For the  perch, I’ve had best success fishing the inner side of the L-shaped pier—just where the pier branches to the right. Controversial, but almost a daily sighting, are the even longer oil ships that traverse the watery highway to their moorings at Richmond or the more inland Carquinez Strait. Port Hueneme. I saw a nice striper caught at the base of the pier on a white Hair Raiser. Most seem to be caught as they pass through the bay in September and October. Most years will also see some striped bass and halibut caught at the pier, usually from June till August. Oceanside. it's now a favorite site for visitors who enjoy the unique linkage of a sandy beach, vast grassy fields to picnic upon, scenic…” more, “Wow has it really been almost a month since my last review?! Richmond. The fort is now a museum with guided tours offered by the National Park Service. Two ACVs were tested in San Francisco Bay but it was determined that they were not suitable for Coast Guard operations. The three piers (originally dubbed the transport docks) were built between 1909 and 1912. Candlestick Point Park Piers — San Francisco, Huntington Beach Wave Motor Pier — Gone But Not Forgotten, Peck’s Pier & Bruces’ Beach — Manhattan Beach — Gone But Not Forgotten, Pine Avenue Pier #2 — Long Beach — Gone But Not Forgotten, Pine Avenue Pier #1 — Long Beach — Gone But Not Forgotten, Magnolia Avenue Pier — Long Beach — Gone But Not Forgotten. Thank God my son didn’t see this as he was playing with the rock crabs we’d caught. Without cranking any more I picked up my stuff and held my rod and began to walk the 50 yards or so back to the rocks. After about 15 casts, it hit. Equally impressive is the view toward the City, one of the world’s favorite tourist destinations. In 1933, Fort Point was designated a California Historical Landmark under the site’s original name, Castillo De San Joaquín. They told me they recovered a man’s body and that he did not survive. Fort Point is located at the south anchorage of the Golden Gate Bridge at the end of Marine Drive on the Presidio of San Francisco. From Highway 101 near the Golden Gate Bridge toll plaza take the viewroads to Lincoln Blvd., then to Battery "E" Road to the pier. A lot of immature rockfish and cabezon are also caught while fishing under the pier using pile worms or shrimp but almost all are too small to keep. Leaving Fort Point and heading inland toward downtown San Francisco is Torpedo Wharf (or Fort Point Pier to locals) , which juts out from the San Francisco Bay Trail. Fort Point Pier — San Francisco Public Pier — No Fishing License Required A quote from a Golden Gate National Recreation Area brochure perhaps best sums up the diversity offered by this magnificent area: “Golden Gate National Recreation Area is a park that begins where the Pacific Ocean meets San Francisco Bay. Copyright © 2004–2020 Yelp Inc. Yelp, , and related marks are registered trademarks of Yelp. There's been a wharf of some kind here for over 150 years, and these days it's a huge tourist draw, thanks” more, “My friends and I watched the air show during Fleet Week here. On a day when I was showing visiting friends around SF, Pier 39 was a madhouse, while Fort Point had just a manageable trickle of visitors (and it doesn't suck, like Pier 39). However, because of the restricted 3-hook rule in the bay, to legally use a bait rig you need to cut off some of the hooks. Nestled just inland from the Golden Gate Bridge and Fort Point, the Civil War fort that sits under the south end of the bridge, this pier offers one of the most beautiful views of the bridge itself as well as the hills that form the entrance to the Left Coast’s most famous bay. For those looking for more than just a fishing pier, it would be hard to overlook this area. Oceanside Pier. Environment. If live bait is unavailable, try frozen anchovies, sardines, or pile worms. Ocean Beach Pier. These can be caught, usually two at a time on high/low rigs baited with pile worms, small pieces of anchovies or shrimp. I caught a small fish that looked like a midshipman and it bit my finger. Then I got a call from the Coast Guard asking for my personal info/account of what I saw. For jacksmelt, fish on the top with pile worms, small hooks and a bobber or float. Portview Park Pier. There were about 8 anglers working the east side at the beginning of the pier. I caught it on a green Hair Raiser. Special Recommendation. The massive brick and mortar building was built in the "Third System" architectural style, an impressive design featuring three tiers of arched brick casemates for 126 cannons and seven-foot thick walls. Although Fort Mason has been located here for … The best time to fish this pier is in the winter and spring. BMCS R. D. Dixon was the OIC. Be sure to remember that the recreational fishery for surfperch (excepting shinerperch) is closed inside San Francisco and San Pablo bays from April 1 to July 31. Strong winds are common most days and often, strong currents accompany them. Secret tip: walk down by the water at sunset for a great view of Alcatraz and Golden Gate Bridge.