" ln the end we will conserve only what we love.
pages are dedicated to all those who took the time to share the gentle
art and pleasures of PIER FISHING with the next generation.
of us enjoyed our initial fishing experiences in the company of our
Pier fishing is one of the few remaining free public resources in a pastime increasingly dominated by big-money interests and environmental concerns. Those of us who remember and appreciate the 'good old days' should consider what we can do to ensure that the tradition remains alive and well and is passed on.
I have been involved in helping to
first began fishing as a young boy with his father at the old Stearns Wharf
in Santa Barbara in the 1920's ... a time when it was still possible to
catch enormous Black
Sea Bass from the end of the pier.
In the 50's my brothers and I received our first introduction to the wonders and delights of pier fishing under his stern tutelage.
He would take us down to the Wharf in Santa Barbara after spending the previous evening sitting around the kitchen table inspecting and cleaning tackle and poles, relining reels and preparing terminal rigs - all in preparation for the morning's trip.
Stearns, in the 50's, had an abalone processing plant right at the end of the pier with an enormous pile of discarded shells and big barrels of trimmings free for the taking. There was also an anchovy offloading siphon pipe with a large fish-spilling tear in the side that chummed live bait into the water below as well - a 'fishy' environment indeed.
On our first trip we were filled with excitement. So much so that Dad had to take us aside and give us a short course in pier etiquette. After we settled down we baited our hooks with the abalone 'guts' and caught a full gunny sack of what my father called horse mackerel - enormous fish at least 24" in length. I was hooked!
My hope is that I can convey some of that excitement here on these pages. Enjoy and Tight Lines to all!
~ Pierhead ~
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