Jutting out 1,850 feet into the Pacific Ocean, the iconic Huntington Beach Pier is one of the longest recreational piers on the West Coast. (2) The mid-pier area that sees an overlap of inshore and deep-water species as well as its own species. Huntington Central Park. Their dad would’ve beaten them half to death.”, Poles aren’t the only things that fall in. It was pretty fun catching three 3′ sharks on my 6′ trout pole, and a Daiwa Jupiter reel. The resulting publicity will save more fish in the long run. Its popularity has waxed and waned but resurfaced with a vengeance in the aftermath of the U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach in July. And meth addicts. Spotfins seem to hit year-round while yellowfins are much more scarce during the winter months. Then follow them off the pier and get their car’s license plate. Unfortunately, the name sometimes confuses newbie anglers who think they may keep the “seatrout” even if they know the size requirement for white seabass. “She was flat driving him nuts — always talking, always contradicting him. Snookie. So, on behalf of so many of the members of the department, thank you Ella for your many years of kindness and generosity, and may you now rest in peace.”, Lets Go Fishing — Where I get my monthly reports for the pier, <*}}}}}}}}}>< — Although it’s hard not to dispute a couple of connotations made by the writer of this newspaper article, especially regarding pier rats, it’s also a fascinating look at the pier and its characters. Catch something but don’t know what? (2) The second is a fish recorded from Huntington Beach but no specific location is given. Residents Home Plus, I’ve never caught such a big shark. They look nice but are very slippery and do not provide an adequate support for fishing rods. Surfperch predominate in the winter months. Listed numerically — Pacific sardine (although only caught during one of the six years), barred surfperch, yellowfin croaker, Pacific mackerel, Pacific bonito (although only caught during one of the six years), walleye surfperch, jacksmelt, white croaker, spotfin croaker, topsmelt, queenfish, California corbina, shovelnose guitarfish, sargo, white seaperch, barred sandbass, striped seaperch, leopard shark, black perch, shiner perch, California grunion. Highest to Lowest ; Lowest to Highest ; Review Score ; I’m Your Captain Charters I’m Your Captain Charters. The “Let’s Go Fishing” bait and tackle shop and its “Surf City Snack Bar” are located mid-pier. Dangling a line from the iconic 1,856-foot Huntington Beach Pier is a favorite choice among anglers. Such actions only produce losers, no winners. As you can see on the tide chart, the highest tide of 3.25ft was at 9:42 am and the lowest tide of -0.07ft will be at 6:18 pm When they break the line, I lose my bait, my hook, my weight and my line.” Stemmer said he doesn’t buy the rationale behind fishing near the breakwater and anglers could thrive in deeper waters. In 1834, part of the land was split off as Las Bolsas (the pockets of bays), and later, in 1843, a new split created Bolsa Chica (the little pocket). A huge bat ray, estimated by locals to be over 200-pounds was taken the first week of December of 2009. “We would throw him shrimp, anchovies. Also caught a kingfish, and one bullhead. Others say it’s just used in jest. Huntington Beach Pier Fishing Report Travel. “I’ve lived in the Huntington Beach area 15 years,” said Gustafson, 49. I hope you guys go our and see it for yourselves, got between 7 pm-12 pm and use big chunks of squid. So there’s that county rivalry,” said Susan Phillips, assistant professor of environmental analysis at Pitzer College, which sits firmly in the 909. A 28-inch yellowfin was reported in March 2015 which, if accurate, would have been a new state record). Inshore, the bottom is also primarily sand. The pier sits on the Huntington City Beach while to the south is located Huntington State Beach, to the north is Bolsa Chica State Beach. The same with large bat rays but only gaff them if you intend to save them and eat them. For the past three weeks no one ever fished the end where Ruby’s is. “There are a lot more pier rats than there used to be” he said. Waters around the pier were filled with sea lions, dolphins, and, apparently, threshers. Ella was the owner and operator of several of the old concession stands, the Tackle Box, Captain’s Gallery and Neptune’s Locker on the pier until it collapsed in 1988, covering 37 years of service on the pier. Any discussion of the environment has to include surfers. There is no agreed-upon definition of a 909er. It was a great night, lots of big sharks swimming around. Fishing Reports Fishtrack. Most of the ones I caught at Berkeley Pier in the S.F. <*}}}}}}}}}>< — Not every pier has a “queen” but Huntington did. The mid-pier area is the favorite area for halibut although the flatties can show up almost anywhere from the surf area to the end. “I’d prefer if they just didn’t come at all.”, Susie Smith, owner of Makin Waves Salon on Main Street, said some visitors seem to “come with a chip on their shoulder and think we have more things or a better life than they do, and they don’t respect our community.” She conceded, though, that labeling people from the Inland Empire ‘909ers’ may not help ease the tension. His name was Pililip A. Stanton, the founder of Seal Beach, and later Speaker of the California Legislature. Homemade rod holder — one