At the end of June I headed out to California to visit Ruoxi. Her dad was also in town, visiting from China. He was leaving in a few days, so the first thing we did together was head over to Oceanside Pier to go fishing. We brought a couple of medium-light rods, picked up some frozen squid from the pier bait shop, and tossed out pieces on small Octopus hooks. Needless to say, the bite was very slow. Ruoxi's dad caught a small sand bass though, so we considered it a success.
Barred Sand Bass (Paralabrax nebulifer)
I switched to a sabiki with very small hooks in hopes of getting something different to bite. Eventually something did, and it was a fish I couldn't ID. I knew it was a new lifer, but I'd have to look up what it was when I got home. Unfortunately, this little fish would not lie still for a photo, and it beat itself to a pulp in a matter of seconds. I feel bad about posting this photo, but at least the fish got used as bait. Ironically, it's name ended up starting with "red-eye".
Red-Eye Round Herring (Etrumeus teres) - new hook & line species #335
Topsmelt (Atherinops affinis) - new hook & line species #336
Salema (Xenistius californiensis)