Visitor Comments and Letters - November '98



These messages have been edited. Although I feel the content is of interest, I want to provide as much privacy as possible to the various people who have taken time to comment. Let me know if you feel this is an interesting page. KJ


Date: November 1, 1998
To: John Bridges
From: Ken Jones
Subject: Golden Angler Award

I saw your Golden Angler Award on the net! My site, Pier Fishing in California, is designed for Pier Rats everywhere. It includes monthly reports on more than 50 California piers as well as presenting a Fish of the Month, Pier of the Month, Pictures, Tackle Tips and a Message Board. Does it deserve your award?

Ken,

Great site Ken -- 92 piers??? You fish them all??? and who wrote the book? Got no hesitation in sending the Golden Angler award. I don't do much pier fishing myself, though there are some great ones in the NE of England. I prefer the beaches as tonight -- returned at 1.45 a.m. from a very lonely
beach -- minus 2 degrees, heavy frost and cod to 8lb. I'm still trying to get warm.
Thanks for pointing your site out to me.

Jaybee

Thanks for the quick reply. I wrote the book and have fished all the piers -- although the number is now up over 100. I don't fish them all every year though, most years I'll fish around 60 of them. There are a lot of piers in southern California, central California and the Bay Area but unfortunately few up by where I live (which is about 100 miles north of San Francisco). So, I manage to take several trips each year and hit as many as I can.

I haven't been to England (although one side of my family is from Wales) but I did manage to visit the mainland a couple of years ago and saw some pier fishing going on up in Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland. Unfortunately I didn't take my poles with me (to preserve domestic bliss) so I could only watch. But I intend to return some day and the next time I plan to fish.

Sounds like you had a cold night but also sounds like you did pretty good with a nice cod. It's getting cooler here but we're only down to about 36-40 degrees F at night and about 70-75 in the day.

Plan to check out your site more often and will get your award and link up in the next couple of days.

Best wishes, Ken Jones, The Pier Fisherman


Date: November 1, 1998
To: Ken Jones
From: Hillary S
Subject: Crystal Dolphin Award

Congratulations!!!! Just visited your site..... Very well designed and informative!

Remember not to "eat" the Crystal Dolphin award!!!! But be glad you got one, 'cause I only give them to sites that give me that "warm, fuzzy feeling".

Hillary,

Thanks for your kind comments.

Best wishes, Ken


Date: November 1, 1998
To: Ken Jones
From: Mykel V
Subject: San Leandro?

Stripers are still biting. Best time to go would be the first 2 hours before and after high tide. I caught a limit Saturday, 35" being the biggest and the other at 19 1/2". The smelt are starting to move out to warmer water, so they are not biting as much. Best spot to go would be at the trail and the other side of the park. Saw lots of people get big bites, but the biggest I've seen so far was 15 lbs. Fished at the end of the trail. Three visits here gave an average of 1.5 fish per visit.

2nd Message -- [Feedback From: Mykel V]

Tried fishing here, so far so good. Came here four times and each time had at least a fish. Anchovy and if you can believe it chicken liver are the best menu here. Make sure you have an extra pole for casting out minnow type lures like Rapala broken back or countdown 'cause when the stripers start jumping start casting. Best spot is at the side of the big walk-way bridge and the canal going through Hegenberger. By the way, I'll try to keep up with these two spots as much as possible.

Mykel,

In your second message are you talking about the Arrowhead Marsh area?

Thanks, Ken


Date: November 2, 1998
To: Ken Jones
From: Mark Grim
Subject: Fishin'

Hi Ken,

Thanks for the tip on the Eckly Pier. I still don't know where it is but I'll check around and see if any of my fishin' buddies know about it. I spend most of my time hanging around the Rio Vista Antioch - Pittsburg area, so I don't know a lot about the Carquinez Straits. I work in Martinez so sometimes I bring my fishing gear to work and fish after work if I have an early shift at the store -- that is when I get to visit the Martinez and the Benicia area piers.

My sister, her husband, and their little baby recently moved back up here from Santa Monica. They are living on the peninsula so I will probably be making more trips to the Pacifica Pier (just in time for crab season!!) I went over to help them move in last Sunday, and took the chance to drive over the hill to the pier, but the surf was way to rough to do any fishing -- waves were breaking over the end of the pier. I'll try again soon.

