|Note No. 1. I have never been able to verify the catch of a marlin from a California pier. However, at least one was hooked… for a few brief seconds.
Wicker Veen of Manhattan Beach got the thrill of a lifetime Thursday when he tied into a big marlin while fishing on the Manhattan Beach Pier.
Veen was fishing for bonito with a live anchovy when the marlin grabbed his bait while chasing a school of mackerel.
The marlin, feeling the hook, jumped into the air, snapped the line and the battle was over.
—Salt Water Fishing, Los Angeles Times, October 29, 1965
Note No. 2. 1959 has long been noted as one of the best years for pier fishing in Santa Monica Bay. Most piers saw some great action and the number of barracuda and big white sea bass that were caught was amazing. A few exotics also entered the picture as seen in the following.
Pier Fishing Clan Gets In On Action
The Southland pier fishing clan is getting in on some of the hot action that has been enjoyed by the offshore fishermen the last several months.
Santa Monica Bay piers report large takes of bonito and mackerel, with log barracuda beginning to get active. There has also been a few large white sea bass and several small yellowtail landed by lucky anglers.
But the real eye opening catch for the year was made by 14-year-old Bill Lapes of Manhattan Beach. Fishing his hometown pier, he caught a 6 Lb. 2 oz. skipjack. It’s believed to be the first of the species taken in that area in more than 20 years.
—Art Rogers, Los Angeles Times, May 15, 1959
Note No. 3. Although not taken on the pier, a fish captured in the surf shows the strange species that occasionally show up in local waters. From the F&G—“A bigscale pomfret (Taractes longipinnis) was picked up in the surf at Manhattan Beach on October 25, 1958. Length was 25 ˝ inches and weight was 24 pounds.”
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