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PostPosted: Sun Apr 30, 2017 4:11 pm
Ken Jones


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May 2017 Fishing Report, SoCal (#224)

San Diego County Piers


Imperial Beach Pier – No report this month; we really need a reporter for this pier. For this pier 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 — Tony at the pier’s bait shop, reports that it’s mainly a combination of mackerel (lots of ‘em) and queenfish (for those locals who know how to catch them). Throw in a smattering of small kelp and sand bass, some inshore croakers, and a few sharays (mostly small) and that’s about it. However, Jose, one member of the “Wicked Homies,” a group that primarily fishes out at the southwest corner known as “Shark Point,” did catch a really big sheephead. 22 1/2-pounds according to Jose. {I talked to Jose and he says he’s been getting quite a few sheephead although most are 19 to 20 inches long. He said he hooked the big one mid-day using shrimp for bait and it took him half an hour to get the fish in. He brought it up and then it went back down and sulked before moving and then making Jose think he was caught in the kelp. Finally after a ten-minute wait the fish moved out of the kelp and he finally got it up to the surface. He says usually he’s fishing at night for the sharks but during the day his goal is sheephead.] Tony said there’s also a ton of pelicans dive-bombing the sea and sea lions chasing the fish. He says there’s a ton of bait in the water. 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 – Randy at the pier’s bait shop said fishing has been kind of slow. There are a lot of mackerel, and quite a few small croakers and perch, but action on halibut and no bonito have shown. Ditto on the sharays —slow. The water temperature is going up so things should improve. 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 although there should be a few mackerel and some bass. We 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 although some croakers, small rays and an occasional needlefish should be available. We 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 although the mackerel and bass (kelp and sand) should be hitting along with some sharays. We 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) — Need a reporter although bass (a variety) always seem to be around as well as a mix of sharays (mostly round stingrays). 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 Borlek from the pier’s bait shop says it’s nothing but mackerel lately, mackerel and more mackerel. I imagine a few bottom species should also be available to those knowing what they are doing, especially some small bass. 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 — Jim, at the Oceanside Pier Bait and Tackle, said if you like mackerel this is the time to go; anglers are catching 4-5 at a time using Sabikis. But, action on almost everything else is slow. It’s somewhere between few and no croakers most days, no halibut, and not even too many sharays (only a few small rays). One guy did land a small white sea bass but that’s been the main excitement for the past week. Sounds slow for this time of the year. 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 although a few croakers and mackerel should be available. We 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 — Josh at Hogan's Bait And Tackle, 34320 Pacific Coast Hwy, Dana Point, says there’s been a really good mackerel bite taking place mid-pier to the end and they’re hitting on both bait and Sabikis. Inshore there’s been good action on surfperch and croaker (yellowfin and spotfin) with most being taken on fresh mussels or lugworms with some of the perch also hitting on artificial lures. There have been a few big rays taken out by the end but to date no halibut have been reported. 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 — Josh at Hogan's Bait And Tackle, 34320 Pacific Coast Hwy, Dana Point, said anglers continue to see decent numbers of croakers and bass (both kelp bass and sand bass) at the pier; unfortunately most of the bass are under the 14-inch legal size. The bottom fish have been joined recently by good numbers of mackerel, primarily in the early morning or the evening. High tides, especially at night, are seeing a few barracuda show up for those using Krocodiles and Lucky Craft lures. 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, “Our fishing or catching wasn't great again, but at least it is improving. Of course you know that we are after halibut. We have had trouble getting bait. We are gradually getting better bait lately, but last week was a miserable windy, murky water week. We do still have some whales coming through from Mexico. Even today we had a big female with a pod of porpoises leading the way. It was a much improved day with no wind in the morning and not too hot. We did get some strikes, and one friend got a 21 inch halibut. The mackerel are biting like crazy off the end. A friend got 40 mackerel in an hour Thursday. What kept me busy today was the lady that was bitten by the great white shark off San Onofre last night. Not good for her. 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 — Generally bout the same report as at the Balboa Pier. 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 — Amanda at “Let’s Go Fishing” on the pier says there’s a ton of mackerel with the Sabiki anglers pullin in 4-5 every drop. I hope they will use them (but doubt it). Out at the end they hook six threshers the day I called but lonely landed two which I guess isn’t too bad of an average for the long tailed beasts. Inshore there’s some corbina, croakers and a very few surfperch. No halibut at all lately. She said a couple of weeks ago a couple of dozen were landed in a couple of days but only two were legal size. That’s all. How To Get There: Highway 1 (Pacific Coast Highway) to Huntington Beach and the pier.

