|California Pier Report —June 2014
San Diego County Piers
Imperial Beach Pier – No report this month. How To Get There: From I-5 take the Palm Ave. (Hwy. 75) exit and follow it to where Palm Ave. and Hwy. 75 divide. Follow Palm Ave. to Seacoast Dr., turn left and it will take you right to the pier.
Ocean Beach Pier — I talked to the people at the bait shop but unfortunately they don’t seem to know what’s being caught other than small mackerel. Hmm? How To Get There: From the north, take I-5 to the Sea World Dr. exit and follow it until it turns off to Sunset Cliffs Blvd. From the south, take I- 5 to the Nimitz Blvd. exit, then follow that road to Sunset Cliffs Blvd. Follow Sunset Cliffs Blvd. to Newport Ave., turn right and follow the road to the pier parking lot.
Crystal Pier – James at the pier’s bait shop, said the good news is that some halibut have been showing up lately, most under-sized fish but several right at or near legal-size. Unfortunately there isn’t any bait in the water, no sardines, few smelt, and only pinhead-size anchovies (at times). He said some small walleye surfperch are available, as well as a few barred surfperch, but so far it’s still slow on croaker. Some guitarfish (shovelnose sharks) and bat rays have been taken. How To get There: Take I-5 to Garnet Ave. then take Garnet west to the foot of the pier.
Pepper Park Pier — No report this month. How To Get There: From I-5 take the 24th Street off-ramp west to Tidelands Avenue and go left (south) on Tidelands to the end.
Bayside Park Pier — No report, need a reporter. How To Get There: From I-5 take the J Street off ramp and go west. Take J Street to Tidelands Ave., turn right. Take Tidelands to Sandpiper Way, turn right. Take Sandpiper to Bayside Parkway, urn left and follow the road to the park.
Embarcadero Marina Pier — Jollo at the pier’s bait shop (deli) said most of the recent action has been on a few mackerel and a few small bass. How To Get There: From the I-5 south, take the Front Street exit south to Market (just stay on Front Street, it runs into Market), take Market west to Harbor Dr. Turn left on Harbor Dr. and take it to 8th Ave., turn right onto Convention Way (formerly Harbor St.). Follow it a short block to 5th Ave. and the pier. It seems that with the new Convention Center the city is constantly working on these streets near the pier and renaming them; if you get confused remember that the park and pier are immediately to the southwest of the Convention Center. From I-5 North, approaching from the south, take the J Street exit, then go straight, three blocks up to Market, turn left and take it from there.
Ferry Landing Pier (Coronado) – No report, need a reporter! How To Get There: From San Diego, take the Coronado Bay Bridge (Highway 75) to Coronado. Once over the bridge you are on Third Street. Simply follow it to B Avenue, turn right, and follow it to the front of The Old Ferry Landing - the intersection of First Street and B Avenue. The pier sits behind the shops in the complex.
Shelter Island Pier — Dennis at the pier’s bait shop says things are relatively quiet although the mackerel are in and out, most days see a couple of legal halibut, and quite a few bat rays are showing up. How To Get There: Take I-5 or I-8 to Rosecrans (Hwy. 209) and go west, turn left at Shelter Island Dr. and follow the road until you see the pier and the entrance to the parking lot.
Oceanside Pier — Ed, at Oceanside Pier Bait & Tackle, says the water is up to 69 degrees but there’s still more fishermen than fish. What’s mainly missing are the croakers. A few BIG spotfin croaker are being taken, mostly by locals with the know how—fresh mussels in the broken shells, sand crabs or sidewinder crabs)—but their numbers are still small and the yellowfins are still missing. He does expect the croaker fishing to pick up any time. He says a few halibut are also showing but to date most have been shorties. What are showing up are calico (kelp) bass but most are under the new 14” inch size limit and he’s afraid far too many are being kept. At the back end, good numbers of herring (queenfish) are being taken by locals while the usual small sharks and rays are also showing up. One thresher shark was hooked but the angler soon discovered why you need a wire leader for the long-tailed beasts (it was lost). How To Get There: From I-5 take the Harbor Dr. exit off the freeway, follow it and it will wind down to the harbor; where the road splits stay to the right on North Harbor Dr., and follow it to the pier.
Oceanside Harbor Pier — No report this month. How To Get There: From I-5 take the Harbor Dr. exit off the freeway, follow it and it will wind down to the harbor; where the road splits stay to the right on North Harbor Dr., and follow it to the pier.
