|California Pier Report — June 2013
San Luis Obispo County Piers
Pismo Beach Pier — No report this month. 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 – Jim Kelsey, the new owner of the Avila Pier Bait and Tackle shop says perch are showing inshore. He also had a report of a rockfish caught out at the end but didn’t see it himself. How To Get There: Take Hwy. 101 to Avila Rd. and go west; turn
Port San Luis (Harford) Pier — Debbie at Patriot Sportfishing says there’s been some “ginormous” jacksmelt showing at the pier, and a few rainbow and barred surfperch, but not much else. She says the bay is thick with 1-2-inch baby lingcod and cabezon (and it’s hoped nobody is keeping any) but there haven’t been any sardines or mackerel and not 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 – 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 — No report although a few surfperch and kingfish (white croaker) should be available. 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 although a few surfperch should be available. How To Get There: Highway 1 to the entrance to the park.
Monterey-Santa Cruz-San Mateo County Piers
Monterey Coast Guard Pier — No report this month. How To Get There: From Hwy 1 going north: Take the Aguajito Road exit, turn left at the first traffic signal intersection, which is Aguajito Road, and continue under Highway 1 and cross Fremont Street. At the next traffic signal intersection, which is Del Monte Avenue, turn left. Continue down Del Monte Avenue and under the tunnel where the street turns into Lighthouse Avenue. Get into the right-hand lane. As the street veers to the right it turns into Foam Street. Continue on Foam Street to the first right and turn into the parking lot. From Hwy 1 going south: Take the Del Monte Avenue exit, continue down Del Monte Avenue for several blocks and go under the tunnel where the street turns into Lighthouse Avenue. Get into the right-hand lane. As the street veers to the right it turns into Foam Street. Continue on Foam Street to the first right and turn into the parking lot.
Monterey Wharf #2 —No report. How To Get There: From Highway 1 take the central Monterey exit and follow Del Monte Avenue to Figueroa Street, turn right and follow to the wharf.
Seacliff State Beach Pier — Expect some surfperch inshore, small speckled sanddab, and some brown rockfish out by the ship. 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 Wharf Bait and Tackle, reports most of the action has been on perch, mostly walleyes under the pier and some barred and calicos in the surf area. There’s also been some decent action on jacksmelt and, for a couple of days, good action on BIG sardines, but not much else has been seen on the top. on the top. As usual, small kingfish (white croaker) are also available. Not too much else action. Some schools of pinhead-size anchovies have shown but people are hoping for the return of larger anchovies and some stripers. 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 — Susan at the Boat Rental said most of the action has been on jacksmelt. There was a decent bite going on halibut — and mid-sized squid — but both seem to have slowed. She says there are some perch available inshore. 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 — Small rockfish (by the rocks) and jacksmelt seem to be 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 – Cheryl at the Rusty Hook reports it’s the normal stuff for this time of the year — mainly perch and crabs. A variety of perch show—barred surfperch, calico surfperch, walleye surfperch, silver surfperch, and others, while Dungeness top the list of crabs being sought and landed. She says things have been fairly calm and not too much wind — at least the last few days. 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.