Walter Mencken 8 a.m., July 30
Moon of Blood Good for Grunion Runs?
The Full Moon rises impressively from the east horizon on Sunday, July 25 at around 7:45pm, very near the time of sunset. Some folk names for the July full moon include "hay moon," "wort moon," "moon of blood" (a reference to mosquitoes), "fallow moon," and "thunder moon."
Grunion Runs are predicted to occur during the late evening hours (generally after 10pm and before 1am), following the nocturnal high tide, July 25 through July 28. 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. Open season for grunion starts in June, and from then until the end of summer, the fish can be collected in reasonable numbers using the hands only (fishing license needed for persons 16 years of age and older). For more information, visit dfg.ca.gov/marine/grunionschedule.asp.