California Collaborative Fisheries Research Program (CCFRP) worked with central California fishing communities to develop monitoring protocols for the use of hook-and-line fishing gear, to collect baseline information on California marine protected areas (MPAs). We completed hook-and-line surveys in Año Nuevo, Point Lobos, Piedras Blancas, and Point Buchon marine protected areas (MPAs), and corresponding reference sites from 2007-2013. Additionally, surveys were conducted in the proposed Point Reyes and North and Southeast Farallon Islands MPAs, and near Bolinas/ Duxbury Reef in 2008 and 2009. Within these areas, we used a stratified random sampling design to select sampling locations. At each location, volunteer anglers fished with standardized gear for a specified amount of time. Caught fishes were identified to species, measured, tagged with external T-bar anchor tags, and released at location of capture. Survival of caught fishes was prioritized by minimizing deck time, keeping fishes in fresh seawater in processing queue, selectively tagging fish greater than 24 cm in length and in good condition, and descended to depth when needed. The resulting data are available for MPA monitoring as well as providing data for fisheries management and tracking oceanographic changes.