|California Pier Report — June 2009
San Luis Obispo County Piers
Pismo Beach Pier— No report although the latest information said a goodly number of barred surfperch were around as well as some jacksmelt—and a few sharays. 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 said a nice run of mackerel had just begun in the last few days. The macs join the jacksmelt already in the area along with the occasional halibut and bat ray. He says the water temperature has gone from 48 to 56 degrees in just the past two weeks. 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 — Chris at Patriot Sportfishing on the pier says things are still pretty slow on the pier although he did see a nice 14-16” (copper) rockfish taken along with a large pileperch and a big bat ray. 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 although some perch should still be found down by the pilings and both sharks and rays should be available in the deeper waters out from the wharf. 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 the fishing is really slow, nothing but small surfperch at this time. 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 — Ed, at the Capitola Bait Shop, on the wharf, says that there is an excellent striper bite going on at the Cement pier and adjacent beach. He said 15 good-sized stripers were taken the day before I called. What to use? He says many of the fish are falling to Kastmasters with a bucktail (sounds like a Micky Lure). He said a friend was fishing from the pier the morning I called and had seen as many as eight stripers follow his Rapala lure, some that appeared to be in the 20-30 pound range. It sounds like Seacliff is the hot spot at this time. He also said a few halibut are showing up for the regulars. 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 that overall things have been slow although they pulled in an 11-pound striper the day I called. The fish evidently hit a Blue “Bomber Lure” and though they’ve had other fish following lures that was only the second striper taken on the wharf so far this year. A few halibut are also being taken, primarily on swim baits, and a few perch, mainly whites and blacks. The bait is hanging out from the pier just a little too far so provide enticement for the bigger fish. 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, said things were dead. She said a couple of halibut were taken over the holiday weekend but the day I called (5/30) there were more anglers than fish. 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, 2120 Palmetto Ave., says some stripers are being taken, most from the beach but a few on the pier. She says the perch, kingfish, and Dungeness crab (till the end of June) action remains fair to good. 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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