solution to the problem with the railings. Most of the crabs will be gnarly-looking spider crabs, some of which pretty respectable size. Between me and my roommate we lost over 6 sharks over 3′ in 3 nights because we didn’t bring our crab net. In fact, the pier yielded a lot of bonito and large sharks and in many ways fishing was as good or better than that at Newport. It’s also home to the thousands of anglers who visit the pier each month, many on a daily basis. Mackerel are seen pretty much every year while sardines go up and down in cycles with heavy numbers showing up for a few years then disappearing altogether for several year. Don’t try such knuckleheaded acts or allow a buddy to try it. Newport regulars, myself included, were prejudiced. The threshers would come up and slap baits with their tails, some were snagged, and four of the 30-80 pound fish were eventually landed. (714) 536-5486. Several runs of thresher sharks have also taken place, most out toward the end of the pier. Lots of bites, lots of action. Learn More. Surfers caught in fishing lines want restrictions on pier  — Fishermen say surfers should avoid the pier to solve problem. Try your hand at pier fishing or purchase a kite at the Kite Connection and let it free. I would generally fish right next to a cleaning station and cut my bait there. What it is also known for is its good fishing, and Huntington Beach State Park is a less crowded alternative to Newport Beach that is known for its productive surf fishing … People of substance and character such as Ella only come around but once in a lifetime. Picked up a nice Spotted Sand Bass on the plastics, and a couple micro Butt’s. Fishing from the Pier - Huntington Beach, Calif Creator Burton Frasher Date Created and/or Issued 1935 Publication Information Pomona Public Library Contributing Institution Pomona Public Library Collection Frasher Foto Postcard Collection Rights Information The Pomona Public Library makes no assertions as to ownership of any original copyrights to images digitized for this site. Date: July 2, 2007; To: PFIC Message Board; From: JohnG; Subject: HB pier + Zebra Perch Poachers ! According to the popular legend, Stanton expressed his belief that the climate and beach rivaled the East Coast’s famous Atlantic City. “It’s the little peace of mind I get. On top of that the knuckleheads screwed around for so long that – you guessed it – the fish was dead by the time it landed back in the water. History Note. of Fish and Game, the fish had a  5 1/2-foot-wingspan, a 3-inch-long stinger, and the width across the bat ray’s eyes was an even ten inches. “Let’s build a city here and call it Pacific City,” Stanton said. In 1996, a large Ruby’s Restaurant opened at the end of the pier and became an instant success. Several large oil sharks have been landed from the pier during the past few weeks. Some of the zebraperch by the way are an impressive 3-4 pounds in size. Typical-sized Thornback Ray aka Throw-Em-Back. July 28, 2017 – Kayak fishing in Newport Beach for thresher shark when caught shark attacks as seen on video (go to 3:50). He’d come up to the end of the pier and call for us, scream for us. “Like it’s some crime to be from some other part of California and come to our beach.” Yet a stereotype based on an area code persists. The warm-water year of 2015 saw quite a few of the small yellowtail caught. At this beautiful beach 2 miles southeast of the Huntington Beach Pier, you can enjoy activities like surf fishing and swimming. Some speculated that the assemblage of sea creatures was due to the earthquake to the south; I’m guessing there was probably simply a good number of baitfish in the area. The first (which is posted on another site right) stirred up controversy in an argument over returning the fish to the water. Two questions: (a) The reason you are calling 911? Huntington Beach Pier. Parks. Moe was my baby and I’d kill anyone who tried to hurt that baby.” “No matter where’d he be… under the pier… all I have to do is let out a yell. Showing 1-15 . There are also very few benches! When the week long event ended in a chaotic night of broken windows, street fights and a mess of tossed food, word that 909ers were to blame spread quickly among locals, despite the fact that only three of the 12 adults arrested were from the Inland Empire. A medium-sized bat ray (that should be held by its mouth) — photo courtesy of Let’s Go Fishing. Go at sunset, the view is fantastic. But, that is an impractical solution for most anglers. Just like a proud mother taking care of her children, this special individual went that extra mile every minute, every hour and every day. Residents Navigation . “Maybe people come from these areas with an attitude because Orange County is labeling them.”. (1) The first was caught at the pier and is both the state and world record (IGFA) fish. They say I’ve saved their life. Pier Fishing At Beach Excellent—Huntington Beach, Aug. 12.