2006 (total): 103 days, 169.00 hours
2007 (total): 238 days, 425.75 hours
2008 (total): 254 days, 641.85 hours
2009 (total): 142 days, 623.50 hours
February I reported that the County had installed
new signs in the Hoist area in an attempt to discourage people from
jumping off the Pier. This response followed a number of videos posted
on the internet by jumpers documenting their exploits.
Those signs were vandalized and for the past month only the single
small sign at the foot of the Pier remained. Recently the number of jumpers
have increased. I spoke with a group last week and was told by one arrogant
young man that if he couldn't "smoke pot and jump off the Pier he would
have to turn to heroin" for his kicks.
is an all too typical response ... in the past large groups from various
UCSB athletic departments have swarmed the Pier in mass jumps despite being
advised of the illegality.
Last August one group of 20 males from UCSB's intramural sports
department threatened to assault the Pier Host after jumping.
They were subsequently detained by the Santa Barbara Sheriff's
department and given a stern warning following a foot chase in the west
At the time I asked both the UCSB police and the County to work
with the University to get the word out to various campus groups. Today
another such group arrived at the Pier and again they were cautioned about
jumping. Most of the group left the Pier but a small handful continued
loitering in the Hoist area and eventually jumped.
The video above (click on top picture)shows them running off
the Pier following the jump, laughing and attempting to hide their faces.
I received numerous comments from the Pier regulars regarding their disrespect
and voicing frustration about the lack of enforcement.
Not only are they endangering themselves but also they are interfering
with the anglers and setting a tone of lawlessness that doesn't bode well
for our attempts to encourage family groups to return to the Pier.
Here is what everybody is looking for this time of year ... a fat
25" California Halibut (Paralichthys californicus). This has been a slow
starting season due to the persistent winds which tend to drive the bait
fish off shore and the large predators with them.
Every so often though the winds die back for a day or two and
'Lucky' is right there to take advantage of the favorable conditions.
But it has nothing to do with luck ... fish come to those who are prepared
and willing to put their time in the water. 'Lucky' is usually one of the
earlier arrivals making live bait (shiners, smelt and mackerel) before
mid-morning when the halibut appear.
Today however he didn't hook up until around 3pm but given the
thickness of this fish it was worth the wait!
month I met a group from the Alpha
Resource Center who had come out to Goleta to fish but only had a couple
of poles between the twelve of them.
I explained to the group leader, Dennis
Curtis, that the Angler Center had loaner poles and invited them to return.
Last week Dennis called to say they were
coming out today. Given the special needs of this group I enlisted
Mike Spence, area coordinator for UPSAC
and Roy Qi, a local angler and student at UCSB.
Both Mike and Roy are regular contributors
to an online fishing board at pierfishing.com.and
have helped out at previous
The first fish was a nice 14" Jacksmelt caught by Dennis followed
by a good number of shiner surfperch equally distributed among the group.
After a break around noontime for lunch several members continued fishing
while the rest were content to rest on their laurels.
The group arrived in high spirits shortly before 11am and after
a brief round of introductions they took their places at the rail and got
right down to fishing. Mike and Roy circulated among them checking on their
progress and rebaiting their hooks as needed.
All fish were placed in a bucket of fresh seawater which was
occasionally refreshed to keep them alive. This gave everyone a chance
to observe the swimming fish close up. Around 2pm the group pulled in their
poles and prepared to pack up before leaving. Many group members offered
their personal thanks to Mike and Roy expressing satisfaction with their
outing and promising to return on a monthly basis.
Speaking for the three of us I can say we enjoyed the day equally
as well and look forward to their return visits. It was a pleasure assisting
such an enthusiastic group of anglers!
All caught fish were successfully returned to the water.
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The Ventura County Star has recently produced an excellent informative
article on the shipwrecks in the Santa Barbara Channel including underwater
views of the Cuba (1923), Aggi (1915), Chickasaw (1962),
of America (1980) and the Winfield Scott (1853).
The accompanying article
gives additional detail regarding the wrecks and the efforts to document
them and make them accessible to the public.