Central Coast Kayak Fishing Reports

GENERAL => Greeting Board => Topic started by: brianjpena on September 28, 2017, 12:32 PM

Title: Vermilion research
Post by: brianjpena on September 28, 2017, 12:32 PM
Hey everyone!

I am a graduate student from Cal State University Northridge and I am doing a life history study on vermilion rockfish and am hoping to look into how fast they grow in central California. Iím particularly in need of smaller vermilions less than 20 inches (smaller the better) because it will help fill the missing information with their growth rates in their earlier years. Iíve gone out fishing on the recreational boats up in Monterey but unfortunately they go out to deeper waters and catch larger vermilions. I havenít seen any boats pull up smaller vermilions but I figured maybe kayak fishermen do since they tend to fish in shallower waters. So I figured I could ask for all your help to collect the smaller vermilions. I've gone out a couple times already but came up with just some coppers and blues but no reds. I'm not asking to take your catch but I am asking if it would be possible to save the vermilion carcasses and store it in a freezer so I am able to pick it up when I make my way up there again. I'm actually heading up this weekend to try and kayak fish again so hopefully I get lucky and find a nice vermilion honey hole.

I know I'm might asking for a lot but it would be for awesome research on a very beautiful fish that we still do not know much about. Also I will definitely acknowledge you (and your friends) for the support of this study. I am not expecting a "yes" but I figured it would be worth a shot to ask you all for your help. Perhaps the word can be spread for those who would like to support the study and be acknowledged for their help.

If you need any copies of CAFW permits for keeping them I would gladly share those with you and add you onto them for logistic purposes. Please let me know if you're interested in helping by emailing me at brian.pena.68@my.csun.edu. Thank so much for taking time to read this and your consideration.

Brian Pena
Masters Student
Title: Re: Vermilion research
Post by: Sin Coast on September 28, 2017, 01:59 PM
Very cool study!
I've always thought it was odd that we never encounter juvenile verms...of the hundreds I've caught or seen, the smallest was probably 14" long.

Edit: I would also suggest you reach out to the diving/spearfishing groups.
Title: Re: Vermilion research
Post by: brianjpena on September 28, 2017, 07:00 PM
Thank you for the advise! I will definitely ask around the spearfishermen!

That's really odd but very interesting! I woikd think working up the shallower depths especially in central CA would yield smaller reds. Thanks, Sin Coast!
Title: Re: Vermilion research
Post by: PJ on September 29, 2017, 10:56 AM
Sounds great.  I get a few here & there.  I will try to snag you some next time I'm out.  I know we would all benefit from what you learn:)

Title: Re: Vermilion research
Post by: brianjpena on September 29, 2017, 05:05 PM
Was out today by cannery and got everything BUT reds. I even got this uncommon triggerfish
Title: Re: Vermilion research
Post by: Sin Coast on October 06, 2017, 04:07 PM
Wait, you mean Cannery Row in Monterey? That's quite the rare catch! Wow...