Orange County Piers
San Clemente Pier — Stephanie at Hogan's Bait And Tackle, 34320 Pacific Coast Hwy, Dana Point, says a lot of jacksmelt are being taken mid-pier to the end. Inshore, there are perch and croakers for those using lugworms and fresh mussels. Mid-pier to the end does see some big leopard sharks, shovelnose sharks (guitarfish) and bat rays; use whole squid and chunks of mackerel. So far it’s dead on top—no mackerel. How to Get There: From I-5 take any of several exit streets west to El Camino Real, follow it to the center of town, and from there take Del Mar down to the pier.
Dana Harbor Pier — Stephanie at Hogan's Bait And Tackle, 34320 Pacific Coast Hwy, Dana Point, says some big spotfin croakers have been taken by anglers using lugworms and fresh mussels while a couple of halibut have also been reports (try 3-4” swimbaits). Good numbers of jacksmelt are also found throughout the harbor. How To Get There: The pier is located in the Dana Cove Park area of Dana Point Harbor. From the Pacific Coast Highway take Green Lantern Road south to the harbor, turn left on Cove Road, and follow it to the pier.
Balboa Pier — Our reporter Snookie says "Another month and not much to write about. Those on the end are
getting mackerel, but small ones. The rest of us have been getting very small walleyed perch which we use for bait. Not too many smelt around lately, but if you can get a bigger one about 6 to 8 inches, there are things that will take it. We just aren't getting in with them or even hooking them. Could be white seabass. The water is warmer. Been running about 67 degrees for about a week now. Expected something good to happen. Still waiting! Last week we did have a day
of getting quite a few Blacksmith damselfishes. They were in one spotmin the surf area under the pier. They were all about 6 inches. Blacksmith only grow to 1 foot. That was a little unusual to catch so many. We caught them on our Sabiki rigs. Have seen a few corbinas caught by the snaggers. The water has been murky a lot of the time, so the snaggers can't see into the water for their catches. A strange thing last week was the sheepcrab that Randy caught. We netted it, and when we were lifting it over the railing we smelled the fact that it was very dead. What a waste. It was as big as they get, and it would
have been such good eating. Right after that I caught a mole crab, and it was dead. What is going on with our ocean? Hope you are having some good fishing somewhere Ken. I hate being satisfied with the just the wiggle of a bait fish." How To Get There: From the Pacific Coast Highway take Newport Blvd. which will turn into Balboa Blvd., follow it west to Palm Street. Turn right and follow it to the pier and the adjacent parking lot.
Newport Pier — No report this month. How To Get There: From the Pacific Coast Highway take the Newport Blvd. turnoff and proceed west watching for signs directing traffic to the pier. The pier sits at the foot of McFadden Place.
Huntington Beach Pier —Karen at Let’s Go Fishing (on the pier), said a variety of fish are being taken. Inshore it’s mostly croakers, a mix of spotfins and yellowfins that are being joined by some sargo. White seabass are also showing although most are under-sized. Out at the end, the shark fisherman are back and apparently a few thresher sharks have been taken. How To Get There: Highway 1 (Pacific Coast Highway) to Huntington Beach and the pier.
Seal Beach Pier — Sergio at Big Fish B&T says it’s the normal species, croakers and surfperch inshore, jacksmelt and a few halibut mid-pier, and an occasional shark and ray. How To Get There: From the Pacific Coast Highway simply take Main St. west and follow it to the pier.
Los Angeles County Piers
Belmont Pier — No report this month. How To Get There: From the north take I-405 to the Lakewood Boulevard turnoff, and then go south to 7th Street, turn west (right) until you come to Ximeno Ave. and then turn left. Follow it to Livingston Dr. and go west. You will see signs by Ocean Ave. and Termino Ave. indicating the pier. From the south take the Pacific Coast Highway to 2nd. Street (Westminister becomes 2nd. Street when it crosses PCH), go west, follow to Livingston Dr. Follow it to signs by Ocean Ave. and Termino Ave. indicating the pier and parking lot.
Shoreline Aquatic Park Piers — No report this month. How To Get There: From inland areas take I-710 south and follow it to the Shoreline Drive. From downtown Long Beach, take Pine Avenue south to Shoreline Drive. For the northernmost piers follow Shoreline Avenue west and follow it around the lagoon to where the street ends. For the southernmost piers, follow Shoreline Drive east to the markings for Shoreline Village, continue past the shopping complex, and follow the road out to near the end of the peninsula. You will see the piers.
Cabrillo Pier — No report, we need a reporter. How To Get There: Take the Harbor Freeway (I-110) south; it will turn into Gaffey St. Follow it to 22nd Street and turn left. Follow 22nd St. to Pacific Ave. and turn right. Follow Pacific Ave. to 36th Street and the entrance to Cabrillo Park.
