Anchovy fishing on the San Francisco Bay

It’s anchovy season in Northern California. Photographer and writer Abner Kingman spends the day with a crew on the Merva W

Anchovy Fishing Boat
Abner Kingman

Anchovy fishing off the California coast

FV Merva W searches for schools of anchovies in the San Francisco Bay, launching from Fisherman’s Wharf. Each week during the April-to-October season, the crew brings in about 3,200 pounds of the fish, which are sold as live bait for the sportfishing of California halibut, striped bass, and rockfish.


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