The first fish my mom caught of of the Gaviota pier was a starfish. After poking it a bit and letting it slime up my hand we released it back to the ocean. Our aim that evening had been to bait and catch a shark, but a sea lion decided to show up and spoil our fun. We did catch some rock fish, some mackerels, some decorator crabs and plenty of sea weed. All of the time spent outdoors in California made me yet again long for a more reasonable summer climate. Maybe it's nicer down on the gulf coast? Maybe we'll have to get down there this summer and see if there is any good fishing.