Huntington State Beach. The pictures are rather gruesome but also educational. Spotfins seem to hit year-round while yellowfins are much more scarce during the winter months. You see them coming. Finley, a Santa Ana engineer. 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. Also caught a kingfish, and one bullhead. —Huntington Beach Independent, 5/27/04, Police Files. People left and right of us also landed sharks. They’re competing with Caribbean-types with birds on their shoulders, skateboarding dogs and skate rats. Huntington Beach. 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 generally will tell people at least once not to take verboten species but as many will tell you now some of the riff raff that comes down to fish at the piers now are armed, and or fresh out of prison, etc. Landed around 8 fish; 6 sharks and 2 thornback rays. Learn More. Nevertheless, Huntington was still reluctant until told the company and city would be named after him. I recommend not pushing your luck too far, especially at the LB or Seal Beach pier, but it is getting to where HB, Newport or Balboa can also be not as safe as in the good old days… The day after the salmon walked off of the pier, I drove by there on the way home from work, and a day late and a dollar short was your friendly neighborhood DFG agent…. An uncommon Banded Guitarfish (photo courtesy of Let’s Go Fishing). Funny thing was, the people wasted no time, wrapped up the fish with their load of mackerel, and bailed off of the pier within minutes. Huntington Beach Travel Tips. From there, they paddle away from the pier to catch a wave. “I’ve lived in the Huntington Beach area 15 years,” said Gustafson, 49. By the way, the halibut do reach a pretty good size at the pier with a 37” fish being caught in January of ’02, a 37 ½-incher in May of the same year, a 49-inch fish in October 2004 (on a live sardine), a 36-inch fish in October 2007, and 37-inch and 38-inch hallies in September of 2008. He visited the local beach (then called Shell Beach because of the numerous bean clams that dotted the beach) together with S.H. In reality, she said, both regions are much more diverse than stereotypes would have us believe. One run occurred at the pier in April of ’99 when a number of large batties were caught. Bay Area are mostly 1 ft. and they don’t have much teeth. He’s got really big scars. Pier pilings caked with mussels and other sea creatures attract fish to areas all around the pier. And on the back of his menu is an old photograph of the pier. Fishermen and fisherwomen are welcome to fish from the shore, but must keep their distance from swimmers. (The longest is Oceanside Pier at 1,942 feet (592 m)). “They need to make a rule; either tell the fishermen to fish only on the south side or tell the surfers to surf farther out.” Lamas added the declining economy has drawn more fishermen to the area, heightening the possibility of a serious incident. (2) The mid-pier area that sees an overlap of inshore and deep-water species as well as its own species. It has been damaged or destroyed four times; in 1912, 1939, 1983 and most recently on January 17, 1988 destroying the End Cafe for the second time in the decade. I wonder if they also felt sorry for the chicken and that cow they ate for dinner or maybe that Thanksgiving turkey. Compare trips, reviews, and photos for charters in Huntington Beach, California. Way out at the end of the pier, and appropriately named, is The End Café where proprietor John Gustafson has created a lifestyle centered on the sun and surf. Date: June 6, 2008; To: PFIC Message Board; From: fission machine; Subject: Black Sea Bass & Salmon at HB, Yep, in the span of three days at the HB pier, two different people caught these two species. An illegal to take shark that has shown in up increasing numbers the past decade is the great white shark (aka man-eater shark). We have lots of fillet white meat in da fridge which will last us at least 2 weeks, we kept three of the biggest we caught and tossed almost all back; gave 2 away. “Maybe it’s causing some rivalry,” she said. Jutting out into the Pacific Ocean at the intersection of Main Street and Pacific Coast Highway, it symbolizes the heart of Huntington Beach and is the most photographed spot in town. He says it takes a lot out of him, even with the wheelchair. A favorite fish that likes to feed on the queenfish is white seabass and a lively small queenfish used as a bait will sometimes result in the white seabass (usually the smaller fish called sea trout). A 5-foot-long blue shark estimated to weigh 75 pounds was take in July of 2005. Freediving Huntington Beach Pier to see how clear and deep it is and how much sea life there is. Ella was the ‘Queen of the Pier,’ the ‘Mom’ of the police department’s men and women. That fact seems kind of funny today because this was a pier that I used to ignore. Get expert advice about fishing from surf, piers, jetties, points and more. Just like a proud mother taking care of her children, this special individual went that extra mile every minute, every hour and every day. “This is Surf City, right?”, Ching said there have been times when surfers and fishermen instigate conflict and both groups should be responsible with their respective sports. “It got heated.”, Stemmer headed home nearly an hour later – a five-block walk from the pier – when he heard rapid footsteps behind him. We caught over 12 fish, got over 20 bites and two broke our lines really fast. ... serving on the sand or casting a line from the Huntington Beach Pier. THE PIER IS A MAGNET —  Communing with the sea or just a stroll in the sunshine? Remember to check local regulations before fishing Huntington Beach Pier so you can stay informed of fishing times, license requirements and closures. Say hello if you see her. That same year, 2009, saw a one-day, mini-run in August when twelve threshers were hooked with four landed. The pier was built of untreated lumber and suffered attack from various marine organisms which weakened the structure. “Maybe people come from these areas with an attitude because Orange County is labeling them.”