…” more, You can request information from this business, “Beautiful! Occasionally you may also encounter fish that are unusual for the area as seen in the catch of American shad in both 2006 and 2007, good runs of Pacific mackerel in 2009, and the catch of a Pacific bonito in 2016. Pismo Beach Pier. Sharp Park Pier during big winter swells. Oyster Point Pier. Inside the historical Fort Point you will get to review many photos. This is also one of the best piers in the bay to catch rock crabs; in fact, there seem to be as many people crabbing as fishing on many days. Pismo Beach. Most of the creatures are caught down around the pilings and whenever they’re brought up they’re sure to elicit comments from interested onlookers. South San Francisco. About an hour before we left, I had a huge lingcod on. Since stripers and halibut exceeding 40 inches in length have been reported, make sure you have a good net to bring them up onto the pier. A guy next to me also caught a octopus that he almost had to beat to death to unhook. At the end of the rigging use a torpedo sinker or a heavy spoon (and Krocodile spoons from 2-3 ounces in weight work well). Kaw! Hey Ken, Well, I just got back from Fort Point. All rights reserved. There is a lot of bait in that area. Also converted barracks with boutiques, offices and restaurants. In 1934, with the help of the Public Works Administration, Pier 3 was extended and sheds were built on the piers. I set my hook and cranked twice and turned around and looked for someone with a net. The impact was horrific. He just kept running straight out. My friend also caught a 15-inch lingcod that had a blue belly. There are 4 ways to get from Fort Point to Pier 39 by bus, taxi, towncar or foot. The Coast Guard “disestablished” Station Fort Point on 23 March 1990. Fort Point Light, in operation from 1864 until 1934, is a decommissioned lighthouse built on the roof of San Francisco’s Fort Point. Point Pinole Pier. It's safe to be on, but you can tell it's been here for years and years, and it's due for some TLC. On Ft. Point pier around 5pm today and heard that someone had just pulled a nice size striper w/ a Hair Raiser. The grey shading corresponds to daylight hours between sunrise and sunset at San Francisco. Your email address will not be published. You will also often bring up Dungeness crabs, but remember that it is illegal to keep these crabs in San Francisco Bay and San Pablo Bay. For the currents, you simply have to plan out how you are going to fish.  As example, it may be almost impossible at times to keep your line down under the pier, the prime habitat if you’re after perch. Make sure to take a walk on the pier. Fort Point Pier: GGNRA. Required fields are marked *, The Complete Coast and Bay Guide to Shore-Based Fishing. Another good spot is near shore on both sides of the pier. Best bait and rigging are anchovies fished a few feet under a bobber. He recommended using1/2-3/4 oz. Always bring warm clothes with you to this area since the winds can be very strong. During World War II, it was the principal port for the Pacific … Tide Times are PST (UTC … Around 6pm, Huge Striper – 33” w/ a great fight, caught on a 3-way w/ sardine. When you’re ready to go fishing the amount in the bag will be just right for one of the bait cages in the crab traps. 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco, CA 94111 +1 415-818-3993 Website. Some winters (especially those that have a lot of rainfall) will also see good runs of Pacific sanddabs. Completed in 1861 at a cost of $2.8 million, Fort Point was the only “Third System” fort built on the Pacific Coast. For sharks and rays use heavier tackle and anchovies, mackerel, squid, or ghost shrimp for bait. See 68 photos and 2 tips from 346 visitors to Fort Point Pier. Their event manager Ayal has exceptional communication, went above and beyond, and made sure our day was special. If you’re not up for a tour, the views are still amazing from outside. Fort Funston Lol. Claimed. I could go on about the energy of the place and there's even a strip of sandy shore, creating a mini beach” more, “This sculpture might feel a bit whimsical at first glance, but the more you examine it against its surroundings, the more you might find that it's well-suited to its location. However, remember to release any Dungeness crabs you may pull up. Recommended option. Fort Mason, once known as San Francisco Port of Embarkation, US Army, in San Francisco, California, is a former United States Army post located in the northern Marina District, alongside San Francisco Bay. Had the day off yesterday so I decided to hit Fort point Pier with my 5 year old son for some crabbing on the late afternoon, incoming tide. In a state of shock I called 911 and reported what I had just seen and where, between the Fort and South Tower, and soon saw a flare followed by a Coast Guard cutter that circled around the flare and quickly speed north to port. A final creature that seems fairly common is octopus. I was worried the whole time because I only had 10-lb test on and I’m not into feeding sea lions. Related. So, make sure you have the tackle to offset any problems from the wind or current. For the kingfish (white croaker), fish on the bottom with pile worms or cut anchovy and be prepared to hook them as the cast is settling to the bottom. A common problem throughout the summer can be keeping the bullheads (staghorn sculpin) off your hook. Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner. San Francisco. The water between those pilings and the pier is often very productive. Built to aid in the construction of nearby Fort Point, there's been a wharf at this site since 1854. I was very surprised. The best bet for these are the multi-hook bait rigs—Sabiki, Lucky Lura, etc. I lost a big one! Date: June 25, 2003; To: PFIC Message Board; From: thecrw; Subject: Ft. Point Pier Report. I could not believe what I’d just seen; others on the pier didn’t see this but heard the impact. Opened in 2006, it was built so that visitors and downtown workers could get … Around 4:30 I turned to the west to look out the [Golden] Gate and saw a person falling through the sky. I stayed out there a short time but had no other hits. He was pretty tired by then and I had no problems bringing him up to the rocks. At that