The Pier Rats SpeakDate: January 19, 2016; To: Pier Fishing In California Message Board; From: Kilgore Trout; Subject: Re: Herring in the bay?
Yeah, I only caught the tail end of it on Sunday morning at Richmond. People fishing there were so pleasant considering that it was a little crowded — gave me a little faith in humanity. Lots of curious spectators and kids as well. Anyway, I think you can probably catch up to them if you put a little scouting time in around the North Bay… Btw, the Sabiki fishermen were doing pretty well, and some monster smelt were in the mix if you’re into some sport on light tackle.Posted by: I am Brandon
Herring were in Ferry Point in Richmond over the weekend and yesterday morning. I was there mid-day to evening and none were seen. I keep arriving a day late!Date: January 28, 2017; To: PFIC Message Board; ;From: Red Fish; Subject: Ferry Point Pier
Herring at the Ferry Point Pier two weeks ago.Date: June 18, 2017; To: Ken Jones; From: Red Fish; Subject: Ferry Point Pier
Ken, I landed 5 California halibut all at 19″ or above today on Ferry Point Pier. The one that was low 30’s came unbuttoned at the net. Frozen anchovies and live smelt.To: Redfish; From: Ken Jones;
To Redfish, Wish I was there today instead of in Fresno where the temperature is predicted to reach 110 degrees. KenDate: February 3, 2018; To: PFIC Message Board; From: Red Fish; Subject: Ferry Point Pier
I showed up at Ferry Point Pier about 4:25pm and it was NOT crowded. There were no herring also, as the previous day’s run was over with people with an average (12) herring for a couple hours of net throwing. I gave out a bucket-and-half because I always keep some for friends but they could not come out and get them, so I dispensed them to a few fishermen (three of which knew) that only had a handful. I fished using Pacific herring and a hi/lo surf-leader and only hooked into a single bat ray. A lot of crabs, thus fished an extra-long leader of about 6 feet. That was it. A very peaceful evening of solitude.Date: August 7, 2018; To: Ken Jones; From: A friend; Subject: Ferry Point Pier
Forgot to mention that the Ferry Point “fishing allowed without a license” sign has been painted over. As the paint color matches the classic brown of the EBRP folks—and not the nearby graffiti creeps’ work—there is room for speculation. The parks people there are lackluster and do a terrible job cleaning up. They are equipped with those pickers rather than push brooms, and they barely pick up anything. I witnessed two crew members throw a 12-foot galvanized pipe into the water rather than haul it away. Others saw this too. Can’t fish that spot now. But no one cared when I visited HQ. Small wonder the local constabulary are issuing tickets around the Bay that the DFW would not. Municipalities in these parts are, bluntly, anti-fishing at best.Date: June 6, 2019; To: Ken Jones; From: A friend; Subject: Ferry Point Pier
I think you are the only one who could appreciate this. I learned about this fish years ago from the “orange edition” of Pier Fishing In California. Still have that book; albeit held together with packing tape. A few days ago I caught a diamond turbot in my cast net at Ferry Point. Naturally everyone told me it was a short halibut, but I knew better. Couldn’t keep it: the rules are in place for a reason (and if I had caught it on hook and line, I would indeed have dined on it). It was huge. Close to the upper end described in your book. But I did not measure it. Just enough time to admire it, show one guy the blindside lateral line and lack of teeth, and then return it to the water. Beautiful specimen! Dark. It has been a score of years since I’ve seen one in the Bay. Next cast was a striper, possibly legal, who also got splashed. If I hadn’t been pretty successful at halibut angling lately, I’d have been irked. Still a lot of shorties on that pier, and, sadly, more than a few going home. The people who do it know the rules, but that’s the same old same old.Date: June 18, 2019; To: Ken Jones; From: A friend; Subject: Ferry Point Pier
Pier pressure (pun intended) does help with cheating. The other day on Ferry Point, three halibut came in, two for me and one for another guy. Mine measured 21.5” (ouch!) and 20.” The other guy was 21.75.” We encouraged him to measure several times and thwarted his attempt to go to the end of the tail fin with the tape (which is illegal). Grudgingly he released a fish he would have kept if we were not present. But no rancor. It is difficult to know when to step in and when to step back. If you fish a place often, you don’t want to burn bridges and piss off those you will see again. When the wardens show up, they are conspicuous and the cheaters cover their butts (literally!) by the time the officers get to the pier. But it is kind of futile. I am the only one who uses a three-hook Sabiki. I’ve been laughed at, but it stops when my bucket is populated and theirs are not. People work way too hard to cut corners and seek shortcuts. I know I did the right thing, but I still wish I’d kept that turbot
<*}}}}}}}}}>< — This is the only pier that I fished before its official grand opening. I had been eagerly awaiting its opening when I received an e-mail early in 2002 announcing that yes indeed, the pier was finally open. Soon after, I headed down to the pier to try it out. What I found was unexpected: a smallish pier devoid of fish cleaning stations, adequate trash cans, bait cutting stations or even well designed railings. The pier was a major disappointment even though I was glad it was finally open. Overall it gave the appearance of an ill-conceived, hastily constructed, Mickey Mouse job. It surprised me because the East Bay Regional Park District normally does a good job with its piers.What was expected was a group of anglers fishing and they already had a few perch to show for their efforts. However, upon leaving I noticed a sign laying face down near the entrance stating that the pier was not yet open. And upon arrival back home I received another e-mail message, this one stating that there was some confusion about opening dates and that anglers might possibly receive tickets if they fished from the pier.