April 3rd in Seal Beach History

On this date in 1928, the Evening Kansan-Republican of Newton, Kansas carried a short report on the latest wacky fishing craze on the Pacific Coast — kite fishing! 

Citing a story in Popular Science Monthly, the report tells of a “fine corbina hole” tantalizingly just out of range of even the best casters off the Seal Beach pier. The pier fishermen, preferring not to use boats, use kites to carry their fishing lines out to the fishing spot. 

A corbina, probably regretting some of its more recent life choices.

A corbina, probably regretting some of its more recent life choices.

According to the internet (which never lies), there are still plenty of corbinas to be caught off the Seal Beach pier.

– Michael Dobkins

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