Posts Tagged Newport Pier

Record Squid Run At Newport Pier — 1976

I love these old stories — especially when I was at the pier that year and DIDN”T have a squid jig (so no squid for me). Of course when I was teaching I was taught never to use the word  “Oriental” for Asians. Times have changed. Record Squid Run Attracts Eager Casters   Newport Beach [...]

Can You Eat Spider (Sheep) Crabs?

Eating Spider Crabs — From the pages of Pier Fishing In California ( A large spider crab taken by SanClementeEric at the Redondo Beach Pier in 2005 Date: September 4, 1999 To: PFIC Message Board From: Sarcastic Fringehead Subject: If it’s edible, somebody will eat it…. People eat anything and everything…I’ve seen guys catch turtles [...]

Pacific Sardine

            Photo courtesy of Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Species: Sardinops sagax (Jenyns, 1842); from the Latin word sardine  (sardina), the Greek word ops  (like), and the Latin word sagux  (of quick perception, acute or alert). Alternate Names: Pilchard, ‘dines, dinies (small sardines) and dinos, firecrackers (small sardines), rhinos [...]

Basketweave Cusk-Eel

Order Ophidiformes  Cusk-Eels—Family Ophidiidae Cusk-eel (Photo courtesy of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science) Species: Ophidion scrippsae  (Hubbs, 1916); from the words otophidium (referring to the large sacklike inner ear) and scrippsae  (in honor of Ellen Browning Scripps who helped establish the Scripps Institution of Oceanography). Alternate Names: Eel or California cusk-eel. In Mexico they’re [...]

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; [...]