|California Pier Report — June 2017 (#225)
June 2017 Fishing Report, SoCal (#225)
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 things have been slow. He did say mackerel are usually around, and bonito showed up for a couple of days last week, but not much else is going on. No halibut and even too many small queenfish. He says the sharkers out at the SW corner do continue to pull in some decent-sized sharks but you need the right tackle and techniques for the sharays. He did say there were a tremendous number of dolphins surrounding the pier the day I called so some baitfish must be around. 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 – Pam, at the pier’s bait shop, said fishing is picking up with a nice mix of baitfish (mainly mackerel) along with some halibut and shovelnose sharks (guitarfish). She just says she would like to see a little more sunshine. It's been “May Gray” followed by “June Gloom.” 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, bat rays, sharks 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 mainly been mackerel lately. 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 and Tackle, said most of the action is on croakers, mackerel, and surfperch. Some fish are showing every day but things are slow. Ed said there were more fishermen than fish over the Memorial Day weekend. 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 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 — Stephanie at Hogan's Bait And Tackle, 34320 Pacific Coast Hwy, Dana Point, says it’s mainly been croakers and perch inshore with bat rays and a few sharks out at the end. The croakers and perch are hitting on fresh mussels and lugworms while squid and mackerel are the bait for the sharays. 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 — Stephanie at Hogan's Bait And Tackle, 34320 Pacific Coast Hwy, Dana Point, said she didn’t have many reports from the pier this month. Usually there are some bass available (a variety) along with some croakers and possibly a barracuda or two 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, “There was one big halibut caught this month. It was 35 inches on a sardine in the middle tee. It was a friend of mine that caught it. Randy netted it and filleted it therefore he got to take a beautiful fillet home for several suppers. My biggest has been 20 inches as well as my daughter's halibut was 20 inches too. We have a big halibut lurking about from the surf to midway. We have seen "her" and she is big! I have had her on 4 times. Talk about frustrating! Yesterday the mackerel came in late in the day along with the sardines en masse. I hope they, the sardines, are there tomorrow. Other than that it has been slow, but it looks like it will be picking up soon. There is a movie being made next to the pier this week. They say it is a remake of Valley of the Dolls. They should be doing a remake of JAWS. Meek company is fixing the bad parts of the pier also this week, and it has been very noisy.” 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 about 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. 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 — Rada at Big Fish Tackle says the weather has been a little rough and fishing has slowed. Most of the action has been on mackerel (mid-pier to the gate) and croakers (inshore). Most mackerel are taken on pieces of mackerel or squid or via a Sabiki rig. Most croakers are hitting on fresh mussels, ghost shrimp or worms. 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 — Croakers inshore and mackerel and a few sharks further out on the pier. 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 and possibly a few halibut. 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) — It’s the usual, bonito on the top, calico (kelp) bass and opaleye mid-water, and 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 — Melanie at the Redondo Coffee Shop and Bait Shop reported that the main catch right now is mackerel and anchovies but she’s also seeing some halibut entering into the catches. Sounds about right. 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 — Jason at the pier says it’s mostly kelp (calico) bass but they’re also getting some sand bass along with the usual good numbers of perch under the pier. He does say the senorita (aka bait stealers) are out in big numbers The good new is that bonito are starting to show and some are decent-sized. Most angers are using the traditional bubbles with a feather but anglers are also getting them on MegaBaits and LuckyCraft lures. He says a few halibut and rays have also shown but they are few and far between. I asked about the bubble and warm water. He says they power up the plant when they are expecting a need for more electricity and if you see smoke from the stacks that means the plant is on and that cool water is being sucked in—and warm water being expelled. When that happens the bonito and yellowtail enter the harbor. So, keep an eye out for the smoke from the stacks! 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 — No report this month. How To Get There: Take the Pacific Coast Highway (Hwy 1) to Pier Avenue and follow Pier Avenue west to the pier.
Venice Pier — No report this month. 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 that fishing has been only so so although some mackerel have been showing along with a few halibut. Not much else. 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 there are a variety of fish showing locally including some calico bass, opaleye and lots of small halibut but since the end of the pier is closed (for renovation) it makes it tough on fishermen. There are also reporting a lot of sharks, mainly leopard sharks and shovelnose sharks (guitarfish). She also reported one very large barred surfperch from the pier but no weight. 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 small croakers available as well as the sharks and rays. 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 there’s been a lot of mackerel and kelp bass caught lately with about one in ten of the kelp bass being legal size. Good numbers also on big bat rays (50+ pounds) along with increased numbers of leopard sharks and shovelnose sharks (guitarfish). The day I called he was seeing good schools of both mackerel and sardines, which usually means the fishing should improve. 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. Expect some shallow-water rockfish (mostly brown rockfish) from the pipe reef (as always) along with a few kelp bass. Some halibut have been taken as well as a few sharays (primarily at night). 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 3+years). Evidently it’s not a priority for the state. How To Get There: From Highway 101 simply take the Gaviota State Park turnoff down to the beach and pier.