—Fishing is steadily improving, according to E. L. Curtis, proprietor of the tackle stand at the end of the pier. The beaches run for more than eight miles and are some of the widest in southern California. Mother wasn’t too happy about that. “The 909” was used on TV shows and by comedians as shorthand for a low-class community. I like to hear the ocean… it kind of blows my hassles away.” She had walked the 1,800 feet of concrete to the End Café for breakfast, talked with fishermen, sung parts of songs, climbed the steps to the lifeguard observation tower and now she had to go to her car and drive to Anaheim. A $70,000 pier construction bond was soon approved and a new 1,350-foot-long concrete pier was dedicated on June 20-21, 1914. Long Island Fishing Report August 8 2019 On The Water. However, the city grew and the Pacific Electric continued to run its railway line until 1961. Landed around 8 fish; 6 sharks and 2 thornback rays. Dear Quik, Glad to hear it was a Mako. Just like a proud mother taking care of her children, this special individual went that extra mile every minute, every hour and every day. We now call it the little trout pole that could. About Huntington Beach. Thus the number of sharays would be far under-reported. HUNTINGTON BEACH (CBSLA) — Huntington Beach draws close to 4 million visitors a year for its surfing, swimming, and fishing, but a popular bait shop on the pier … In 1966 it became The Fisherman restaurant, and still later, in 1976, it became Maxwell’s, a restaurant and center for live jazz. In addition to the U.S. Open, where crowds get so thick it’s tough to walk on the beach, the city hosts an annual national paintball tournament that attracts tens of thousands. —Huntington Beach Independent, 5/27/04, Police Files. Locals like to call Huntington Beach “Surf City, U.S.A.” – but there’s also a fishing community here that enjoys casting from the pier. The halibut, being ambush predators, prefer a live bait fished on the bottom and here that usually means a small anchovy, smelt, perch, sardine or mackerel. Our heroes. Fishing Report Island Yellowtail And Halibut In The Surf Marina. <*}}}}}}}}}>< —  Just to be clear, it’s not all that uncommon to see conflict between residents and visitors in seaside towns. Huntington Beach Pier Fishing Report Travel. “I love the history, the people,” said Gustafson. A mid-sized Shovelnose Guitarfish caught by Cody (photo courtesy of Let’s Go Fishing). Ruby’s Surf City Diner is located out at the end of the pier and although somewhat ugly from the outside, it offers generally good food for a reasonable price — the same as the Ruby’s on the Balboa and Oceanside piers. It is certainly of interest if your shark was a mako. Hope your next trip is as fun as the last one. “I’ve seen more crime. Current Tide8:06 AM PST5.6. But he didn’t miss by much—less than a foot. “The previous owner only opened this place during the profitable times but I keep it open even when it’s not so profitable.” Under glass on his counter, Gustafson has placed old photographs of Huntington Beach: a sugar beet field in 1911, the Union High School in 1927, oil wells, bathing beauties, swampland. By the time the pictures were taken and all the pomp and circumstances were over, including lowering the fish back down into the water where it floated before being snagged and dragged back up onto the pier, it was dead. Even if you hooked the fish on the pier and only came down onto the beach to land the fish, you would need a valid license to avoid a potential citation. Required fields are marked *, The Complete Coast and Bay Guide to Shore-Based Fishing. Fishermen and fisherwomen are welcome to fish from the shore, but must keep their distance from swimmers. “I’ve been surfing here forever,” he said. On a recent Thursday, dozens of residents in Hawaiian shirts and shorts packed a Main Street library room to talk about the city’s downtown. All are coveted species both for pier anglers and surf anglers. But not everyone had to work this weekday, a typical one at the pier. The other interesting catch was the striped seaperch; I’ve never caught one from a similar SoCal pier. Huntington Beach Pier: Good Eating and Fishing - See 2,329 traveller reviews, 1,435 candid photos, and great deals for Huntington Beach, CA, at Tripadvisor. They cited a litany of horrors brought by visitors to what locals say is an increasingly raucous Main Street night scene: fights in the early morning hours, vomiting in the streets, urinating in the bushes. Parking is available adjacent to the pier for $1.50 an hour and there is some metered parking on nearby streets ($1.00 an hour with a six hour maximum length of time). They are joined by several varieties of the family Sciaenidae (croakers) which seem to actually lead the hit parade due perhaps to their size. This rigging is a little harder to use here than at piers close to the water but works fine if the wind and current aren’t too strong. An almost identical catch of another silver was made in June of ’08 and once again the fish was kept. They are less discriminating then halibut when it comes to bait  (although they also like live bait), but cut bait—anchovies, sardine, mackerel or pieces of squid are their normal preference. 