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żżż
06-27-2008, 09:25 AM
Going to head up there in a month or so, and could use some tips. Found a great page on the web http://www.pierfishing.com/resources/index.php?id=piers:point_arena_pier

but wanted to know if anyone had first hand accounts of what it's like there. I'm also planning on scouting out some beach/surf opportunities. Nothing risky - I'll have my kids with me. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

jetfishn
06-27-2008, 09:00 PM
My son and I were there last winter in nov, had a good time, great little pier, we got crabs with nets while fishing perch, I got one giant striped perch about 2 1/2 lbs on store bought squid. You might bring along some cooked shrimp, pretty good bait there too. We fished about 3/4 way out off left side casted far out as possible is where i got the big perch. right side seemed to be very snaggy I think we ended up with 9 legal crabs too between two traps. We stayed in the state campground out of town, its located close to a beach that you might check out for surf fishing. Looked pretty good, was too rough second day we were there, storm blew in at night, we cooked breakfast on the tailgate in a gale. Hope you guys have a good time.

żżż
06-30-2008, 11:41 AM
I'll be sure to bring some bait. Whatever bait I don't use I guess I can fry up as tempura! ;)

Cooked shrimp? I've always used it raw. What is the benefit or logic behind cooking the shrimp? Probably doesn't spoil as fast huh?

Do they let you overhead cast on that pier? I hear you have to underhand cast there. I've got some things to try on that reef on the right. I hear there's lings to be had. 8-)

I'm surprised that no one else posted about this pier. I guess I should have it to myself! :D


My son and I were there last winter in nov, had a good time, great little pier, we got crabs with nets while fishing perch, I got one giant striped perch about 2 1/2 lbs on store bought squid. You might bring along some cooked shrimp, pretty good bait there too. We fished about 3/4 way out off left side casted far out as possible is where i got the big perch. right side seemed to be very snaggy I think we ended up with 9 legal crabs too between two traps. We stayed in the state campground out of town, its located close to a beach that you might check out for surf fishing. Looked pretty good, was too rough second day we were there, storm blew in at night, we cooked breakfast on the tailgate in a gale. Hope you guys have a good time.

jetfishn
06-30-2008, 07:24 PM
Yes, just to the north of the pier a ways in the rocks, I saw an older fellow walking back with a big Cabazone several yrs ago, a very big one. From shore. The pier is pretty short compared to most piers, but long enough to get the job done, most folks of limited knowledge about fishing came and went with nothing after fishing a couple hrs, but we did fine. Bring a sabiki rig and try for some live bait, I bet that would liven up the fishing there considerable. I saw one of the locals trying sabaki rig for bait the morning we were there but he didn't have any success. Crab net made it real easy to land any fish you catch there.

żżż
08-04-2008, 02:41 PM
Well, headin' up there this Friday. Anyone been there recently?

I'll bring some sabiki's, hi/lo rigs, jigs, fish traps, and probably some shrimp flys. Oh, and a crab net just in case!

Anything else I should bring? Hopefully the weather lays down. I'd like to plan a day on the Telstar out of Ft. Bragg.

Will post results as they come in!

OHV
08-04-2008, 11:38 PM
I have been fishing Point Arena for the last 4-5 years and let me tell you there is some great fishing to be had there. First time I stumbled upon the peir it was by pure chance we were staying at a local cabin and drove by and I had some leftover pileworms and a rod, and let me tell you i was catching them left and right. I think that this peir is kept on the dl.

Anyway, last i fished the peir was in mid June, and fishing was not as good as usual. I did manage a 18 inch kelp greenling, a few crabs, and a small cabezon. All of those fish were caught on squid at the local shop just a few feet from the squid. Ab guts are the best bait out there is what i heard never fished with them myself though. At the peir you can pull out anything. Usually, the best spot to fish is the end of the peir and just to cast it out as far as possible. Here are some of the catches i had last time i went out....

heres a small cab...

http://img126.imageshack.us/img126/3965/p5100350tb5.jpg (http://imageshack.us)
http://img126.imageshack.us/img126/3965/p5100350tb5.80f22221e9.jpg (http://g.imageshack.us/g.php?h=126&i=p5100350tb5.jpg)

the sea trout...
http://img126.imageshack.us/img126/345/p5090341or6.jpg (http://imageshack.us)
http://img126.imageshack.us/img126/345/p5090341or6.c5707a77d6.jpg (http://g.imageshack.us/g.php?h=126&i=p5090341or6.jpg)

