Visitor Comments and Letters - July '98

These messages have been edited. Although I feel the content is of interest, I want to provide as much privacy as possible to the various people who have taken time to comment. Let me know if you feel this is an interesting page. KJ


Date: July 1, 1998
To: Ken Jones
From: Wade W
Subject: Piers of San Francisco

If you could kindly send me some information on pier fishing in San Francisco, I would be very grateful.

Wade W


Hi Wade,

Your question is very broad and really requires more than an e-mail answer. Do check out the Bay Area piers that I have written up so far (they're on the Archives Page) and do check the Monthly Report to get an idea on what is currently biting.

As for other specifics, you might want to buy my book (that lists all the piers and how to catch the fish) or consult your local tackle shop for information.

I wish I could do a better job of answering your question but the Bay Area is a big place with many different piers and many different fish. Each requires a certain amount of local knowledge and the best way to get that knowledge is to go out and fish on the piers.

Feel free to contact me again since you may still have many more questions. Be specific as to what area of the bay you live near or what area you want to fish.

Best wishes, Ken Jones, The Pier Fisherman


Date: July 2, 1998
To: Ken Jones
From: Bob L
Subject: Location, location, location

For those of us who are not locals to the piers mentioned but would like to visit and possibly fish there sometime, could you add directions or a brief description of the location of each pier ??? Thanks, love your site.

Sincerely, Bob L


Hi Bob,

It's a little hard to include the directions for every pier each month simply because of the space it would take. I do have directions each month for the Pier of the Month -- at the bottom, and many of the piers are now on the Archives Page. Feel free to also send me an e-mail any time you want directions to a pier and I'll send it to you.

I will consider your request but I'm inclined at this time to follow the above format. Let me see if others feel the same way. By the way, thanks for your comments, they're appreciated.

Best wishes, hope you visit a pier, and hope you catch some fish.


Ken Jones, The Pier Fisherman

Addendum -- I pulled a one eighty and have added the directions starting with the August report.


Date: July 2, 1998
To: Ken Jones
From: Ron Brooks
Subject: Mining Co.

Ken,

I was so impressed with your excellent site that I have linked to it from my Mining Co. site,

http://saltfishing.miningco.com

Specifically, you will find the link to your page at

http://saltfishing.miningco.com.msubpiers.htm

I also have a feature on pier fishing at:

http://saltfishing.miningco.com/library/weekly/aa980615.htm

I hope this link draws much attention to the great resource you've built. By the way, I would be grateful if you would take a look at my site and consider linking back to it from your page.

Thanks!

Ron Brooks

saltfishing.guide@miningco.com


Hi Ron,

I'm just leaving on a ten-day trip to the south but I definitely will check out the site and link to you when I get back,

Best wishes, Ken Jones, The Pier Fisherman


Date: July 3, 1998
To: Ken Jones
From: Matt E
Subject: How Do I get your pier fishing book?

I have called to over a dozen different book stores near San Jose and have had no luck. I am going to be in Santa Clara from 7/4 - 7/8 and would like to get it. Can you recommend a store there or in San Francisco? I'll be there on the 4th. I'll be visiting a friend of mine out there and check his e-mail on Sat. and Sun. If you could respond to his e-mail I can check it - ...

Thank's, Matt


Hi Matt,

I really don't know what book stores still carry it. However, you can order it from me (see the merchandise page) and for a less expensive price than you'll pay in the stores you get an autographed copy sent to your home.

I'll be gone from July 5-15 (fishing along the coast) but I will leave some signed copies with my wife in case of orders while I am gone. It's $15.95 and I pay postage and tax.

Best wishes, Ken Jones, The Pier Fisherman


Ken,

Thanks for writing back about the location of your book. My friend and I fished off the Capitola Pier and saw a woman catch a 22 1/2" halibut. We caught a few "rock fish" that went upwards of a pound, and that is about it there. We also fished off the Santa Cruz Pier but caught jack-squat, however "Tex" at the bait shop was extremely helpful in rigs and information.

Look for my check in the mail for your book.

Thanks, Matt

PS. I'll send you a picture of my friend and a rockfish he caught off the Capitola pier for your photo section.


Hi Matt,

Sorry for the delay but I just got back from fishing down south for two weeks. Sounds like you caught some fish so it was a good day. You might also want to check out the concrete ship pier sometime at Seacliff State Beach, it can be pretty good at times.

Best wishes and I look forward to some further reports.

Ken Jones, The Pier Fisherman


Date: July 3, 1998
To: Ken Jones
From: Frank S
Subject: I'm new at this, but I would like to head out on some week days just to get away.

I live out in Hemet, Riverside county. I would like to know where to find a good pier within driving distance. I want to head out alone from time to time and maybe take my nine year old son and eleven year old daughter sometime. What do you recommend? Thank for your assistance.

Frank.


