Posts Tagged Berkeley Pier

Bat Rays & a Brouhaha in Lodi

Bat Ray logo developed by esteemed “Pier Rat” Lucy Phillips in 2004. I’ve been a fan of bat rays for many years and for over a decade Pier Fishing In California (PFIC) and the United Pier and Shore Anglers of California (UPSAC) held an annual “Mud Marlin Derby” at the Berkeley Pier. Given my affection [...]

Minnow Magnet

Minnow Magnet (Justin Morris) and his dad Rockin Robin (Robin Morris) joined the PFIC family in 2004 and soon after Justin became a regular at PFIC events both in the Bay Area and at Catalina. He also set up his own pier fishing derby at the Paradise Beach Pier. As he grew he branched out—surf [...]

Thomas Orozco

It’s always a pleasure to see youngsters at our PFIC (Pier Fishing In California) and UPSAC (United Pier and Shore Anglers of California) events—fishing derbies and classes. What’s especially interesting is to watch some of these youngsters grow up right before our eyes. One such young man is Thomas Orozco who probably attended more of [...]

Jacksmelt

Silversides—Family Atherinidae Jacksmelt Species: Atherinopsis californiensis (Girard, 1854); from the Greek words ather (a spike or arrow) and ops (like), and californiensis (in reference to the geographic area). Alternate Names: Smelt, California smelt, horse smelt, blue smelt, silverside, pescado del rey, Peixe rey and Pesce rey. Called pejerrey mocho in Mexico. Identification: Smelt-like shape and [...]

Yellow Snake Eel

Snake Eels—Family Ophichthidae Yellow snake eel caught by Fishy at the Balboa Pier in 2007 Species: Ophichthus zophochir (Jordan & Gilbert, 1882); Ophichthus, from two Greek words meaning serpent and fish, and the Greek zophochir, for darkness and hand (dark pectoral fins). Alternate Names: Eww, a snake!  Eww, a snake!  In Mexico called Tieso Amarillo; [...]