If the fishing isn't good take your kids to the local ice cream shop...or try salt point about 15 mins from the peir its also a good place to fish...
Good luck! give us a report back *;)

MontanaN8V
08-05-2008, 07:34 AM
The kids and I were out there a few weeks ago. *Very slow fishing. *Saw some perch caught, all tiny. *Herring were fairly thick, and a sabiki rig caught 3-6 each cast. *Did not see anyone catch a greenling/cab/ling the whole weekend. *Hope it livens up for ya a bit. *The local old timer there, told me the best cab hole is the end of the pier, left side, 11 o'clock, and launch it far. *There is a boat called the chilly willy moored there, the hole is to the left of the boat 20 feet or so.

OHV, that looks like a buffalo sculpin, not a cab.

żżż
08-05-2008, 10:49 AM
Thanks for the tips guys. I'll do my best! Maybe a herring on a live bait rig would liven things up...

I'll be sure to try that cab hole -thanks for the tip. I'll have all week out there to try so I shoul catch something.

And yeah, another look at that first fish with those LONG spines on the gill cover - don't think it's a cab... Did you eat it? :o

OHV
08-05-2008, 11:16 AM
Yeah, you guys are right it is a buffalo sculpin and no i didnt eat it I mostly let go all of the fish i catch there.

żżż
08-13-2008, 03:00 PM
Reporting from Piont Arena!

The weather has been really great at times, and at times quite windy. Made it out to the pier yesterday. Got out there at about 10 AM (hey, I'm on vacation, and I had to make breakfast for the family!). First one to show up. Set up shop on the far left end of the pier. Set up a hi/lo rig with shrimp and squid and cast out to the left of 'Chilly Willy' and waited. And waited. And waited. I'm reminded why I enjoy bass fishing so much - I don't care much for bait fishing! Anyway, while the bait soaked, I set up a sabiki rig and proceeded to work the docks. Landed one nice striped surf perch (about 8") and a TON of baby bocaccio (at least that's what they look like to me). Off the pier at 3:30PM. :(

The only other fish caught on the pier was a little horned sculpin. Pretty sad day of fishing.

Went back today armed with what I thought was 'they key' to landing that prize, if it was there - ab guts! There was a gent at the cabins where I was staying, that went ab diving earlier that week and graciously shared his catch with me. Used the guts as crab bait and also on my hi/lo rig. Fished from 9 - 12 for NADA. >:( Made sure I was on the water during the incoming tide, but that didn't seem to matter.

Caught another boat load of those little fishes, one rock crab that had both claws removed (what are people thinking???) and one other juvi crab. I was hoping this pier was all it was cracked up to be. Maybe it still is, and mid-August is not a very good time to fish there. Whatever the case may be, the view is worth the trip to the area - very nice.

I can post the sad pics if y'all want to see, but there's not much... :-/

Thanks to those that posted.

OHV
08-13-2008, 08:48 PM
I'd love to see the pictures...Sounds like a good time even if you didn't catch much.

MB_Kevin
08-14-2008, 06:53 PM
I almost always post up pic of my catch no matter how small... ;)
http://img111.imageshack.us/img111/7644/0623081506ap7.jpg

MontanaN8V
08-15-2008, 07:40 AM
Mooch, glad to see I am not the only one, was thinking there for a minute that I was just a crappy fisherman!

żżż
08-15-2008, 07:32 PM
No, I realize that there are times when we don't get into the kind of fishing we like, then other times, it's wide open when we least expect it. It's all good. There was a boat pulling their rig out of the water after some rockfish fishing. Not much to show for their day on the water, but they had something. Seems that it was kinda tough no matter where you were...

But then it didn't help when I stopped by the pier today to pass on some leftover bait I had to whomever was fishing. Found a family with a kid and decided to give it to him. He had just pulled up a sea trout! Man, I wish it was me, but I'm glad it was him. :)

I can't complain. I got free abalone during my stay in Point Arena - THAT's gotta rank pretty high on the 'good stuff' list!

Photo's to come soon. Just got back not that long ago - the drive was tiring.

Next time, I will be asking if anyone's fished out of Shelter Cove. Got my sights on some Pacific Halibut!!!
http://www.sfgate.com/sports/outdoors/fishing/