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>> Update on some pier records [topic: previous/next]
PostPosted: Mon May 08, 2017 2:57 pm
Ken Jones


Posts: 9447
Location: California

Been trying to track down some record fish from piers but for piers there's not much actual, provable information. Some piers have bait shops and if their scales are accurate we have some records. But, much is rumor and we all know how accurate a guesstimate on weight by fishermen can be... so take it for what it's worth.

Giant (Black) Sea Bass —

600 Lbs. — Manhattan Beach Pier, 1929
Source: Manhattan Beach Historical Society

500 Lbs. — Point Mugu Fish Camp Pier, Frank Kubota, June 19, 1925
Source: Oxnard Daily Courier, June 19, 1925

453 Lbs. — Stearns Wharf (Santa Barbara), R. A. Hendricks, October 22, 1925
Source: Santa Barbara Daily News, October 23, 1925

452 Lbs. — Balboa Pier, Carl Sandino, May 12, 1930
Source: Santa Ana Register, May 13, 1930

435 Lbs. — Newport Pier, “New Jersey man”, 1937
Source: Personal communication, Patrick Kennedy, Baldy’s Tackle (1990)

428 Lbs. — Manhattan Beach Pier, 1923
Source: Manhattan Beach Historical Society

427 Lbs. — Hermosa Beach Pier, Texan, May 16, 1921
Source: Newspaper

415 Lbs. — Belmont Pier (Long Beach), Lester Bobb, June 14, 1929
Source: Long Beach Press-Telegram, June 15, 1929

408 Lbs. — Redondo Beach Pier, C. E. Allen, May 19, 1918
Source: Santa Ana Register, May 20, 1918

400 Lbs. — Port Hueneme Wharf, Arthur Kovalovsky, July 1927
Source: Oxnard Daily Courier, July 25, 1927

Halibut —

62 Ό lbs. — Long Wharf (Santa Monica), August 17, 1917
Source: Port of Los Angeles, A Phenomenon of the Railroad Era, Ernest Marquez, 1975

58 Lbs. 11 Oz — Santa Monica Pier, Darrell Barry, March 10, 2001
Source: Several including Santa Monica Pier Bait Shop, PFIC and Western Outdoor News, March 23, 2001

54 Lbs. — Huntington Beach Pier, W. S. Keith & H. C. Carmichael, May 4, 1939
Source: Santa Ana Register, May 5, 1939

45 Ύ lbs. — Balboa Pier, Harry Campbell, May 20, 1927
Source: Santa Ana Register, May 21, 1927

45 ½ Lbs. — Redondo Beach Pier, Virginia Lively, June 24, 1975
Source: Long Beach Independent, July 2, 1975

44 Lbs. — Newport Pier, R. O. Stull, July 29, 1931
Source: Santa Ana Register, July 29, 1931

44 Lbs. — Huntington Beach Pier, Seymore Wilson, June 1933
Source: Santa Ana Register, June 5, 1933

43 Lbs. — Capitola Wharf, Wilbur Boyea, May 14, 1934
Source: Santa Cruz Sentinel, May 16, 1934

41 lbs. — Santa Monica Pier, Hoyt Holdridge, March 1957
Source: San Bernardino County Sun, March 5, 1957

40 Lbs. — Seacliff Pier (Aptos), August 1942
Source: Santa Cruz Sentinel, August 6, 1942

40 Lbs. — Redondo Sportfishing Pier, August 2010
Source: Redondo Sportfishing

≈ 40 Lbs. — Oceanside Pier, September 2004
Source: Oceanside Pier Bait Shop


Yellowtail —

55 Lbs. — Crystal Pier (San Diego), Montre Somsukcharean, September 21, 2006
Source: Source: James Barrick, Crystal Pier Bait Shop & Peggi Straker

48.5 Lbs. — Crystal Pier (San Diego), Tony Troncale, August 6, 2012
Source: James Barrick, Crystal Pier Bait Shop & Tony Troncale

46 Lbs. — Crystal Pier (San Diego), Thomas Shinsato, August 2015
Source: Source: Crystal Pier Bait Shop & Thomas Shinsato

