|California Pier Report — Feb. 2010
San Luis Obispo County Piers
Pismo Beach Pier— Troy, at Sheldon’s Clam Stand on the pier, said surfperch have been showing as well as some jacksmelt but you need to watch the tides. Super low tides can mean limited areas to fish on some days while really high tides can make it hard to fish inshore. 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 – It’s pretty slow. Best chance is probably surfperch inshore. 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 things are really dead. About the only thing hitting have been a few perch and most of them have been small ones. He’s hoping that things pick up. 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 really quiet and that the pier is scheduled to be closed for a few days for maintenance, February 2-4. About all she’s seen lately have been a few perch. PFIC reports also said it was dead although a few small sanddabs were caught. 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 surfperch inshore. How To Get There: Highway 1 to the entrance to the park.
Monterey-Santa Cruz-San Mateo County Piers
Monterey Wharf #2 — It’s still 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 — No report this month although surfperch should be available inshore and some small rockfish available to those that are able to cast out by the ship. 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 bait shop on the pier said it’s been pretty slow. The day I called they had recorded just a few blackperch, a couple of sanddabs, and a kingfish. The weather was calm that day but they were expecting another storm that night. It’s wintertime and things are slow. 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 not too many fish are being caught at this time other than a few kingfish and maybe a few sanddabs. She says to concentrate on the crabbing—rock crabs and some Dungeness. 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—although some small rockfish have also been landed by the rocks. 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 have hampered the pier on some days (including closures) but when open anglers can expect some surfperch in the surf area and crabs further out on 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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