Dana Point Harbor/Intro

#1
Hello everyone,

I realize this is my first post as a member on here. I grew up fishing Malibu pier with my father who taught me everything about pier fishing, with the help of Ken's book. Whenever I'm home at my parent's I still like to dive into the original orange cover book that's now falling apart in my father's book case. I spent most of my time on the internet in middle/high school browsing the message boards and reading reports from Mahigeer, Huntress, and Snookie. Anyways - fast forward a few years, engaged, and following my time in the Marine Corps - I've rediscovered my love for pier fishing. I've been fishing the Dana Point Harbor quite often and am eager to start making trips up and down the coast. I'll be checking out San Clemente pier tomorrow for the first time in about 3 years.

Had some good fishing over the weekend, I've attached photos of the few croaker I managed to pull out of the cesspool that is Dana Point harbor :) on Saturday and Sunday. Also had multiple smelt (one decent sized), baby rays, kelp bass, and salema. All were caught on frozen squid/raw shrimp, standard hi - lo rig. Every fish was safely released to fight another day and hopefully give one of the youngins on the the pier a reason to love the hobby.

I look forward to posting more and conversing with you all.

Respectfully.

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evanluck

Active member
#2
Welcome! Nice post and cool story!

Nice croakers and report! Have fun and keep us posted!

Hello everyone,

I realize this is my first post as a member on here. I grew up fishing Malibu pier with my father who taught me everything about pier fishing, with the help of Ken's book. Whenever I'm home at my parent's I still like to dive into the original orange cover book that's now falling apart in my father's book case. I spent most of my time on the internet in middle/high school browsing the message boards and reading reports from Mahigeer, Huntress, and Snookie. Anyways - fast forward a few years, engaged, and following my time in the Marine Corps - I've rediscovered my love for pier fishing. I've been fishing the Dana Point Harbor quite often and am eager to start making trips up and down the coast. I'll be checking out San Clemente pier tomorrow for the first time in about 3 years.

Had some good fishing over the weekend, I've attached photos of the few croaker I managed to pull out of the cesspool that is Dana Point harbor :) on Saturday and Sunday. Also had multiple smelt (one decent sized), baby rays, kelp bass, and salema. All were caught on frozen squid/raw shrimp, standard hi - lo rig. Every fish was safely released to fight another day and hopefully give one of the youngins on the the pier a reason to love the hobby.

I look forward to posting more and conversing with you all.

Respectfully.

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Ken Jones

Administrator
Staff member
#3
Welcome aboard and glad to hear you enjoyed the original book. I always make a point when I am in the area to stop at both the San Clemente Pier and this small pier. For its size it yields a pretty good mix of fish although you rarely see the pelagic schooling fish like mackerel and bonito.
I look forward to your reports and hopefully we may meet up some day down at the pier.