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>> August 2014 Fishing Report, SoCal (#195) [topic: previous/next]
PostPosted: Sat Aug 02, 2014 2:02 pm
Ken Jones


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California Pier Report — August 2014
Southern California

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 — It sounds like a mix of fish is showing up including bonito and mackerel. There’s steady action on queenfish, some croakers inshore, and a few bass and sharays out at the end. 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 things have finally broken wide open with a variety of fish being 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 — James at the pier’s bait shop (deli) said most of the action has been on bass and mackerel; the bass are fairly steady while the mackerel come and go. Throw in some jacksmelt and a few sharks and rays and that’s about it. 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 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 — Bill, at the Oceanside Pier Bait & Tackle, says it’s been interesting recently. Lots of bonito are being taken (although most are under 20-inches), some small white sea bass have been showing up, and a couple of giant (black) sea bass have even been caught. Inshore croaker action is slowing but crowds are responding to the bonito action mid-pier to the end. 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 — Ivan at Hogan's Bait And Tackle, 34320 Pacific Coast Hwy, Dana Point, says the fishing is really good right now. Good numbers of mackerel and bonito are hitting out toward the end and anglers are using those for fresh bait for the sharays and the sharks and rays are cooperating. Anglers also caught two yellowtail last week from the pier on lures so it really sounds like this is the time to try the pier. Inshore, anglers continue to pick up some good-sized yellowfin croaker and slab barred surfperch using fresh mussels and lugworms. 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 — Ivan at Hogan's Bait And Tackle, 34320 Pacific Coast Hwy, Dana Point, says a lot of barracuda are being taken at night on lures such as Krocodiles and Kastmasters, while anglers using bait continue to pull in a few halibut and decent numbers of croakers and bass. Most bass are being taken on bait but swimbaits may also entice a few. A few small halibut have been taken and increasing numbers of barracuda are showing up. PFIC reports indicated jacksmelt, mackerel, under-sized white seabass and a butterfly ray had been taken. 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, “It has been an interesting month. The bait situation has been tremendous. We've had smelt of course, but lots more Spanish jacks and small Pacific mackerel, plus some sardines. With these we have been getting bonito. They are now up to normal size-about 3 pounds. They show up when the wind starts blowing. Unfortunately the lizardfish are quite busy taking our baits this past week. The water temperature is running at 70 degrees. At least with the wind the weather has been decent and not too hot. We have just one more week of the Jr. lifeguards, but today was terrible. Those parents are the rudest people I have ever met. They don't care anything for the fishermen, and we had made it a point to fish out much farther than we usually do. The kids had their Monster Mile day, which brought those parents out of their holes. At least next week it is over until next year. Wish they would get some smart instructors.” 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 — Basically the same as at Balboa. 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 — Nicole at Let’s Go Fishing (on the pier), said it’s wide open fishing on croaker right now, big spotfins and yellowfins along with good numbers of sargo, all primarily falling to fresh mussels and lug worms. Lizardfish are too plentiful. Some big bat rays have also shown along with small sharks and rays. Schools of bonito and mackerel are also making appearances. 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 mackerel and increasing numbers of bonito. 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 — Scott, at the pier’s bait and tackle shop, said it’s the same old thing, bass, mostly kelp bass, and most under 14 inches so illegal. Some bonito are showing (2 ½ -4 pounds) but they are extremely finicky and biting very light (knocking around the lures); a live smelt seems to be the best bet. The usual small perch and perch-like species are 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 although mackerel and a few bonito also make an appearance. 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 — Currently closed. 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 and bonito are showing mid-pier to the end. 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 “good.” Apparently there are a lot of mackerel, some halibut are being taken, and even a few calico bass (which are rarely seen at the pier). She says there also continue to be some big bat rays taken while inshore, numbers of corbina continue to be seen circling the piling but they refuse to bite. 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 — Currently closed. 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 a few thresher sharks have been taken, and that the mackerel bite is decent, but not too much else is showing. 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 — Frank at the pier’s bait shop reports good numbers of fish, especially mackerel and lizardfish. 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 — Steve at the “Snack Shop” says the pier is still closed and there doesn’t seem to be much progress on reopening it. How To Get There: From Highway 101 simply take the Gaviota State Park turnoff.
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