Fishman's Luck At Cabrillo Beach Pier

Fishman Fishman

Well-Known Member
Fished Cabrillo Beach pier this morning for the first time. Mackerel and Jacksmelt were running steady. Double hook ups common. Caught and released short halibut. Highlight of the trip was my personal best Batray caught on squid. Wingspan was 48 inches, guestimating the ray weighed between 80 to 100 lbs. Took four fisherman to haul up the ray after it was netted. The ray was released.

Also while fishing got to watch a Grey whale(s) swimming around. Apparently the whale(s) has been in the harbor for about a week. Also saw a pod of dolphin corral some baitfish. Frenzy occurred with dolphins and birds feeding on the trapped fish.

The location of pier next to breakwater is very unique. Sandy bottom with lots of kelp is also attractive to a variety of fish. A very enjoyable morning of fishing. I think I'll return one day to this pier. Hopefully catch other types of fish!

Sorry the picture is not the best. In my excitement I forgot to take pictures of the ray on the pier. This picture was taken just after it was netted.


Ken Jones

Staff member
Good fishing and nice to see a report from that pier. An interesting pier that I need to revisit. I've caught some of my biggest mackerel from that pier.