Mark

Hi Mark,

From the sounds of the message I got it sounds like the pier is between Crockett and Martinez; I'm wondering if it is in Port Costa.

I may get a chance to come down this weekend and if I do I intend to drive over and try to get some pictures.

Best wishes, Ken


Date: November 2, 1998
To: Ken Jones
From: Don Larson <dlarson@worldstar.com>
Subject: sturgeon

Sturgeon Enthusiasts-

For those of you who have dissected, cleaned or examined non-baby sturgeon, what did you find in their stomachs?

The results will be posted on my website.

If you want to join the Sturgeon Fishing Webring, go to the Sturgeon Page at http://www.worldstar.com/~dlarson reload the homepage so there is a banner at the bottom, click on the banner and sign in for free! Good for everyone.

Good Sturgeon to You,
Don Larson


Date: November 4, 1998
To: Ken Jones
From: billsmith@fishunlimited.org
Subject: chatter

Ken,

Check out our site at www.fishunlimited.org. Matt at PESCA suggested I look at your site. Seems like there is an opportunity for us to work/help each other.

Bill


Date: November 8, 1998
To: Ken Jones
From: Chris
Subject: Pillar Point Pier

Hi,

I went to half moon bay today at 10 AM and caught a king jacksmelt on anchovies and caught eight, 3-inch jacksmelt and left at 1 p.m. when it started to rain

Chris,

Thanks for the report,

Ken


Date: November 9, 1998
To: Ken Jones
From: Ariel A
Subject: San Mateo Pier

Hi, thanks for having this website. I find it very informative.

Please update your Pier Report of San Mateo Pier to say that it will re-open when the seismic work is done -- by Spring of 2000, according to Sue Lee (slee@fostercity.org).

Thanks again.

Hi,

Thanks for the information Ariel. I'm sorry the work is going to take so long, that is certainly much longer than they originally said.

Best wishes, Ken Jones, The Pier Fisherman


Date: November 9, 1998
To: Ken Jones
From: saltfishing.guide@miningco.com
Subject: Saltwater Fishing Newsletter

SALTWATER FISHING NEWSLETTER
From Ron Brooks - Your Saltwater Fishing Guide at The Mining Co.

THANKS!
Thanks for making our Saltwater Fishing page located at http://saltfishing.miningco.com a monstrous success. Without your readership, we would be struggling. As it is we are struggling to keep pace with the myriad requests for information and coverage. We have been rolling out links to new states and new fish as time permits. Look for new pages every week in the future.

MAIN PAGE
The home page on our site has several features and links. We only list 25 link pages on the right hand column, but there are many more. Look under "net links" on the left hand side of the page. The entire list of saltwater fishing pages are linked here.

FEATURE ARTICLE
This week we concentrated on Washington, the Pacific Northwest, and Pacific Salmon fishing. Lots of new links and information for those of you in the Pacific Northwest. Previous features are archived and can be found under "features" on the left hand side of the home page.

NEW BOARDS - GOOD NEWS!
Our message boards at http://saltfishing.miningco.com/mpboards.htm on the Saltwater Fishing site are finally up and running. Take an opportunity to visit them often. Ask questions of other fishermen and post your fishing reports regularly. Many of the Charter Captains and Guides will be posting their reports here over the next month. We plan to make this as comprehensive a board as possible.

FUTURE ARTICLES
If there are fish you want to see or information you would like to see, please let me know by email so that I can prioritize me efforts.

FRESHWATER FISHING
For those of you who fish both salt and freshwater, The Mining Co. has a Freshwater Fishing Guide located at http://fishing.miningco.com. Visit Ronnie Garrison, the guide there, and tell him I said "Hi!"

Until next time, Tight Lines and Good Fishing!

Ron Brooks
Saltfishing.guide@miningco.com


Date: November 9, 1998
To: Ken Jones
From: Matt
Subject: Redondo Sportfishing Pier

Believe it or not I hooked an octopus but about 5 feet from the deck my line snapped. I used a neon green Scampi slowly making it dance. Well, I hope you believe me it is the gods honest truth.

Sincerely, Matt

PS, I have a killer picture of a 13 inch calico bass from the sportfishing pier. I will mail it if you like.