Hi Frank,

Coming from Riverside I think a good bet would be to head to the piers at Newport or Balboa. They're both good piers although Newport can be a little crowded at times and a little rougher. It's a little further, but I think the piers at San Clemente, Seal Beach and Huntington Beach are also especially nice for kids.

Best wishes and good luck,

Ken Jones, The Pier Fisherman


Date: July 3, 1998
To: Ken Jones
From: Zorro
Subject: Join Pesca

How do I get information on joining PESCA? Also, let me know when you are going to be in the Gaviota or Pismo area -- I might be able to make a pier run.


Zoy,

What's your snail-mail address? If you send it to me tonight or early in the morning (before I head south on the fishing trip), I'll make sure you get it next week.

Best wishes, Ken


Hi Zoy,

I just addressed the envelope and it will be in the mail tomorrow. As for Gaviota, I'm driving down Sunday but I have to go straight to Los Angeles for a meeting. However, I'm planning on staying in Goleta on Thursday the 16th and at Pismo the night of the 17th. I plan to fish Goleta Thursday night, Stearns Wharf and Gaviota the morning of the 17th, and Pismo later in the afternoon or early evening.

I'll probably be wearing a yellow sweater with a blue coat if it is cold, or a Pier Rat T-shirt if it is warm. I'll have two poles and a tackle cart.

Hope to see you there.

Best wishes and thanks again for the reports. Have you checked out the new Games 'n Things page?

Ken


Date: July 4, 1998
To: Ken Jones
From: GilSPesca
Subject: PESCA, Games 'n Things, etc.

Ken, I hope you'll be able to see our debt tomorrow on the Outdoor Life Network at 8:30 AM PST...you'll also have a second chance on Fox Sports West n Sundays at 5:30 AM PST. Happy Holiday,

Gil


Thanks Gil,

Sounds very interesting. Unfortunately, I'll be on the road during your initial telecasts so I'll miss them. However, I plan to buy a set of the films so that is o.k. By the way, that was an interesting story in your magazine about the Baja shoot. The same sort of thing might have happened at Pacifica. Although they've been catching a lot of striped bass, together with more and more salmon, sea lions are grabbing most of the fish. One of my reporters visited there the other day and said it was fisherman -- 2 salmon, sea lions -- 27 salmon.

By the way, I hope to write a story for you during this trip; perhaps a review of the effect El Nino had on California piers this winter. I was also thinking that if you saw a pier article that you liked you could use it in the magazine. But, we'll talk about what you're looking for.

Lastly, if you have time you might check out my latest Games 'n Things Page, it has an interesting item about the largest fish caught from a California Pier. Let me know what you think.

Best wishes, have a GREAT and prosperous kick-off weekend, get some rest, and look forward to seeing you on the 13th.

Best wishes, Ken


Ken,

Wow, big fish from the piers...if we can get your pier rats to join PESCA we will be able to authenticate these catches and bestow the appropriate rewards... Great stuff...Hmmm, if a guy jumps in a boat after hooking it from the pier does this negate the world record potential status? What are your thoughts on this? I know what I'm thinking...

Re your site, you should update the part about ESPN 2 with the actual television schedule as soon as possible...I think this would significantly help both of us to move forward together...

Looking forward to our time together...and having your article published in our Newsletter...and maybe getting us both some ink in the LA Times...

Tight Lines,

Sincerely,

Gil

PS Show debuts in just 20 minutes...am I nervous? You bet!!!


Date: July 4, 1998
To: Ken Jones
From: David
Subject: PESCA

How much does it cost to become a member of PESCA? And is it just for California, will it help me living in Florida. I'm just curious, because I go pier & surf fishing all the time at Anglin's pier and Fishermans Wharf in Pompano.

Thanks,

David


Hi David,

Sorry for the delay but I just returned from a two week fishing trip to southern California. It cost $25 to join PESCA but they send you quite a bit of free merchandise when you join (a shirt, saltwater lure, patch, magazine, etc.) so the fee is very reasonable. Also, it is intended to be a worldwide organization like IGFA or the BASS Club and already has members from every continent. And, one of their first TV shows took place on Padre Island so the eastern USA is well covered.

If you're interested, send me your snail mail address and I'll send you a brochure in the mail.

By the way, how is fishing at Anglin's Pier and Fishermans Wharf? I've fished on piers in North Carolina and Mississippi but never in Florida.

Best wishes and good fishing, Ken Jones, The Pier Fisherman (California style)


Date: July 4, 1998
To: Ken Jones
From: Audrey K
Subject: How you doing?

Hi Ken,

I'm one day till the end of a long arduous film shoot in San Francisco and then I'm back down in Huntington Beach. I haven't had time to fish, but the day before I left to San Fran again (mid month), I caught a 29" Barracuda half way up the HB pier using live bait (it was small mackerel or herring, don't remember what). I was trying for halibut. A week earlier, my dad caught two 15" Bass. Lots of little fish and big ones on the way when I was last there. Can't wait to get back.

Hope all is well.

