Rockfishing can be fast and furious. Get the Sea Wolf to take you and the kids out fishing on the ocean for some fun and to catch dinner.
The Sea Wolf will be taking you and your crew out for rockfish and lingcod. Lingcod will give you the biggest fight. These gnarly looking fish are excellent to eat. In theory, the kids shouldn't have a problem reeling in both types of fish by themselves. Rockfish don't tend to fight that much. Lingcod definitely put up a better fight.
Be careful handling the fish. The deck crew will be there to help you. If they aren't next to you, just holler out their names. They'll give you advice on how to handle the fish. If you want, they'll remove the hook from the fish and throw it in your burlap bag for you. It's up to you.
Each person should be able to pull in a good number of fish. The crew will make sure you don't go over your limit. To find the current limits on rockfish and lingcod, read through the California Salt Water Fishing Regulations.
They rent out poles for about $10. They also offer tackle packs for about $15. You're buying the tackle so you can take that home with you after the trip.
You can bring your own tackle and poles if you have them.
Where on the Water
It all depends upon the weather and water. The captain might take the boat along the coast, or out to the Farallon Islands. The Farallon Islands ride is a bit longer. But, you have the potential to catch bigger fish out there. Also, you'll probably end up fishing for your bait. Your bait might end up being sand dabs.
If the fishing is hot and heavy, which it might very well be. You might find yourself not looking up at the horizon for a while. You'll be concentrating on dropping your lures at an appropriate speed. Then if the boat is in a "lucky" spot, the second your lure hits the bottom, you'll have a bit. Then you'll be focused on the water right below you. You'll pull the fish up. Pull out the hook. Look for a new anchovy. Bait your hook and then start all over again.
Just to be on the safe side, have everyone take a (sea sickness / motion sickness) pill a hour before you get on the boat. Be sure to read the instructions on the box before you buy them. The number one thing to look for is the age range. Younger children will require different pills from the adults. Ask a person working at the shop for recommendations.
Adults will need a California fishing license. Those can be purchased online or in specific sporting goods stores. If you get one printed out in a store, they do it on a special type of "paper." If you're buying one for the (year), it's best to go into a shop to get it. That paper is waterproof and will last throughout the season. If you are only getting a (one day) license, buy it online and print it out at home.
The kids might not need a license. If they are under a certain age, they won't. Check the California regulations to make sure.
There's a good amount of parking right next to the docks. Don't forget to pay. It's easy to miss the signs.
It's cheaper to buy a parking pass at the bait shop. They sell them for $3.
Bring every artificially colored, sugared snack you can find on the trip. If the fishing is slow, or if you're motoring between spots, whip out the snacks. If the kids aren't enjoying the fishing, at least they'll enjoy the munch down.
The boat offers a fillet service. Use it! The deck hands are pros at it. They'll leave some bones in your fillets. You can cut those out fairly easily when you get home. Bring a box of Ziploc Glider gallon bags for the fillets.
If you're not going to have the boat fillet your fish, bring a cooler or some garbage bags to put your fish in for the ride home. The garbage bags shouldn't be scented.
The scraps from the filleting make excellent crab bait. If you're planning on taking the kids out crabbing, ask the deck hand, Darren, to throw them in your burlap bag. The just chuck them over the side otherwise.