Surf smelt (or day smelt) and night smelt are members of the true smelt family. As their names imply, night smelt spawn at night, and surf (or day) smelt spawn during the day. Both are most common from Monterey Bay northward, and usually congregate near river mouths.
Off California, the brown smoothhound shark is commonly found from Humboldt Bay southward. It is often caught in bays from San Francisco to Point Conception, and prefers sandy, shallow environments, ranging from near shore to 360 ft. depths. Continue reading
Striped seaperch are found statewide, but are rarely seen south of Point Conception. They are found to depths of around 55 ft., although they prefer shallow water less than 18 ft. deep. Striped seaperch are often found in rocky areas with dense algal growth including kelp beds, which harbor abundant prey.
Albacore tuna range worldwide in temperate seas, and may be found coastwide off California at different times of the year. It is most frequently found in the upper layers of ocean waters, but will occasionally explore deeper, colder water in search of prey. Continue reading
Lingcod may be found statewide off California. This fish lives at or near the bottom, in a wide range of habitats including rocky areas and kelp beds, especially where there is strong tidal movement. They occur most abundantly in water shallower than 350 ft., but will often go into deeper water and have been caught as deep as 2,700 ft. off southern California. Continue reading