|California Pier Report — April 2009
San Luis Obispo County Piers
Pismo Beach Pier—Troy, from Sheldon's Clam Stand (on the pier), says it’s been a little slow on surfperch but some jacksmelt are showing up as well as a few sharks (leopards), rays and guitarfish. It’s been windy and the water is still cold. 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 – Louis at Avila Bait & Tackle on the pier reports that the wind is kicking up and fishing has been slow. 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 — Jim at Patriot Sportfishing on the pier says things are pretty slow on the pier; few fish but lots of wind. 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 – Bat rays are available. 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 the fishing is slow; a few surfperch but very few other fish. 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 — No report this month. 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 — A few surfperch are making an appearance inshore but that’s about it; regulars are waiting for the stripers to show up. 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 — Frank, at the Capitola Bait Shop, on the wharf, says the fishing is spotty. A few perch are showing up, and a 25” halibut was taken a few days ago, but not too much else of any size. Anchovies are available for those with bait rigs as well as some sardines and a few mackerel. Don’t forget, the bait shop also now has a good fishing report on the shop’s website for those wanting additional 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 — No report this month although PFIC reports indicate a few mackerel and jacksmelt are still around. 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 — Sounds like the fishing is slow but some crabs are still available. 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, 2120 Palmetto Ave., says it’s pretty much the same as recent months—perch, Dungeness and an occasional striped bass. But it’s been real windy some days. 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 proceed a short way until you see markers indicating the way to Fort Point, turn left on Long Avenue and it will take you down to the pier.
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