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>> Can i get some San Fran area peeps advise? [topic: previous/next]
PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2018 9:20 pm
DragonDJ11


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Looking to make some day trips down to your neck of the woods for some pier fishing. Coming down from redding, what piers would you suggest for us to try out? I know that area has some special regs so please feel free to point those out on your recommendations. Need to be public piers as I will have others that would rather not pay for out of state license. Thanks in advance.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2018 12:42 pm
sea++


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Location: San Francisco

Don't know where you're coming from but if you're coming down to SF from up north then I recommend the Fort Baker area on the Marin side of the Golden Gate; you'll have easy access to a fairly uncongested pier as well as the jetty next to the marina. There's free parking and a very short walk potentially from where you park to where you can set up shop. The area is very pretty but don't expect a lot of facilities.

Coming from the south then Pacifica is your only option for "close" to SF if you want to fish the ocean and not the Bay. It'll be the most crowded of the spots listed here but you are able to catch the biggest variety of species, including Dungeness. Obviously you'll be close to bait & tackle shops here as well as the rest of Pacifica should you want to grab a bite to eat after.

Finally, if you are in the city proper, then I recommend those piers that are on SF's north side: Fort Point and SF Muni Pier, though Muni Pier is pretty rough in terms of its condition. Just like Pacifica' Pier, choosing an SF spot means you're already in the city and can go grab a bite to eat virtually anywhere, though parking can be a nightmare

Have fun!

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2018 2:09 pm
pinfish


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fort point pier. you can fish with the tourists. just don't fall of the edge, no rails.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2018 2:46 pm
DragonDJ11


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I am coming in from the north. Does Fort baker pier really close at 5?
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2018 5:35 pm
DragonDJ11


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Also, if I'm reading the regs, correctly. The bay is one pole, Max three hooks, unless on a public pier where it would be two poles with three hook Max? Or if fishing for ground fish species, then it is one pole with two hooks?
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2018 8:20 pm
sea++


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Location: San Francisco

DragonDJ11 wrote:
I am coming in from the north. Does Fort baker pier really close at 5?


No idea to be honest, though I've been out there until 4pm and nobody seemed like they were starting to get ready to pack up. Hopefully someone else here with more experience at Moore Rd. Pier can chime in. It'd be surprising if it did close at 5 since that would feel like the middle of the afternoon after daylight savings time.

And even if it does close you ought to be able to still use the jetty right across from it.


DragonDJ11 wrote:
Also, if I'm reading the regs, correctly. The bay is one pole, Max three hooks, unless on a public pier where it would be two poles with three hook Max? Or if fishing for ground fish species, then it is one pole with two hooks?


If you have any desire to go for groundfish like rockfish or cabs, I'd just keep things simple and use one pole with a two-hook hi/lo setup to make sure you'e not running afoul of anything.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2018 8:34 pm
DragonDJ11


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Ken's pier write up on here says it closes at five, is why I asked. Most of us could fish the jetty, but my parents are not mobile enough to do so.

As for pole usage, I prefer to throw one line out attempting sharks or rays and actively fish for perch or bait fish on another.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2018 8:58 pm
simplycook


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Location: El Cerrito

I've been to Fort Baker after 5pm and no one has said anything. The worse they can do is ask you to leave.

If you're making your way down from Redding, then heres some places you could check out:

Inside San Francisco Bay:
- McNears Pier (entrance fee)
- Paradise Pier (entrance fee)
- Elephant Rock Pier
- Fort Baker
- Fort Point / Torpedo Wharf
- Aquatic Park Pier
- Pier 7
- Pier 14
- Candlestick Point Piers

Some piers outside of San Francisco but worth checking out right now, if you have the time:

- Oyster Point Pier (South SF)
- Pacifica Pier (Pacifica)
- Half Moon Bay Jetties (Half Moon Bay)
- Point Pinole (Pinole)
- Ferry Point Pier (Richmond)
- Bay Farm Piers (Oakland)
- Alameda Rock Wall (Alameda)
- Bodega Bay Jetties (Bodega Bay)


If you need more details about a specific spot (rigs, what's biting right now, conditions, tides, etc.), then let me know. I fish most of these areas pretty regularly.

Hope you have fun during your time here.

- Kevin
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2018 3:42 pm
therealhobos


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Iv been to both the pier and the jetty at fort baker at night without any issues. I've seen people there camp over night on the pier.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2018 8:01 pm
DragonDJ11


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Really want to go down and check it out this weekend. Any thoughts on if it would be worth the attempt? Time we should shoot to fish and what to target? Specifically Fort baker pier and preferably on Sat?
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2018 10:51 pm
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Location: San Francisco

DragonDJ11 wrote:
Really want to go down and check it out this weekend. Any thoughts on if it would be worth the attempt? Time we should shoot to fish and what to target? Specifically Fort baker pier and preferably on Sat?


The projected low tide for Saturday is roughly 12:15PM. Not super ideal if you wanted to fish the more productive incoming tide towards the top of the tide, but I bet you'd still have a fine time around low tide. If you decide to fish the jetty though, my advice is to be active and keep moving up & down it, tossing your bait close to structure you see just past the jetty wall. If the people you're bringing along aren't likely to move along the jetty if a spot isn't producing, then I would target the pier first.

If your folk don't have their licenses but you do, then another option would be that they fish the jetty and you fish around the rocks at Point Cavallo a few feet away. You'll likely get more action their anyway but it's not a part of the jetty so you will need you license to fish it.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2018 9:22 am
DragonDJ11


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Thanks for the input. Looks like the following weekend would be a more productive one, overall. Well, according to tides4fishing. Not sure how much I believe that though lol.

But I would rather fish the incoming tide. I might still come down sat or sun and just check things out.
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