Fishing: Morrow Bay…Third Stop
By: J. Marlando
There is good fishing all over the United Sates and Mark reminds me that one of his favorite fishing holes is right here in California. He loves ocean fishing however and, for that matter, the ocean. Here’s a picture of him on his sail boat
Both my wife and I love to fish the ocean too but, down deep, I am a river fisherman—rivers/streams and lakes. And speaking of rivers and streams, some of my best fishing experiences were in Wyoming, Colorado and Utah. My wife wants to learn fly fishing but I’m a lazy fisherman—I like to toss my line in, lean back on a patch of grass and simply enjoy. If I feel a tug on the line I move into action but, otherwise, I may just pop open a beer, grin at the sky and let the time pass. Now to me, that’s fishing!
Before we get into Mark’s adventure, I’d like to talk about California’s inland fishing a little. If you live in California or are just visiting Lake Almanor
I haven’t been to Lake Tahoe for years but I have friends who love going there. As for me, I get about as far as a poker table in Reno and…well, there goes my fishing trip. Nevertheless, even if you don’t fish, Lake Tahoe is just some great scenery
If you’re a river rat as I am, you’ll have a great time fishing the Kern River
Anyway, back to Mark and Morro Bay.
Morro Bay is about half way between Los Angeles and San Francisco. It’s a scenic drive all the way. Mark says he generally spends some rest-up and cleanup time in a local motel but the fishing boat leaves at midnight and the fishing starts at 5 a.m. in the morning. The goal is to catch a few tasty, albacore tuna but any good catch will do.
Before we cast a line off the fishing boat Mark is on, I want to mention too that peer fishing at Morro Bay is some of the best along the entire coast. Folks who fish from the peer catch black perch, rockfish and flatfish and now and then will bag a halibut. (The nightlife is great fun too!)
There is a great campground just south of Morro Rock. The town is filled with small boutiques and shops. There are a lot of restaurants along the beach and also downtown. If you bring your wife and she does not enjoy fishing, there will be plenty for her to do while you are bringing in the big ones.
Not far up the coast is Hearst Castle if you are planning to spend more than one night in the area.
Okay, back to my friend Mark. Here’s a photograph of him and his buddies catch
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