I returned to the rocky jetty before the sun had risen over the mountains. In the stillness of the morning air, the flat surface revealed a number of blennies and gobies in the shallow water. I baited up the size 22 hook with a tiny piece of shrimp-tail. I positioned the bait over the nose of a large goby, and dropped the rod tip ever so slightly. The shrimp slowly sank into range and was snapped up by the goby.

giant goby, Gobius cobitis
giant goby, Gobius cobitis. Probably.

I’m identifying this as a Giant Goby, unless anyone can say differently? It looks similar to a rock goby, but lacks the yellow band at the top of the first dorsal fin.

A familiar pattern emerged: a fish on the first cast followed by a long drought. The blennies – rusty blennies as far as I could tell – were very easily spooked. I finally enticed one to have a chew of the shrimp, but it didn’t hook itself.

A few unidentified wrasse crash dived and snapped the fine line, but I couldn’t get much interest from the other fish.

I fished on for an hour or so, but could only catch another Painted Comber on a small pink Isome.

painted comber, Serranus scriba
painted comber, Serranus scriba


Seven new species from this trip is a good tally. At 9 a.m. the  breakfast buffet was calling.


Total Catch:

  • 1 Giant Goby
  • 1 Painted Comber