|California Pier Report — February 2009
San Luis Obispo County Piers
Pismo Beach Pier—Blair, from Sheldon's Clam Stand (on the pier), says there are some jacksmelt, and a few perch and mackerel, but things have slowed down in recent weeks. Tourists are still buying cheap trinkets and soda pop and they outnumber the fishermen and fish. 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 that the weather is beautiful but the fishing is slow. About all he’s seeing is a few mackerel and anchovies; maybe a few sharks at night. 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 — Alex at Patriot Sportfishing on the pier says things are slow but anglers are getting a few baitfish—anchovies and a few sardines or mackerel. 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 —Glenda at the Tidepool says it’s slow, mainly a few surfperch and an occasional shark but that’s about it. 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 are slow. A few surfperch are available inshore and sand sole have shown some days but that’s about it other than for the bullheads. 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 it’s dead, not even a mackerel or kingfish! 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 — Sounds like the fishing is slow but some crabs are still 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 – The Dungeness crabs are around but so are the sea lions. Good luck. 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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