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Los Angeles County Piers—

Posted by Ken Jones (Skipper - Posts: 11990)
on May-31-08 12:50pm
(In reply to: Last Pier Fishing Report (#125) for this board— posted by Ken Jones on May-31-08 12:47pm)

Los Angeles County Piers

Belmont Pier —Randy, at Paul's Bait and Tackle, 803 South Pacific Ave. in San Pedro, says Belmont is seeing some good action on sand bass out toward the end of the pier as well as quite a few sharks (smoothhounds and leopards) at night. There are also some surfperch showing up in the surf and lots of rock and spider crabs for those with nets. How To Get There: From the north take I-405 to the Lakewood Boulevard turnoff, and then go south to 7th Street, turn west (right) until you come to Ximeno Ave. and then turn left. Follow it to Livingston Dr. and go west. You will see signs by Ocean Ave. and Termino Ave. indicating the pier. From the south take the Pacific Coast Highway to 2nd. Street (Westminister becomes 2nd. Street when it crosses PCH), go west, follow to Livingston Dr. Follow it to signs by Ocean Ave. and Termino Ave. indicating the pier and parking lot.

Shoreline Aquatic Park Piers — Randy, at Paul's Bait and Tackle, 803 South Pacific Ave. says things have slowed somewhat although there are still quite a few diamond turbot being taken along with the usual sand bass. There’s not much on top. How To Get There: From inland areas take I-710 south and follow it to the Shoreline Drive. From downtown Long Beach, take Pine Avenue south to Shoreline Drive. For the northernmost piers follow Shoreline Avenue west and follow it around the lagoon to where the street ends. For the southernmost piers, follow Shoreline Drive east to the markings for Shoreline Village, continue past the shopping complex, and follow the road out to near the end of the peninsula. You will see the various piers as you drive the road out to the end.

Cabrillo Pier — Randy, at Paul's Bait and Tackle, says the pier is producing some big perch out toward the end by the rocks (use ghost shrimp or bloodworms) while some halibut are showing in the mid-pier area (use anchovies). Schools of mackerel are also showing up with most of the fish being landed on Sabiki-type rigs. Some spider crabs are also showing up. How To Get There: Take the Harbor Freeway (I-110) south; it will turn into Gaffey St. Follow it to 22nd Street and turn left. Follow 22nd St. to Pacific Ave. and turn right. Follow Pacific Ave. to 36th Street and the entrance to Cabrillo Park.

Green Pleasure Pier (Avalon, Catalina Island) – Lots of small bass as well as other species are available although space on the pier can be very limited. How To Get There: The trick here is to get to Catalina. Ships and helicopters make the journey several times a day from the Port of Los Angeles, Long Beach and Newport Beach. Information is available on all of these by calling the Avalon Chamber of Commerce on the Pleasure Pier (213) 510-1520 or the Visitor's Information & Service Center (213) 510-2500. Once in Avalon there should be no problem in finding the pier, which is located at the foot of Catalina Avenue.

Cabrillo Mole (Avalon, Catalina Island) – A mix of bass, opaleye, halfmoon and other Catalina pier species are available. The bonito come and go but they’re big ones this year—mostly 5/6 pounders. How To Get There: The trick is to get to Catalina. Ships and helicopters make the journey several times a day from the Port of Los Angeles, Long Beach and Newport Beach. Information is available on all of these by calling the Avalon Chamber of Commerce on the Pleasure Pier (213) 510-1520 or the Visitor's Information & Service Center (213) 510-2500. Once in Avalon there should be no problem in finding the mole that sits right where most boats disembark.

Redondo Beach Pier – Pete at Just Fishing By Pete. 2427 190th St. Redondo Beach, says mackerel fishing remains strong while an occasional halibut shows on the bottom. Crabbin’ seems good as usual. How To Get There: From the Pacific Coast Highway, take Torrance Blvd. west to the foot of the pier and the parking lot.

Redondo Sportfishing Pier — Dee, at the Redondo Sportfishing office, said things haven’t changed from last month. There are numerous perch and perch-like species under the pier—opaleye, blackperch, blacksmith, halfmoon, etc, as well as a few sheephead. Casting out from the pier yields some kelp bass. Nothing much on top although the mackerel come and go. How To Get There: From the Pacific Coast Highway take Beryl St. west to Harbor Dr. and follow it to the entrance of the Sportfishing parking lot.

Hermosa Beach Pier – Pete, at Just Fishing By Pete, 2427 190th St. Redondo Beach, says the surfperch are available inshore along with an increasing number of corbina. Mackerel action continues to grow while sardines are also increasing. A few halibut are available in the mid-pier area with sharks and rays available mid-pier to the end. How To Get There: Take the Pacific Coast Highway (Hwy 1) to Pier Avenue and follow Pier Avenue west to the pier.

Manhattan Beach Pier – (Ditto Hermosa) How To Get There: From Sepulveda Boulevard, turn west on Manhattan Beach Drive and follow it to the pier.

Burton Chace Fishing Platform (Marina Del Rey) — It sounds like some barracuda may still be available as well as a few halibut on the bottom. How To Get There: From Lincoln Boulevard turn west on Mindanao Drive and follow it to the park. To reach the dock you must go through the park.

Venice Pier — (Ditto Hermosa and Manhattan) although a few thresher sharks were also reported during the month. How To Get There: Highway 1 to Washington St., turn west and follow Washington St. to the pier.

Santa Monica Pier — John, at the Santa Monica Pier Bait & Tackle, reports the fishing is mixed. Sargo are showing up along with yellowfin croakers; try fresh mussels or sand crabs. An occasional halibut is also being taken (and a couple of big ones were lost). A few mackerel are on top, a few leopard sharks and shovelnose sharks on the bottom. How To Get There: From I-405 take Santa Monica Blvd. west to Ocean Ave. Turn left, go to Colorado Ave., and turn right onto the pier.

Malibu Pier – Ginny at Wylies Bait and Tackle is reporting lots of mackerel and sardines along with some halibut but most of the flatties were taken during the grunion runs. There’s also a lot of small white seabass in the area and some are being taken from the pier ( just hope they survive the gauntlet of often not so careful anglers). How To Get There: The pier fronts on the Pacific Coast Highway (Hwy 1) so just drive until you see it.


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