Audrey


Hi Audrey,

Sorry for the delay but I just returned from two weeks down south (including Huntington Beach). Thanks for the report! My trip to Huntington Beach wasn't as productive as yours, in fact the fishing was very slow. I fished for an hour, caught one lone mackerel and a jacksmelt, had an excellent cheeseburger at Ruby's, and moved on south.

Most of the fishing on the trip was only so-so although I did encounter some excellent anglin' at the San Diego Bay piers, the two piers in Oceanside, Stearns Wharf in Santa Barbara, and at the two piers in Avila. Other than that it was fairly slow (mostly small mackerel).

Have you been down to Pacifica lately? I hear some salmon are hitting but most are being grabbed by the sea lions.

Does sound good that your busy filming in San Francisco. Means your making some $$$.

Thanks again for your e-mail and hope to see you down at a pier some day (I'll be coming down to all the Bay Area piers this summer).

Best wishes, Ken


Date: July 4, 1998
To: Ken Jones
From: Dan I
Subject: Shark fishing off a pier or a boat

I just wanted to know what would the best bait for shark fishing and how you rig the line for shark fishing. When it comes to line strength, how strong should the line be and would I need a steel leader. For the last thing, what size hook should you use for Shark fishing?


Hi Walter,

Sorry for the delay but I just returned from two weeks fishing in southern California. What type of sharks are you going after? The answer to your question depends on the type and size of sharks you're seeking. Let me know.

Best wishes, Ken


Ken,

I just wanted to tell you what kind of shark it is. It would be a thresher shark and be about seven feet long and weigh 1500 lb. What kind of rod would I need? How strong should the line be? What kind of rig and what kind of bait? Well that's all I wanted to know, thanks.

Daniel I


Well, to begin, set your sights a little lower. I have no expertise on 1,500 pound threshers (although they are supposed to reach at least 18 feet in length and possibly 25 feet.

On piers in California you're lucky to catch a six-foot-long thresher (although an 11-footer was reported at the San Luis Pier last year). More commonly you will catch bat rays, leopard sharks, shovelnose guitarfish, smoothhound sharks, and depending where you live, a possible dogfish or soupfin shark.

Most of these are medium-size fish and only require medium tackle: a decent sized conventional reel, 7-8 foot pole suited for 40-60 pound test line, and the line. Sixty pound test line should meet most of your needs but most of the guys I know who fish for sharks use lighter line, say around 30 pound test. However, in pier fishing the key moment comes when you get the fish to the pier and are trying to keep it away from the pilings (which is difficult) and hoping the line doesn't rub on those pilings and snap. A little heavier line can help in those cases but really it depends on what you are familiar with and/or comfortable with.

As for hooks and leader, you don't need wire leaders unless you're specifically fishing for the big beasts. Bat rays (which are fun to catch), guitarfish and most of the smaller sharks can easily be landed on monofilament line. Again though, a six-eight foot wire leader will not snap as easily if it hits the piling. Best bait is a bloody piece of mackerel, squid, or a live bait. Threshers and other sharks love a lively small mackerel, Spanish mackerel or similar fish but even live tom cods (white croakers) and shinerperch can work if that is all that is available. Hook size will generally be 2/0 to 6/0 depending on the species you are seeking.

If you really want a big shark I suggest a charter boat. They can be taken on party boats, and some run evening shark trips, but your best bet is a smaller charter boat -- which of course is more expensive.

I remember when the movie Jaws came out I decided to go shark fishing and saw that the Rayann II out of Sausalito was offering a shark fishing trip. Each angler was supposed to bring some blood and our goal was to find some great whites out at the Farallon Islands. All we found were a few blue sharks and I spent most of the day inside praying to stay alive (since I was very, very seasick). I did fish for a short period of time but got no sharks.

Another time I went out fishing on a private boat out of Capitola. We took along a friend who had (A) never been on the ocean, (B) never been fishing, and (C) never been up close to a shark. We managed to pull in a couple of six-foot-long blue sharks but their presence on deck was a severe distraction to our friend. I might add that when we decided to go bottom fishing at one of the local reefs, a HUGE shark of some type followed one of the leaders up to the boat and made several, highly visible passes under the boat. The fish looked like a great white or a tiger shark but I've never heard of tiger sharks that far north. The fish was estimated at 10-12 feet long and provided a topic of conversations for some length of time.

Lastly, I remember my first exposure to sharks. I was a sophomore in high school and fishing with some friends on a small cabin cruiser out of Newport Beach. We had headed down to Dana Point to catch some bass but managed to find a shark (or more accurately, it found us). One of my jobs was to throw out an anchovy every so often for chum which of course got scales on my hands. After one toss I reached down to the water to rinse off my hand and lo and behold was looking into the eyes of a blue shark not two foot under the surface of the water (or from my hand). I quickly tied on a steel leader and managed to hook and fight the six-seven-foot-long shark for about five minutes. It then simply rolled the line and broke the monofilament line. Two other people on the boat also hooked the shark and the same thing happened to all of us. After a while, the shark grew tired of our attention and decided to leave. Although we had, between us, probably fought the shark for more than 20 minutes, and often at the top of the water, we had not taken any pictures -- even though there were three cameras on the boat. I was always a little more cautious after that when rinsing my hands in the water.