Hi Matt,

I would love to put your picture on the picture page -- and of course I will return it after using it.

As for the octopus, how big was it? I've caught many small octopus from the Santa Cruz Wharf but never caught any that were too big. I always like a little variety and it sounds like you really got it on that trip.

Best wishes, Ken


Date: November 10, 1998
To: Ken Jones
From: Alex G
Subject: Ocean Beach Pier

I fish the pier every Monday. The mackerel are gone because the temperature dropped below 64 Degrees. As you know, below that temp they head for deep water.

Very few legal lobster taken. I fished yesterday and caught two huge perch and two small croakers on mussel.

Always sad when the leopard shark and shovelnose go away.

Talk to you again if you want the straight scoop.

Alex

Alex,

Thanks for the information. By the way, what type of perch were they?

Best wishes, Ken Jones, The Pier Fisherman

Ken,

To be honest I don't know what kind of perch they were. Some one said they had the word "sand" in their name. I need to find a picture book to look them up Maybe on the internet. Got any good locations??

Alex

Hi Alex,

I really haven't found any locations. Did you check out the fish archives of my site?

Talk to you later, Ken Jones


Date: November 10, 1998
To: Ken Jones
From: Russell Grossbard
Subject: Crystal Pier

Hi Ken,

Just to keep you up to date the bait shop on Crystal Pier has now closed for the winter !! Me and my wife are looking in to taking it over. I've been down a couple of times in the last month but nothing much to report other than some small mackerel being caught off the end and some large smelts. I caught a small halibut on a small piece of mackerel and one thornback ray.

Well, I am off for now so cheers,

Russell

Hi Russell,

Thanks for the info. By the way, I MAY be down there over the Christmas holiday. If so, I'll try to connect up with you at the pier.

Best wishes, Ken


Date: November 11, 1998
To: Ken Jones
From: Chris
Subject: surf fishing

Hi,

Do you know anything about fishing on a beach? Do striped bass bite if using a leader with two hooks on it? The same for perch?

Hi Chris,

Yes, a high/low leader will work o.k. in the surf for both bass and perch. For the bass you probably want to stick to pile worms or anchovies, while the perch will hit best on pile worms, fresh mussels, ghost shrimp or sand crabs.

Best wishes, Ken


Date: November 12, 1998
To: Ken Jones
From: Chad
Subject: Hey Ken!

Hey remember me? My old address was V twin15. I used to give you reports on Redondo and Cabrillo Beach piers. I am going again to Cabrillo on Sat if you want a report, drop me an e-mail.
Look at the web sight! WOW! You have really got the place jazzed up. All clean cut now and everything.

Chad

Hi Chad,

Yes, I tried to e-mail you a couple of times but received my messages back. Glad to hear you're still fishing and look forward to any reports you may have.

Good fishin', Ken


Date: November 12, 1998
To: Ken Jones
From: D Crotty
Subject: contacting Mark Grim.

Hi Ken,

Hope that I was able to help you somewhat yesterday. Am taking the boys fishing in am. and wanted some advice on which pier in Antioch or Pittsburg. Thought that "Mark Grim" might be of help if I knew how to get a hold of him, can you help? Otherwise thought that you might be able to suggest a
bait and tackle shop to call in am.

Thank you .

Hi,

Sorry for the late response but I've been away from my computer since Wednesday (need a laptop). I apologize for being unable to offer you advice BEFORE your Friday trip. However, I hope you had some success and found everything with the directions on the site. As for Mark, I don't think he would mind my giving you his address out. It is:

pierangler@juno.com

Mark is very knowledgeable about the area and the local bait shops. As I mentioned, I think if you contacted him he would recommend the Antioch Bridge Pier.

Let me know how the trip went and if I can offer further assistance.

Best wishes, Ken

Thank you Ken for your reply. We didn't catch anything .. the tide was riping along outgoing and even a 5 oz. wt. wouldn't hold my grass shrimp bait down. I hope to try this coming weekend at the Antioch Bridge. The boy and I would each love to catch a decent striper. It did not appear that anybody was catching anything from the Pittsburg pier. Hope that you are
well.


