Ever heard of the grunion run? If you’re not familiar with Pacific coast fishing, there’s a good chance you haven’t.
Grunion are small, silvery fish similar to sardines. They’re native to the waters just off the coast of Southern California and Northern Baja, Mexico - in fact, this is the only place in the world where these little fish can be found.
Luckily, during the grunion run, you don’t have to go fishing to see the grunion. At night, from March through September, grunion come ashore on various beaches across San Diego during their spawning season. Locals participate in a grunion run where they catch bucketfuls of the fish by hand.
Even if you’re not interested in catching any fish yourself, it’s still fun to take the kids to see the unique spawning habits of grunion.
If you do participate, be sure to follow all local laws, including having a fishing license for anyone 16 and older. There is a limit of 30 fish per day, and all fish must be caught by hand. Digging holes with shovels to catch the grunion is prohibited, and using a flashlight is discouraged because it can scare the fish away.