I have never had a problem fishing “International” or “Little Manila” years back when there were dozens of fish caught with the place packed.
Those were the years when there was constant non-stop action all of July and August.
A dozen fish isn’t worth it. I visited the pier the past few years on average twice in the month of July and it had been poor. And, there has only been (10) regulars with (20) poles. Some people that have been regulars for years tell me they just fish for stripers right before the first breaker and don’t venture to the end.
It is nice just visit the sea, the actual ocean (instead of the Bay) once in awhile. It will take a thresher run for me to venture there between now and September.
I stopped going there every summer years ago when I found out I could catch salmon in Rodeo on a #5 spinner and 12# test.
Something you just got to love about underhanding an 8oz weight and sliding down a softball-sized float from atop a 40ft pier!