|California Pier Report — March 2013
San Luis Obispo County Piers
Pismo Beach Pier — No report although this should be the time for good barred and walleye surfperch action. How To Get There: From the north, take Hwy. 101 to the Five Cities Dr. exit; follow Dolliver into the middle of town, then turn west on Pomeroy and follow it to the pier and parking lot. From the south, take the Pismo Beach Exit (Price St.), follow it to Pomeroy; turn west and follow it to the pier.
Avila Pier – Jim Kelsey, the new owner of the Avila Pier Bait and Tackle shop said it’s been the usual lately, mainly small croakers on the bottom and jacksmelt on the top. An occasional shark is also showing up at night. How To Get There: Take Hwy. 101 to Avila Rd. and go west; turn
Port San Luis (Harford) Pier — It’s mainly jacksmelt time. How To Get There: Take Hwy. 101 to the Avila Rd. turnoff and head west; follow the road to the end and the pier.
Morro Bay T-Piers – Some blackperch (buttermouth) should be available. How To Get There: From Highway 1 turn south onto Main Street, follow it to Morro Bay Boulevard, turn left toward the bay and follow it to Embarcadero, turn right and follow Embarcadero to the end of the public parking which adjoins the piers.
Cayucos Pier — No report although a few surfperch and kingfish (white croaker) should be available. How To Get There: Take Highway 1 to either Ocean Boulevard, which is the main street and will take you past the pier, or take the Cayucos Drive exit which will take you straight to the pier.
San Simeon Pier — No report although a few surfperch should be available. How To Get There: Highway 1 to the entrance to the park.
Monterey-Santa Cruz-San Mateo County Piers
Monterey Coast Guard Pier — No report this month although seaperch should be available as well as a few cabezon and rockfish. How To Get There: From Hwy 1 going north: Take the Aguajito Road exit, turn left at the first traffic signal intersection, which is Aguajito Road, and continue under Highway 1 and cross Fremont Street. At the next traffic signal intersection, which is Del Monte Avenue, turn left. Continue down Del Monte Avenue and under the tunnel where the street turns into Lighthouse Avenue. Get into the right-hand lane. As the street veers to the right it turns into Foam Street. Continue on Foam Street to the first right and turn into the parking lot. From Hwy 1 going south: Take the Del Monte Avenue exit, continue down Del Monte Avenue for several blocks and go under the tunnel where the street turns into Lighthouse Avenue. Get into the right-hand lane. As the street veers to the right it turns into Foam Street. Continue on Foam Street to the first right and turn into the parking lot.
Monterey Wharf #2 —No report. How To Get There: From Highway 1 take the central Monterey exit and follow Del Monte Avenue to Figueroa Street, turn right and follow to the wharf.
Seacliff State Beach Pier — Expect some surfperch inshore, small speckled sanddab, and some brown rockfish out by the ship. How To Get There: How To Get There: From Highway 1 take the State Park Drive exit; follow the road west to the park entrance.
Capitola Wharf — Frank, at the Capitola Wharf Bait and Tackle, reported things have been slow although an angler caught a 2 ˝ -pound barred surfperch just before I called. Frank says most of the action has been on a variety of perch with a few small kingfish (white croakers) mixed in. No sharks and rays and no pelagics although the sardines did move in for a few days before taking off again. How To Get There: From Highway 1 take the Bay Avenue exit west until it hits Capitola Avenue where you turn right; stay on this to Cliff Drive, turn right and park wherever you can find a spot.
Santa Cruz Wharf — No report. How to Get There: There are many ways to get to the wharf, the way I usually go is to take Ocean Street south from Highway 1; when you get to Laurel Street turn right and follow it to Pacific Street, turn left and follow Pacific to the wharf.
Pillar Point Pier — Small rockfish (by the rocks) and jacksmelt seem to be available. How To Get There: From Highway 1 simply take the Pillar Point Harbor turnoff and follow the road down to the main parking lot. This pier is to the far right of the parking lot
Pacifica Pier – Cheryl at the Rusty Hook reports it’s the normal stuff for this time of the year — perch and crabs. A variety of perch show—barred surfperch, calico surfperch, walleye surfperch, silver surfperch, and others, while Dungeness top the list of crabs being sought and landed. She says things have been fairly calm and not too much wind — at least the last few days. How To Get There: Take Highway 1 to Pacifica, take the Paloma Avenue-Francisco Boulevard exit, take Paloma west to Beach Road, turn left and proceed a short way until you see markers indicating the way to Fort Point, turn left on Long Avenue and it will take you down to the pier.
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