Creature Feature: Monkeyface Prickleback

fishMonkeyface Pricklebacks are found statewide, but are most common north of Point Conception. They inhabit rock-pool areas between the high and low tide lines, seeking cover in crevices and secluded holes. Continue reading “Creature Feature: Monkeyface Prickleback”

Snapshot: Saltwater State Record Catches for 2017

In 2017, four saltwater anglers and three spear fishermen became new state record holders after hauling in some exceptional fish.  Continue reading “Snapshot: Saltwater State Record Catches for 2017”

Snapshot: New State Angling and Diving Records

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Pier fishing
NOAA photo by E.J. Pastula

Two new ocean angling records were logged into the books last year. On July 31, 2013 Matt Michie landed a 2 lb. 4 oz. pile perch (Rhacochilus vacca) off Monterey to capture that species’ state record, beating the previous record by five ounces. And on February 24, 2013 Richard Chew reeled in a 1 lb. 8 oz. calico surfperch (Amphistichus koelzi) from Rio Del Mar Continue reading “Snapshot: New State Angling and Diving Records”