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San Diego County Piers—

Posted by Ken Jones (Skipper - Posts: 11990)
on May-31-08 12:48pm
(In reply to: Last Pier Fishing Report (#125) for this board— posted by Ken Jones on May-31-08 12:47pm)

San Diego County Piers

Imperial Beach Pier – Billy Burns, at the Ocean Beach Pier tackle shop says he’s getting reports of wide open mackerel runs at the pier along with good numbers of sardines and the usual queenfish. Bigger species include good numbers of leopard sharks and a few halibut. How To Get There: From I-5 take the Palm Ave. (Hwy. 75) exit and follow it to where Palm Ave. and Hwy. 75 divide. Follow Palm Ave. to Seacoast Dr., turn left and it will take you right to the pier.

Ocean Beach Pier — Billy Burns, at the Ocean Beach Pier tackle shop on the pier, says several BIG fish have recently with the largest being a lost-at-the-gaff 7-gill shark estimated to be between 10-10 ˝ feet long. Only problem is that 7-gills are only supposed to reach about 9 feet in length. Wonder if it could have been a 6-gill (they’ve been reported to 15 feet in length). Two giant sea bass were also taken and released. The fish were both estimated at 80-pounds with one hitting a chunk of mackerel and one a live queenfish. A 160-pound bat ray was taken on 5/24. All of the large fish seem to have been taken around the evening setting of the sun, a time that coincides with the appearance of the mackerel each night. Add in a good showing of barracuda, some calico bass, and some nice opaleye near the front of the pier and it sounds like a good time to visit OB. How To Get There: From the north, take I-5 to the Sea World Dr. exit and follow it until it turns off to Sunset Cliffs Blvd. From the south, take I- 5 to the Nimitz Blvd. exit, then follow that road to Sunset Cliffs Blvd. Follow Sunset Cliffs Blvd. to Newport Ave., turn right and follow the road to the pier parking lot.

Crystal Pier – Jim at the Crystal Pier (and motel) says it’s smallish queenfish, the usual perch, and increasing numbers of leopards and shovelnose sharks. How To Get There: Take I-5 to Garnet Ave. then take Garnet west to the foot of the pier. (A license is required from this pier).

Pepper Park Pier — No report although a few bass should still be hanging around. How To Get There: From I-5 take the 24th Street off-ramp west to Tidelands Avenue and go left (south) on Tidelands to the end.

Bayside Park Pier — No report. How To Get There: From I-5 take the J Street off ramp and go west. Take J Street to Tidelands Ave., turn right. Take Tidelands to Sandpiper Way, turn right. Take Sandpiper to Bayside Parkway, turn left and follow the road to the park.

Embarcadero Marina Pier — James at JJ’s Sunset Deli (foot of the pier) says things have been slow with the exception of some sand bass on the bottom and an occasional leopard shark or shovelnose guitarfish. How To Get There: From the I-5 south, take the Front Street exit south to Market (just stay on Front Street, it runs into Market), take Market west to Harbor Dr. Turn left on Harbor Dr. and take it to 8th Ave., turn right onto Convention Way (formerly Harbor St.). Follow it a short block to 5th Ave. and the pier. It seems that with the new Convention Center the city is constantly working on these streets near the pier and renaming them; if you get confused remember that the park and pier are immediately to the southwest of the Convention Center. From I-5 North, approaching from the south, take the J Street exit, then go straight, three blocks up to Market, turn left and take it from there.

Ferry Landing Pier (Coronado) – No report this month. How To Get There: From San Diego, take the Coronado Bay Bridge (Highway 75) to Coronado. Once over the bridge you are on Third Street. Simply follow it to B Avenue, turn right, and follow it to the front of The Old Ferry Landing - the intersection of First Street and B Avenue. The pier sits behind the shops in the complex.

Shelter Island Pier – Ed, at Sharkey’s B&T on the pier, says things have been up and down recently. A couple of weeks ago he saw 15 keeper-size halibut landed (on live anchovies) but then things slowed and only an occasional flattie is being taken. There has been sporadic mackerel action and some bay bass showing on the bottom. An interesting catch was a 25 1/2” halibut by a youngster on a SABIKI. How To Get There: Take I-5 or I-8 to Rosecrans (Hwy. 209) and go west, turn left at Shelter Island Dr. and follow the road until you see the pier and the entrance to the parking lot.

Oceanside Pier — Unable to reach. Is the bait shop open? How To Get There: From I-5 take the Harbor Dr. exit off the freeway, follow it and it will wind down to the harbor; where the road splits stay to the right on North Harbor Dr., and follow it to the pier.

Oceanside Harbor Pier — The pier continues to see perch inshore, rays and sharks further out from the pier. How To Get There: From I-5 take the Harbor Dr. exit off the freeway, follow it and it will wind down to the harbor; where the road splits stay to the right on North Harbor Dr., and follow it to the pier.


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Last Pier Fishing Report (#125) for this board—   Ken Jones - May-31-08 12:47pm
San Diego County Piers—   Ken Jones - May-31-08 12:48pm
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San Luis Obispo County Piers—   Ken Jones - May-31-08 12:51pm
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Northern California Piers—   Ken Jones - May-31-08 12:55pm
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