Date: 6-25-2017 Short version: lots of halfbanded rock fish; not much else. Long version: Been out to the Southeast Bank several times this year, the latest being this Sunday, at the request of friends who wanted to rock fish instead of chasing tuna and yellowtail. I should have convinced them to drift for WSB but to some people 100% chance of catching a few small fish is better than 20% chance of catching a big fish. This was not a particularly successful trip - and Southeast Bank trips have not, in general, been very successful in the summer, because the bigger rock fish for whatever reason move off shore into deeper water, and spots that produce well in the spring and fall become a slow pick in the summer. However, this doesn't mean the hard bottom areas become a barren waste land. One fish in particular that fully exploits the absence of bigger fish is this little fish, which was holding in large schools at the bank: I am sure that anyone who bottom fishes in California have caught these before. And every time , including this weekend with my friends, people sniffle and say "poor baby rockfish." THESE ARE NOT BABY ROCK FISH. These are halfbanded rock fish, which mature at 4 inches and reach their maximum size at 10 inches. Most fish are around 6 inches. They mature quickly - females at just 3 years - and a six inch fish is most likely an adult. They are, consequently, one of the most abundant rock fishes in California. There is no commercial fishery for this fish due to the size, and party boats do not target them for the same reason. The reason why I want to make a deal about this, and report on an otherwise unremarkable trip, is because too often I see people shame each other for keeping "baby" fish, and out of ignorance, will almost always discard halfbanded rock fish to avoid the shame of having kept "baby" fish. I had an argument with my friend about this very topic. I don't think this is right. First of all, 99% of the times when people discard these fish, they are not using a descending device, so the fish end up dying. Second, the logic involved - "I don't want to keep these fish because it's just a baby" - is flat out wrong. Halfbanded rock fish aren't baby rockfish, they're small, adult rockfish, so either eat them or release them correctly with a descending device. And I also hope, at the same time, people on party boats and at docks will stop shaming other people over these fish. I've seen it and it's just stupid. Halfbanded rock fish is one of the most abundant and least exploited species in our waters. If someone wants to fill a limit of rock fish with them, it's their business.