11.20.020 Pier Fishing Hours. But change continues. It quickly became a local center for the swing and jitterbug of the big band era. The pier surface is cement with a 30-inch rail height. If one is hooked, cut the line before bringing the shark up to the pier — or risk a BIG fine. The pier is noted for sharks and rays and most nights will see anglers trying for the sharays, especially the larger leopard sharks (to 4-5 feet in length), soupfin sharks (to six feet in length), and bat rays. “I like the sunrises and sunsets.” During the evening’s sunset he stood outside his café with his wife Alice, a couple of amateur photographers, a pensive businessman, tourists, fishermen… and Cindy the secretary whose day ended as it had began: with a peaceful stroll down the pier. Wouldn’t go home for a week. The pier itself serves as the focal point for these beachfront activities. Simply move your bait along the pier paying special attention to the areas between the pilings (and be ready for a strike). When fishing at one of Surf City USA’s five beaches or two lakes, a fishing license is required for anyone 16 years and older. “I hate the term ‘909ers,’” said Connie Boardman, the beach city’s mayor. It's the best spot to watch the surfers without getting on the sand. Avila Beach Pier is one of three piers in the town of Avila Beach. Another, even more frustrating mistake was a lack of bait cutting boards. Walk, Run, Fish Huntington Beach Pier, No Loitering - Los Alamitos-Seal Beach, CA - Residents who enjoy treading over the breaking waves can do so once again this week as the pier … “They don’t need to do it right here.”, Where The Surf Meets The Fish — Marine Biologist Camm Swift said both groups are correct, in a way. Pacific Edge Bait & Tackle. Thresher Shark caught by Joe (photo courtesy of Let’s Go Fishing). Usually the bonito will show up late summer to fall. Unfortunately, after spending several million dollars to rebuild the pier, the pier had (and still has) some serious deficiencies. “The previous owner only opened this place during the profitable times but I keep it open even when it’s not so profitable.” Under glass on his counter, Gustafson has placed old photographs of Huntington Beach: a sugar beet field in 1911, the Union High School in 1927, oil wells, bathing beauties, swampland. A plunge was built west of the pier and a band stage was built on the beach between the pier and the plunge. Oh well. The lifeguards brought her up. “(The city) makes fishermen pull the lines up for the US Open on the south side and when the Junior Lifeguards do their pier swim, so obviously they know it’s a safety hazard,” he said. Pretty good night! These inner waters also see a fair share of sharays—small round stingrays, thornback rays (good ‘ol throw-em-backs), some shovelnose sharks (guitarfish), gray smoothhound sharks, and (generally in the spring) small leopard sharks. Daytime too sees anglers fishing for sharks, especially thresher sharks (to 9 feet in length) since they seem to be more commonly caught during the day. A new Huntington Beach Pier reopened in the spring of 1992 after a lengthy closure and expensive ($10.8 million) repair and refurbishing. The fish was an 181-pound 0-ounce bat ray taken at the pier on July 24, 1978 by Bradley A. Dew, a senior at Huntington Beach High School. Don’t be too quick to tell them the fish is illegal — act like an admiring tourist and have them pose for a picture with the fish. One angler alone, Greg Taite, caught 12 bat rays over 50 pounds in one five-hour period, two of which weighed about one hundred pounds each. Bad clothing — “’Jersey Shore’ style,” the 29-year-old explained. Post navigation. 3rd TIDE. If yours was a mako, it was a newborn baby, and even at that makos usually don’t wander that close to shore here, even to have their young. They looked like teeth on thornback rays. The other incident happened two days later, and involved a couple, who while bait jigging for mackerel, had hooked a Silver Salmon. He’s got really big scars. When they do the halibut make a very quick dash up to grab the fish (aka food). When the young angler posted the picture on YouTube of the landing and subsequent parade around the pier with the small, 5-foot-long, bloodied fish, it was sure to attract the attention of the Fish and Game who tracked him down. Usually the white seabass will show up in the spring although a large run of white seabass took place at the pier in October 2006. Next came World War II and concern about a Japanese attack. The tourists with their thousand and one languages and dialects increasingly bring in a new element to the scene although their impact is usually transitory. Annual Beach Parking Pass. Huntington Beach Pier is the walkway above the Pacific Ocean and Huntington City Beach for watching people sunbathing, swimming, surfing and a spectacular vantage point to catch a sunset. Search for other Fishing Piers in Huntington Beach … It is also ideal for watching the summer games such as volleyball and US Open of Surfing. “This upsets the fishermen,” he said. The pier is large and impressive as are the areas at the foot of the pier. “I like to come here before work.” Said the 26-year-old secretary. There are also many species that have no bag or possession limit. Records indicate it was 23 pounds over the prior record and, according to the Dept. Do remember the grunion runs! It’s appropriate given the steady stream of surfers to the local waters and sunbathers to the local beaches. <*}}}}}}}}}>< — Sometimes reading the police files in the newspapers can be interesting. (714) 840-4262. 2nd TIDE. Nevertheless, Huntington was still reluctant until told the company and city would be named after him. I’ve noticed that some regulars have designed their own rod holders, and they work, but that still leaves most anglers wondering what to do. He approached the council again at the Aug. 3 meeting to petition for fishing restrictions. Now that we started catching sharks there at tons of people, especially kids trying to catch a shark. 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