Large corvina, undoubtedly females ready to spawn, are moving into shallow water at the south end of the Salton Sea and feeding on croaker along the shore, which in turn are feeding on tilapia spawn.
Merrill Inglis, head ranger at Red Hill, reported the 47 boats that launched last weekend enjoyed excellent fishing. According to Inglis, Davis Ellis of Huntington Beach, along with three friends, limited by drifting mudsuckers between Black Rock and the steam plant near the Lack Road dike. Four of the corvina caught by the Ellis group exceeded 20 pounds.
Further south, near the New River Delta, shore fishermen had excellent success throughout the week. Gerry Merten of Holtville had the battle of his life when he hooked a monster corvina on a chartreuse hologram Lunker Grub from shore. Only after the large corvina had taken all his line and stretched it another 10 yards was Merten able to stop the lunker's initial run and start regaining line. After a 15-minute battle up and down the dike, Merten coaxed the monster onto the rocks and landed him. The corvina tipped the scales at 19 pounds.