Even when the water is choppy, Monterey Bay commercial fishermen still find a way to bring fresh seafood back to shore.

Early on a brisk Friday morning in August, the seas are calm as the sun peeks over the hills and Joseph Lucido heads to the docks to try and catch halibut. The full-time commercial fisherman shoves off from Wharf 2 in Monterey, then cruises along the coast. A little over a mile from the sandy shores of Marina, Lucido stops to get his lines ready and to catch bait for the day. “Fresh squid is the best for halibut,” he says. He checks his fish finder, and starts to snag squid.

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