|California Pier Report — July 2016
San Luis Obispo County Piers
Pismo Beach Pier — PFIC reports a lot of jacksmelt are showing along with smaller numbers of mackerel and surfperch. 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 – Closed. 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 — No report this month although some jacksmelt should be available. 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 although some perch and rockfish should be available. 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 — Things have been slow lately, small white croakers, a few jacksmelt and an occasional sharay. 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 — PFIC reports indicate action is slow although one report said incoming tides are yielding mackerel on a steady basis. 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—rockfish (mainly small), some 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 — No report this month. 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 — No report this month although some perch, a few mackerel, and some striped bass should be available. 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 — Myron at the Capitola Boat & Bait, on the pier, said the fishing for stripers has been off the hook. I talked to him on July 1 and he said 38 stripers had been caught the previous day (although only 4 keepers). That morning an additional 10 stripers had been caught (2 keepers). He said they are hitting live bait mainly, shiners and, if you are lucky snagging one, sardines. He said using a sardines under a bobber almost guarantees a fish. A few halibut have also been landed lately but all were small with the exception of an 18.6-pound fish a few weeks ago that fell to a person using frozen herring. Mackerel continue to hit on the top along with smaller perch on the bottom. 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 — Reports indicate a few mackerel are around along with the small kingfish (white croaker) and even smaller speckled sanddabs. How to get There: 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 — No report, 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 — Mark at Coastside #2 B&T (1604 Francisco Blvd, Pacifica) said the mackerel have moved out but have been replaced by huge numbers of anchovies that are attracting striped bass. Anglers using Sabikis to snag the anchovies and then using the anchovies as live bait are catching stripers to 36-inches. Not much else is being caught. 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.