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Real Good Fish | Fishing Method | | Fishing Method | Bringing you the freshest sustainably caught LOCAL seafood!
“May the holes in your net be no larger than the fish in it.”
- Irish Blessing
Rod & Reel

Rod & reel fishing is practiced by people around the world for recreation and commercial use. This is a highly targeted method of catching specific fish. In many fisheries it allows fishermen to catch fish selectively, reducing bycatch and improving the quality of the fish available to...

Rod & reel fishing is practiced by people around the world for recreation and commercial use. This is a highly targeted method of catching specific fish. In many fisheries it allows fishermen to catch fish selectively, reducing bycatch and improving the quality of the fish available to consumers. While it requires more time, the impact and rate of extraction are minimal, which is good for all fish stocks.

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Pros Bycatch is minimized when using rod & reel because fish that are landed incidentally can oftentimes be thrown back with minimal harm caused to them, especially smaller fish that are released to live out their lives and reproduce.
Cons Rod & reel requires a lot of time investment for each individual fish that is caught. Because fish are only caught one at a time, it makes the market availability lower and cost per pound higher.
Longlining

Longlining uses a main line with smaller lines attached loaded with baits separated at regular intervals. The main line can be placed near the surface for fish such as albacore tuna and swordfish, or by applying weights it can be laid near the bottom of the seabed for sablefish and rockfish....

Longlining uses a main line with smaller lines attached loaded with baits separated at regular intervals. The main line can be placed near the surface for fish such as albacore tuna and swordfish, or by applying weights it can be laid near the bottom of the seabed for sablefish and rockfish. Longlines can be laid from small rowing boats as well as from larger vessels.

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Pros Effective method for catching deepwater species such as sablefish and rockfish with relatively low levels of bycatch.
Cons Lines take a long time to bait! Bycatch of marine mammals, sea birds, sea turtles, etc. may increases if the longline is placed near the surface.
Bottom Trawling

Bottom trawling consists of towing a trawl (fishing net) along the seabed or just above the seabed to catch fish and/or shellfish. The bottom trawl consists of a cone-shaped net body, which traps the catch. The size of the net can be adapted to the vessel size, but trawl boats based in Monterey...

Bottom trawling consists of towing a trawl (fishing net) along the seabed or just above the seabed to catch fish and/or shellfish. The bottom trawl consists of a cone-shaped net body, which traps the catch. The size of the net can be adapted to the vessel size, but trawl boats based in Monterey Bay are usually larger vessels.

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Pros Efficient and effective method to catch groundfish that are often inaccessible by other methods. Provides the market with larger volumes of seafood.
Cons Bottom trawling sometimes results in higher levels of bycatch than the other methods and may alter the seafloor structure. However, recent changes in management and improved nets have dramatically reduced environmental impacts.