Once in a while, a guy surf-casting will put one on and land a halibut when the grunion are running,'' he said.
Vallone said grunion - which mature to a length of 7-1/2 inches and live to four years (age can be determined by their growth rings, much like trees) - are indeed calico candy, but he maintains that their attraction to other fish is a bit more widespread.
When fishing with a grunion, Vallone recommends a standard surf rod and reel, 20-pound monofilament line, a hook to match the bait - generally a size No.
While it is still quite chilly in the wee hours, it's important to consider gathering grunion in March because they are so difficult to track.
Early Spanish settlers called the fish grunion, which means grunter.
Beaches are often lined with more people than grunion.
Human interference can greatly impact the runs of grunion.