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Balboa Pier

Rating - Unknown   

Monday, Jan 23 2023
Deeper piers and docks may offer access to fish for the open water species such as Bonito, Mackerel, Anchovy, Sardines, Corbina and Jack Mackerel and ocassionally Sharks and Rays. Shallower water will provide fishing for Halibut, small Croakers, Sculpin, and Perch using cut baits such as Anchovy. Good baits include mussels (especially fresh mussels), bloodworms, ghost shrimp, sand crabs and pieces of market shrimp or clam fished on the bottom. Artificial lures such as plastic grubs and swim baits will work for schooling fish when they are feeding. The inshore are good for Rays, especially at night and Croakers and Perch using fresh mussels and bloodworms. Traditional surf fishing tackle includes rods 12 and greater with the capability of casting beyond the surf. This type of tackle is often required to land the larger Sharks and Rays. Light tackle surf rods to range from 7 to 10' in length with a spinning reel filled with 4 to 10 pound line and can provide great sport for the smaller species.

About

This original 906-foot-long pier was built in 1906 and modified to its present 2,000-foot length. It is a popular fishing destination. If you dont like crowded fishing, you might go elsewhere since this pier is popular for both angling and tourists just taking a walk out over the Pacific.

The pier offers open casting with few obstacles for the angler, and the variety of fish that swim nearby makes an interesting day on the water.

Mackerel, bonito, sharks, rays, squid, halibut, croakers, sculpin, and perch are all taken off the pier.



Techniques & Tips

There are many surf casting style techniques that will work off this pier, but due to the heavy concentration of anglers, its best to use live bait, fished off the bottom with heavy weights attached to limit the number of casts you have to make.

Use a shorter, heavyweight surf casting rod, with at least a 40 (4000 in some models) marine spinning reel or bait cast reel loaded with a minimum of 40-pound test braided line and steel leader if youre after sharks or other large species.

Smaller spinning reels, with moderate-strength rods and 20-pound monofilament line, will work for perch, croakers, and squid.






Monday, Jan 23 2023



Access Info

From the Pacific Coast Highway take Newport Blvd. which will turn into Balboa Blvd., follow it west to Palm Street. Turn right and follow it to the pier and an adjacent parking lot

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Balboa Pier


Rating - Unknown

Deeper piers and docks may offer access to fish for the open water species such as Bonito, Mackerel, Anchovy, Sardines, Corbina and Jack Mackerel and ocassionally Sharks and Rays. Shallower water will provide fishing for Halibut, small Croakers, Sculpin, and Perch using cut baits such as Anchovy. Good baits include mussels (especially fresh mussels), bloodworms, ghost shrimp, sand crabs and pieces of market shrimp or clam fished on the bottom. Artificial lures such as plastic grubs and swim baits will work for schooling fish when they are feeding. The inshore are good for Rays, especially at night and Croakers and Perch using fresh mussels and bloodworms. Traditional surf fishing tackle includes rods 12 and greater with the capability of casting beyond the surf. This type of tackle is often required to land the larger Sharks and Rays. Light tackle surf rods to range from 7 to 10' in length with a spinning reel filled with 4 to 10 pound line and can provide great sport for the smaller species.

About

This original 906-foot-long pier was built in 1906 and modified to its present 2,000-foot length. It is a popular fishing destination. If you dont like crowded fishing, you might go elsewhere since this pier is popular for both angling and tourists just taking a walk out over the Pacific.

The pier offers open casting with few obstacles for the angler, and the variety of fish that swim nearby makes an interesting day on the water.

Mackerel, bonito, sharks, rays, squid, halibut, croakers, sculpin, and perch are all taken off the pier.



Techniques & Tips

There are many surf casting style techniques that will work off this pier, but due to the heavy concentration of anglers, its best to use live bait, fished off the bottom with heavy weights attached to limit the number of casts you have to make.

Use a shorter, heavyweight surf casting rod, with at least a 40 (4000 in some models) marine spinning reel or bait cast reel loaded with a minimum of 40-pound test braided line and steel leader if youre after sharks or other large species.

Smaller spinning reels, with moderate-strength rods and 20-pound monofilament line, will work for perch, croakers, and squid.


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