|California Pier Report — Jan. 2010
San Luis Obispo County Piers
Pismo Beach Pier— Troy, at Sheldon’s Clam Stand on the pier, says fishing is producing lots of mid-sized barred surfperch and large jacksmelt although you need to watch the tides. The tides have been both High and Low, when low it’s hard to fish the pier. 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 – The main goal at this time is surfperch with some barred showing inshore; overall it’s 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 — Chris, at Patriot Sportfishing on the pier, says there continues to be a few pelagics around, mainly sardines, but they come and go and when I called they were gone. It’s a day-to-day thing. A few surfperch are available inshore but action overall is slow. 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 – PFIC reports suggest some perch (blackperch) and small rockfish are available at piers along the Embarcadero. 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 — Nellie at the Tidepool says fishing has been pretty dead. Expect a few surfperch and not much else. 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 although there should be some perch inshore. How To Get There: Highway 1 to the entrance to the park.
Monterey-Santa Cruz-San Mateo County Piers
Monterey Wharf #2 — Apparently things have slowed although dead may be the better term. 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 — The surf has been rough and the pier was closed for a couple of days. When open expect some surfperch inshore. 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 says it’s been pretty slow. Some calico surfperch have shown inshore, along with a few barred surfperch, while jacksmelt and sand sole have been showing farther out on the wharf. 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 — Sarah, at Andy’s Bait and Tackle, at the end of the wharf, says the crabbing has been fairly good with most of the crabs being either good-sized rock crabs or small Dungeness. She’s seeing some kingfish (white croaker) along with a few mackerel at the end and had a report of one under-sized halibut. Also expect a few small rockfish out at the end. 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.
Pillar Point Pier — Most people are crabbing—for rock crabs and Dungeness. 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 – Rough seas hamper action on some days but when things are calm anglers are getting some surfperch inshore and Dungeness throughout much of the pier. 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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