March 2013 archives

California’s SoCal Bass — #3 — Spotted Sand Bass aka Bay Bass

Sea Basses—Family Serranidae Spotted sand bass from the Coronado Ferry Landing Pier in 2004 Species: Paralabrax maculatofasciatus (Steindachner, 1868); from the Greek words para (near) and labrax (a European bass), and the Latin words maculato (spotted) and fasciatus  (banded). Alternate Names: Commonly called bay bass, spotted bay bass, spotted bass, rock bass, red spotted rock [...]

California’s SoCal Bass — #2 —Barred Sand Bass

Sea Basses—Family Serranidae Sand bass from the Dana Harbor Pier in 2013 Species: Paralabrax nebulifer (Girard, 1854); from the Greek words para (near) and labrax (a European bass), and the Latin words nebul (smoke or dark) and fer (to bear), in reference to the color on their sides. Alternate Names: Commonly called sand bass; sandy, [...]

California’s SoCal Bass — #1 —Kelp Bass aka Calico Bass

  Sea Basses—Family Serranidae Kelp Bass from the Shelter Island Pier in 2013 Species: Paralabrax clathratus (Girard, 1854); from the Greek words para (near) and labrax (a European bass), and the Latin clathratus  (latticed, referring to the coloring on the back). Alternate Names: Commonly called calico bass; also rock bass, bull bass, checkerboard bass, kelp [...]

Stuck in Catalina With the Bonito Blues Again —

Written and dedicated to Hashem aka Mahigeer when he was seeking out his first bonito at Catalina in 2006. Although the rest of the UPSAC/PFIC contingent was pulling in the bonies that year, Hashem just couldn’t seem to hook one.   Oh, the Dompha, he draws circles Up and down the mole. I’d ask him what [...]

The First PFIC Mud Marlin Derby, Berkeley Pier, May 11, 2002

May 11, 2002, saw the first Pier Fishing in California Mud Marlin Tournament. Fittingly, it was held at the iconic Berkeley Pier. It was an absolutely wonderful night highlighted by the appearance of over 40 of the web site’s “pier rats,” some coming from as far away as Louisiana and Los Angeles. The result was [...]