|Fishing is peaceful and inspiring sport regardless of the type
of fishing your doing. Well, with one exception - grunion runs.
Throughout the year, the fish known as the grunion run in San
Diego and much of California. This little silver fish reproduces
by "running" up the beach during the high tide in the middle of
the night. Literally thousands of the fish simply come storming
up the beach with the waves to lay their eggs in the wet sand.
It kind of looks like the beginning of a triathalon except the
participants are going the wrong way and are pregnant.
The fish picked up their name from Spanish settlers because of,
well, the grunting noise the make when doing their thing. It is
a bit saucy now that I think about it. Anyway, the grunion
averages five inches in length and has a silvery hue that shows
in the moonlight. With thousands in the water, it looks like the
a really fat person wearing way to many sequins while dancing to
You're Inner Barbarian
"Fishing" for grunion requires you to get in touch with your
inner barbarian. Under California law, you are not allowed to
use bait, hooks, poles, nets or anything. Instead, you must
physically catch the grunion with your hands. This, of course,
results in you and others running around the beach like a crab
while trying to snatch the grunions. They are exceedingly quick
and slippery. You'll be huffing and puffing before you know it.
Grunion are an extremely plentiful fish, but there are still
rules to follow. As mentioned above, you have to go
mano-a-fisho. No poles, nets or other items can be used. Second,
you have to get a fishing license from the California Department
of Fish and Game. Third, you can only go grunion hunting from
May to September, the legal season in the area.
If you think getting in touch with your inner fishing barbarian
sounds like a good time, here is the scoop on good spots. In San
Diego, you should hit the beaches in Del Mar, La Jolla, Mission
Beach or in front of the Hotel Del Coronado. These are all high
end areas, which means the grunion must have excellent taste.
Running around the beach like a madman can be tiring. Bringing
along fluids [okay, beer] is highly recommended.
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