|California Pier Report — March 2010
San Luis Obispo County Piers
Pismo Beach Pier — The pier was closed on 2/27 and on 2/28 (the day I called) due to the extreme high tides. Up until that time anglers had been doing decent on barred surfperch and the occasional jacksmelt if they fished the mid-tide times. The extreme lows and highs were both hard to fish and unproductive. Most days the pier is open but check the tides before you go.
Avila Pier – Louis at the Avila Pier Bait Shop said anglers were picking up fish but overall it’s been pretty slow. Baitfish are absent so it’s dead on top but anglers are getting a few bottom fish, primarily perch and smallish-sized rockfish. Sixteen-foot tides were predicted the day I called (2/2 but he said the tides really weren’t more than six feet high. 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, said things are very slow, mainly an occasional kingfish (white croaker) and a few jacksmelt. Perch action has been dead as well as almost anything on top. The pier was closed down for safety reasons 2/27 but the tsunami never showed; waves were bigger on 2/28. Debbie said at least she got to go home early and take a nap. 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 — Glenda at the Tidepool said the pier was closed 2/27 and 2/28 but it didn’t make much difference because things have been dead; few fishermen and even fewer fish. She’s hoping the weather improves AND the fishing. 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 (between the storms) and kingfish (white croaker) mid-pier to the end. 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 — Ed at the Capitola Bait Shop said that the pier was closed 2/27 and may have been closed 2/28 due to high tides. Up until that time there were a few surfperch showing inshore. Some stripers are being taken off the nearby beaches but he hadn’t heard of any being taken from the pier itself to date. 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 bait shop on the pier said it’s been slow unless you like kingfish (white croaker). There’s a lot of kingfish, and fair numbers of small sand sole, if you cast out from the pier. Drop your line down by the pilings and you have a chance for an occasional cabezon or bolina (brown rockfish). The pier did pick up its first striped bass of the season but it was a youngster only about 10” long. The water is still dirty and as a result there haven’t been any baitfish on top. 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 — Kayla, at Andy’s Bait and Tackle, at the end of the wharf, says about the only thing showing are kingfish (white croaker) and there are lots of them. She hasn’t seen too many other fish but crabs are also in good numbers. Problem is that most have been shorts. Overall it’s slow unless you’re seeking out kingfish and you can fill a bucket with them. 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 many days but if you can find calm conditions some surfperch (barred, calico and redtail) are available inshore and some crabs are available mid-pier to the end. Do watch the nets since many have been lost. 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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