Big Sur Coast, California. Not A Fishing Trip.
Point Lobos State Natural Reserve. No Fishing Allowed. Sunset-colored conglomerate cliffs and diamond blue booming surf. Kelp and otters and Brandt’s cormorants. Rare and scientifically important native coastal habitat.
And the sea lions, awkward and comical as they flop about on the rocks. But a massive skull on display at the park entrance and its thick canine teeth leave no doubt about the true nature of these lobos marinos.
Soon we can see a few in the water too. Chasing, flashing black in the luminous aqua surf. Fast. Predatory.
Which of course begs the question: would they take a fly?