Let me know how you do but also remember that some species of sharks, including threshers, are beginning to drop in numbers. Unless you're going to eat the sharks let them go.

Best wishes, Ken Jones, The Pier Fisherman


Date: July 5, 1998
To: Ken Jones
From: Wallace B
Subject: South Bay area fishing

Sir, I am new to the San Diego area from a distant land called Boston Mass. Needless to say fishing methods on the East Coast are somewhat different than here. Where is the closest working pier to Imperial Beach? I am also taking my first venture out on an open party boat in a couple of days. This is an overnight trip and cost $108.00. On the East Coast this would be the cost of a three day trip. But I am no longer there and we'll see how she goes. Would however love to cast out a line from a good pier location near the IB area. Thank you


Hi Wallace,

Sorry for the delay but I just returned from two weeks in southern California -- including your area. There are several piers fairly close to Imperial Beach but the two I most recommend are the Imperial Beach Pier itself and the Ferry Landing Pier in Coronado. The first is a large oceanfront pier and the second is a small inner bay pier.

I didn't fish the larger pier this trip but two trips to the Ferry Landing pier yielded 43 fish (in 4 1/2 hours of fishing). Mostly good-sized mackerel but also sand bass, jacksmelt, stingrays and small salema.

I'm attaching a write up on the Ferry Landing Pier since it isn't in the first edition of my book.

Best wishes and let me know if I can be of further help. Also, how did your boat trip turn out?

Ken Jones, The Pier Fisherman


Date: July 6, 1998
To: Ken Jones
From: Ben S
Subject: Hi Ken

Hi Ken,

It's Ben, from La Jolla. Haven't contacted you in a long time. Well summer is here and I plan to do some pier fishing. I've been very busy with school and when I've had the opportunity to fish, I've mainly gone deep sea. I see that you have a new source on info on Crystal Pier. I'm sorry I was not very consistent with the reports. But it seems like it is getting hot there and I will definitely go there soon. By the way, do you have any tips on parking there? I used to park at Dennys, but now they have a tow away sign. Please help.

Ben

Ps. do you think you could give me the e-mail address of your new crystal pier reporter? Thanks.


Hi Ben,

Sorry for the late reply but I just returned from a two week trip down south. Good to hear from you. I don't have too much information on parking although I've generally been able to find spots on the street the other side of the Lucky's parking lot -- although sometimes I have to go up a block. I know it's very tough if you go down there mid-day.

I'll get you the e-mail address if it is o.k. with him. Let you know soon.

Best wishes, Ken


Ken,

Did you fish? If so, where did you go? Deep sea fishing here has been a little slow for the half day trips. Yellowtail are just not around for some reason. But the overnight trips for albacore and bluefin tuna have been excellent. Limits are very common. But I haven't had the opportunity to go on them, nor the resources. Still haven't gone pier fishing yet. I plan to go this up coming Wednesday. I'll let you know what happens.

Ben


Hi Ben,

I fished the piers while I was in San Diego; had the best success at the Embarcadero Pier and at the Ferry Landing Pier in Coronado. Also caught several kelp bass at the Shelter Island Pier.

Good fishing, Ken


Date: July 7, 1998
To: Ken Jones
From: Buzz
Subject: Bail Spring

I need a bail spring for a 1081 Shakespeare reel. If you do not have one do you know someone who might?


Hi,

Sorry for the delay but I just returned from two weeks in southern California. If you contact my tackle expert Ron Crandall, he may be able to help you find the part you're seeking. His address is: camdoc@pacbell.net

Best wishes, Ken Jones


I would like to thank you for your response and your information. It was my grandfather's reel and that is the only thing that is wrong with it. Thanks a bunch!


No problemo, just hope Ron was able to help you.

Ken Jones


Date: July 6, 1998
To: Ken Jones
From: Matt S
Subject: Reports

Hey Ken,

I went to Pillar Point the other day. Plenty of bait in the water (shiners, walleye, pogie, anchovies) and your usual riot of kingfish and jacksmelt hanging around. Heard of lots of big halibut being landed by anglers drifting in small boats in the breakwater and there's also rumor of some salmon and striper frenzies that make attacks. Unfortunately, they haven't gotten within casting range yet. I'm just waiting for the spring tide of this month . . . . Also wondering if you have gotten the striper pictures yet? I sent them a while ago and they should've come in the "snail mail" as you might call it. Hope to hear from ya.

Matt

P.S.- do any fishing lately?


Hi Matt,

Sorry for the delay but I just returned from two weeks down south. Caught some fish but not as many as some years. I got your picture and will put it on the new Picture's Page. Also got your report; thanks for the help.