. But this one tore me up. “Good” anglers fished the deep waters of Newport Pier for bonito; “others” were content to fish Huntington Beach for tomcod (white croaker). We were careful what we threw him. “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. A Huntington Beach local since 2013, Lauren specializes in writing and editing, holds an affinity for journals, and has a heart for philanthropy, handmade, and a good story. “I hate the term ‘909ers,’” said Connie Boardman, the beach city’s mayor. Snookie. The boom began to fizzle by 1905 and by 1909 Huntington withdrew his support. They are joined by several varieties of the family Sciaenidae (croakers) which seem to actually lead the hit parade due perhaps to their size. You see the teeth marks.”, To Two-Wheel John, The Happy Dragon and the other fishermen who cast their lines from the end of the pier, Ruth Waller is Mom. The other incident happened two days later, and involved a couple, who while bait jigging for mackerel, had hooked a Silver Salmon. After shouting at the surfers, and receiving only a one-finger reply, the angler decided to retaliate. A huge bat ray, estimated by locals to be over 200-pounds was taken the first week of December of 2009. I left my job at Johnston’s Yogurt where I was general production manager. In part the conflict is due to city decisions. In 1941, it was renamed the Pav-A-Lon, a play on the word Avalon. 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. Given the sandy-shore environment at the pier, Huntington Beach isn’t known as a good pier for crustaceans, either crabs or spiny lobsters. It purchased 1,500 acres of land, began to lay out streets, built a pavilion on the ocean front, and by August the first lots of Pacific City were ready for sale. Using teasers, the team can draw billfish in close to the boat and pitch them a bait. When the pier was rebuilt in the early ’90s,  the space between inshore pilings was lengthened to provide more room to “shoot the pier,” even though such actions are supposedly illegal. “She’s everybody’s Mom,” said Finch. Barred surfperch are numerically the number one caught fish in the inshore, intertidal or littoral zone,area. On to better thoughts. 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). They look nice but are very slippery and do not provide an adequate support for fishing rods. But if she couldn’t ride the waves, she could at least feel the wind. Anyway, had about 8 thornback rays, really big ones too. The pier surface is cement with a 30-inch rail height. In the 1850s, after the creation of California, much of the local land was acquired by Abel Stearns, a trader in Los Angeles. The best rigging for the barracuda is usually a 1 1/2-2 1/2-ounce silver or gold colored spoon (Kastmaster or Krocodile). #huntingtonbeachpier. A six-foot-long 7-gill shark was reported in July 2016. “There’s a very close connection between the Inland Empire and Orange County simply because geographically they border one another. Very frustrating are the railings that are made of anodized aluminum. 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. Nice day of fishing, I went home after watching the poachers. He used 40/50 pound test line, a 5/0 hook, and the same bait for all—squid. The resulting publicity will save more fish in the long run. Jersey City Fish Stand. A Sargo (picture courtesy of Let’s Go Fishing). You'll be catching fish in no time. The pier itself serves as the focal point for these beachfront activities. I didn’t even flip my switch to on yet on my Sealine reel. If she had not been recovering from a bout with the flu, she might have been there too — wetsuited, finned, catching waves with a boogie board. Some even mentioned the term foul hooked. We now call it the little trout pole that could. A couple of unusual (for the pier) fish taken in the mid-pier area were a pair of striped bass taken near the Lifeguard Tower in November of 2016. 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. Saltwater pier and surf fishing is a great way to start saltwater fishing in a trip with your family and friends. “It’s the little peace of mind I get. A Leopard Shark from the mid-pier area (photo courtesy of Let’s Go Fishing). Panhandle… can hardly walk down the pier without being hit up. I’ve never seen so many sharks caught on a pier in my life, at least not in the 3′ range. Learn more about the history of Huntington Beach, CA. 