Rod and reel enthusiasts and casual fisher folk alike will be more than satisfied when they follow the tide to the perch, flounder, sole, halibut, and shark population in the waters lapping against the famous Pismo Beach Pier. The calming tides and stunning vistas of this temperate, sunny California area make Pismo Beach Pier fishing an in-demand slice of leisure.
The Bait: One of California’s Popular Pier Fishing Destinations
An estimated 1.5 million people visit the Pismo Pier annually – it’s the most heavily fished and second-most-productive of the Central Coast piers.
PierFishing.com features information and fishing tips about the aquatic life that meanders in the waters of Pismo Beach, so you’ll know what you’re up against before you bait that hook. Learn about the schooling species in the summer catch, the fickleness of the boccaccio, your best bets for bait, and the perfect time to lure in perch.
Pismo Beach Pier is also a popular destination for the time-honored tradition of nighttime shark fishing. Depending on weather conditions and the tide, the “regulars” – sand sharks, leopard sharks, thresher sharks, and bat rays – typically make an appearance at the pier after twilight.
The Line: Historic Pismo Beach Pier Is a Keeper
Today’s Pismo Beach Pier is the first pier that anglers encounter when heading north through Central California. At 1,600 feet long and 27 feet above the low water mark, the pier originally cost just under $15,000 to build in 1881. (Compare this to the more than $1 million spent to restore the pier in the 1980s.)
When Southern Pacific Railroad built a line from San Luis Obispo to Ellwood in the late 1800s, massive numbers of tourists found their way to Pismo Beach, making it a must-see destination. Pismo Beach hotels appeared in record numbers and thrived as they handled the influx of visitors.
The “Reel” Deal: Where to Stay When Fishing at Pismo Beach Pier
Tourists and locals alike are drawn to Pismo Beach Pier for good fishing and a respite from the summer heat, a tradition that began in 1895 and to this daythe Pismo Beach area is very crowded during the summer months.
Whether you plan to visit during tourist season or fish with the local anglers in the off-season, make your reservations with the Pismo Beach SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel now to ensure that you’ll be privy to ocean views, direct beach access, and the amenities that only the finest Central Coast accommodations can offer.
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The iconic SeaCrest Oceanfront Hotel, now “Celebrating 50 Years” on the California Central Coast with its newly designed retro-chic look and 21st Century amenities, offers a classic tradition of service combined with all the features today’s discriminating guests demand.