years for females, reaching a maximum size of approximately 90 cm and 120 cm, respectively. Off Alaska, many reach 70 pounds (32 kilograms).
Lingcod are voracious predators, feeding on nearly anything they can fit in their mouths, including invertebrates and many species of fish, such as herring, Clupea harengus, salmon and Pacific hake, Merluccius productus. One of their favorite foods are smaller octopuses, and they will also readily devour large rockfish. Lingcod that survive the larval stages have few predators themselves, and are vulnerable mainly to marine mammals, such as sea lions and harbor seals.