|California Pier Report — August 2008
San Luis Obispo County Piers
Pismo Beach Pier—Blair, from Sheldon's Clam Stand (on the pier), says there’s been a fairly steady bite on jacksmelt and mackerel although they come and go. Shark anglers are getting some good sand sharks at night while a few threshers have been taken during the afternoons. Perch have been slow. 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 – PFIC reports said the mackerel have been in and out. Just got to be there when they’re in. 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.
Port San Luis (Harford) Pier — Jerimah at Patriot Sportfishing on the pier says the jacksmelt and mackerel come and go. 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 Wharf – When the boats and ropes don’t cover the pier yu might be able to catch some sardines to use as bait for leopard sharks and bat rays. 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 — Glenda at the Tidepool says it’s mainly been a combination of sardines on top and good shark (mainly dogfish) action on the botton, especially at night. 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 — No report this month. How To Get There: Highway 1 to the entrance to the park.
Monterey-Santa Cruz-San Mateo County Piers
Monterey Wharf #2 — PFIC reports say it’s been dead. How To Get There: From Highway 1 take the central Monterey exit and follow Del Monte Avenue to Figueroa Street, turn left and follow to the wharf.
Seacliff State Beach Pier — Apparently a few threshers have been taken at the pier. 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 — Ed, at the Capitola Bait Shop, on the wharf, says the big news recently has been on halibut. The day before I called about fifteen were landed off the pier with four being legal size and he says there have been over 30 legal size fish taken recently, the largest weighing in at ten pounds. It’s slow on stripers but some small white seabass have been showing. Perch action is slow and there really hasn’t bgeen any top action from the jacksmelt or mackerel. The bait shop also now has a fishing report on the tackle shop’s web site for those who want up to the minute information (http://capitolaboatandbait.com/fishing-report). 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 — Sara, at Andy’s Bait and Tackle, at the end of the wharf, says a lot of Pacific mackerel are showing up along with the usual kingfish. She says there has also been a good bite on big surfperch near the front of the pier and a few legal halibut showing up mid-pier. How to Get There: There are many ways to get to the wharf, the way I usually go is to take 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.
Piller Point Pier — No report this month. 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 – Cheryl at the Rusty Hook says some stripers are being taken in the surf while further out on the pier anglers are getting some perch, anchovies and sardines. She says a few sharks have also been taken. 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 follow the road to the pier
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