Best wishes, Ken

PS -- hope to see you down at Pacifica this summer.


Date: July 8, 1998
To: Ken Jones
From: Lyon J
Subject: Croakers

Mr. Jones,

I have only recently become acquainted with your reports and really enjoy them. I also enjoy them for a business reason. I am currently with a law firm in Orange County and would like to find any and all information, photos, etc., that I can get my hands on involving croakers (white, yellow, etc.) Any and all assistance/direction you could give me would be deeply appreciated.

In your "Fish of the Month, January of 1998, you stated that "most of the white croakers caught at oceanfront piers in Central California are fine to eat." (Ken Jones, Fish of the Month, January 1998, p. 2. ) I am curious to know whether you consider Ventura to be Central California.

Perhaps we could discuss the croaker directly, and if you e-mail me your telephone number I would be glad to pay for the call.

I thank you for your time to this matter,

Sincerely,

Lyon J


Hi Lyon,

Glad you like the reports!

As for the croakers and geography, no I don't consider Ventura as being in central California. Central California is generally listed as being from Point Conception to San Francisco; for piers that means Pismo Beach to Pacifica. Anglers catching croakers (especially white croakers) in southern California should be aware of several warnings given by the Fish & Game. The same warnings are also given to croakers (and many other fish) caught in San Francisco Bay.

I'd be glad to help you in whatever ways I can. Call me at 707-895-3457.

Best wishes, Ken Jones, The Pier Fisherman


Date: July 11, 1998
To: Ken Jones
From: RJ
Subject: WebSite

Excellent WebSite, Keep up the good work!

RJ


RJ,

Thanks for your comments!

Best wishes and good fishing, Ken Jones, The Pier Fisherman


Date: July 11, 1998
To: Gil Sperry/Jeff Klassen/Ken Jones
From: Walter M
Subject: Gilligan's first run

I took the beach cart out to Belmont Pier at around noon today. The action was hot. The 1/2 day boats were coming back loaded with barracuda and folks were cleaning their catch at the sinks on the pier. Needless to say, barracuda bits were the bait du jour. We stayed a total of 4 hours, including time spent in fruitless pursuit of sand crabs and landed a total of 5 pan-size mackerel, 13 smelt (some of impressive size) and five olive rockfish (I think). Not a bad day at Belmont, and several people were doing even better. The Gilligan Cart worked like a charm. I will definitely add at least one rod holder but otherwise it is a gem. Thanx to Ken for the book, for Jeff for the cart and to Gil for setting up PESCA so de po' folks can have an organization, too.

Walter


Hi Walter,

Just saw your report about Belmont Pier. You're learning fast. I always check out the action around the bait sinks because of the chum being dropped into the water. I was down there last week but arrived around 2 p.m. on a hot Saturday and was unable to find a single spot to park. I finally gave up and headed down to the Cabrillo Pier where I managed to find a school of really nice-sized jacksmelt and a couple of mackerel.

Hope you continue to hit the piers and have continued success.

Best wishes, Ken Jones, The Pier Fisherman


Date: July 12, 1998
To: Ken Jones
From: Bob
Subject: Fishing

Where do I find information on surf fishing, in the Mendocino County coast, or Humboldt County, pier etc.

Bob


Hi,

Sorry for the delay but I just got back from two weeks down south. I'm not aware of any sites right off hand but give me a couple of days and I'll try to find something for you.

Best wishes, Ken Jones, The Pier Fisherman


Date: July 12, 1998
To: Ken Jones
From: Larry
Subject: Fishing

Just checked your site for the first time. Although I don't fish everyday I do fish often and I thought I might drop a line or two. I have fished piers and shore line since I was five years old (I am forty-six this year) and I still enjoy going to the pier with my daughters (sometimes) on the weekends , which brings me to this letter . Yesterday, Sat. July 11th, I and a friend arrived at the Pacifica Pier about 6:00 am and it was already crowded with anglers. The lady at the bait shop at the end of the pier said the fishing had been pretty good (which was an understatement). By noon ( high tide) over one hundred salmon had been taken (not counting the ones taken by sea lions and seals). By early afternoon over two hundred salmon were taken ( to 25 lbs) and a large number of stripers ( to 25-30 lbs) were landed my fishing buddy later told me if he wasn't there to witness it he wouldn't have believed if I told him about it. In all, it was a good day ( I hooked one but it shook free ).

LARRY


Hi Larry,

Sorry for the delay but I just returned from two weeks fishing down south. Sounds like you've discovered Pacifica. I rate it the top pier in the state for the very reasons you mention (and one weekend in July of 1996 over a thousand salmon were taken in just two days).

I wish you continued success and hope to be down to Pacifica myself in the next couple of weeks.

