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Pictured is the charbroiled Chilean Sea bass at the Reel Inn in Malibu. Photo by Chris Bashaw/22nd Century Media
Pictured is the sautéed halibut at the Reel Inn in Malibu. Photo by Chris Bashaw/22nd Century Media.
Pictured is the Cajun salmon at the Reel Inn in Malibu. Photo by Chris Bashaw/22nd Century Media
Chris Bashaw, Assistant Editor
6:37 pm PDT May 9, 2014

If you’re driving along Pacific Coast Highway and find yourself amused by a fishy pun the likes of “Mahibu” and “Don’t Bass Us By” painted on a sign outside of the Reel Inn, the restaurant has already lured you in hook, line and sinker.

“People say they drive past all the time – don’t do that,” said Andy Leonard, owner of the Reel Inn. “Seriously, don’t ‘bass by us.’”

The alluring puns on the Reel Inn’s sign, which at night glows like an anglerfish with neon delight, come from a bank of several dozen approved by Leonard.