(only species that are fairly common to piers)
Up to date as of March 20, 1997
| Species|| Weight|
lbs. - oz.
| Where|| When|| Angler|| Barracuda, Cal.|| 15-15|| San Onofre|| Aug. 24, 1957|| C.O Taylor|| Bass, Giant Sea *|| 563-8|| Anacapa Isl.|| Aug. 20, 1968|| J.D. McAdams, Jr.|| Bass, Kelp|| 14-7|| San Clemente Isl.|| July 30, 1958|| C.O. Taylor|| Bass, Barred Sand|| 11-7|| Huntington Flats|| July 3, 1993|| Scott Reason|| Bass, Spotted Sand|| 6-12|| Newport Bay|| Oct. 1, 1994|| Matt Bergherm|| Bass, Striped (Inland Water)|| 67-8|| O'Neill Forebay Merced County|| May 7, 1992|| Merced County|| Bonito, Pacific|| 22-3|| Malibu Cove|| July 30, 1978|| Gino Piccolo|| Cabezon|| 23-4|| Los Angeles|| April 20, 1958|| Bruce Kuhn|| Croaker, Spotfin|| 14-0|| Playa Del Rey|| Sept. 24, 1951|| Charles Dusart|| Croaker, Yellowfin|| 2-1|| Dana Point Harbor|| Aug. 3, 1995|| Scott Crooke|| Corbina, California|| 5-15|| Manhatten Beach|| June 22, 1993|| Dana O'Dowd|| Eel, Monkeyface|| 1-1|| Mavericks, San Mateo Co.|| July 4, 1996|| Bo Nelson|| Flounder, Starry|| 11-4|| San Simeon|| Aug. 29, 1993|| Steve Doshier|| Greeenling, Kelp|| 2-9|| San Simeon|| July 23, 1993|| Ray Hardy|| Halibut, California|| 53-8|| Santa Rosa Island|| May 28, 1975|| Henre Kelemen|| Jacksmelt|| 0-11|| Newport Bay|| Feb. 9, 1997|| Brian Hinds|| Lingcod|| 56-0|| Crescent City|| July 12, 1992|| Carey Mitchell|| Mackerel, Jack|| 5-8|| Huntington Beach|| Sep. 1, 1988|| Joe Bairian|| Mackerel, Pacific|| 2-8|| Los Angeles|| Nov. 5, 1995|| Bob Tanji|| Opaleye|| 6-4|| Los Flores Creek|| May 13, 1956|| Leonard Itkoff|| Perch, Pile|| OPEN|| Ray, Bat|| 181|| Huntington Beach|| June 30, 1978|| Bradley Dew|| Rockfish, Black|| 9-2|| San Francisco Light Station|| Sep. 3, 1988|| Trent Wilcox|| Rockfish, Blue|| 3-14|| San Carpoforo|| Oct. 14, 1993|| Terry Lamb Jr.|| Rockfish, Brown|| Open|| Rockfish, China|| 1-12|| Point Estero|| Oct. 28, 1994|| David Haas Jr.|| Rockfish, Grass|| 5-1|| Ragged Point|| Sep. 10, 1995|| Ken Roberts|| Salmon, King|| 43-0|| Point Reyes|| July 17, 1996|| Bill Lowery|| (Inland Water)|| 88-0|| Sacramento River, Tehama County|| Nov. 21, 1979|| O.H. Lindberg|| Salmon, Silver**|| OPEN|| (Inland Water)|| 22-0|| Paper Mill Creek, Marin County|| Jan. 3, 1959|| Milton Hain|| Scorpionfish, California|| OPEN|| Seabass, White|| 77-4|| San Diego|| April 8, 1950|| H.P. Bledsoe|| Seaperch, Black|| OPEN|| Seaperch, Rubberlip|| 4-4|| Monterey Dunes|| June 24, 1995|| Joe Manalac|| Seaperch, Striped|| OPEN|| Shark, Leopard|| 40-10|| Oceanside|| May 13, 1994|| Fred Oakley|| Shark, Thresher|| 527|| San Diego|| Oct. 4, 1980|| Ken Schilling|| Shark, Blue|| 231|| Santa Cruz Island|| Aug. 9, 1974|| Robert L. Ballew|| Sturgeon, White|| 468|| San Pablo Bay|| July 9, 1983|| Joey Pallotta|| Surfperch, Barred|| 4-2|| Morro Bay|| Nov. 8, 1995|| Artie J. Ferguson|| 4-2|| Oxnard|| Mar. 30, 1995|| Fred Oakley|| Surfperch, Redtail|| OPEN|| Yellowtail|| 62|| La Jolla|| June 6, 1953|| George Willett|
* State law presently prohibits the take of giant sea bass off California, Section 28.10, Title 14, California Administrative Code.
