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Fishing for Cabezon

Spinning, Fly fishing, Game fishing, Salt water fishing, Spearfishing

Pacific Anglers across the United States and Canada know all about the sculpin-like creature that radiates a wild coat of camouflage; blended in browns, blues, greens, and reds.

Fishing for cabezon is a tricky task from a rocky, jagged shoreline or boatside.

Rocky stomping grounds for the cabezon is normal. They have long, sharp spines, in an aquatic-like way similar to a lion's mane to protect them from getting too tossed around.

Their spectacular camouflage does most of the work hunting for them, blending into the rocks, motionless, until a bit of something gets in range for a quick attack. Anglers hook up with cabezon on simple sunken rigs and a handful of cut up squid.

Cabezon also feed on crab, small fish, mollusks and fresh mussels, most anything tasty that looks like food. Grab a light saltwater spinning or fly rod and get some strong monofilament down deep with weights or weighted drag bags. Plus, where you find one cabezon, get ready for more.

Cabezon are delicious baked fish for the lucky angler who gets connected with the power-punching, rock dwelling fish species.

Basic Info

Scientific name: Scorpaenichthys marmoratus

Size: up to 99 cm

Weight: 1.3 – 1.8 kg

Lifespan: 20 years

Methods: Spinning, Fly fishing, Game fishing, Salt water fishing, Spearfishing

Continent(s): Northeast Pacific Ocean