We'll, I've fished out there few times (Santa Cruz) when visiting my brothers. Folks out there are not die hards like here. At 8:00 pm, the pier is basically empty. We would catch small Kingfish using frozen anchovies, nothing to brag about. The times that we're out there I rarely see anyone catching anything. I think the seals had a lot to do with it. Nothing beat the piers out here.
They do pretty well on salmon and striped bass off the public pier at Pacifica, just south of San Francisco. It's seasonal fishing, however, not year around. A few white sea bass (large weakfish relative) are also picked up from time to time.
My cousin lives in San Diego and keeps asking me when I'm going to visit him so he could show me what real fishing is. He also tells me that they catch big rays from the shore and the fight is unbelievable.
Halibut you can catch from any shore...now Tuna - That's one fighting fish! Try catching large (over 36") barracuda's from the pier on floating Rapalas in the early morning....or large leopard sharks at night...or calicio bass...or sand bass...
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