Cooling water temps in late Fall will have many fish moving to, and concentrating in deeper water along with the schools of baitfish and squid they feed upon.
Rockfish can become very active in cooler water, and finding areas with structure deeper than 120 feet deep with good current will increase your catch rate. Remember that currents coming UP from deeper water serve as a food source ‘conveyor belt’ getting the rockfish in a feeding mood! Save the monotony of reeling up sanddabs and baby rockfish by using bigger baits and 7/0+ sized circle hooks.
I also enjoy catching lobster during these months using hoop nets. With Rockfish closure for Jan-Feb, try halibut fishing in the 60 – 80 foot range, and concentrate on areas of known squid spawns.