In Photos: SoCal Lingcod Primer

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Voracious lingcod hunt for prey around deep structure off Southern California, sometimes feeding in groups that roam from spot to spot.Ron Ballanti
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Big lingcod push smaller lings out of the best ambush areas on a wreck or reef. These lairs are often along a ledge or drop‑off.Brandon Cole
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Fearless and greedy, a lingcod might sink its teeth into a hooked rockfish and refuse to let go, allowing anglers to land lings that were never hooked.Doug Olander
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Jim Hendricks
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With powerful flanks and rows of sharp teeth, lingcod will quickly shred light lines. Heavy tackle is a must for wrestling big fish out of structure.Mark Wisch
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A small, lively rockfish such as this flag rockfish can prove irresistible to a big, hungry lingcod.Jim Hendricks