Balboa Pier 6/10


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Went to Balboa Pier from 1-4 pm to make bait for a trip to Avalon. I fished a 21 g coltsniper and caught 21 mackerel, while much of the pier went fishless until the last hour.

Red Fish

Senior Member
What were the people that went fishless using, sabikis?

The Shimano 21g coltsniper is a small iron jig.
I wonder if a small Kroc, Kastmaster, or Flying C lure might work just as well.

Sardine color? Straight silver?


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They were using sabikis. I have tried using kastmasters with little luck. However, I have used small p-line jigs and megabaits with good results. I used sardine colored jigs.


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Thanks for the report.

Some times back on that pier, I notice a kid fishing with his dad. He was using a sort of mega bait. He was out catching the Sabiki (me included) guys.
I got info. from dad and ordered the same lures from China. Cheap too.

Have not used them much since the mackerel have not been around much, when I was fishing.

Ken Jones

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Mackerel can be puzzling. Some days you will have a “Mac attack” when they will hit virtually anything thrown into the water - various baits, Sabiki’s, and spoons of various type, color and size. Every hook on a Sabiki will have a fish and sooner or later some idiot will tie two Sabiki’s together and pull up a dozen fish. Other days they can be picky hitting nothing but a strip of squid on a Carolina rigging. Most of the time sees the best mackerel bite early morning and early evening while some days sees a bite that lasts throughout the day - and night. A fun fish to catch on light tackle, often the number one fish caught on piers as far as numbers, but also, as seen, a sometimes unpredictable species.