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Hook and Line: Fall Fishing (and Good Eating) in Pismo Beach

pier fishingLooking for a water “hobby” with a slower pace? Maybe you just want to experience something new during your stay in Pismo Beach. Fall is one of the best times to go fishing off of the Central Coast. From the Pismo Pier to full days of chartered sport fishing, Pismo Beach offers some of the most unique opportunities to fish the waters of the Pacific Ocean. And even if you’re throwing back your fresh catch, there are plenty of downtown Pismo Beach eateries that serve up some of the best seafood in California.

Chartered Fishing Tours of the Central Coast

If you want to get right in the thick of fish-filled waters, Patriot Sportfishing offers group and private charter tours for fishing, whale watching, and wine tasting, whether you’re interested in a half-day, full-day, or long-range romp to shallow or deepwater hot spots. Charter fishing trips are a smart choice for Pismo Beach visitors because they provide everything you need – from gear to food to license to a helpful crew – so all you have to do is show up and hop on the boat, beginner or pro. Choose rockcod fishing charters or, if you have a taste for salmon, albacore, ling cod, bolina, or rock and Dungeness crab you might find it at the end of your line on a specialty fishing charter.

On the Market in Pismo Beach

Olde Port Fisheries has been serving fresh seafood for over four decades. Their reputation is for the finest and freshest seafood available – it’s not just the general public, but wholesalers, retailers, and restaurants demand their catch too. Olde Port has fresh seafood stores and a weekly presence at nine different Central Coast Farmers Markets from Avila Beach to San Luis Obispo. From lobster to salmon, your seafood cravings will be sated with their high-quality items.

Grab Your Mallet and Your Appetite

Looking for a casual atmosphere to crack some claws? The Cracked Crab in Pismo Beach is a laid-back, walk-in only restaurant with a fresh menu daily featuring “in season” product. Get your bib on, and be prepared for a bucket of shellfish accompanied by mallet, crab crackers, and other necessary tools to get the eating done. It’s messy, but fun – and a visit to the Cracked Crab is must-see, must-experience activity for any Pismo Beach visitor who’s serious about tasting local fresh fish and shellfish.

Fish and Play on Pismo Pier

Pismo Pier – right in the front yard of the SeaCrest – is open year-round, 24 hours a day. The most heavily fished Central Coast pier, you can find sole, halibut, starry flounder, perch, walleyes, jacksmelt, and bocaccio depending on the time of day and season. Shark fishing at night is a time-honored Pismo Beach and Pismo Pier tradition. Ready to get your fish on? Book your stay at the SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel in Pismo Beach this fall for an unforgettable adventure.

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