|California Pier Report — November 2015
San Luis Obispo County Piers
Pismo Beach Pier — Things have slowed although there are still a few mackerel some days and increasing numbers of large jacksmelt. Expect increasing numbers of surfperch as we approach the winter months. 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 – The pier is closed and probably will remain so until at least next spring. 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.
San Luis (Harford) Pier — Debbie at Patriot Sportfishing on the pier said things are pretty slow although anglers are picking up a few jacksmelt. 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 – Ken at Morro Bay Sportfishing on the Embarcadero said an increasing number of perch are being landed and though saltwater worms are unavailable anglers are getting some on night crawlers. 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 — The rebuilt pier reopened as basically an all-new pier on October 31. I fished it that day and it seemed as though it had never been closed with the usual mix of fish—small white croakers, walleye surfperch, barred surfperch, jacksmelt, topsmelt, and a staghorn sculpin aka “bullhead.” The day I was there I did see one Pacific mackerel caught, a small one, and later reports said a couple of steelhead had also been taken at the pier. 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 — 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 although the normal species should be available—small rockfish, perch and possibly a cabezon or lingcod. 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 — Mackerel have been showing up some days and bonito were making a showing but things seem to have slowed a little. 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 — Ed, at the Capitola Boat & Bait, on the pier, said he’s heard they are still getting some mackerel off the pier, especially in the morning and evening hours. 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 Boat & Bait, on the pier, said things are a little slow but mackerel are in local waters. At least one halibut was caught from the wharf using a live jacksmelt. Lots of sharks are in the bay, soupfin and leopards, but none have been caught from the wharf. 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 — Ed, at the Capitola Boat & Bait reports some mackerel have shown, and even some bonit,o but mainly it’s jacksmelt and the usual small bottom species. 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 — Need a reporter. 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 — Marque at Coastside #2 Bait & Tackle (1604 Francisco Blvd, Pacifica) said a few stripers, 20-22-inches, continue to be taken at the pier but it seems the mackerel action has slowed. Everyone is anxiously waiting to see if they are going to open the Dungeness crab season (and it doesn’t look good). 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.