|California Pier Report — Dec. 2009
San Luis Obispo County Piers
Pismo Beach Pier— Troy, at Sheldon’s Clam Stand on the pier, says it’s some of the best action he’s seen on good-sized barred surfperch for the past few years. Surfperch inshore and a few jacksmelt further out on the pier. 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 – Apparently the smelt, mackerel and sardines come and go but action has been slow on the bottom with the exception of small kingfish. 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 there continued to be pretty good action on baitfish—sardines and jacksmelt—up until the day after Thanksgiving when they seemed to move out of the bay. Perhaps as the rough seas and swell settles the action will resume. There’s not been much on the bottom. 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 – PFIC reports suggest some perch (blackperch) and rockfish are available at piers along the Embarcadero. 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 fishing has been slow, Concentrate on inshore surfperch. 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 although there should be some perch inshore. How To Get There: Highway 1 to the entrance to the park.
Monterey-Santa Cruz-San Mateo County Piers
Monterey Wharf #2 — Apparently things have slowed although the baitfish do continue to come and go and some rays should be available 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 — The surf has been rough and the pier was closed for a few days but when things return to normal some surfperch should be available inshore. 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 it’s been a little slow. Some jacksmelt, kingfish (white croakers), and sand sole have been taken out at the end of the pier while barred and calico surfperch are showing inshore. 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 — Kayla, at Andy’s Bait and Tackle, at the end of the wharf, says the wharf has been dead with only a few small fish being taken. 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 — 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 – Rough seas have put a damper on the Dungeness crabbing at the pier but when things settle down there should be some redtail and barred surfperch to go along with the crabs. 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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