point there are three series of old pilings. For walleye, silvers, and tomcod, fish mid-depth with worms or strips of anchovy. Fort Point is a masonry seacoast fortification located on the southern side of the Golden Gate at the entrance to San Francisco Bay. But, I imagine f you posted the question to the “Pier Fishing” forum on the message board someone would have an answer. But the score is boosted up by its…” more, “Also known as Fort Point Pier, this wharf was named after the fact that this used to be a depot for submarine mines. Dog on leash friendly. Dim sum for dinner. Overview: This 637-foot-long pedestrian span is the newest recreational pier on the San Francisco waterfront. For flounder, fish on the bottom using a sliding sinker rigging baited with pile worms, grass shrimp, ghost shrimp, or anchovies. For sand sole try on the bottom with a high/low leader or a sliding bait leader and use size 4 hooks baited with pile worms, shrimp, or strips of anchovy. Our venue is ideal for a variety of events from intimate weddings and parties to corporate meetings and photoshoots. Pass the magnificent Ferry Building, take a trot out to the end of Pier 14, and continue south under the Bay Bridge. In addition, as the amateur photographers vie for the most photogenic spot on the pier to capture their once-in-a-lifetime photos, they may be in the very spot a fisherman wants to fish. San Francisco, a taxi trip from Union Square to Fort Point Pier costs around $ 20.00. The orange flashing dot shows the tide time right now. Public Pier — No Fishing License Required. Here you might catch almost any type of fish that enters the bay. I looked up at the pier and saw seagulls, cormorants, pelicans and seals in the water at the end of the pier on the left side of the L. I practically started running over there. As mentioned, it is verboten (forbidden) to keep any Dungeness taken in San Francisco Bay. The crabbing was very good but tons of Dungies and a pesky sea lion that would try to eat our bait every now and then. From Highway 101 near the Golden Gate Bridge toll plaza take the view roads to Lincoln Blvd., then to Battery “E” Road to the pier. Tbh, the pier itself is not in the best shape. Pacifica Pier Redondo Beach Pier. Mansfield declared the fort’s strategic position as “the key to the whole Pacific Coast.” The fort was modeled on the classic “Third System” design formulated in the aftermath of the War of 1812 to secure America’s harbors, and exemplified most famously by Fort Sumter. Date: June 5, 2009; To: PFIC Message Board; From: oceanbeachmatt; Subject: Fort Point pier, crabs, stripers, bummer          Â. “Just a beautiful place to absorb the views of The City. I like the views from Fort Point/ Golden Gate Bridge, & Fort Mason/Municipal pier. Latitude 37° 48' 23.8674 N Longitude 122° 27' 58.32 W. Installed: 10/8/2004. See businesses at this location. A tip on crabbing from Hippo Lau, another expert reporter from Hi’s Tackle, showed up in the September 2002 PFIC Monthly Report: “there are lots of BIG rock crabs showing up at the pier and Hippo recommends using albacore guts if you have a friend who’s fishing for the longfins. Or, if you cast out away from the pier for bottom fish such as flounder, it may be almost impossible to hold on the bottom without a fairly heavy sinker. With California attaining statehood in 1850, U.S. military officials called for improved defenses around the San Francisco Bay. The husband and wife team of Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen came up with this concept to pay homage to San…” more, “Crissy Field was once a gathering place by the Ohlone People to source and process shellfish. To the north and south of the Golden Gate, GGNRA follows the Pacific shoreline creating a vast coastal preserve.” If anything, the quote understates the beauty and feeling of the area. I am still not over it. Mid-to-late winter can produce decent catches of flounder (although there seem to be less and less each year); similar times will also see blackperch, striped seaperch (usually called rainbow perch), rainbow seaperch, pileperch and rubberlip seaperch. If bait doesn’t work, try plastic grubs (although expect to lose a few to the debris on the bottom). First we went to the municipal pier right next to the Ghirardelli factory, and were harassed by … Caught one nice 28” and fat striper. No such luck. Turn left onto Lincoln Boulevard. Fishing Tips. It had to be about 30 inches long because I got it out of the water and it was clearly bigger than my tackle box which is almost two feet long. Highway One along Half Moon Bay. This is an open skeleton venue, so you get to…” more. From S turn right at end of exit ramp, or from N go straight on Merchant Drive. Best colors on the Kastmasters are chrome, chrome with blue, or chrome with green. Kaw! For perch, attach a couple of size 6 hooks directly to your line or use a high/low leader baited with pile worms, grass shrimp or ghost shrimp. Time sure flies... when you're dealing with a worldwide pandemic...or maybe you're just too dazed and confused to do much. I then booted it back to sea. Share. We heard a lot about the fishing in San Francisco and decided to investigate it for ourselves. I grew up in San Francisco and highly recommend this historic Fort Point Site. There were a few perch hitting. The best bait for either of these is a live shiner or smelt fished near the bottom. Pier rats report that 2” pumpkinseed Power Bait grubs dipped in shrimp/salt Smelly Jelly will sometimes get the perch when all else fails (and this combination was also reported to attract a few halibut when the flatfish were present). 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