Best wishes, Ken Jones, The Pier Fisherman


Date: July 18, 1998
To: Ken Jones
From: Bombermom
Subject: Newport Pier

Hi Ken, It's been a long time since I e-mailed you or went pier fishing. I went to Newport pier last Monday with both sons and girlfriend. We fished about 5 hrs. I caught 3 calicos, one sand bass, one starfish, and one sanddab -- ugly thing. Not much action going on except one guy kept getting little sharks. I wonder what he was using for bait. I would like to know when mackerel should be biting. Perhaps you know. Please let me know,

Trudy


Hi Bombermom,

I was down in southern California the last two weeks and visited both Newport and Balboa. I visited Balboa on the afternoon of the 15th and caught 35 fish in 2 1/2 hours of which 29 were mackerel. I visited Newport the next morning and caught 33 fish in 2 hours of which 27 were mackerel. Unfortunately, almost all of the mackerel were small but that seemed to be the case at most piers along the coast. I also caught a ton of mackerel at Redondo and Venice but again they were small. To catch them you needed to use small hooks (size 6) and fish about 8-10 feet under the surface of the water. And, I used small pieces of mackerel for bait. Sounds like you just hit a day when the school was out -- although typically they hit best in the early morning or between 5/6 p.m. and dusk.

By the way, big mackerel were plentiful in the inner bay piers at San Diego and I caught a 17-inch mackerel at Stearns Wharf in Santa Barbara.

Best wishes and continued success in your fishing adventures,

Ken Jones, The Pier Fisherman


Date: July 19, 1998
To: Ken Jones
From: John
Subject: fishing

Hey, How's it going? I like your page a lot. Well I went to the Santa Cruz Pier a few days ago and was using anchovies and I caught about 10 jacksmelt. I usually catch those and perch there. My favorite place is the Old San Mateo Bridge which is closed. There is no reason for it to be closed. There is no construction on that bridge. Last time I went there I caught a striped bass and a bunch of little sharks which I let go.

Thanks for all your info.

A fellow pier rat , John


Hi John,

Thanks for your comments. I agree with your thoughts about the San Mateo Pier. Cal Trans said they were closing it while they worked on the bridge but it seems ridiculous. It is a great pier for sharks and occasionally for sturgeon.

Bets wishes and continued good fishing,

Ken Jones, The Pier Fisherman


Date: July 19, 1998
To: Ken Jones
From: Reynaldo
Subject: PESCA membership information

Please send me an application and membership information for PESCA. My name and address is...

Thanks, Reynaldo.


Hi Reynaldo,

The application will be in the mail tomorrow.

Best wishes, Ken Jones, The Pier Fisherman


Date: July 19, 1998
To: Ken Jones
From: Audrey K
Subject: Been south!

Hi Ken,

I've been back in Huntington Beach for a week now. Actually, fishing down here has been inconsistent, but when they do hit, they're usually a good size. Using live bait (small smelt, small mackerels, herring, sardines are around pier), there's been an unusually large number of barracuda hanging out with the halibut, sharks and sea bass. They're even biting cut mackerel, mussels, etc. In the past week, (8-hour days, every single day), my dad caught one 25-inch halibut, three good size seabass, and quite a few barracuda cutting his line in the last minute with their sharp teeth. Mackerel are at the end of the pier.

I plan to stay down in HB for a while.

Till we write again,

Audrey


Hi Audrey,

You sure are doing better than I did on my trip. I guess that is why you are the expert voice for that pier.

Keep catching 'em.

Best wishes, Ken


Date: July 19, 1998
To: Gill Sperry
From: Ken Jones
Subject: Pacifica

Hi Gil,

Hope things are fine in Alaska.

I thought you might enjoy the following message I had on my machine when I returned.

e-mail message from Larry (above)


Hello, Ken

Just logged on to my son's trusty but very slow old Packard-Bell and your new e-mail appeared . Great input on Pacifica...I certainly hope that we can get there to film at a peak period one day soon...re Alaska, the reds are streaming in and we should have several good shows...one area has several bear warnings posted so we are taking precautions that we do not become a statistic (although we certainly don't want to turn our "shoot" ...no pun intended...into a hunting show)...I'm not ready to become permanently retired yet...

Really enjoyed our meeting and I am looking forward to your input (article and certification from structure) for our next Newsletter...

Tight Lines,

Gil


Date: July 20, 1998
To: Ken Jones
From: Grnhead
Subject: Corbina Magnet

Have you heard of Scott Matthews? I hear he's " The Man" when it comes to catching fish.

Grnhead,


I'm sorry but I'm not familiar with him. What can you tell me?

Ken Jones, The Pier Fisherman


Date: July 21, 1998
To: Ken Jones
From: Matt S
Subject: Fishing

Last weekend I made a couple of trips to the Pacifica Pier and it was more crowded than sardines in a can. When I managed to get some rail space near the end, I noticed people catching salmon and near the mid pier they were landing some nice stripers. Some stripers were as big as the benches they were sitting on. Although something was troubling me. I was stationed near the cleaning table (translation: getting skunked) and I saw people cleaning tiny salmon. I mean, they had to be about 12 to 18 inches long. That's illegal isn't it? Oh well, I am going early next time I fish there and maybe can even catch a salmon.