Date: November 13, 1998
To: Ken Jones
From: Jerry G
Subject: Pier Fishing

Dear Ken:

I'm going to be in the LA area (La Mirada) for business for the last two weeks of this month. I would look to find out where I can Pier Fish near La Mirada. I appears that the Huntington Pier is the closest. Es la correcta?

Should I bring my own rod and reel? Or can they be rented at the piers?

If I bring my own, should I bring a large spinning reel or a level-wind?

Is bait available at the piers?

Thanks

Jerry

Hi Jerry,

As far as la Mirada, I think it is about the same distance to several piers -- Huntington Beach, Seal Beach or the Belmont Pier. Each of these three should offer decent fishing and each of these three offer rod/reel rentals at tackle shops on the piers as well as bait. If you get a chance check out a couple of the piers; Huntington Beach is more of a true oceanfront pier while the other two are in the more protected waters of the LA/Long Beach Harbor. As such they offer a little different environment and sometimes different fish.

If you want to bring your own outfit I would bring a light-medium action spinning rod/reel. It will prove sufficient in almost every situation (unless you're going after the bigger sharks).

Best of luck and let me know how you do.

Ken Jones, The Pier Fisherman


Date: November 13, 1998
To: Ken Jones
From: Matt S
Subject: Striper . . . bait?

Hey Ken,

Just thought I'd send you a report for the Pacifica Pier. I went last weekend and it was kind of rough. There was a very unfortunate cross current and that resulted in over 4 crab traps getting wrapped. Not too much action either. No Dungeness Crabs or anything. Once again this pier has gotten dead. Not even the usual abundance of kingfish were hanging out. Anyway, I found a rather unusual thing in my bag of anchovies. Inside was a small striped bass! It was clearly different than an anchovy with its stripes and unique fins and mouth. It was a tad smaller than everything else in the bag. It must have gotten confused with the anchovies and decided to school with them. I bet you that doesn't happen very often.

Matt

P.S.- I am going to try to get out to Antioch before the Stripers are all gone.

Hi Matt,

That's pretty rare. Did you try it for bait? I guess in such a situation it could be used for bait although technically it's against the law to use a striper for bait (so forget that I even suggested it).

As for Antioch, they're still getting bass although most are small. I wanted to go down there last weekend but once again was stopped by other work. However, I do plan to do some fishing over the Thanksgiving weekend. I plan to stay at my mom's house in Pittsburg and will probably fish Antioch and a few East bay piers.

Hopefully, the fish will still be biting.

Best wishes, Ken

Well Ken, I also thought about the striper being illegal but I couldn't release it since it was already dead, I just kept it and it is currently in my freezer. I hope the stripers keep their bite up because I plan to make a run up there soon.
Matt

Matt,

Good luck fishing at Antioch and say hi to your mom for me.


Date: November 14, 1998
To: Ken Jones
From: Jason T
Subject: Good job and thanks

I love your page it's helped me a lot just wanted to tell you keep up the good work

Jason,

Thanks for your kind comments. Fishing is a lot more fun when you know what you are doing so hopefully I'm providing some useful information.

Best wishes, Ken Jones, The Pier Fisherman

Ken,

I've kind of run into a problem. I need to know a good pier where I can catch some legal sized halibut. For the past few month I've been going to Newport and the fishing has dried up there. I take my family with me so I need a pier that I don't have to go to the end of it to fish (where all the fights are -- so can you help?) I've been using live smelt for bait -- is that good? And what kind of rig should I use? And what is good to eat I've heard some many contradictions? I know I have a lot of questions but can you help?

Yours Jason

Hi Jason,

It's hard to say where you might find some legal-size halibut. I never really considered Newport that great of a halibut pier but I did think Seal Beach and Belmont were pretty good. But even those piers haven't been reporting too many big fish lately (of course this isn't the best time of the year).

As far as bait, a lively small smelt or mackerel make good bait and almost all of the legal size halibut seem to be taken on live bait or large plastics.

As far as eating the flatties they're o.k. -- or are you asking about other species?

Finally, are there a lot of fights out at the end of Newport? That didn't use to be the case.

