San Clemente 12-12-20 Variety is the Spice of Fishing!

evanluck

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My girlfriend and I got to the pier at 5:30AM. There were already a few people setup at the end where we wanted to fish. We both were focusing on fishing high-lo rigs with one size 8 mosquito hook and one size 6 bait holder hook. On the mosquito we put a piece of head-on market shrimp. On the bait holder a live blood worm cut in half. After a slow first 30-45 minutes the bite started to warm up.

There were good size mackerel to be had today and apparently they have been absent at this pier all week. I noticed this my last time here. The sunrise bite here for kelp bass is pretty solid. I landed 3 today. No keepers but all in the 10-12" range. Also caught a variety of perch (3 black, 2 Wall eye, 1 white perch), 3 rock wrasses (finally found the right hook for these size 8 mosquito did the trick), a couple big jack smelt, and 10 good size mackerel. No big trophies but consistent action and excellent variety! All in all I think I caught 8 species of fish!

My girlfriend caught a nice size kelp bass, a wall eye perch, a striped kelpfish.

It was a fairly windy day, cold, and for 10 minutes there was very light misty rain.

At around 11:45AM the bite began to slow down and I started to clean the fish we were keeping.

While we were there a family at the end was catching a lot of mackerel with very light split shot rigs. It was a bit unnerving because the wind would cause their casts to go way off to the right and then when they hooked up on these bigger mackerel they were crossing our lines consistently. Thank goodness, we all were fishing simpler rigs so no really bad tangles with them.

A father, son pulled in a decent small size spot fin. These are the ones I've been catching here pretty consistently but did not get one today.

Otherwise no other noteworthy catches while we were there. We made enough impact with our catches that a couple of the younger guys who fish for sharks asked how we were fishing and setup a couple of their smaller poles to try to get some of the action we were finding on the reef at the end of the pier. Feels good to begin making friends with the regulars here.

Probably my best day at this pier thus far. Only thing that would have made it better would have been landing a keeper calico and sheephead. But there is always next time!
 

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Stickman

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Good job! The two of you approach fishing as students of the craft. You are always observing, evaluating and experimenting. Add diligence (getting there at 5:30 a.m. and putting in your time) and it makes for successful and fun fishing trips. Thanks for the report and the pics.
 

evanluck

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Good job! The two of you approach fishing as students of the craft. You are always observing, evaluating and experimenting. Add diligence (getting there at 5:30 a.m. and putting in your time) and it makes for successful and fun fishing trips. Thanks for the report and the pics.
thank you! I remember fishing a few times as a kid and how excited I was to go and then how disappointed I was when I didn’t catch anything or only caught one or two fish.

Fishing didn’t click with me back then because I didn’t have the patience or understand the process of getting better.

This site and all of you in this community have been such a valuable source of information and encouragement for me. I’m very pleased to be part of this community.

I think this site in particular focuses on a critical aspect of the fishing experience, pier fishing. Pier fishing for many reasons is the perfect type of fishing for most people to start with. But it has a very specific set of skills that need to be developed to maximize the experience and results. I’ve encountered very experienced anglers taking their kids pier fishing and struggling because they did have these skills developed. I hear them making excuses like next time Daddy will take you “big boy” fishing on a boat. It was almost like the pier was Kryptonite to these fishermen who were experienced in other types of fishing.

Much of the information being taught by other online resources focuses on other types of fishing so I see that most people who like pier fishing get stuck doing the same thing over and over again and only having limited success.

My thanks to Ken and all of you for making this one of the best resources available online to help people develop the love of fishing.