Green Pleasure Pier (Avalon, Catalina Island) – It’s the usual mix of fish —small, mainly illegal kelp bass (almost all under 14 inches), rock wrasse, senorita, opaleye, sheephead, halfmoon and blacksmith. Also expect some mackerel—Pacific mackerel, jack mackerel and possibly a bonito. How To Get There: The trick here is to get to Catalina. Ships and helicopters make the journey several times a day from the Port of Los Angeles, Long Beach and Newport Beach. Information is available on all of these by calling the Avalon Chamber of Commerce on the Pleasure Pier (213) 510-1520 or the Visitor's Information & Service Center (213) 510-2500. Once in Avalon there should be no problem in finding the pier, which is located at the foot of Catalina Avenue.
Cabrillo Mole (Avalon, Catalina Island) – Expect some calico (kelp) bass, Pacific mackerel, opaleye, and the assorted bottom species—sheephead, halfmoon, blacksmith, etc. Remember the new size limits for kelp bass—14 inches minimum length and no more than five bass total. And, the bonito are back; most are smallish sized but they are still fun to catch. How To Get There: The trick is to get to Catalina. Ships and helicopters make the journey several times a day from the Port of Los Angeles, Long Beach and Newport Beach. Information is available on all of these by calling the Avalon Chamber of Commerce on the Pleasure Pier (213) 510-1520 or the Visitor's Information & Service Center (213) 510-2500. Once in Avalon there should be no problem in finding the mole that sits right where most boats disembark.
Redondo Beach Pier – Sunny from Redondo Beach Tackle (on the pier) said anglers are catching a few mackerel. How To Get There: From the Pacific Coast Highway, take Torrance Blvd. west to the foot of the pier and the parking lot.
Redondo Sportfishing Pier — Sam, at the pier’s bait and tackle shop, said it’s pretty much the same thing as usual, a lot of small, undersized kelp bass along with a couple of keeper-sized bass (kelp bass and sand bass) that were returned to the water. One keeper halibut was reported the week I called and there have been the usual small perch and perch-like species under the pier. How To Get There: From the Pacific Coast Highway take Beryl St. west to Harbor Dr. and follow it to the entrance of the Sportfishing parking lot.
Hermosa Beach Pier— It’s mostly small perch and small sharks at this time. How To Get There: Take the Pacific Coast Highway (Hwy 1) to Pier Avenue and follow Pier Avenue west to the pier.
Manhattan Beach Pier — Expect a few surfperch inshore along with the usual mix of thornbacks, stingrays and small sharks. How To Get There: From Sepulveda Boulevard, turn west on Manhattan Beach Drive and follow it to the pier.
Venice Pier — Expect a few surfperch inshore along with the usual mix of thornbacks, stingrays and small sharks. Some mackerel are also beginning to show. How To Get There: Highway 1 to Washington St., turn west and follow Washington St. to the pier.
Santa Monica Pier — Robert at the pier’s bait shop said things are fairly slow. A few mackerel, perch under the pier, and an occasional halibut, most of which are shorts. How To Get There: From I-405 take Santa Monica Blvd. west to Ocean Ave. Turn left, go to Colorado Ave., and turn right onto the pier.
Malibu Pier – Ginny at Wylie’s Bait and Tackle says that the fishing is picking up. She’s getting reports of corbina in the surf area, short halibut being caught mid-pier, and mackerel out toward the end. How To Get There: The pier fronts on the Pacific Coast Highway (Hwy 1) so just drive until you see it.
Ventura & Santa Barbara County Piers
Port Hueneme Pier — No report this month. How To Get There: From Highway 1 take Hueneme Rd. west until it turns into Port. At Ventura Rd turn left and follow it to Surfside Dr. Turn left again and follow it to the park.
Ventura Pier — Eric at Eric’s Tackle Shop, 2127 East Thompson Blvd, says not much is happening. A few perch and croakers are being taken inshore by those using lug worms but action on top-water species is dead as is the shark and ray action. Things should be picking up but so far it’s slow. How To Get There: From Highway 101 take the Seaward Drive exit west to Harbor Drive, turn right and follow it to the pier.
Stearns Wharf — No report this month. How To Get There: From Highway 101 take Castillo St. or State St. west to the beach and follow signs to the pier.
Goleta Pier — No report this month . How To Get There: From Highway 101 take the Hwy. 217/Airport exit. Follow it to Sandspit Rd. and the Goleta Beach Park turnoff. Follow this to the park and the pier.
Gaviota Pier — The pier is currently closed (the last 90 feet of the pier dropped into the ocean). How To Get There: From Highway 101 simply take the Gaviota State Park turnoff.