Cast nets look like an easy way to catch smelt in the ocean, but you must stand in the cold surf and have a keen eye to spot the schools that are spawning in the breakers, not to mention the skill of successfully throwing a wide net.
Fishermen watch for birds diving into the water and seals in the waves as clues to their presence.
Here's a scene from Redondo Beach yesterday where a smelt fisherman masters the art of throwing a net to catch the small silvery fish that frequent the Half Moon Bay coastline this time of year.
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