** Silver salmon that are greater than 15 pounds in weight, and that are legally caught after January 1, 1996 in Ocean waters off of California, may be considered for a California State Saltwater Angling Record).
Originally, when several new inshore species where added in the early '90s, the following were to be considered the minimum qualifying weights. As seen above, several current fish do not meet these standards yet apparently they are considered state records.
|New Species and minimum weights:|
|Corbina, California||6||Salmon, Silver||15|
|Croaker, Yellowfin||2 1/2||Scorpionfish, California||3|
|Flounder, Starry||10||Seaperch, Black||1|
|Greenling, Kelp||3 1/2||Seaperch, Rubberlip||2|
|Jack mackerel||5||Seaperch, Striped||2|
|Jacksmelt||1 1/2||Shark, Leopard||50|
|Mackerel, Pacific||3||Surfperch, Barred||3 1/2|
|Perch, Pile||3 1/2||Surfperch, Redtail||3 1/2|
If you catch a fish that you think has "state record" possibilities, you should do the following:
- Photograph the fish so that the fish is easily identifiable. Try to pose it so that its size can be compared to other objects in the picture.
- Weigh the fish (before gutting) on a certified scale. These can be found in the meat or fish sections of markets and at some bait and tackle shops. If it is certifiable it will contain a state seal on the scale.
- Two unrelated witnesses should verify the catch and weight and a statement from the weigh master verifying the accuracy of the scales is encouraged.
- Measurements should be taken for the total length of the fish (from the tip of the snout to the longest lob of the tail), and the girth (just in front of the dorsal fin on most fish).
- Other pertinent information should be included in a report including the names, addresses and phone numbers of witnesses and the weigh master, the exact location and time of the catch, and a description of the type of tackle used in catching the fish. (If it is a possible world record, you will also need to submit a length of the fishing line to the IGFA).
- Contact the nearest DFG field office and schedule an appointment for a biologist to study and verify the catch (and then freeze your catch since it may be several weeks or months before you get a visit).
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As most of you realize, the future of our sport rests in the hands of our kids. What better way to introduce them to the sport than in a kids fishing derby and what better place to introduce them to the sport than on public piers which require no license. Recently I heard of an organization which sets up just such contests. It is called Hooked on Fishing International and runs both the Kids All-American Fishing Derby and the Seniors All-American Fishing Festival. The pictures below show one such contest which was held at the Morro Bay South T-Pier on May 29, 1993.
I highly recommend such endeavors and urge our readers to contact local pier groups and bait shops to set up some contests. I am enclosing the organization's address and a link to their organization to help you get started.
We were pleased to be included in an article discussing favorite fishing sites which was part of the May 10, 1997 issue of USA Today Weekend Magazine. In fact, our comments about Newport Pier were the lead-in statements to the article.
Its your Huntington Beach reporter with a question I haven't been able to get answered yet from everyone I've asked.
Thursday, I went crabbing and fishing at Pacifica pier, and caught your usual assortment of small croakers and rock crabs. Then, at about 11:30 PM (we started fishing at 8:30-9 PM), we pulled up this alien looking huge crab in our net (we were at the very end of the L shaped pier). We were hesitant to even pull it onto the pier. It has a huge bulbous back end that narrowed down to a point where its head was. It has 5 large and long legs on each side, with negligible claws. I'm not sure how big it was but my guess is 8-10 inches thereabouts. We kept it and a friend took it home. The other crabbers on the pier couldn't identify it. Any ideas? I'd appreciate any help.
I'm not an expert on crabs but it sounds like some type of spider crab; I've seen some spiders that are really unusual looking (including having things like sponges growing on their backs). But, as I said, I'm not an expert. However, I'll get a couple of books out and see if it can be identified.
By the way, if you could get a good picture of it (showing some detail), we could put the picture on the net and ask for comments. This has been an unusual year for spider crabs with unusually large catches of unusually large crabs at several spots along the coast.
Best wishes, Ken
I found a page with a very similar picture, but the crab I caught was red, not blue. Please take a look if you can, cause the description is a bit frightening to me (though too fantastic to be the one I caught!!)
The one on the page is a South Australian Soldier Crab.
The picture of the crab is VERY INTERESTING!
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