Matt

PS.- What did you catch at the piers anyway?


Hi Matt,

Thanks for the pictures and the report which will be included in the next update. I hear the salmon have broken loose at Pacific so hope to get down there sometime in the next couple of weeks. I'll try to send you a message before I come down. Also, I would appreciate any pictures you could get of salmon/stripers/whatever from the pier. I always need more pictures.

Hope to see you soon and wish you continued good fishing,

Ken


Date: July 23, 1998
To: Ken Jones
From: John B
Subject: Tackle

Ken Jones,

My name is John B... of Okuma Fishing Tackle. Mavis W... passed your E-mail address to me. She was pretty excited telling me that she met somebody else in the fishing industry. It's funny, Mavis never believed me that the fishing industry was as big as it is. She thought only old men fished, so I am very happy you got a chance to enlighten her.

Mavis also passed on your mailing address, so I will drop our catalog and media kit in the mail for you. I am sure you will be very pleased with our products. This past season we have been doing amazingly well to establish the Southern CA market. We are also very strong in the San Jose and Santa Cruz areas, up North.

I will be extremely busy this week, because we are designing our new catalog. Both my partner and I are also taking an over night trip on the charter boat that we sponsor in Newport Beach. This boat is Fastrac charters, a 39' Tournament rigged Hatteras sportfisher that works with Joe Bairian of Bongos. We will be fishing Albacore, so I will let you no next week how our trip went.

If you have any questions regarding our products feel free to give me a call. Our company has been in business for over 12 years doing mostly OEM and private label work. This is why most people are unfamiliar with the Okuma name. However, since we have been producing reels for most of the major manufacturers, we have had great experience in reel production. All of our top engineers have come over from the old Daiwa company, when Daiwa was at the top of the industry. We have got a very knowledgeable staff working for us and I hope we get a chance to let you experience our products in the future.

Sincerely,

John B


Hi John,

Got your message. As I told Mavis, I am finishing up the second edition of my pier fishing book and have left one chapter to the end -- the chapter on tackle. In the chapter I recommend rods and reels that would be appropriate for pier fishing and include basically medium and light, conventional and spinning tackle equipment. If you could send me one of your catalogues (old or new) and/or any suggestions I will consider them for the book.

For your information I was just down to Bongos last week and dropped off one of my books. Best wishes, good fishin' and tight lines,

Ken Jones, The Pier Fisherman


Ken,

I just received your E-mail today. We were out all day yesterday on the Tanner Banks fishing Albacore. We had one of the best trips the 6 pack boat has had all season. Our count for the day with 5 fisherman was 33 Albacore up to 35 pounds and 3 Bluefin up to 30 pounds.

As for our catalog, I had already dropped it in the mail, you should receive this at the first of next week. I included, along with our most recent catalog a couple of nice media articles we have had in national magazines along with a complete media kit.

I will try to get in touch with you early next week. Thanks for the quick reply.

John B


Thanks John,

Sounds like you had a great trip (and I'm jealous). Look forward to your catalogue and a phone call.

Best wishes, Ken


Date: July 23, 1998
To: Ken Jones
From: Jeff Green -- Oakland
Subject: Berkeley Pier

Ken,

I have been away from the pier for some time but had the chance to go out Tuesday night for about four hours. Me and my fishing buddy Rick caught over twenty fish. The majority were perch -- about 10, we caught several brown sharks, one thresher shark, four jacksmelt and five bat rays and to top it off I even caught an anchovy! Things seem to be heating up. A couple of guys caught some very large halibut. We were fishing with pile worms, squid and anchovies.

Jeff Green


Hi Jeff,

Sounds like a great trip. I hope to be down there myself the week after next, hope the action stays good.

Best wishes, Ken


Date: July 23, 1998
To: Ken Jones
From: Chris B
Subject: PESCA Membership application

Please send an application to the address...to San Mateo, CA


Chris, will do ASAP

Best wishes, Ken Jones, The Pier Fisherman


Date: July 24, 1998
To: Ken Jones
From: Vinh M
Subject: PESCA

Please send me an application.... to Costa Mesa, CA


Chris, it's in the mail,

Best wishes, Ken Jones, The Pier Fisherman


Date: July 26, 1998
To: Mike Katz
From: Ken Jones
Subject: Fishin'

Hey Mike,

Any new info. to report on the pier fishing?

Best wishes, Ken


Ken,

Last Tuesday a fellow was fishing in front of my shop from 9 a.m. on and decided, (after catching nothing by 3 p.m.) to go home. As he was reeling in his line a fish hit it. I ran out with the net and landed a 29-inch 9-pound halibut for him. Today, I don't know why because they stay near shore, two large sized corbina came up on rods and reels. That is a rare catch for 1/2 mile from shore let alone the fact that they are fussy eaters and usually will only eat blood worms or sand crabs. Also, more large yellowfin croakers are coming up. Must be the season for croakers both of those being of that species. All I can figure is that they have that breeding tank near us for white sea bass and they are also a croaker. Could be attracting them?

