On a recent Saturday, outreach workers spoke with Fernando Rocha, 49, a gregarious regular at Belmont Pier and several other piers along the L.A. County coast. A fisherman since he was 17, he's getting acquainted with the new list
of barred fish but takes the new health warnings with a grain of salt.
A street sweeper from Norwalk, Rocha fishes mostly for relaxation, donning a straw hat and baiting his hook with cut fish, worms or even baloney, and he throws most fish back. But as he fished with his 8-year-old grandson, four white croakers squirmed in
his bucket. He planned to fry them with butter and lemon but said he eats only filets and small portions to lower his risk.
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