Ya i used to just start driving & go all over CA fishing & not come home for weeks. Then 2 days later I would leave again. Then I ran out of $ & had to get a job.....sigh. It was fun while it lasted. No regrets!
Been to all three several times this summer.
Lots of bait available, used sabikis to catch anchovies from the SC pier and then used for live bait catching everything from Grassies to small Ling's. Perch were all over , using small white Gulp grubs or cut grubs from squid . The sea mammal population at all places seams to have decreased , most notably at the Santa Cruz pier.
I will be doing a report later today. Short report — slow fishing but still a fun time. Best — Monterey Coast Guard Pier. Worst — Seacliff. But I was very, very, very tired when I got home. Slept terrible the entire week for some reason (or should I say didn't sleep the whole week).