Large Halibut is 4" x 5" with a black fish and see-through background. It is printed on transparent polyester paper. This sticker has high-gloss UV coating a translucent, stained glass look. Looks great on a white surface!
Lingcods are black and white 4.25"x4.25" and printed on durable vinyl with a high-gloss UV coating.
SUSTAINABILITY: halibut caught by hook and line is a BEST choice- this is a well-managed fishery, which has low rates of bycatch and causes little habitat damage. Avoid halibut caught by bottom trawl or gillnets, as these method result in bycatch and habitat destruction.
Range: Magdalena Bay, Baja California north to the Quillayute River in Washington- most common off of central California
Habitat: Shallow Sandy Environment up to 600ft deepDiet: anchovy, small fish, squid
Age: slow growing fish, max age is 30yrs, maturity 3yr males, 5yrs females
CA recreational fishing regs: 22" min length, 3 fish total per person, no season closure
SUSTAINABILITY: Great choice if you are looking for a fishto 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. Large drag boats that can catch these damage ocean bottom habitat.
Range: They are found only off the west coast of North America from the Gulf of Alaska down to Baja California- common off the California coast
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 with18 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 for8-10 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