|California Pier Report — Sept. 2009
San Luis Obispo County Piers
Pismo Beach Pier— It sounds like some mackerel and jacksmelt have shown at the pier but the barred surfperch have been slow. A few sharks and rays also show at night. 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 the mackerel and sardines have been hitting but they come and go. Apparently a 16-pound halibut was also taken by a neophyte angler with no net who had to walk the fish down the pier until he found someone with a crab net who would help him out (it figures). 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 — Debbie, at Patriot Sportfishing on the pier, says it’s mostly sardines and mackerel with some days being hot, and some days cold, but they were hitting the day I called. 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 – Baitfish have been in the bay and with them some bat rays (try sardines/mackerel/smelt for bait). Not much else other than an occasional lizardfish, perch or small rockfish. 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 anglers are getting good numbers of sardines, mackerel and jacksmelt along with a few sharks (including a small thresher this week). 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 — Some days the sardines are thick but there hasn’t been too much on the bottom. Haven’t heard if any sharks show up at night. How To Get There: Highway 1 to the entrance to the park.
Monterey-Santa Cruz-San Mateo County Piers
Monterey Wharf #2 — Apparently a few mackerel are showing but mostly at night. 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 — Mid-sized sardines and mackerel come and go while perch action has been mostly slow. Regulars continue to bring in an occasional striped bass, halibut and shark. 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 says people are still managing to Sabiki up some sardines that are then used to land an occasional striped bass (to 14.5 pounds) and halibut. Some smaller perch are also available mid-pier to the end as well as the usual white croaker. Don’t forget, the bait shop also now has a good fishing report on the shops 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 — Sarah, at Andy’s Bait and Tackle, at the end of the wharf, says the mackerel are slowing down but there’s been an abundance of sardines. She says there are some perch down toward the surf zone but apparently the halibut are playing hooky and haven’t been seen. Ditto on the rockcod, they just aren’t there. 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 — PFIC reports indicate that some sardines as well as Spanish mackerel (jack mackerel) are being taken by those using Sabiki rigs. 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 things are slowing down and although a few stripers and perch are being landed most people are concentrating on the mackerel and sardines (that come and go). 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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