Seal Beach Pier — Jimmy at Big Fish Tackle says it’s been windy and i
st has affected the fishing. Lots of mackerel but not too much else. He says there was a pretty good bite on shovelnose sharks (guitarfish) and leopard sharks before the winds but not much since. 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 — Some mackerel should be around; try the mid-pier area. 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 — White croaker out from the pier along with some mackerel; a few croakers, sargo and perch close in by the rocks. How to Get There: From downtown Long Beach, take Pine Avenue south to Shoreline Drive. For the northernmost pier #1 follow Shoreline Avenue west and follow it around the lagoon to where the street ends. For the southernmost piers #2-#5 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 although mackerel should be there. 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, mostly 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) — Hashem was there this last week and reports the usual—some calico (kelp) bass, opaleye, and the assorted bottom species—sheephead, halfmoon, rock wrasse, senorita, blacksmith, etc. Remember the size limits for kelp bass, 14 inches minimum length, and no more than five bass total. He says the action on bonito has picked back up and some are good-sized beauties; most are hitting at dusk and dawn. 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 — Mackerel, mackerel and more mackerel. No surprise but 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 — Sam at the pier says it’s the same ol’ same ol’ from last month’s same ol’ same ol’— small, illegal-size kelp bass out from the pier and small perch (blackperch, shinerperch, and striped seaperch) or perch-like species (opaleye, halfmoon, blacksmith) under the pier. Not much else although a few mackerel have been showing up. 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 from Just Fishing By Pete, 2427 190th St., Redondo Beach, says most of his reports are on mackerel although a few lone halibut are showing up for the regulars who know what they are doing. How To Get There: Take the Pacific Coast Highway (Hwy 1) to Pier Avenue and follow Pier Avenue west to the pier.

Venice Pier — Pete from Just Fishing By Pete, 2427 190th St., Redondo Beach, says most of his reports are on mackerel although a few lone halibut are showing up for the regulars who know what they are doing. How To Get There: Highway 1 to Washington St., turn west and follow Washington St. to the pier.

Santa Monica Pier —John from the pier’s bait shop said the mackerel were really thick and the fishing was really good until the wind came up. It shut things down and it hasn’t picked up since. He does expect the mackerel to eventually return and said there were also a few halibut being taken before the wind but mostly shorts. About mid-month there was also a juvenile great white shark taken, a small one, 6-8 feet long and it was successfully released back into the water. 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 anglers are seeing some mackerel, some perch, and some jacksmelt along with an occasional croaker. They just need the winds to die down. 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 although there should be some mackerel and jacksmelt. 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 — No report this month. 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 — Mike, from the Stearns Wharf bait shop, said the wind has been tough on the fishing. There are more BIG jacksmelt showing up along with a lot of bat rays (most lost at landing) and a continued number of small lingcod. When the winds are calm they’re also getting some sand sharks and thresher sharks. 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. Tiffany from the pier’s bait & tackle store (and Hook Line & Sinker in Santa Barbara) said the pier is seeing the normal mix when the winds aren’t too tough. Expect some shallow-water rockfish (mostly small brown rockfish) from the pipe reef (as always) along with a few bass. Some halibut showed up during the week and quite a few bat rays have been taken by anglers. 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 remains closed (for the third year). Evidently it’s not a priority for the state. How To Get There: From Highway 101 simply take the Gaviota State Park turnoff.
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