I launched out of Russian Gulch, Mendocino today on a rented tandem kayak with my girl Sarah, she was out for her first day snorkeling in cold California water. It was a bit windy when we started, but when we clipped up and got in omg amazing conditions. 40-50′ viz, it was stunning. Sarah was quite anxious but she didn’t freak or anything and she definitely enjoyed the crystal visibility. I was focusing mostly on her but when I took some time for myself I first scored a nice vermilion in 46′ of water. First ever, nice! I kept diving and while skimming the bottom of 30′ I noticed something a few feet away that kind of looked like a fish. I looked a little closer and realized I had spotted the tail of a very well camouflaged monster cabezon. My mind froze on the single task of taking this fish, I slowly and carefully pulled the rubber back and only a foot or two from his head I ran my points through his skull. Quickly I grabbed the thrashing fish by the tail and swam for my stringer. A 25.25″ beast cabbie!!!! I was pumped. Sarah was stoked for me and also a little tired and ready to get out, I spent a while longer hunting for abs and scored a 9″+ and hopped back on the yak to paddle us home. The viz was great and the two fish I took were both personal bests it was an awesome day.