Sup guys! Came down to SD from LA and looking for a good pier to fish at . Gonna be using sabiki for mackerel.

Any locals have a favorite pier?

Ken Jones

Staff member
I haven't done this month's report yet but the Oct. report said the following:

(Downtown) — Embarcadero Marina Pier — Richard, at “Burgers, Bait & Beer” (at the foot of the pier), reports that anglers continue to pull in good numbers of mackerel along with some spotted bay bass and rays (stingrays and bat rays). He says the typical baits (anchovies and squid) will take the fish but most of the spotted bay bass are hitting on “Hookup Baits” which are made in San Diego (and which he sells). Halibut too are showing up but not in any great numbers. How To Get There: From the I-5 south, take the Front Street exit south to Market (just stay on Front Street, it runs into Market), take Market west to Harbor Dr. Turn left on Harbor Dr. and take it to 8th Ave., turn right onto Convention Way (formerly Harbor St.). Follow it a short block to 5th Ave. and the pier. It seems that with the new Convention Center the city is constantly working on these streets near the pier and renaming them; if you get confused remember that the park and pier are immediately to the southwest of the Convention Center. From I-5 North, approaching from the south, take the J Street exit, then go straight, three blocks up to Market, turn left and take it from there. Parking can be limited and expensive.

(Near downtown) — Shelter Island Pier — Michael, at Angler’s Choice, 1910 Rosecrans St., said anglers are getting a few bass and even a few halibut but the action on top water species is slow. How To Get There: Take I-5 or I-8 to Rosecrans (Hwy. 209) and go west, turn left at Shelter Island Dr. and follow the road until you see the pier and the entrance to the parking lot. Free parking and an easy pier to fish — watch the locals.

(Point Loma) — Ocean Beach Pier — Seth at the Ocean Beach Pier Bait Shop & Café, on the pier said action has slowed somewhat. The bonito have been in and out along with the mackerel. Some threshers have shown along with one sevengill shark on the bottom (at night). It’s slow on halibut and other bottom fish. How To Get There: From the north, take I-5 to the Sea World Dr. exit and follow it until it turns off to Sunset Cliffs Blvd. From the south, take I- 5 to the Nimitz Blvd. exit, then follow that road to Sunset Cliffs Blvd. Follow Sunset Cliffs Blvd. to Newport Ave., turn right and follow the road to the pier parking lot. One of the longest piers on the west coast and with a good cafe out towards the end.

(Pacific Beach) — Crystal Pier – Hunter at the Crystal Pier Bay & Tackle said action remains decent although not hot. There’s still a lot of mackerel with the bonito coming and going. Some yellowfin croaker are on the bottom; ditto the bat rays. How To Get There: Take I-5 to Garnet Ave. then take Garnet west to the foot of the pier. A small pier that can be very good although mackerel are not usually a top fish.Free parking on the streets IF you get there early. Come midday and you many be parking several blocks away.

(Coronado Island) — Ferry Landing Pier (Coronado) — Bass (a variety) always seem to be around as well as a mix of sharays (mostly round stingrays). If mackerel are in the bay they will also be found there. How To Get There: From San Diego, take the Coronado Bay Bridge (Highway 75) to Coronado. Once over the bridge you are on Third Street. Simply follow it to B Avenue, turn right, and follow it to the front of The Old Ferry Landing — the intersection of First Street and B Avenue. The pier sits behind the shops in the complex. A pier that yield a beautiful view of downtown San Diego as well as a shopping area where there are many restaurants and shops.


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I like shelter island pier and crystal pier. I used to go to Imperial beach pier too but they remodeled the whole town since and I don't know how it is now. Coronado ferry landing pier too but navy base traffic and tourists make it hard to come by.