|Fishing At Redondo
By Mrs. M. B. Brownson
Fishing flourishes the year round in Redondo Beach coast waters, although fish, like birds, have their special times of migration. According to season and among the earliest school of fish to run—or swim—are the herring and halibut. Sardines and smelt—like the poor—we have with us always, Mackerel are plentifully hooked from June to October, and in season it is no uncommon sight to see a line loaded with six or eight hooks drawn up from the fishing wharfs, every hook vibrant with militant mackerel
But it is not from the fishing decks of the three wharves only that many nice strings of fish are hooked, for surf fishing is one of the pleasures of the amateur fisherman, and any day in the year, in midwinter or midsummer, anglers are to be seen on the sands, barefooted or in rubber boots, prepared for the incoming tide, fishing for yellowfin, perch and other varieties of surf fish.
Seldom does one find a beach where both surf fishermen and deep-sea fishing may be so successfully pursued, the approaches to the wharves affording splendid opportunity for surf fishing if one does not care to fish from the sands, and at the outer ends of the same wharves one may cast a line into 60 to 100 feet of water, for a submarine canyon comes up to the end of the piers and at certain seasons of the year these waters teem with deep-sea life.
Redondo Beach is the home of the “Fighting Yellowtail” one of the gamest fish in western waters. The yellowtail runs best in August and September. Drawn far inshore by his voracious lounging for sardines and anchovies, he falls prey to the pier fishermen of Redondo Beach.
One of the greatest piscatorial spectacles of all time was witnessed at Redondo Beach a few years ago, when more than 12,000 yellowtail, ranging in size from 12 to 60 pounds were landed in a single day by hundreds of excited anglers.
September, 1917, witnessed the greatest mackerel run in Southern California’s history. The three Redondo Beach wharves were packed for five days by thousands of mackerel seekers, who fished day and night. When the “run” finally “broke” it was estimated that more than a million mackerel had met an earthly end.
Redondo Beach is to fish what Detroit is to flivvers, Newcastle to coal, Russia to Bolsheviks: Redondo is the home of the finny denizens of the deep. Come on in the water’s full of fish.
—Corona Courier, July 25, 1919
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