Lingcod, Ophiodon elongates
Heather maroon lightweight sweatshirt with teal lingcods on back and NorthCoast Brine logo on front breat. Flattering unisex fit french terry has contrast natural-colored exposed zipper and nice detail: thumbholes cuffs, media pocket and eyelet in front pocket.
Spects: 7.5 oz (250 gm) pre-shrunk cotton/polyester blend french terry
Original artwork by Emma Hurley of NorthCoast Brine
Each item is hand printed- minor variations in ink thickness, color and placement may occur.
Designed in Point Arena and Santa Cruz, CA
Printed with love in Santa Cruz, CA
Lingcods French Terry Zip Hoody
SUSTAINABILITY: Great choice if you are looking for a fish to eat- not as slow growing as rockfish, don’t have a swim bladder, so undersized respond well to release= sustainable. Lingcod stock was overfished in the late ‘90s, but because Lings are fast-growing and relatively short-lived they respond well to management and rebuilding plans- their population in California is now doing great. Catch them yourself, buy from a small-scale hook and line commercial fisherman or buy from a CSF
Habitat: Found in rocky reef and kelp forest habitat from 10 -300 ft depths
Diet: Lingcod are voracious ambush predators, eating rockfish, squid, baitfish, crustaceans and even smaller lings
Age: Females mature at 3yrs old/30”, males at 2yrs/20”- these fish can live to around 20 yrs old
Description/Natural History: elongated body, huge head with 18 very sharp large teeth, base color is either tanish/white/brown or bright electric blue with copper bronze mottling along back, large pectoral (side) fins they use for sitting on/near the ocean floor waiting to ambush prey. Solitary and stay within a small home zone unless spawning. Spawn in winter- females lay eggs in crevices in shallow rocky areas; males guard the eggs for 8-10 weeks. Hexagrammidae family- close relatives are the greenlings
California Recreational Fishing Regs: 3 fish 22” or more in length. The 22” length restriction protects immature fish and allows fish to spawn at least once before getting caught. A winter fishing closure protects these fish while coming close to shore to spawn and nest