Beaches are often lined with more people than grunion.
Human interference can greatly impact the runs of grunion.
Tomfoolery aside, however, grunion cannot be denied their reputation as a premier surf-fishing bait for calico bass and as a delicacy to human palates, as well.
Wylie noted that grunion are excellent bait for calico bass, but ``they are not really good for any other fish.
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.