|Central California — December 2008 (#131)
San Luis Obispo County Piers
Pismo Beach Pier—Troy, from Sheldon's Clam Stand (on the pier), says some nice-sized surfperch are showing up inshore but other than that about the only thing he’s seeing is jacksmelt. 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 – Louis at Avila Bait & Tackle on the pier reports action is slow. Expect an occasional jacksmelt on top, shark or ray on the bottom. How To Get There: Take Hwy. 101 to Avila Rd. and go west; turn left off of Avila Rd. on to Front St. and follow it to the pier.
Port San Luis (Harford) Pier — Gene at Patriot Sportfishing on the pier says things have slowed. About all he’s seeing is an occasional jacksmelt. 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 Wharf – No report this month. 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 —Nellie at the Tidepool says some perch and jacksmelt are being caught at day and quite a few sharks at night. An unusual fish for the month was a fairly large red snapper (rockfish) taken from the pier; don’t know what it was doing in the shallow water. 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 this month. How To Get There: Highway 1 to the entrance to the park.
Monterey-Santa Cruz-San Mateo County Piers
Monterey Wharf #2 — No report this month. How To Get There: From Highway 1 take the central Monterey exit and follow Del Monte Avenue to Figueroa Street, turn left and follow to the wharf.
Seacliff State Beach Pier — Apparently some surfperch are making an appearance inshore but that’s about it. 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 — Ed, at the Capitola Bait Shop, on the wharf, says things have slowed and there’s been lots of high wave action and pieces of kelp around the pier making it hard to fish. He says there haven’t been too many pier anglers but the ones who showed up continue to take some barred surfperch inshore, walleye surfperch by the pilings, and kingfish (white croaker) away from the pier. And, not to forget, lots of salad on the line. Don’t forget, the bait shop also now has a good fishing report on the shop’s website for those wanting additional information: (http://capitolaboatandbait.com/fishing-report). 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 — Christina, at Andy’s Bait and Tackle, at the end of the wharf, says she’s mainly seeing small crabs being taken although there’s an occasional jacksmelt also making an appearance. 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.
Piller Point Pier — No report this month. 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, just around the corner from the pier, says most people are concentrating on crabs although a few surfperch and kingfish (white croaker) are also available. How To Get There: Take Highway 1 to Pacifica, take the Paloma Avenue-Francisco Boulevard exit, take Paloma west to Beach Road, turn left 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.