|California Pier Report — April 2010
San Luis Obispo County Piers
Pismo Beach Pier — No report this month although the last time I talked to Troy, at Sheldon’s Clam Stand on the pier, the barred surfperch were hitting at a decent pace along with some good-sized jacksmelt. 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 the Avila Pier Bait Shop said things were slow, mainly a few surfperch, some kingfish, and an occasional smallish-sized rockfish. 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 — Roger, at Patriot Sportfishing on the pier, said things are still slow, mainly an occasional perch, a few kingfish (white croaker), and a few jacksmelt. 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 anglers are showing up but the fish just aren’t cooperating. Mostly it’s small to mid-sized barred surfperch but little else. She said the wind needs to die down and the water temperature needs to rise. 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 some 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 — Apparently 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 he’s heard there was a decent surfperch bite taking place, and heard rumors of a few small striped bass showing up, but most of the striped bass activity is further south along the beaches. 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 everyone was looking forward to the salmon opener but conditions were such that the wise angler stayed on the wharf. Luckily some fish have been showing up, including surfperch and quite a few leopard sharks; most of the sharks were under legal size but at least two were keepers. He’s also seeing some sand sole, starry flounder and kingfish (white croaker), most being taken out by the end. Some blackperch also continue to be taken down by the pilings and we both commented on the number of large blackperch this year. He said he’s probably seen more than 40 blackperch over 12” in length and at least three that were over 15-inches in length. 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 — John, at Andy’s Bait and Tackle, at the end of the wharf, says there is a decent kingfish bite taking place but it’s primarily at night so many anglers are missing out on them. And, it says most are good-sized kingfish. Other than that not too much is happening except for an interesting bite on small flatfish He said the small flatties have been reported as flounder, sanddabs and halibut and he doesn’t know which they are. I speculated they are sanddabs but he said some had teeth and those at least would be small halibut. Crabs continue to be taken in good numbers. 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 — Although some crabs continue to be reported, along with a few small rockfish, overall action has been fairly dead. 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 B&T, said that rough sea conditions (waves and wind) continue to hamper anglers on some days and closures of the pier continue to be seen sporadically. When the weather cooperates, the main action continues to center on fair to good numbers of crabs (mostly Dungeness) with a mix of baits and techniques producing crabs. Inshore a few surfperch are showing—mostly barred and walleyes along with a few calico and redtail—while some stripers have been seen but almost all by surf fishermen. 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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