|California Pier Report — August 2009
San Luis Obispo County Piers
Pismo Beach Pier— No report although the latest information said a goodly number of barred surfperch were around as well as some jacksmelt—and a few sharays. 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 said the water is full of baitfish—mackerel, sardines and jacksmelt. However, the halibut are still a little slow. Big news was the humpback whales that were hugging the pier for a couple of days and the two sea lions discovered munched upon by a great white estimated to be 15-foot-long; shark signs have returned to the beach. 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 — Debbie, at Patriot Sportfishing on the pier, says there was a great run of baitfish in the bay but that most have moved on. There’s still some sardines but not much else other than a few juvenile (and sometimes illegal) rock fish. 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 T-Piers – Sardines have been in the bay and with them a ton of bat rays (try sardines for bait). Not much else other than some jacksmelt. 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 — Carl at the Tidepool says anglers are getting good numbers of sardines and jacksmelt along with red rockfish (juvenile bocaccio). Be careful on keeping the bocaccio. Carl says they are also getting an occasional halibut and quite a few sharks at night (mainly dogfish?). 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 — Some days the sardines are thick, while kingfish are still found on the bottom. Haven’t heard if the sharks are active at night. How To Get There: Highway 1 to the entrance to the park.
Monterey-Santa Cruz-San Mateo County Piers
Monterey Wharf #2 — It was dead when I visited the wharf but PFIC reports say there’s some nighttime action on sardines and possibly a few mackerel. 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 — Mid-sized mackerel and sardines come and go while perch action has been slow. Regulars bring their big live bait tanks, bait up with the mackerel and sardines, and wait for the halibut and stripers; most days see at least a couple of keeper-sized halibut and stripers yielding to the temptations of the live bait. 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 — Regulars on the wharf are lining the inshore section of the wharf most days in pursuit of striped bass and Stephanie, at the Capitola Bait Shop, on the wharf, said that a 29-pound striper was caught the day I called. The top bait is sardines that are Sabikied up (although some jack mackerel and small perch are also available). Out at the end, the usual kingfish (white croaker) and walleye surfperch are available as well as mackerel and sardines that come and go. 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 — Jeff, at Andy’s Bait and Tackle, at the end of the wharf, says it’s slow on the wharf although there was some decent action on mackerel, jacksmelt and small rockfish until a few days ago. I was there mid-week and caught a number of jacksmelt casting from the side out by the end of the pier. Fishing in the wells at the end yielded a striped seaperch, a sharpnose perch, and a number of small rockfish. Anglers near the front of the pier were taking an occasional sardine as they passed by the 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, 2120 Palmetto Ave., says anglers are still getting a lot of sardines and mackerel on the pier although the striped bass action has slowed somewhat. 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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