Yet savvy fishermen, like Greg Stotesbury, know porpoises and birds mean white sea bass of immense proportions — croakers in the 40- to 70-pound range — feeding on the same anchovy schools. It’s that porpoise connection that leads to catches of some huge white sea bass.
“Massive schools of anchovies move up the coast in spring and early summer,” Stotesbury explains. “That attracts predators, including porpoises, barracuda, mackerel and white sea bass.”
For decades, California anglers have targeted tuna under pods of porpoises offshore, but few realize that porpoises feeding close to shore indicate the presence of white sea bass.