Best wishes and good fishin'

Ken Jones, The Pier Fisherman


Date: November 14, 1998
To: Ken Jnes
From: Chris
Subject: surf fishing

Hi

I went to the Antioch Pier today at 6 a.m. and caught lots of stripers but not keepers. I had a fifteen-inch striped bass but 3 inches shy of a keeper. A man near the rocks caught a nice keeper size fish and that's all. Left at 1 pm

Chris,

Thanks once again for the report,

Good fishin', Ken


Date: November 18, 1998
To: Ken Jones
From: Ken S
Subject: Bodega Bay

Dear Ken,

I am going to Bodega Bay next week. People have told me that their is good crab fishing off the pier. I this true? If so:
*How do I crab fish? (I have a wire trap)
*Do I need a license? I have heard that there is a Gov. pier where you do not need a license.
*Where is the best place?
Thanks for your advise.

Ken S

Ken,

All you really need is a crab net with some sort of meat attached to the bottom -- and a salmon head or head of other fish works well.

As far as which pier (and I really don't crab), I think the Lucas Wharf could provide some crabs as might the Tides Wharf. There is also a breakwater/pier over at the Spud Point Marina which provides sometimes good fishing and possibly decent crabbing. All of these would require a license. I'm not sure about a Coast Guard Pier.

You might also want to take a look at the message board on my site, it has had several messages about the best ways to crab.

Best of luck, Ken


Date: November 19, 1998
To: Ken Jones
From: saltfishing.guide@miningco.com
Subject: San Pedro Pier

[Feeback From: Ron Brooks]

Can you help this person -- I have received multiple e-mails asking for the directions for this pier. I would like to say I referred him to you!!

To: BL...@aol.com
Subject: DIRECTIONS

I have not heard and cannot find of the San Pedro Pier (they may not have a Web page) so I have refereed this to the Pier Rat at the Pier Fishing Page. He is the California authority on pier fishing and should either answer me or you on this!!

Ron Brooks
saltfishing.guide@miningco.com

BL...@aol.com wrote: I want to know where the nearest fishing place is. I'm in Los Angeles and I want to also know the driving directions,

Thank You

Ron,

There is not a San Pedro Pier as such although years ago there was a San Pedro Landing sportfishing operation which may have been called the San Pedro Pier. What is probably meant by the question is the Cabrillo Beach Pier which is located in San Pedro. It is an easy pier to reach and generally offers fairly productive fishing although the parking is a little expensive. I sent the following message --
hope this has been of help,

Best wishes, Ken Jones, The Pier Fisherman

To BL...@aol.com

Ron Brooks at saltfishing.guide@miningco.com asked me if I could give you some help on finding the San Pedro Pier.

What I think you are referring to is the Cabrillo Beach Pier in San Pedro. It is an easy pier to reach and generally offers fairly productive fishing -- although the parking is a little expensive. See the facts below:

Cabrillo Pier Facts

Hours: The park gates are open from 5:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Facilities: The pier has only a few facilities -- a few benches and fish cleaning sinks but no lights. There are portable restrooms found near the front of the pier.
Handicapped Facilities: There is handicapped parking but no restrooms. The pier's surface is cement and the rail height is 44 inches. Posted for handicapped.
How To Get There: Take the Harbor Freeway (I-110) south; it will turn into Gaffey St. Follow it to 22nd Street and turn left. Follow 22nd St. to Pacific Ave. and turn right. Follow Pacific Ave. to 36th Street and the entrance to Cabrillo Park.
Management: City of Los Angeles, Parks and Recreation Department.

Hope this has been of help,

Best wishes, Ken Jones, The Pier Fisherman

pierfishing.com

Thank you very much


Date: November 20, 1998
To: Ken Jones
From: Cary
Subject: San Mateo Pier

Hey Ken,

I haven't heard from ya in a while. I've been really busy at work. Too busy to see if the San Mateo Pier ever opened up as planned. Have you heard, or seen anything. Hope all's well.

Cary

Hi Cary,

From what I've heard it sounds like the pier may not open for another year. Sounds like a typical CalTrans foul up but I'll hold judgment until I find out the reasons and actual date.

In the meantime there are always the smaller piers -- even if they aren't some times as productive.

Hope you get a chance to go fishing and best wishes, Ken

Hey Ken,

Thanks so much for your quick response. Although the news was terrible to a San Mateo pier rat, I do appreciate all your help. I will be in touch, so till then, you take care ok.


