Fishing has a long history in San Diego and the spirit continues to live on at Crystal Pier Bait and Tackle. It is a sport that can be as simple as throwing a line into a body of water with a stick and string or it could be elaborate as tens of thousands of dollars of equipment. In the commercial industries it is easy to reach into the hundreds of thousands for equipment, licenses, and maintenance. San Diego offers a number of frugal fishing opportunities.
If you are visiting San Diego you may want to enjoy fishing off one of the piers to experience the San Diego lifestyle without having to buy all of the equipment, bait and license. At a price of $7 per hour Crystal Pier Bait and Tackle will provide a pole, bucket, knife, and pliers. For vacationers and locals it is a great place to go after spending time on the beach and perusing the coastal shops.
The area is not known to have rocks and other natural protectants for fish. Yet it still attracts a number of sandy bottom varieties and seems to have a fairly high catch rate. The type of fish you will catch are barred surfperch, corbina, stingrays, guitar fish, thornback rays, yellowfin croaker, queen fish, whitecroaker, halibut and smoothhound sharks. Almost all of them are edible.
Smell the ocean breaze, watch the surfers, and lean against the railing for a while as the cool ocean waves crash against the pilings. The pier is cool providing respite from hot weather. It is long with wood planks allowing for plenty of room to fish off both sides. Feel the pull of the line, give it a quick jerk to set the hook and start to reel in your catch. If you get something edible you can clean it at the sink or pay one of the employees a tip to clean it for you.
No license is needed for Pier fishing in California. Spend a few hours of your time enjoying coastal culture. It is a free pier for those who want to walk and check out the catches in the buckets.
Crystal Pier Bait and Tackle
4500 Ocean Blvd
San Diego, CA 92109
San Diego, CA 92109