42 Lb. 1 Oz. — Oceanside Pier, Elmo Nealoff, July 1955
Source: Oceanside Pier Bait Shop

42 Lbs. — Crystal Pier (San Diego), October 2004
Source: James Barrick, Crystal Pier Bait Shop

≈ 40 Lbs. — Redondo Beach Pier, October 2008
Source: bloodydecks.com

36 Lbs. — Crystal Pier (San Diego), August 2016
Source: Crystal Pier Bait Shop

35 Lbs. — Crystal Pier (San Diego), August 2012
Source: James Barrick, Crystal Pier Bait Shop

35 Lbs. — Balboa Pier, Aaron, November 1, 2003
Source: PFIC

34 Lbs. — Crystal Pier, Hallman, August 2012
Source: James Barrick, Crystal Pier Bait Shop

34 Lbs. — Crystal Pier, Angel Hernandez, August 2016
Source: Angel Hernandez


White Sea Bass —


83 Lbs. — Newport Pier, 1920s
Source: Personal communication, Patrick Kennedy, Baldy’s Tackle (1990)

61 Lbs. — Newport Pier, Roger Jackson, December 1, 1927
Source: Santa Ana Register, December 1, 1927

50 Lbs. — Imperial Beach Pier, “Oyuki”, October 2014
Source: sdfish.com (October 28, 2014) and Oceanic Angler (oceanicangler.com), November 11, 2014

48 Lbs. — Newport Pier, June 1, 1934
Source: Santa Ana Register, June 2, 1934

45 Lbs. — Capitola Wharf, September 2000
Source: Capitola Wharf Bait Shop

45 Lbs. — Avalon Pleasure Pier, Pat Casey, May 13, 1936
Source: Catalina Islander, May 14, 1936

42 Lbs. — Santa Monica Pier, 1957
Source: Santa Monica Pier Bait Shop? Newspaper> DF&G

41 Ό Lb. — Pacifica Pier, July 1992
Source: Pacific Bait Shop

41 Lbs. — Point Mugu Pier, Charles S. Leonard, August, 1959
Source: Oxnard Press-Courier, August 5, 1959

40 Lbs. — Avalon Pleasure Pier, A. E. Eaton, July 3, 1916
Source: Catalina Islander, July 4, 1916

40 Lbs. — Hueneme Wharf, Charlie Chambers, October 1895
Source: Los Angeles Herald, October 27, 1895

≈ 40 Lbs. — Monterey Wharf No.2, October 2009
Source: PFIC

Sheephead

30+ Lbs. — San Clemente Pier, July 2010
Source: PFIC

29.7 Lb. — Redondo Sportfishing Pier, February 2008
Source: Redondo Sportfishing

27 Lbs. — Oceanside Pier, April 1998
Source: Oceanside Pier Bait Shop

25 Lbs. — San Clemente Pier, June 2015
Source: PFIC

22.5 Lbs. — Ocean Beach Pier, Jose, April 30, 2017
Source: Ocean Beach Pier Bait Shop

21 Lbs. — Shelter Island Pier, February 2007
Source: Shelter Island Pier Bait Shop

21 Lbs. — San Clemente Pier, August 2009
Source: PFIC

21 Lb. — Redondo Sportfishing Pier, February 2001
Source: Redondo Sportfishing

20+ Lbs. — Oceanside Pier, January 2003
Source: Oceanside Pier Bait Shop

20 Lbs. — Oceanside Pier, November 2002
Source: Oceanside Pier Bait Shop

Striped Bass


52 Lbs. — San Mateo Pier, mid-80s
Source: PFIC

33 Lbs.— Santa Cruz Wharf, 1996
Source: Santa Cruz Wharf Bait Shop

31 Lbs. — Capitola Wharf, September 1995
Source: Capitola Wharf Bait Shop

King Salmon

51 Lbs. — Pacifica Pier, July 2002
Source: Pacifica Bait Shop/PFIC

Silver Salmon

16.5 Lbs. — Capitola Wharf, June 2003
Source: Capitola Wharf Bait Shop

White Sturgeon —

194 Lbs. — Vallejo Public Pier, George Gano, 1980
Source: Many

Bonito —

10 Lbs. — Ocean Park Pier, I. L. Noyes, May 31, 1908
Source: Los Angeles Herald, May 31, 1908

Spotfin Croaker —

13 Lbs. — Seal Beach Pier, July 18, 1940
Source: Santa Ana Register, July 19, 1940

Opaleye —

6 Lbs., 4 oz. — Santa Monica Pier, David Douglas
Source: Pasadena Independent, January 16, 1964

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