Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Ocean Beach Pier Offers Bait Shop and Dining Catches

San Diego has plenty of great piers to throw in a line and catch your dinner. Pier fishing is a common activity by San Diegans who love the fresh air, crashing waves, and warm California sun. Ocean Beach Municipal Pier is one of my favorites and provides a choice location to station your bucket and pole after a long day’s work. As the world’s longest concrete T-shaped pier there are ample spaces to find a spot. 

Fishing  is much more than fish. It is the great occasion when we may return to the fine simplicity of our forefathers.” –Herbert Hoover

Ocean Pier may be a simple and cheap way to go fishing but there are a few luxuries that you won’t find in other places. If you don’t get lucky and end your trip without a catch you can always take a seat at the Ocean Beach Pier Café. Their menu offers seafood at prices that beat out many of their competitors. Not hungry? Order a coffee or smoothie and go back to fishing. 

Likewise you may need some live bait, fishing hooks, or new line. Next to the café is a bait shop that offers the necessities to ensure that you have what you need. No point in going back home when you just got there. The entire fishing process is easy at Ocean Beach Pier and it is a great place to spend a few hours with family, friends, or by yourself. 

The water is around 25 deep with significant sea life such as kelp and seaweed. It is best to use a 20 pound line to ensure that heavy chunks of sea debris doesn’t snap your line. Different types of fish are regularly caught that include bonito, perch, halibut, lobster, sea bass, and mackerel. I caught a rather small croaker. Not enough to make much out of it. Enjoy your fishing trip!

Ocean Beach Municipal Pier
1950 Abbott St
San Diego, CA 92107

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