Thirty-Plus Pound Flounder in Monterey Bay
You ever think of catching a flounder bigger than the ones we catch here in Florida? Think halibut.
This story comes from the Santa Cruz Sentinel - a place that normally is loaded with environmental stories yet finds room for the sports section, where fishing and hunting is still seen as a healthy thing to do (or so it seems).
The story comes from Monterey Bay, and the fish they catch there are so very different than the ones we're chasing here in Florida that reading a report from far away might stir your travel spirits. We know we have a few places we would love to fish - and will if given the chance.
From the story:
Ok, do you want to go fishing in the Monterey Bay? Now is the time to do it. No excuses, get out there and bring home some fresh fish for the dinner table. The possibilities for table fare are numerous, and nothing is better than fresh fish you have caught yourself.
Nearshore water temps currently range from 61-64 degrees inside the bay, and bait is more than abundant. This generates an influx of predator fish that local anglers target. Halibut anglers are finding success from 40 feet of water out to 75 feet, and the bite is improving off the North Coast towards Four-Mile Beach and Davenport.
Huge schools of anchovies in the five- to six-inch range are hugging the shoreline feeding birds, whales, dolphins and our primary target fish of rockcod, lings and halibut. Surfcasters on the beach are treated to sunrise and sunset displays of humpbacks lunge feeding and tail-slapping, while cruising pods of dolphin exhibit grace and speed while they acrobatically feed.
The whole story is here...