My buddy caught a king salmon off the Freelance (3/4 day sportfishing boat out of Davey's Locker in Newport Beach) in the Huntington Flats while fishing for sand bass in August.. saw it first hand. And it wasn't the year when salmon came down to socal.
Yeah, used to sneak out at nights and do a little pier fishing in my teens. The pier used to open all night (never closed). I remember when there was a squid run in the late 70's early 80's.. the pier was so full it was shoulder to shoulder.