|California Pier Report — July 2015
San Diego County Piers
Imperial Beach Pier – Still looking for a reporter for this pier but there should be some mackerel and bonito making a showing as well as the usual small croakers, bass and sharays. 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 — Robert, at the pier’s bait shop, reports that fishing is fairly decent with a variety of fish being caught. On the bottom it’s mostly small calico bass although the month has seen some cabezon, leopard sharks. sand bass, and even a moray eel. Anglers fishing on top are catching mackerel and bonito. 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 – Pamela, at the pier’s bait shop, reports that the fishing is good with a lot of croaker being caught (yellowfin and spotfin) along with leopard sharks, perch and mackerel. In addition, a lot of halibut are being landed but almost all are too small to keep. Bonito are spotted daily but few have been landed. August 1 will see the kid’s fishing derby so don’t plan to go fishing on the pier that day. 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, need a reporter. 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 — No report, need a reporter. 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) – Expect a few bass (calico, sand and spotted) and a few sharays on the bottom, especially small sting rays. 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 — The main catch has been on mackerel. 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 the Oceanside Pier Bait & Tackle, says the bonito bite is really on with way too many people keeping way too many fish. It’s small bonito, 11-12” long, and though he tells people the limit is five, not 25, it’s like talking to a wall. Other than the bonito, the action is pretty slow—a few small calico bass and an occasional under-sized halibut. The croaker action just hasn’t started to date. 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, need a reporter. 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 — Mike at Hogan's Bait And Tackle, 34320 Pacific Coast Hwy, Dana Point, says there’s a wide-open croaker bite going on at the pier with the fish hitting all the usual baits—worms, ghost shrimp and strips of squid. There’s also a lot of bass and one lucky angler, using a whole squid, landed a 25-pound sheephead. Top action includes a lot of mackerel as well as small bonito, most being landed on Krocodiles or Kastmaster-type lures. As usual there are also a lot of sharks and rays available out at the end. 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 — Mike at Hogan’s Bait said there’s a good bite going on for croakers as well as bass, both sand bass and spotted bass. Anglers fishing on top are getting some mackerel while small barracuda are available at night. 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, “This month is better, but we are still looking for a big halibut. The small bonito were around a lot off and on. A lot of people don't pay attention to the law that says you can only keep 5 of those small ones. I did get one on my snagline yesterday. I took him home for my supper. The small Spanish mackerel are around which is a good sign for yellowtail if the Spanish mackerel stay another month. Right now the white sea bass and halibut love them and there are lots of them. I've seen quite a few nice spotfin croakers snagged in the surf, and some corbina too. Unfortunately we have to deal with the Jr. Lifeguards again until August. For some reason they've decided they need to jump off the pier a lot. At least they don't jump all day. I've not seen a summer as crowded as this one has been, and it is not that hot inland yet.” 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 — Usually pretty similar to Balboa. Currently bonito are hitting and too many are being kept. 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 when the weather is good the fish are biting. Expect some spotfin croaker inshore along with the possibility of a corbina (many are seen but few are taken). Good numbers of leopard sharks and small rays and skates are also being taken and a few good-sized thresher sharks out at the end of the pier. Action on the top is more sporadic, it’s mainly sardines with an occasional school of mackerel or small bonito making an appearance. How To Get There: Highway 1 (Pacific Coast Highway) to Huntington Beach and the pier.
Seal Beach Pier — Jimmy, at Big Fish B&T, says good numbers of croakers, both spotfins and yellowfins are hitting at the pier along with decent numbers of surfperch and leopard sharks. A couple of thresher sharks were taken but action on them is still slow. Top action sees some big jacksmelt, some mackerel, and a few small bonito. PFIC reports indicated that some bonito and barracuda are also on the menu. 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 — Jimmy, at Big Fish B&T, says he hasn’t gotten too many reports from the pier but some mackerel are showing up along with good numbers of big shovelnose sharks. Halibut action is slow. 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 — Expect some mackerel and white croaker while casting out into deeper water, a few perch, bass and sargo if fishing the shallow areas by the rocks. 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 — Expect a few mackerel and jacksmelt along with a few bass if you fish at the end. 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-size kelp bass (almost all under 14 inches), rock wrasse, senorita, opaleye, sheephead, halfmoon and blacksmith. 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, bonito, opaleye, and the assorted bottom species—sheephead, halfmoon, blacksmith, etc. Remember the size limits for kelp bass—14 inches minimum length—and no more than five bass total. 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 that almost all of the action is on mackerel. Not much else. 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 things haven’t changed much. It’s mainly under-sized kelp (calico) bass with an occasional mackerel or bonito joining into the fun. 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 — Pete, at Just Fishing By Pete, 2427 190th St., Redondo Beach, said you can expect some mackerel, a possible bonito, and, if fishing inshore, some perch or small croakers. How To Get There: Take the Pacific Coast Highway (Hwy 1) to Pier Avenue and follow Pier Avenue west to the pier.
Venice Pier — Ditto Hermosa. How To Get There: Highway 1 to Washington St., turn west and follow Washington St. to the pier.
Santa Monica Pier — Robert, at the Santa Monica Pier Bait & Tackle says things have been slow. 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 fishing has been good. A lot of sharks are being taken as well as a lot of mackerel, small bass, and small halibut. But, no bonito to date. 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 — Still 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 from Eric’s Tackle Shop, 2127 East Thompson Blvd, Ventura, said the fishing for sharks has been very good. Included have been quite a few thresher sharks and one small great white (returned to the water). He says there are tons of mackerel, which probably explains the number of sharks. However, there’s not much happening on the bottom, few numbers of croakers or perch. 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, from the Stearns Wharf bait shop, says it’s still a slow start for the summer but a lot of small kelp bass are being caught along with jacksmelt and lizardfish. Just a few mackerel are showing up and no bonito to date. 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 — Capt. Dave at Hook, Line and Sinker (4010-5 Calle Real, Santa Barbara) said anglers are catching quite a few mackerel, especially on the new “Caivo” Sabiki-type rigs. Anglers fishing the pipeline are getting some calico bass and, I imagine, the normal brown rockfish. He said some thresher sharks have also been caught, primarily in the evening and early morning hours, including one by his grandson John Vague, one that unfortunately was lost as they attempted to get it up to the pier. 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 — Still closed. How To Get There: From Highway 101 simply take the Gaviota State Park turnoff.
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