The Thresher Shark is found most frequently off the central and southern parts of the state, inhabiting the upper layers of deep offshore waters near the edge of the continental shelf. This shark travels the oceans worldwide, occurring from the surface to depths of at least 200 ft.
Silver surfperch are found statewide, primarily in sandy surf zones, although they are sometimes caught among shallow rocks from piers and in bays as well. They are plentiful, easy to catch, and occur in large numbers in surf, shore, and pier creels. Silver surfperch are found to a depth of 360 ft. Continue reading
California Corbina are found from Point Conception southward off California to a depth of 45 ft. Small groups of this species travel along the bottom off sandy beaches and in shallow bays. Adults have been observed feeding in the surf, at times in water so shallow that their backs were exposed. Continue reading
The Bocaccio is a member of the rockfish family, and found statewide to depths of around 1,050 ft. Juveniles can be found schooling around kelp beds or central California piers. When mature, they seek deeper water and begin to school near the bottom rather than near the surface. As adults, they are commonly found in waters from 250 to 750 ft. deep over somewhat irregular, hard, or rocky bottoms. Continue reading
The California grunion is usually found south of Morro Bay, but they have been taken on occasion as far north as San Francisco Bay. Most often they school a short distance from shore in 15 to 40 ft. of water. Continue reading