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. One of the very best areas on the pier to fish is the inshore area from the surfline out to about the lifeguard building. Lots of sand sharks or what the DFG website called a spiny dogfish. No boats or rafts are permitted on either lake. To: Pier Fishing in California Message Board November 2016 saw the catch of an 80-pound soupfin. Sinkers, baits, hemostats, J-hooks: don't let it scare you off. This area is also the best for the larger sharks and rays. They’re ragged looking. Usually the bonito will show up late summer to fall. “Worked here in and out since I was 11 or 12,” said Vaughan. There are also very few benches! But he said he believes something could be worked out. She’s even Mom to the seals.”  “We were up here fishing about three years ago,” explained Mom. “I pull up 18 to 20 a year. “Ten years ago I said I ought to buy this place. 11/24/99. NEWPORT BEACH – Even for a fish story, this one is a whopper. Hammerhead Shark (photo courtesy of Let’s Go Fishing). 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. Spotfin Croaker (L) and Corbina (R) — Caught by Wilton (picture courtesy of Let’s Go Fishing). It wasn’t that the pier wasn’t nice; it simply offered the wrong kind of fish. “They think the whole beach belongs to them,” he said. 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. We pulled mussels. A plunge was built west of the pier and a band stage was built on the beach between the pier and the plunge. “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. Dear Quik, Glad to hear it was a Mako. Lots of People there last night, probably more people tonight. There was really no places to cut your bait other than the fish cleaning stations and they were few in number. He’s come here in an electric wheelchair once, twice a week. The Pier is the most obvious stop in Huntington Beach. With this handy checklist you'll have everything you need to hit the pier. Date: July 2, 2007; To: PFIC Message Board; From: JohnG; Subject: HB pier + Zebra Perch Poachers ! I left my job at Johnston’s Yogurt where I was general production manager. But back in the early sixties, I never made the effort to traverse the few miles that separated the two piers, even when nothing was being caught at Newport. In the morning, his legs were gone, gnawed off by sharks. One thing the city has done right is sponsor a yearly “Huck Finn Fishing Derby.” The kid’s fishing contest normally has three divisions, age 7 and under, 8-11, and 12-15, with many prizes awarded for the biggest fish and best dressed young anglers. Brought to you by Waterfront Beach Resort Powered by HDOnTap . A long cast from the pier was followed by sliding the bait down to the water that hopefully produced lively looking bait that would  attract the long-tailed sharks. Mar 13, 2019 - Our 1,850 foot pier offers one of the best Southern California ocean views. Stephen Stemmer, 23, of Huntington Beach said on July 23 a fisherman followed him home and attempted to assault him after an incident on the water. Plans were made to do just that but they couldn’t be carried out. 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. We had over 20 bites last night from 7:30 pm-12pm. Since it is a public pier, a fishing license is not required on the Huntington Beach Pier. If one is hooked, cut the line before bringing the shark up to the pier — or risk a BIG fine. The local Huntington Beach News proudly proclaimed: “Pier Celebration Was Gigantic Success; Twenty Thousand Visitors Entertained; Fifteen Hundred Automobiles Here Sunday.” On the front page were “Three views of the Longest, Highest, and Most Artistically Designed Solid Concrete Pier in the World.” Festivities that day included a concert by the Municipal Band of Long Beach, swimming and diving events, a “surfing” demonstration by legendary board rider George Freeth, a casting tournament by members of the Southern California Rod and Reel Club, and Japanese fencing and sword dances. Water temperatures and survival of the juvenile sardine appear to explain the cycles. A deeper dive into the nitty gritty details can be found at the comprehensive California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) website (, but here’s everything you need to know to start planning your first catch. Here it began in the ’30s with the Annie M. Rolph and the appropriately named Huntington barge. I love coming here. She was pretty mad.” During his years on the pier, Vaughan has seen some not-so-funny sights too. As mentioned, the barred surfperch can be taken on the same baits and rigs used for the croaker. Fishing Spots Near Huntington Beach CA. “There have been incidents when fishermen are being the aggressors, casting their lines at surfers, which is totally illegal and dangerous.” Llamas said he has witnessed at least five large fights between the surfers and the fishermen over broken lines. “There are fish all around this pier,” he said. That is illegal and that is not a way to solve a problem,” he said. Website (212) 336-6144. 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. The lifeguards brought her up. 