Anyone gone to Manhattan Beach Pier lately?

MisterT

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I'm planning to head out to Manhattan Beach Pier this coming Saturday. Has anyone gone there lately?

This is not a pier that I venture to often.

Any specific species that tend to inhabit this pier more than others? I'm having difficulties deciding where to fish--surf area, middle, or end.

I was hoping to try and learn to fish with a jig head / gulp. (Not sure if I will be successful.) I will bring sabiki has a back up. (I try to avoid use these nowadays.)

Any tips or feedback is appreciated.
 

Red Fish

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#2
I'm planning to head out to Manhattan Beach Pier this coming Saturday. Has anyone gone there lately?

This is not a pier that I venture to often.

Any specific species that tend to inhabit this pier more than others? I'm having difficulties deciding where to fish--surf area, middle, or end.

I was hoping to try and learn to fish with a jig head / gulp. (Not sure if I will be successful.) I will bring sabiki has a back up. (I try to avoid use these nowadays.)

Any tips or feedback is appreciated.
Sharks, maybe halibut and mackerel.
 

MisterT

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#3
Ended up fishing towards the end (north side) due to low tide majority of the day. Started around 3 PM and ended at roughly 8 PM. (High tide at Estimated 07:30 PM.)

Did not see many people fishing from surf to middle of the pier. (This pier is surprisingly rather small and has one sink station.)

Ended up taking home a total of 16 fish (between my GF and I). 14 Mackerel and 2 Bonito.

A majority of mackerel being caught were small to medium size. (There were a few fairly larger size ones.) A majority of Mackerel were caught by my GF using Sabiki (without bait). I caught 2 bonito. One using a 0.5 oz cheap eagle claw round jig head with gulp smelt and another using a 1 oz (too big of a hook 4/0?) bullet looking jig head with power bait. Due to the low tide I was having difficulties feeling bottom with the jig heads so I decided to fish them as I would with a Sabiki with multiple strong jerks keeping the jig head on top water. My special technique. ;)

Lots of people catching mackerel!