First Black Croaker

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    Hit Cardiff reef for daybreak this morning. Spent 30 minutes to find only 4 sand crabs at super low tide. But was rewarded with a fat YFC and my first Black! 12 incher, very happy with that!
    No hits on 2 inch gulp crack worms after I ran out of crabs.

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    Nice! Have caught a couple of those in crown Cove recently.
     
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    Very nice. I've been fishing Mission Bay and Mission Beach surf for like 40 years and never caught or seen a black croaker.....way cool.
     
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    Very nice fish.. rare daytime catch..
     
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    Never seen one !
     
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    ???? I’ve only caught them in the daytime lol
     
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    See? What do I know?
     
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    Thanks guys! He was delicious off the grill, seasoned with a little salt, pepper, garlic and onion powder!

    I highly recommend. (Even though I don’t think I’m supposed to eat too many of these bottom feeders)

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    You’re gonna live, I promise. You probably won’t run into them very often, so you’re safe eating all of them.
    I wish someone would acquire a taste for lizardfish....
     
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    They are good.. not a problem from open water. From South SDB, a lot more potential problem
     
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    Their meat is firmer than a lot of other fish out there. Good bait and good eats!
     
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    Nice catch ! I have personally never landed one . You may want to keep an eye out for the DFW , taking sand crabs in Swamis SMCA will get you a hefty fine . Fin fish from shore , hook and line only . Cant even have them in possession . I was present when some out of towers got a written warning for digging for them .
     
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    Good to know! I will have to review the boundaries to see if I “got away with one” there. I would never intentionally violate a reg. Too many other places to go and fishes to catch!
     
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    To the South the lower boundary it near Tables where the cliffs start at the furthest south parking lot
     
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    Nice job on the Black Croaker (also called China Croaker). You don't see them very often. A 14" Black is around 20 years old! As it was mentioned (although Kevin has had luck in the daytime) they are usually caught at night because they hide-out during the day and are nocturnal. Very cool catch!
     
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