What types of fish can I catch when saltwater shore fishing in California?

What types of fish can I catch when saltwater shore fishing in California?

As everyone knows, the coast of California goes a long, long way. The types of fish you can catch depends largely on where, exactly, you are on the coast of California, but some species are going to be found in most locations. If you have your choice, Gloeta Pier is one of the best piers from which to fish on the coast of California. From this area, you can easily catch bass, halibut, rockfish, and corbina. You will also find some good sized sharks and rays as well. In fact, it is possible to come home from this scenic pier with over thirty different species of salt water fish. Other California piers and surf fishing species include surfperch, thornback rays, guitar fish, white croakers, small perch jacksmelt,and, barracuda, mackerel, and bonito. Recently even such unusual catches as banded guitarfish, sheephead, and a little great white shark (which was released because it is now illegal to catch and keep them.) Another thing you are going to want to come prepared to catch when you are surf ( or shore) fishing the California coast is bait. If you bring a pole that is strong and heavy enough for your target fish, and a smaller, light weight pole to catch your bait, you will be set to go. You can catch brown bait, white croaker, small queenfish, smelt, or shinerperch with which to bait your hook. The best way to catch your bait is to use a sliding sinker or slider leader, with your bait attached to the end of about a 3 foot leader line.

Daniel Eggertsen
Dan Eggertsen is a fellow saltwater fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on saltwater fishing since 2004.

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