View Full Version : SLOW Bodega Sunday, but saw mola mola (pics)

09-08-2008, 08:14 PM
Limits for 4 (rockfish) on Sunday at Bodega. Fished the Salt Point and North areas. Ocean was nice, 3-4 ft. swell up to Ft. Ross and then 5-8 ft. swell North, light winds. Our only spectacular catch was a 6 lbs vermilion and 1 legal Ling, everything else was the usual gopher, china, B & Y, blue, black, copper. SLOW fishing and nothing of size. HOWEVER, ran across 2 mula mula (aka sunfish), very friendly.


09-09-2008, 07:27 AM
Well I was up there too we fished salt point and Gualala I thought we do better up there One keeper ling and and limits of rock fish got some nice 3 # blacks and china's and gophers and coppers. but it was a nice day out there probably be going back out Thursday.

09-09-2008, 08:27 AM
Cool pics of the Sun Fish! Thanks for the report.


09-09-2008, 10:29 AM
Cool photos. I saw on the Discovery channel that they sometimes come up to get "cleaned" of parasites by birds. But most of the time, they're just catching sun.

Someone on the Riptide hooked one while we were out there.

09-09-2008, 01:07 PM
That is so cool, I've always wanted to see one of those fish. Like Corn said, they often come to the surface to get cleaned by seagulls. I wonder how they avoid being shark bait floating around on the surface like that and moving so slowly?

09-09-2008, 02:11 PM
How big were those guys? I heard they can get quite enormous

09-09-2008, 04:54 PM
The first one we saw was between 50-60 lbs and the second was 20-30 lbs.

"The ocean sunfish, Mola mola, or common mola, is the heaviest known bony fish in the world. It has an average adult weight of 1 tonne (2,200 lbs)." from: wikipedia

09-09-2008, 04:56 PM
You DO NOT want to catch one, very bad luck according to the guys in Hawaii. It is a like a banana, but worse.

09-10-2008, 05:45 AM
thanks for the report and pics ;)

09-10-2008, 09:55 AM
WE saw one at Bodega years ago , knew what they were but not that they just lay on the surface . Small aluminum boat so i reach over to upright him and see if it would swim off . Would go a few feet and then continue to float and yes the get big , not ssure if this one was max size but it was easily over 8' across and a foot and a half or better thick .

09-10-2008, 12:14 PM
Anyone know if white sharks eat molas? You'd think they'd be prime targets being so huge and floating around like that on the surface. Maybe not enough fat content to interest a white shark?

09-13-2008, 03:12 PM
I don't know about white sharks, but i have heard of people eating them. Great report and nice pics.

09-23-2008, 11:12 AM
I'll be doing some cliff fishing at Salt point this weekend. Any tips for bait etc... I go t a copy fot he regs so no issues there, except when I was a kid we woudl use muscles as bait. Can you still pull muscles off the rocks?

If not what to use as bait from the rocks.


09-23-2008, 03:37 PM
Box of Squid, bag of chovies and 2 dozen pile worms! Use a hi-lo rigg with a 6 ounce weight and report when you get back with pictures! :-?