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 “Creature Feature: Silver Surfperch”
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”
Not one, not two, but three new ocean sport fishing records were logged into the books for tuna last year, along with a new record catch for surfperch!
On June 22, 2016 Kevin Scully speared a 269 lb. 11 oz. bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus) off Mission Bay to smash that species’ state diving record. This new record beats Mr. Scully’s previous bluefin tuna record by 84 lb. (yes, he beat his own record, which he set earlier that same year!).
Then, on August 14, 2016 John Correia landed a 245 lb. 0 oz. bluefin tuna on rod and reel to capture the state angling record for that species. Mr. Correia’s fish, which he hooked at 43 Fathom Bank Continue reading “Snapshot: New State Angling and Diving Records”
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.
Redtail surfperch occur from Monterey Bay north off California. They are the most frequently caught species of surfperch north of Bodega Bay. This species is predominantly a surf-dweller off sandy beaches, but has also been taken in rocky areas adjacent to beaches. They are common in estuaries and protected embayments during spawning season. Continue reading “Creature Feature: Redtail Surfperch”