Mike


Date: July 26, 1998
To: Dwight H
From: Ken Jones
Subject: Fort Baker

Hey Dwight,

I hear the salmon are hitting at Fort Baker, have you tried it out?

Best wishes, Ken


Ken Jones,

I have been so swamped with schoolwork that I haven't had any time whatsoever to go out and do what I love to do so very much! These four summer classes are just kicking me in the butt...but when it's all finished, I do hope to go out to Baker and see what I can bring up.

I've been perusing your website once in awhile to keep up on things, but I'm afraid it only teases me! Heh!

Salmon are hitting, huh? Awww, man! I've never caught a salmon before...I really, really want to! Well, I hope they'll still be there on August 13-14. Cuz that's when I plan to go! If not, I can always resort to my fave fish -- perch!


Date: July 26, 1998
To: Andy L
From: Ken Jones
Subject: Fishin'

Hey Andy,

Have you been doing any pier fishing lately? Haven't heard from you in a while.

Best wishes, Ken


Yes,

I've been meaning to send you a note. At the Oyster Point Pier two weeks ago, rays and sharks were the catch of the day. I caught 4 rays, 30 - 40 pounds on anchovies and a surf rig.

This last weekend, we were at Pacifica Pier, crabbing was great, and people pulled in 20-30 inch striped bass on sand crabs and anchovies. Some people were using salmon rigs, 8 ft below the surface, and some were using surf rigs, down on the floor.

That's all for now.


Andy,

Thanks for the message and I'll try to get it in this month's report. Also hope to get down and try out the bay piers next week.

Best wishes, Ken


Date: July 26, 1998
To: Ken Jones
From: Mark Grim
Subject: Monthly Report

Hi Ken,

Here are my reports for this month. I visited the public fishing pier in Rio Vista and have included a report on it for you. Hope your fishing has been good lately.

Mark

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Antioch Bridge Pier -- The fishing here has been very good lately. I've seen good sized catfish (up to 20 inches long), striped bass and starry flounders being caught on several trips to the pier. Best baits continue to be frozen anchovies, shad, and worms. I seemed to have good luck no matter where on the pier that I was fishing.

Martinez Pier -- Fishing here continues to be slow. I visited the pier one evening and fished through sunset and into the early evening. I was able to catch a few small striped bass. I saw a few other fishermen catch stripers on other parts of the pier and even on the marina side of the pier.

I have heard that the City of Martinez has decided to sell the marina to a private company that runs several other marinas. The city has not had much luck maintaining the marina and it has been fallen into disrepair. It has lost berth renters and the restaurant has closed recently due to lack of enough traffic going in and out of the marina. The new company running the marina has promised to upgrade the marina and make many improvements that will make the marina (and hopefully the fishing pier) a much nicer area to use.

Rio Vista Pier -- On my first visit to this pier, I was able to catch quite a few striped bass (all of them too small to keep). I used frozen anchovies and had bites on every cast. The pier is fairly short and a bit higher above the water than most of the other piers along the delta. There is ample parking at the base of the pier which is located just south of the Rio Vista Bridge on the Rio Vista side of the bridge. There are picnic tables and a restroom at the base of the pier.


Hi Mark,

Thanks again for an outstanding report. I hope to be down that way in a couple of weeks and maybe we can hook up for a meeting at one of the piers.

Best wishes, Ken


Date: July 26, 1998
To: Zorro
From: Ken Jones
Subject: Fishin'

Hey Zoy,

Has the fishing picked up? Gaviota and Goleta were slow when I was down there -- although Stearns Wharf was good.

Best wishes, Ken


Ken,

Sorry that I can't report on Gaviota this month I have been fishing Morro Bay a lot from a boat. It was too windy today, maybe tomorrow.

You may not be aware of this PESCA board it is new:

http://www.sport-fish-info.com/pesca/pesca.html


Hi Zoy,

Yes I heard about the board. I was down to San Clemente a couple of weeks ago and had an interesting conversation with Gil Sperry about PESCA. It's an interesting concept and one with a lot of potential. It's not really shore anglers versus boat anglers but an organization that gives voice to shore/pier anglers, a voice which is rarely heard. By the way, he's looking for people to set up clubs in different areas. Perhaps Lompoc or Vandenberg? If you're interested, I've got the paperwork which can be used to set up a club. I'm going to set up a club up here and am trying to figure out a way to set up a larger California Pier Rat club. Any ideas?

Best wishes and continued good fishing, Ken


Date: July 27, 1998
To: Ken Jones
From: Elizabeth B
Subject: phish

Kool site. Your photo links are not responding.


Elizabeth,

Thanks for your thoughts and your information, I'll check it out.

Best wishes, Ken Jones, The Pier Fisherman