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bluestar
03-19-2007, 08:07 PM
I passed by San Mateo area today, decided to take a detour to check out Pillar Pt's east jetty to see if there is any rockfish to be had, as shorefishing is the only method allowed right now. *

I walked out to about the B point in the following satellite map. *There were 6 fishermen out there fishing. *I stayed there for 2 hours, and saw no one catch anything. *It is pretty discouraging. * I concluded that it's not worth the hassle.

Highlight of the trip is I found two nice little lures in the cracks of the rocks.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v207/rhbj03/hmbSmall.jpg

The best access point to the jetty is at the end of the beach just before reaching the harbor entrance. Car can be parked right on the shoulder of the road:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v207/rhbj03/DSCN1609Small.jpg

A sandy trail leads to the harbor and jetty:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v207/rhbj03/DSCN1616Small.jpg

Water's edge, lots of rocks to snag the line:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v207/rhbj03/DSCN1641Small.jpg

6 fishermen were out there today:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v207/rhbj03/DSCN1653Small.jpg

metalmouth
03-19-2007, 08:13 PM
Great pics. Looks almost like motor oil out there it's so flat.
Thanks for the report.

MM

MB_Kevin
03-19-2007, 08:22 PM
I met a guy out there who said he was catching sea bass. How would you fish for those?

MB_Kevin
03-19-2007, 08:24 PM
Oh and I think the best fishing is at A on the map ;)

bluestar
03-19-2007, 08:54 PM
Oh and I think the best fishing is at A on the map ;)

Hey the A location is where I saw a bunch of crab pots, and began to think if there are crabs, maybe there is some fish too.

But I must say, it's a difficult hike along that jetty. It was tiring for me just getting to location B and without gears; if anyone were to carry a bucket of live bait he probably would not make it far beyond location C. :)

Sin_Coast
03-20-2007, 08:33 AM
There are a few guys who post on pierfishing.com that absolutely own that spot. One guy in particular uses bass jigs and plastics to catch 5-10 rockfish each trip. Mostly small grass or blue RF but he does pretty good. Releases all his fish too; so they're still out there.

Good luck!

bluestar
03-20-2007, 09:05 AM
What would be the technique to fish from shore? Out in ocean I let my jig drop to bottom then repeatedly jerk it upwards to create small swimming motion. From shore, do I just let the jig sit? Or do I reel all the way back then recast?

gmdcdvm
03-20-2007, 07:22 PM
From shore most of the time you are casting and retrieving your jigs to avoid losing them in the rocks. You can use swim baits, hair raisers, iron, pretty much anything shiny with a hook. I like swim baits.

The weight of the jig/iron depends on the current and what you need to keep it submerged while reeling it in.

The other option is using a Hi/Lo set up with bait. Anchovies and Squid work well. I have heard of people using shrimp flies also, but personally have never tried it before. Just need to have enough weight to cast out and hold bottom. I use these weights I found on line that are supposed to float just off the rocks, but the biggest size is 1oz. That doesn't work to well if there is a lot of current.

Just depends on how labor intensive you want to be: casting all day with lures or sitting all day with a hi/lo set up.
I tend to stay away from 3-way set ups since they tend to tangle in the rocks. You can use small floats to keep the bait suspended in the water which will help with the tanlges if you like.

Gerry

MB_Kevin
03-20-2007, 08:53 PM
Oh and I think the best fishing is at A on the map ;)

Hey the A location is where I saw a bunch of crab pots, and began to think if there are crabs, maybe there is some fish too.

But I must say, it's a difficult hike along that jetty. *It was tiring for me just getting to location B and without gears; if anyone were to carry a bucket of live bait he probably would not make it far beyond location C. :)


I say that because me and my sister stopped by there one time after work and were in our company trucks. We only went out to B on the map. Some guys came by and said you need to go out to the end. We told them we were only there for a little while. About an hour later they walked by with 3 huge fish. I think they were ling cods. I was wishing we had fallowed and went out to the end but it is a long hike.

Double_D
03-21-2007, 05:05 AM
I met a guy out there who said he was catching sea bass. How would you fish for those?

chovies or metal.....around July/August/ September

MB_Kevin
03-21-2007, 09:11 PM
Humm, He just told me this last month??

I thought it was weird because he said he was catching a bunch but I did not see him with any fish. OH well I guess I have other fish to target. ;)

ghostfish_slayer
03-21-2007, 09:29 PM
C IS GOOD TOO, WHEN THE BAIT IS PILED IN THE CORNER..

ghostfish_slayer
03-21-2007, 09:29 PM
oops,,caps lock on..

ghostfish_slayer
03-21-2007, 09:33 PM
http://img151.imageshack.us/img151/2273/picture065507x338ac9.jpg (http://imageshack.us) did someone say white sea bass?

ghostfish_slayer
03-21-2007, 09:35 PM
sorry about the albi's they are kind of stuck in there.

catfished
03-22-2007, 06:33 AM
I got tired of leaning over to view your image. ;D

http://www.oceansurfperch.com/picture065507x338ac9.jpg

tchli
03-22-2007, 09:42 AM
wheres the best section for poke poling on that jetty? A B or C? ive always wanted to try poke poling. Catch me one of those eels. lol even though the kinda wierd me out. dont think i could eat one of those lol

agarcia
03-22-2007, 10:14 AM
There is significantly better fishing on the east jetty that runs N to S. Spot C may give up a couple RF, and boats sometimes pull butts from the channel between the jaws but other than that its gonna be small perch near A or baitfish/smelt along the rest of the wall. Not to say it won't produce but there's just a lack of adjacent structure surrounding that jetty. The productive Jetty can be accessed by taking the same road that leads to pillar point harbor, except you continue past it and make a left at the first corner.......actually I don't know the name of the sreets but I believe its all left turns, just drive in the general direction of the jetty, park and walk to the beach then over to the rocks. There is lots of stucture in the lagoon between the jetty and sail rock, fish will cruise the area. Its not gonna be limits style action but you're chances are much better here.....poke poling also

bluestar
03-23-2007, 08:41 AM
There is significantly better fishing on the east jetty that runs N to S. *Spot C may give up a couple RF, and boats sometimes pull butts from the channel between the jaws but other than that its gonna be small perch near A or baitfish/smelt along the rest of the wall. *Not to say it won't produce but there's just a lack of adjacent structure surrounding that jetty. *The productive Jetty can be accessed by taking the same road that leads to pillar point harbor, except you continue past it and make a left at the first corner.......actually I don't know the name of the sreets but I believe its all left turns, just drive in the general direction of the jetty, park and walk to the beach then over to the rocks. *There is lots of stucture in the lagoon between the jetty and sail rock, fish will cruise the area. *Its not gonna be limits style action but you're chances are much better here.....poke poling also

Wow you make a stong case for the east jetty!

You've convinced me... I'll give it a try for sure.