|California Pier Report — May 2010
San Luis Obispo County Piers
Pismo Beach Pier — Do I hear the word wind? Wind and rough surf has made it hard to fish on some days but when calm some surfperch are available inshore, some jacksmelt further out on the pier and an occasional shark or ray. 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 kingfish, a few smelt and a few sharks at night. 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, said he’s not seeing much except for a few kingfish and 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 – No report this month. 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, said anglers are starting to report some perch (barred surfperch and walleye surfperch) along with an occasional halibut (and live walleyes make good halibut bait). Sharks are still absent. 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. 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 — Frank at the bait shop on the pier said there haven’t been too many anglers or fish at the wharf recently. Most of the fish that have been caught are kingfish, walleyes, or shiners, none that attract too many fishermen. 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 — Ben, at Andy’s Bait and Tackle, at the end of the wharf, says things are slow although some mackerel have been taken at the end and the perch action inshore appears to be heating up. 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 — 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 B&T, said wind and rough sea have put a damper on the fishing although there’s still some perch to be had along with the occasional striped bass. 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. 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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