Date: November 21, 1998
To: Ken Jones
From: Zorro
Subject: Santa Barbara Fire,

Check out the following for information on the fire at Stearns Wharf

http://news.newspress.com

And

http://news.newspress.com/toplocal/wharf.htm


I will send the Gaviota and Port San Luis Reports later.

PS, Send me your Snail Mail address and I will send you the Santa Barbara Newspaper with all the data about the fire.

Hi Zoy,

My address is:
Ken Jones
PO Box 529
Boonville, CA 95415

I would really like to see the article and find out how long the wharf will be closed.

Thanks, Ken


Date: November 22, 1998
To: Ken Jones
From: Ron Crandall
Subject: FYI

Dear Ken,

In case you don't already have this information:

The Santa Rosa Fishing Tackle, Duck Decoy, Sporting Collectible Show will be March 12 & 13, 1999, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Saturday.

Sacramento International Sportsmens Exposition
January 13-17, 1999
CAL-EXPO, CA State Fairgrounds, Sacramento, CA
www.sportsexpos.com

San Francisco Sports & Boat show
January 15-24
Cow Palace, San Francisco

San Mateo International Sportsmen's Expostion
February 3-7, 1999
San Mateo County Expo Center
San Mateo

Ron,

Thanks for the information and I'll try to mention it in some of the reports -- or on the message board. By the way, I just started a fishing club at the school and have about thirty students. Would you be interested in coming up some time to talk to them about tackle? No problem if the answer is no but it is one of the areas that many are weak on.

Best wishes, Ken

Ken,

Yes, I would love to lecture. Time and details will have to be arranged. I could only come up on a Wednesday when there is no morning high tide. (The perch come first) That actually leaves alternate
Wednesdays so its not as bad as it sounds.

Since these are students, first why don't you have them read all the archived tackle tips, so that: 1. We aren't going over old territory, and 2. It will give them something to ask questions about.

We would appreciate club members requests as to the subject they would like to hear about, in advance, so that we can bring interesting props to explain what they want to know. We will be happy to answer questions, and deal with individual needs. No question is too small or stupid, and it is amazing how an answer to a simple questions can cause a whole bunch of blocks to fall into place. If a question comes up that I can't answer, I will be happy to e-mail you or the person, the answer after
some research on my part.

The month of January or February would be a good time.

Ron

Ron,

Sounds good. I will begin to work with them at my end and will let you know about some dates soon.

Best wishes, Ken


Date: November 23, 1998
To: Ken Jones
From: Mike Katz
Subject: Stearns Wharf fire

Dear Ken: I don't know if you saw the news Wednesday and Thursday but as of then there is no more Mike's Bait & Tackle out on Stearns Wharf. Wednesday evening about 9:20 there was an explosion and fire in the Moby Dick Restaurant and the winds blew the fire onto Santa Barbara Shellfish and my shop. My building collapsed into the ocean and there is nothing left but a big hole in the wharf.

The City fathers state that it will take about a year and a half to re-build. The seaward end of the wharf is closed off and will be for some time to come.

Mike

Mike,

Sorry to hear the news. Was only the end of the pier damaged?

Ken,

The fire broke out at the Moby Dick Restaurant and the winds took it to the end of the wharf. Everything else on the wharf is fine but there is no wharf beyond where the restaurant used to be except a gaping hole and a few pilings.

Mike

Mike,

I hope you had insurance to cover the time you will be down -- or is that wishful thinking?

Best, Ken

Dear Ken: One of the things that I hated to enter in my lost inventory was your " Pier Fishing" book to me that you had autographed.

Mike

Mike,

Send me your address and I'll send you a new one.

Thanks for the offer of a replacement book.

Right now I feel like the fellow who was a "Live-aboard" near my shop. He had three boats go ashore and break up when he was not on board. He finally gave up and moved to Arizona.

The storm had me closed February, March and April and now THIS!

Mike


Date: November 23, 1998
To: Ken Jones
From: Brett T
Subject: Pier Reports

I have been going to the Fort Baker Pier for the past several weeks. I can give updates on the fishing conditions there if you would like. I know it helps me when I see updated reports from people, since I know some of what to expect for the coming weekend. Although I am not your regular Fort Baker Pier reporter, please let me know if you welcome reports from whoever has been fishing recently. I figure if we all contribute, we should have a pretty up-to-date accounting of the local conditions. Thanks, by the way, for a great and very helpful fishing site!