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. After they fall in I cast out and drag until I catch a line or pole. “I’ve been surfing here forever,” he said. License: Free. Some years will also see runs of zebraperch (Hermosilla azurea) being caught in the shallow-water or mid-pier areas; try frozen peas or corn for these vegetarians. the state record bat ray was caught at Huntington Beach in July 1978, a 181-lb, 0 oz bat ray. With that info the DFG can get their home address and make a follow-up contact. “It’s (about) different kinds of fish,” he said. In the shallowest waters are found corbina, once simply called surf fish and a favorite species for many anglers. Pretty good night! Use a size 4 or 2 Lucky Lura or Sabiki leader with the bait. It was inevitably damaged by a heavy storm in 1910, and a large portion of the pier sank into the Pacific. Unfortunately the pilings, once heavily encrusted with fish attracting mussels and barnacles, are now often bare due to city efforts to keep the pilings clean, lean and mean (for storms). Run your line through the hole and through a small bead (usually red) and then attach a swivel to the end of the line (which prevents the sinker from sliding down onto your leader). Pier Fishing Rigs and Tips. Don’t try such knuckleheaded acts or allow a buddy to try it. But Stemmer said requiring fishermen to move down the pier would deter any future conflicts. I do not recommend using a pier gaff any longer UNLESS you are sure you will keep the fish to eat. It sounds simple, but takes a lot of practice and a good team. “I haven’t fished for at least seven years,” Cherei confessed. For others, it conjures up an image of young people absorbed with dirt-bike gear and lifted trucks. 30 seconds after my hit, my roommate hooked on to a 3 ft smoothhound. Although the newbies to saltwater pier fishing seem to automatically head to the end, the regulars know which species they are after and head to the area that provides their desired fish. hehehehe seems like I am catching a whale on it. Last year we were burglarized at least four times.”, Way out at the end of the pier, and appropriately named, is The End Café where proprietor John Gustafson has created a lifestyle centered on the sun and surf. “The fishermen are responsible for their lines, and surfers are responsible for being aware of their surroundings,” he said. Huntington Beach, CA. “Tons of poles get dropped,” said Vaughan. At other times salema will be found under schools of topsmelt and jacksmelt). August ’99 saw a run lasting for several weeks with some days seeing ten or more of the  six-foot and up sharks being hooked on the live bait (mackerel or sardines) and sliding leader rigging. I often caught 1-2′ sharks at Berkeley Pier but those 3′ and beyond are rare for me so that got me and my roommate excited. History Note. In 1894, a drought caused Stearns to turn over part of his land to a trust and eventually part of it was purchased by Col. Robert J. Northam. Their dad would’ve beaten them half to death.”, Poles aren’t the only things that fall in. She had, for whatever reason, adopted every member of this police department and made them a part of her family. I did a really stupid thing because there was a hook stuck down in the mako shark’s throat and we were using live bait hooks. Dear Quik, Sounds like you had a great time. It even seemed to somehow gain some (for probably less than flattering reasons) names connected with cities—Pasadena trout, Glendale trout, Santa Ana corbina. 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. Surfers caught in fishing lines want restrictions on pier  — Fishermen say surfers should avoid the pier to solve problem. September 2016 saw the report of an estimated 250-pound great white grabbing a piece of bonito but that shark broke off after reaching the top of the water. These “people” caught a black sea bass and hoop netted it up onto the deck. Copyright 2021 Pier Fishing in California. Maxwells was turned into Duke’s Surf City. I've heard that sabiki rigs work for mackerel, but that's about all I know. “There are now a lot more people out here catching their food,” he said. The pier is large and impressive as are the areas at the foot of the pier. We never got to sit down for more than 10 minutes except the last 30 minutes. Jonathan Paul Apothaker, of Valley Village, and John Francis Brady, of Huntington Beach, teamed up … I think it chewed through the line… then my roommate also lost his line too. By the next day, residents in Huntington Beach and neighboring beach towns pointed toward the Inland Empire as the source of the bad behavior. End area. But in Huntington Beach, there is no escaping the 909 — or the 951, the 760, or any other area codes from which the city’s 15 million tourists arrive every year. 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. A short run of soupfin sharks took place in August of 2002 when several were landed, the largest one a six-foot-long, 65-pound fish. 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. Snap a photo and email it to 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. But change continues. Remember — ignorance of the law is no excuse. When she went to the end of the pier to try her luck she was greeted by Mom, who broke off a bit of frozen anchovy and baited the rented hooks. Too bad they don’t fight too hard, they mostly jerk left and right trying to free themselves, instead of a tug of war fight. “The surf zone is kind of its own habitat,” said Swift. Hehehe, luckily for us last night we gave ours away or tossed them back. 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. 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