Morro Bay started out as a small commercial fishing village in the 1950s, and grew to be a vacation destination built on living an active lifestyle filled with outdoor adventure. Today, Morro Bay is home to a thriving fishing community, successfully leading the way in sustainable small fleet fishing practices nationwide as recognized in the New York Times and National Geographic in 2014.
Aside from the local catch of salmon, halibut, albacore, Bluefin tuna, swordfish, rock cod, squid and Dungeness crab that can be found at restaurants and fish markets up and down the waterfront, oyster farming in Morro Bay is a continued tradition. Oyster farming actually began in the early 1900s and has been a part of the rich culture and economic strength ever since. The cold, clean waters of Morro Bay produce two specific varieties: Pacific Gold Oysters are a beautiful, hardy species with a robust flavor and hint of melon, and Grassy Bar Oysters are medium sized and have plump, juicy meats with rich, briny watermelon flavor. Tognizzini’s Dockside and Giovanni’s fresh fish markets carry local Morro Bay Oysters, in-season local fish and offer outdoor dining right on the water.
Sign up for a deep sea sport fishing expedition to catch the big one from one of the many charter boat companies that line the bay. Catch salmon, rockfish, lingcod, albacore or whatever is biting on daily fishing trips from Virg’s Landing Sport Fishing. They provide live bait in season, you can rent tackle if you need it and they will hold a cash prize Ling Cod fishing tournament this fall. Or charter a sail boat from Red Anchor Charters and head out into the deep blue pacific with the wind at your back. From kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding and canoeing, to sailing and surfing, there are many rental companies to keep the active adventurer happy and healthy in Morro Bay.