Games & Things - July, August & September '97

California Saltwater Angling Records
(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
Rockfish, Grass 7

If you catch a fish that you think has "state record" possibilities, you should do the following:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Two unrelated witnesses should verify the catch and weight and a statement from the weigh master verifying the accuracy of the scales is encouraged.
  4. 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).
  5. 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).
  6. 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).

Contest - Create A Fish! - Extended

Win a free autographed copy of Pier Fishing in California

Prizes will be awarded for the best designs in each of the following categories: MacFish and PC Fish. What is it, what does it look like? We don't know. If we did, we wouldn't be giving away this free stuff.

All entries must be received by me by October 1, 1997 and can be sent by either E-mail ( or by snail-mail (Ken Jones, The Pier Fisherman, P.O.Box 529, Boonville, Ca 95415). The winning drawings/designs will be judged by a panel of sober but otherwise wacky group of fish/computer enthusiasts. Hard copy entries will be returned only if accompanied by a stamped, self addressed envelope.

Antique Pier Fishing Post Cards From The Early 20th Century
(click to enlarge)

A Conversation on the Pier!
Hiyamac. Lobuddy. Binearlong? Cuplours. Ketchanenny. Goddafew. Kindarthay? Perchncroakr. Enysizetoum? Cuplapowns. Hittinard? Sordalite. Wahchoozin? Gobbawurms. Fishanonboddum?Rydonnaboddum. Igoddago. Tubad. Seeyaround. Yeahtakiddeezy. Guluk.

Favorite Piers
Do you have some favorite piers? If you do, be sure to vote for those piers. Send us the names of your five favorite piers and tell us why the piers deserve your vote. We'll tabulate the results and list them on the next Games & Things page along with interesting comments.
Click here to email me your vote.

Play the Nitty Gritty Pier Trivia Quiz!

The correct answers can be found in Pier Fishing in California. If you don't own the book, GET ONE NOW -- or, wait for the next Games & Things page to see the correct answers.
Answers to the April/June Trivia Quiz:
  1. Seacliff State Beach Pier
  2. Imperial Beach Pier
  3. Citizen's Dock
  4. Berkeley Pier
  5. Elephant Rock Pier
  6. Round Stingray
  7. Bat Rays
  8. Brown Smoothhound Shark
  9. Leopard Shark
  10. Common Thresher Shark
The Trivia Quiz requires the Allegiant Technologies, Inc. Roadster Plugin!
If you don't have the plugin, click here to download it!

Contest - Pier Rats

Win a free autographed copy of Pier Fishing in California

What is your image of a pier rat? Send us your drawing of a pier rat and if we like it the best, you're a winner.

All entries must be received by me by October 1, 1997, and can be sent by either E-mail ( or by snail-mail (Ken Jones, The Pier Fisherman, P.O.Box 529, Boonville, Ca 95415). The winning drawing/design will be judged by a panel of one - me - so make it nice! Hard copy entries will be returned only if accompanied by a stamped, self addressed envelope. And, I reserve the right to show your masterpieces on the page.

Kids All-American Fishing Derby
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.

Pier Fishing in California makes the national news!

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.

Date: May 10 1997
To: Ken Jones
From: Audrey
Subject: Alien Crabs in Pacifica

Hi Ken,

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.

Thanks, Audrey

Hi Audrey,

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.

Thanks, Audrey


The picture of the crab is VERY INTERESTING!

Good Organizations
International Game Fish Association
United Anglers of Southern California
Ocean Fish Protective Association
United Anglers of California

This page will be next updated on October 15, 1997