Matt Potter 3:30 p.m., July 25
Low Tides and Grunion Rides
Extreme Low Tides early next week (the lowest levels for the month of August) occur during the wee hours of the morning. Monday, August 9 features a -1.3 foot tide at 3:27am. On Tuesday, there's a -1.3 foot low tide at 4:03am. On Wednesday, the -1.0 foot low tide occurs at 4:39am. Spring and summer extreme-low tides typically occur at such inconvenient times of the day. Starting in October and continuing through the winter season, favorable low-tide episodes will coincide with afternoon hours, and it will be possible to view in daylight the lowest and richest tidepools along San Diego County's coastline.
Grunion Runs are predicted to occur during the late evening hours (generally after 9pm and before 1am), following the nocturnal high tide, August 9 though August 11. The small, silvery grunion tend to spawn on wide, gently sloping beaches such as Silver Strand, Mission Beach, Pacific Beach, La Jolla Shores, and Del Mar. During the months of April and May, grunion are protected and may not be taken by fishers through any means. Open season for grunion started in June; from then until the end of summer, the fish can be collected in reasonable numbers using the hands only (fishing licence needed for persons 16 years of age and older). For more information, visit dfg.ca.gov/marine/grunionschedule.asp.