San Clemente Pier September 21st

Fishman Fishman

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Fishing was slow throughout the morning with a steady bite from about 6:30 through 8:30. Very slow thereafter. Fished midpier using anchovies, shrimp and mussel. Caught a variety of fish that were all released except for a legal size Sandbass.

Fish count was:

3 Sandbass.
1 White Seaperch.
1 Walleye Perch.
1 Catalina Blue aka Half-moon.
2 Kelpfish.
1 Spiny Lobster.
Several Topsmelt.

A few Spotfin croaker caught by a pier regular, a few Pacific Mackerel at the end of pier, and a legal size Cabezon caught by another fisherman.

Overall a nice morning but a slow bite around the pier. Good luck fishing 🎣.



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That's what I thought but then I began to wonder if maybe I had been misclassifying that pier and perhaps it was actually like paradise cove or the one in San Diego.. Is it crystal pier?

Ken Jones

Staff member
The Crystal Pier in San Diego DOES NOT require a license, the Paradise Cove Pier in Malibu DOES require a license since it's not a public pier.

Ken Jones

Staff member
Sorry to jump late on this, but isn't Crystal Pier private?
It is open to the public from about 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and during those hours it is considerred a public pier. To fish it at night you would need to stay in one of the cabins and at night you do need a license. It's a unique situation.