Brett

Brett,

Thanks very much for your offer and yes I would appreciate your reports. Dwight, who often sends reports, is away at college and only able to send me reports when he is on vacation.

Thanks and glad you like the site,

Ken Jones, The Pier Fisherman


Date: November 23, 1998
To: Ken Jones
From: Matt S
Subject: Stearns Wharf . . .to exist?

Hey Ken,

I just got word from my uncle down in Santa Barbara that Stearns Wharf caught on fire not too long ago. A restaurant caught on fire first and spread throughout the end of the pier. I didn't get much more info but I hope that everything is okay. Just thought I'd inform you on this bad news.
Matt

Hi Matt,

Yes I got word from Mike out at the end of the wharf. His bait shop burned up and repairs will apparently not take place for about a year and a half.

Truly bad news!

Thanks for the message, Ken


Date: November 24, 1998
To: Ken Jones
From: Mark Grim
Subject: Monthly Reports

Hi Ken,

Here is my report for this month. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving.

Antioch Bridge Pier

Fishing has been picking up this month. There have been several good sized striped bass caught here almost on a daily basis. Best baits have been shad, anchovies and sardines. Jerry Lumbre, a long time fisherman, recommends pile worms. He picked up a 23 inch striper recently near the first wind shelter on pile worms.

The Fish and Game has been making trips out to this pier on a regular basis. So, make sure that you have your license visibly attached to your clothing. I know of at least one fisherman that was nailed for fishing without a license - the fine is really expensive, don't risk it.

City of Benicia Pier

The salmon bite has trailed off here this month. Some sturgeon and striped bass are still being caught, but not in large numbers. The winter season will hopefully improve the bite. Try using grass shrimp for sturgeon and shad or anchovies for the stripers. Some fisherman have luck with live bullheads for the bigger stripers.

Thanks Mark,

Best wishes, Ken


Date: November 25, 1998
To: Ken Jones
From: Don Larson <dlarson@worldstar.com>
Subject: sturgeon's stomach

Sturgeon enthusiasts-

The results of my informal poll on what has been found in sturgeon's stomachs is now up on the
SturgeonPage at http://www.worldstar.com/~dlarson

Go to the Fishing section.

Good sturgeon to you...
Don Larson


Date: November 27, 1998
To: Ken Jones
From: Zorro
Subject: Port San Luis Pier/Gaviota

Fished Port San Luis November 1 --

The only things biting were croakers, staghorn sculpins, and one jacksmelt, except for the croaker eating leopard shark!

Started out with a Lucky Lura, trying to make bait, after an hour and a half I finally got one 6-inch smelt for bait.

The only thing biting that day were white croakers, and sculpins, except for late in the day when a Cal Poly student hooked a croaker and then got it Mangled by a 4-foot Leopard shark. I fished a variety of baits and lures but could never get the shark to come back.

Best bait was cut sculpin.

Fished Gaviota November 15 --

It was a tough day to fish, but a good day to crab. Worked hard all day, and all I could catch was a few smelt. Used the trusty Lucky Lura and chrome sinker for a total of one foot-long smelt and six smaller smelt. Other anglers caught less. Bottom fish seem to be totally absent, not even one little sculpin or surfperch was caught by anyone. But there were many good Stone Crabs caught that day.

Lures continue to beat bait at this pier.

Zorro,

Thanks for the reports,

Ken


Date: November 28, 1998
To: Brett
From: Ken Jones
Subjkect: Fort Baker Pier,

Any reports to make on Fort Baker?

Best wishes, Ken Jones

Ken -

Sorry it has taken me a bit to get back to you. I have been to the Fort Baker pier several times during November. Briefly, the red rock crabbing has been pretty good and fairly constant, with an average of 1-2 keepers per pull per net. Some people have been going home with buckets full of crabs. The fishing has been very slow. Some people have been catching baitfish on jigs and I have heard of a couple of decent surf perch falling to shrimp, but nothing else that I know of. I hope to have a better report after this weekend, if the weather holds.

Good fishing! Tom

Tom,

Thanks for the report and we will get it up.

Best wishes and good fishin',