Offshore, Continental Shelves, Slopes
24 - 29 pounds
6" - 15"
The Harlequin Rockfish is a small saltwater fish. It has 8 spines on top of its head. It has a pink to dark red color with black irregular blotches at the top; from its head to its caudal fin. It has large eyes for its body and it has 8 head spines and 2 to 3 anal spines. It has a horizontal band along its body. Its 2nd anal spine is always longer than the two which are in equal size. Its close relative is the equally small, Stripetail Rockfish.
The harlequin rockfish can grow up to 15 inches long, and on average they’re only 6 inches long. As of now, there is no study regarding the fish’s weight; both average and heaviest record. The harlequin rockfish diet is other benthic creatures such as shrimps, juvenile fish, and squid.
The harlequin rockfish is not a popular gamefish among anglers. It’s usually a by-catch of fish trawling. If you like to see these fish, the best method to catch them is through deep drop fishing with multi-rig. Look for rocky bottoms or crevices where they could be hiding. Just drop cast your presentation and pull it every time it hits the bottom to entice the fish. Wait for the bite.
The recommended equipment to catch a harlequin rockfish is a light-action rod of 6- to 7- feet in length. For your line, use a 10 to 30- pound test. You also need sinkers to get to a nice depth. A good weight for sinkers is around 16 to 30 ounces tear drop sinkers. For your multi-rig setup, you can use small hook sizes between #6 to #2.
The recommended lures are minnows, jigs, and shrimp-baits. The baits yo