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Goleta Pier Log

PFIC Get-Together, Goleta Pier,  July 2003.  Photo credit:  Rich Reano, webmaster,
Volunteer Time:
2006 (total):  103 days, 169 hours
2007 (total):  238 days, 425.75 hours
2008 (total):  151 days, 281.70 hours

August 3rd, 2008:

Today was the 24th Annual SB Cruiser Ride ... featured on the blog bluelinepaddlesurf  which proclaims that " ... you wont find any info about this ride ... it's the OUTLAW ride."I can only guess that it is organized similar to the Rainbow Tribe gatherings
held annually on National Forest Land ... that is to say completely without centralized leadership giving the appearance of a spontaneous gathering.

Whatever, it was a fun and joy filled event as hundreds of cyclists pedaled their beach cruisers from Stearns Wharf to Isla Vista and back with a stopover at the beach. You could hear their whooping and hollering from one end of the Park to the other as they made their way up the bike path to Group Area 'A' where they assembled en masse.

August 6th, 2008:

Photo courtesy of
A fairly rare appearance ... several of these were recently caught by a local angler fishing from a kayak in west Goleta Bay.  He correctly identified it as being a member of the croaker family of inshore fishes but was unsure which one it was. I spoke with Ken Jones, President of United Pier and Shore Anglers of California (UPSAC), who suggested it might be a Black Croaker: 

"The Black Croaker is found in all Mexican waters along the Pacific coast of Baja California, throughout the Sea of Cortez, and along the coast of mainland Mexico to Acapulco. It appears to be absent from around Mexico's oceanic islands.

The Black Croaker grows to a length of 2 feet and is generally found around inshore rocky reefs and in caves in the first 100 feet of the water column. Care must be taken to distinguish the Black Croaker from the Spotfin Croaker, Roncador stearnsi (second anal spine small). Due to its rarity, the Black Croaker is of limited sportfishing or commercial interest."

Interesting to note that it is now appearing so far north of its home waters. Possibly because of the current water temperatures which have been in the high 60's F.

August 11th, 2008:

Recently I installed some software that allows me to see the location of visitors 
to my site. Yesterday I noticed someone had logged on from Chiang Mai, Thailand.
What a pleasant surprise!  Since this was my most distant visitor it sure would 
be nice if we could learn a little more about our visitor ... perhaps I will receive 
a response at my email address at the bottom of the page. 

August 17th, 2008:

Recent articles from the Santa Cruz area indicated that both the Capitola and Seacliff piers were temporarily closed by the California Department of Fish and Game due to the large number of pelicans hooked accidentally by anglers. Both the anglers and the birds were attracted to those piers by the presence of abundant bait fish in the water.

That situation is entirely avoidable if anglers exercise proper precautions such as using a covered bait board pictured here in use at Goleta by an enlightened angler visiting from Ventura Pier. Leaving bait uncovered serves only to entice the birds to hang around waiting for an opportunity to snatch an easy meal.

For the past several years I have been working with the local anglers to help them understand the necessity of covering their baits while fishing and properly disposing of their baits when they are through fishing. It is also important that they observe if any birds are watching them when they cast out or retrieve as well as using heavy enough weights to sink the baits quickly out of sight. As a result there has been a noticeable reduction in the numbers of accidental hookings here. 

Using a board to cut bait on rather than on the railings and benches also eliminates the fish slime which attracts wasps and bees. A daily clean up of leftover bait and slime, as is done here, is another way of making the Pier a bit safer for all users.

August 17th, 2008:

After cleaning the Pier this morning I was doing some reports in my RV when I got a call from local angler Roy Qi who was out on the Pier helping a young man land his second only halibut ... did I have a net they could use? 

It gave me a chance to try out a large landing net recently donated to the Marine Center by Mr. Shin owner of a local bait and tackle shop Hook Line and Sinker. Unfortunately the net was still in my RV! 

Rushing out to the Pier with net in tow I found that Roy had gently brought the halibut to the surface where it was floating quietly. The fish was netted and eased up on the Pier where it measured out a disappointing 21 and 7/8 inches ... just short of being legal. The young man accepted his fate with good grace and used the net to lower it back down to the water. After several minutes we watched the fish revive and swim away.

As I was walking back I was asked for assistance with another fish ... this time a 16" Calico Bass caught by another local angler. That fish too was successfully retrieved and will serve as his dinner tonight.

After reviewing the above picture I realized that the young man never got a chance to take a picture of his catch.  I contacted Roy and he will take copies of the picture as well as a link to this report to the young man tonight.

August 26th, 2008:

Recently this new "No Fishing" sign was posted at the end of the east parking lot. I called the local DFG warden for clarification. He said that it means what it says as there is no fishing in any SoCal coastal stream due to concern for the steelhead populations. 

And yet this particular area (the Slough) is designated as a State Marine Park (estuarine) which specifically permits the recreational take of all invertebrates and fin fish (see DFG Ocean Sport Fishing Regulations for 2008-2009, page 63). 

The Slough is used by local anglers to obtain smelt and shore crabs for bait. I have requested clarification from the California Department of Fish and Game as there is general concern here that someone is going to receive a citation for activity that has been permitted for a number of years now.

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